‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ is an unscripted documentary-style television series that takes the viewer behind the scenes into the busy life of a public persona. Radio host and TV personality Rickey Smiley and his friends and family create unintentional comedy as they live out their day to day lives, while Rickey tries to balance his career, single fatherhood, romance, and more. In the 44 episodes that aired so far on TV One, Rickey Smiley – American comedian and radio show host – has hilariously juggled his career, personal life, and fatherhood in both Birmingham, Alabama – where he lives – and Atlanta, Georgia, his workplace – with much entertainment for the audience.
Rickey Smiley For Real Cast: Who’s in it?
The show is mostly shot in Atlanta, where Rickey Smiley lives and works during the week, as well as in Birmingham, Alabama, his hometown, and where his family is. ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ focuses on his struggle to bring up his kids, find work-life balance, and trying to have a love life. The results, frankly, are sure to be a good source of laughter for viewers. This show combines the comedy approach of the central character with fun, family and lots of drama to create something for all ages.
The series stars, of course, Rickey Smiley – with the gossip guru from his show – Gary With Da Tea, as well as co-host of his show Da Brat, his kids Malik, D’Essence, Aaryn, Brandon, and numerous others from his work and home circles, such as nephew Craig, assistants Miss Pat, and Angie, business consultant Bruce, childhood friend Nikita Blockton, and co-hosts Headkrack, Rock T and Juicy. The hour-long episodes give viewers an up close and personal voyeuristic view.
Rickey Smiley For Real Plot: What is it about?
In all the seasons aired so far, people can see Rickey in familiar and unfamiliar situations doing traditional and non-traditional things, just trying to make the most of each day and endeavouring to be the best he can, as a father, as a professional, and as a man. Whether he is cooking dinner or performing comedy on stage, taking his family out on spontaneous outings or playing the shark at business meetings, going on celebrity dates or coaching co-workers – his other family – on work stuff, Rickey always comes through as genuine and earnest. Viewers also get a rare behind-the-scenes look at what life on the road is like, and what goes on in-studio and backstage at radio and stage shows.
“Rickey Smiley For Real showcases the ‘real’ Rickey,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP of Original Programming and Production. “We see his real job, real friends, real kids and his really crazy life. As a successful member of our Radio One family, Rickey’s return to TV One is sure to resonate with our audience.” The series, produced by Bobbcat Films, brings the laughter and fun into introspection.
The biggest success of the series, though, is arguably its sensitive and in-depth look at black parenthood, specifically fatherhood, through the medium of Smiley’s own hectic life and constant struggles to keep his head above the water as a single father who splits his time between two cities while balancing the demands of his professional duties with those of his family. Many completely different kinds of viewers will be able to find a connection to the show, but the way the series visually brings to life the dynamics of black fatherhood and shatters the media and Hollywood hyped trope of the “absentee Black father” is beautiful, to say the least.
In an in-depth interview, Smiley spoke of his determination to be more attuned to his personal needs and to focus more on his family and fun but also to pay more attention to his romantic life, and to try to meet his perfect match. Smiley says, “I want everyone to watch this show because it’s universal, and we all go through the same things in life. The same problems that affect my household affect someone else’s household, regardless of race or culture. How we resolve our issues through conflict resolution is something everyone can learn from.”
‘Rickey Simley For Real’ brings this handsome sharp-dressed father and comedian – capable of having you in splits to the point of tears – right into your living room, and takes you into his home and workplace in return. “There’s nothing like this on TV. I feel like Rickey Smiley’s story is my story,” says Robert Smith– a single father of three in Vinings, Georgia. Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, a CBS radio personality and Media Lecturer at NJIT agreed, “I agree with the importance of having a show like Rickey Smiley for Real on TV right now. For a long time, Black roles were marginalised and pigeon-holed to domestic workers and then the Cosby show was introduced, which gave an idea of what a Black family could or should be like. Cliff Huxtable was a Doctor and Entrepreneur, and Claire was a mother who was a successful Attorney. The Fresh Prince of Bel-air blurred the lines between that, which was the Cosby show and what was also the reality of the hood (West Philly) worldwide. The ’90s and Hip Hop music opened the gates for different television and film roles, which included the struggles of inner-city life, but somehow this perspective became the norm that defined Black family life which is inaccurate.”
Rickey Smiley For Real Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ Season 5 premiered on October 30, 2018. Now as far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though considering the show has had five successful seasons, there’s no reason to cancel it now. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ Season 6 can release sometime in October 2019. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
Rickey Smiley For Real Trailer:
Since no official announcement has been made, we do not have a trailer for ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ Season 6. You can watch this clip below to get an idea about the show. You can also head over to TV One if you want to catch up on all the episodes from the previous seasons.
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