With qualities of a funny sitcom and an all-black ensemble cast, ‘Family Reunion’ truly succeeds in bringing home the old-school charm of covered porches and carved newel posts. ‘Family Reunion’ is a family sitcom that follows the McKellans as they move from Seattle to Georgia to stay close to their extended family. With a great deal of chaos, flared tempers, mini squabbles, and a lot more fun, this is a ride filled with laughter, southern charm, and energy. Created and executive produced by Meg DeLoatch (‘Fuller House’, ‘Eve’), and directed by Eric Dean Seaton (‘Modern Family‘), this is yet another Netflix Original that focuses on the vibrant and rich African-American culture.
Family Reunion Cast: Who is in it?
The star-studded cast of ‘Family Reunion’ is led by Tia Mowry as Cocoa McKellan and Loretta Devine as M’Dear. Actress and producer, Mowry is best known for her roles in ‘The Hot Chick’, ‘The Game, and ‘Sister, Sister’. Here, she enacts the character of Cocoa McKellan — “a free-spirited mother from Seattle.” Emmy-Award-winning actress, Devine is a renowned name, mainly for her character portrayals of Marla Hendricks on ‘Boston Public and Adele Webber on ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘. She is “the loving but strict matriarch of the family.”
Anthony Alabi stars as Moz McKellan (Cocoa’s husband). The McKellan kids are 14-year-old Jade (Talia Jackson), 12-year old Shaka (Isaiah Russell-Bailey), 10-year old Mazzi (Cameron J. Wright), and 8-year old Ami (Jordyn Raya James).
Family Reunion Plot: What is it about?
In this multi-generational African-American Netflix comedy, a black family’s idea of vacation goes for a toss when they decide to leave their happening city life in Seattle and embrace the colorful humdrum of their down-home in Columbus, Georgia. They do so in order to be closer to their extended family, including matriarch M’Dear and Grandpa McKellan. Arriving from the West Coast is Moz, his wife Cocoa, and their four children. Seeking the comforts of the countryside and affection of their kin, the family wishes to retrieve their original roots and culture. However, with three-hour church services and the hot, humid summers of the south, the McKellans face new challenges. But everything seems to be sorted after M’Dear’s delicious home cooking!
While Cocoa is a free-spirited mother from Seattle, Moz is a former NFL star. In contrast, M’Dear is the strict grandmom and a demanding mother-in-law, always sticking to her own standards of perfection. As per her, the entire family should pray, work, eat and dress according to her rules. Obviously, due to this tug of war, there is some tension that arises between Cocoa and Moz. However, they do manage to surpass these small obstacles and finally emerge as a big, loving family.
‘Family Reunion’ takes us to a world where adults and kids alike have something to learn from one another. It is a nostalgic journey that teaches us about the differences between generations. Gradually, the McKellans start realizing what they were missing all this while as they start adapting to the Georgian way of life. Full of funny yet heartwarming moments and focusing on the trials and tribulations of all the members living under the same roof, this spirited drama is all about an American family staying in harmony and learning to appreciate their roots. It definitely resonates with viewers all across the globe because families can come together to enjoy 30 minutes of unlimited fun, without any embarrassing surprises!
Written by an incredibly talented crew of all-black writers, ‘Family Reunion’ manages to stick to its claim of authenticity as well. Coupled with merry dance sequences on several occasions and loud debates about new versus old parenting styles, it is definitely the best blend of modernity and tradition. As per DeLoatch, “I am extremely proud of this show. It is a true collaboration, with everyone on this production, from the cast and writers, to the directors, staff, and crew, contributing personal stories and traditions to help make our family dynamic and relatable.”
Family Reunion Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Family Reunion’ Season 1 premiered on Netflix on July 10, 2019. The streaming platform had earlier commissioned a 20-episode order for the project, out of which 10 has already been aired. The rest of the episodes will be released as Part 2. ‘Family Reunion’ Season 2 is all set to release sometime in January, 2020. We shall update this section as soon as we learn more.
This isn’t the first time in Netflix’s history that some episodes of a show have been held back to be released later. ‘No Good Nick’ and ‘The Ranch’ also were released in the same way. And with the platform ramping up its collection of original family sitcoms, we can at least predict a bright future for this show. Who knows? Maybe we can see multiple renewals in the coming years!
Family Reunion Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘Family Reunion’ part 2, check out the season 1 trailer below.
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