Network: WB, then CW
Episodes: 125 (half-hour), six seasons
October 5, 2001 — February 18, 2007
Performers include: Joanna Garcia, Mitch Holleman, Steve Howey, Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Scarlett Pomers, and Christopher Rich.
This sitcom follows Reba Hart (Reba McEntire), a sharp-witted, smart and single mom living in a Houston suburb. Her dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) left her to marry a flaky dental hygienist named Barbra Jean Booker (Melissa Peterman) who bizarrely believes Reba is her best friend.
Reba must also deal with teen daughters Cheyenne (Joanna Garcia) and Kyra (Scarlett Pomers), son Jake (Mitch Holleman), and Cheyenne’s dim-witted boyfriend Van Montgomery (Steve Howey).
Episode 125 – The Kids are Alright
After Van accidentally causes a fire that damages their home, Reba allows her daughter’s family to move back to her house. Barbra Jean resolves to turn down a great out-of-state job offer and to try to make it work with Brock. In the end, Reba realizes how lucky she is to be part of this crazy family and how far she’s come in the last six years. Read a detailed decription here.
First aired: February 18, 2007.
There were some rumors of a possible Van and Cheyenne spin-off but it was never produced.
Behind the Scenes
|•||Though the series was the highest-rated sitcom on CW, the network felt that it didn’t fit their desired demographic. The final episode was produced prior to the cancellation notice and was designed to give some closure just in case it became the series’ last.|
|•||In the May 30, 2007 issue of Variety, 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman lamented that the series wasn’t allowed to reach its potential. He said, “The WB didn’t really know how to communicate with advertisers or expand their audience to make it work. I’m convinced that it could have been a big hit on CBS or ABC.”|