It wouldn’t surprise me to open the dictionary one day and beside the word “dysfunctional” find a reference to the syndicated comedy, Reba. Everyone in Reba’s television family is quirky and a bit of an oddball. Maybe that is why it is so easy to find a part of ourselves in someone on the show.
Reba aired on CW for six years. I’m behind and have just discovered Reba on Lifetime and CW reruns. At least I get an hour’s worth of Reba with each sitting. It is one of the few shows that makes me laugh out loud. Maybe I see myself in too many of the characters.
Here is a little more information about afunny, clean, family comedy: Reba, starring Reba McEntire.
Reba’s cast of characters:
Reba is the single mother of a household of three kids; one young son, one 18 year-old daughter, and one older daughter who got pregnant in high school. Reba is played by Reba McEntire. The show was going to be called Sally. However, they stuck with Reba McEntire’s first name to draw from her existing fan base.
Jake, Reba and Brock’s youngest son, is played by Mitch Holleman. Jake often fades into the background, but occasionally lands a humorous punch.
Barbara Jean is the inexhaustibly perky dental hygienist to whom Brock is now married. Barbara Jean and Brock cheated, bringing about Barbara Jean’s pregnancy. Barbara Jean is played by Melissa Peterson.
Brock and Reba are divorced in the show. Brock and Barbara Jean, however, live next door to Reba. Brock, a dentist, is played by Christopher Rich.
Kyra is Reba’s second oldest child, an often troubled teen who often pits her parents against each other. Kyra is played by Scarlett Pomers.
Cheyenne is Reba’s oldest daughter. After getting pregnant in high school, Cheyenne married her high school sweetheart and football star, Van. Cheyenne is played by JoAnna Garcia.
Van, Cheyenne’s husband, is played by Steve Howey. Van is sometimes funny and sometimes ridiculous.
In my opinion, Van’s physical, comic drama, Reba’s quick wit, and Barbara Jean’s innocent silliness and physical commotions make for side-splitting laughter.
Quirky Quotes from Reba
“I have over 400 beanie babies, and I have them all arranged by occupation,” Barbara Jean comments to Kyra admitting her crazy lifestyle.
“What’s wrong with him?” Kyra asks referring to Van.
“He wants to go horseback riding in a thong,” Reba responds.
“They are dumber than a five pound sack of stupid,” Reba comments referring to Brock and Barbara Jean, her neighbors, including her ex-husband and “best” friend. Later, in conversation with them, Reba, frustrated with an attempt at conversation with them, later remarks, “I was wrong; you two are dumber than a ten pound stack of stupid.”
“We may be from a broken home, but at least it’s still intact.” – Cheyenne’s response when Reba considers reconciling with Brock.
“What’s the most romantic thing I ever did in our marriage?” Brock question’s Reba because he wants help in his relationship with Barbara Jean.
Reba’s quick witted response, “Leave, ” followed by a laugh. “It’s funny ’cause it’s true.”
Reba, giving Brock advice on how to romance Barbara Jean, said “I really wanted to get inside of Barbara Jean’s head, but you know how I hate cobwebs.”
Theme Song from Reba
“I’m a Survivor” is on Reba’s CD Reba’s Greatest Hits Volume 3
Stats from Reba
Reba premiered October 5, 2001. The final episode aired February 18, 2007. The season finale concluded 125 episodes and 6 years of the hit comedy.
Reba now airs as a syndicated show in the afternoons, 5pm EST, on CW. It airs on Lifestyle at 8pm EST in the evening.