|Created by||Allison M. Gibson|
|Theme music composer||Shelby Kennedy|
|Opening theme||"I'm a Survivor", performed by Reba McEntire|
|Composers||Steve Dorff (season 1)|
Jonathan Wolff (seasons 2–4)
Tree Adams (seasons 5–6)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||127 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Mindy Schultheis|
Michael Hanel (entire run)
Allison M. Gibson (2001–2002)
Kevin Abbott (2002–2007)
Matt Berry (2003–2007)
Reba McEntire (all from 2005–2007)
|Camera setup||Videotape (filmized);|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Acme Productions|
Bee Caves Road Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Original network||The WB (2001–2006)|
The CW (2006–2007)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 5, 2001 –|
February 18, 2007
Reba is an American television sitcom starring Reba McEntire that aired on The WB from October 5, 2001, to May 5, 2006, and on The CW from November 19, 2006, to February 18, 2007. Most episodes were filmed in front of a live studio audience.
The show is set in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and stars Reba McEntire as a wisecracking single mother Reba Nell Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) his dental hygienist, after it is revealed in the pilot episode that Barbra Jean is pregnant from an affair with Brock. Although Reba sees "B.J." (Barbra Jean's nickname) as her nemesis, Barbra Jean considers Reba her best (and perhaps only) friend. As the show progresses Reba slowly and painfully comes to the conclusion that despite all her efforts to hate her, she likes Barbra Jean and considers her a friend. In the pilot episode it was revealed that Reba's oldest daughter, then high school senior Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia), is also pregnant.
Cheyenne married her boyfriend and now husband Van Montgomery (Steve Howey), a dim-witted but well-meaning football player. Van moves in with them, after his own parents kicked him out for standing by Cheyenne. Van comes to view Reba as a surrogate parent (something Reba is very comfortable with). Reba's other two children are Kyra (Scarlett Pomers), an intelligent and rebellious teenager who shares Reba's sarcastic streak, and Jake (Mitch Holleman), a young boy just trying to sort through the mess of his family. Since the fifth season, Van and Reba have been real estate partners.
The show was cancelled when The WB and UPN merged into The CW. However, in an 11th hour move on May 17, 2006, The CW renewed Reba with a 13-episode order, reportedly to fulfill a syndication contract worth $20 million. In November 2006, The CW announced that the show would be paired with 7th Heaven, Sundays at 7:00 p.m., beginning later that month. Reba encores were scheduled for Sundays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode at 7:30 p.m. Reba became the top-rated sitcom on the CW, also surpassing the dramas Supernatural, One Tree Hill, and Veronica Mars. The final episode aired on February 18, 2007.
Cast and characters
- Reba McEntire as Reba Nell Hart (née McKinney). Reba is a single mom who struggles with taking care of everyone in her house after her husband divorces her for his dental hygienist. She is temperamental and prone to sarcastic remarks. But Reba can also be kind and caring, and is usually the sensible one. In the first two seasons she worked as a secretary for her ex-husband's dental rival, Eugene. Later on in the series she becomes a real estate agent.
- Christopher Rich as Brock Enroll Hart. Reba's ex-husband, a dentist and golfer, who leaves her for his much younger, pregnant, dental hygienist, Barbra Jean. He is vain, addicted to tanning, and tries to convince everyone that he is still young. Brock sometimes shows regret for his divorce from Reba because of all the chaos it caused for his children. His marriage with Barbra Jean is rocky, due to his selfishness and impetuousness, but he is in love with her. His name is a play on "rock and roll."
- JoAnna García Swisher as Cheyenne Montgomery (née Hart). Brock and Reba's oldest daughter, who initially is looking forward to her senior year of high school before learning that she is pregnant. She marries her boyfriend, Van Montgomery, who moves into Reba's house after his parents disown him. Cheyenne gives birth to their daughter, Elizabeth, after going into labor on graduation day. She can be somewhat air-headed and self-centered, but she can also be thoughtful and kind-hearted. She is very sensitive, especially when she is insulted (mainly by Kyra, her younger sister). Her work ethic and sense of responsibility improves as she raises her daughter and studies dentistry in college. Cheyenne also begins volunteering at a homeless shelter, improving her shallowness greatly. When she comes to the realization that she is an alcoholic, she's inspired to discontinue doing dentistry for her major, and, instead of that, decides to study counseling for those affected by alcohol and drugs. She is truly her mother's daughter and cares greatly for her entire family.
- Steve Howey as Van Montgomery. The star cornerback of his high school's football team, Van was kicked out of the house when his parents found out that he planned to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Cheyenne. He consequently moves in with Cheyenne at Reba's house, and his future in professional sports looks bright until an injury to his tailbone reveals that he has narrowing of the spine. He works to recover his life after the loss of his football dream, and he eventually becomes a successful realtor in a partnership with Reba. Van is portrayed as a big goof and is not good with words, especially when it comes to Cheyenne. Kyra especially loves making fun of him. He is a great father to his daughter, Elizabeth. He is also bonding with Jake since he wanted to be a big brother to Jake. He cares deeply for his in-laws, especially Reba, for taking him in and caring for him in his darkest hours. His relationship with his parents remains strained throughout the series, and they never truly make up.
- Scarlett Pomers as Kyra Eleanor Hart. The middle child, Kyra has the fewest emotional issues of the family. Many of her traits and looks come from Reba, including her sharp wit and knack for sarcasm, although she's known to be more manipulative and difficult. Kyra has a constant need for this because while she would like to live the life of a normal teenager, Reba, Brock, and Barbara Jean, constantly saddle her with adult responsibilities (like watching the two babies) and severely meddle in her social life. Therefore, she always feels that she's being punished for the bad choices of the dim-witted Cheyenne and Van. In the final season, she decided not to go to college and to focus on her music. Kyra also likes teasing Van, annoying Cheyenne and bullying Jake. During season 5, she appeared in only two episodes toward the beginning of the season, due to Pomers' real-life battle with anorexia. She returned at the beginning of Season 6.
- Mitch Holleman as Jacob "Jake" Mitchell Hart. The youngest of the Hart children, Jake is often teased by his sister Kyra. In the earlier seasons, Jake sometimes is only seen for one scene where he would crack a joke or just mention something that involves the current topic. Jake is pretty oblivious of what goes on around him and has a habit of saying the first thing that comes to his mind without thinking. He acts like a normal boy for his age, although in earlier seasons he displays feminine characteristics that worry his father, Brock.
- Melissa Peterman as Barbra Jean Hart (née Booker). Barbra Jean, also known by her initials "BJ", was Brock's dental hygienist and had an affair with him as his marriage to Reba was deteriorating. She gets pregnant even though Brock and Reba were not divorced yet. Her comically religious behavior was phased out over the course of the first season. Barbra Jean is more intelligent than Van, but is more oblivious than Jake and is often an easy target for Reba's sarcasm. While noisy and annoying, she is a kind-hearted person with good intentions. Her tendency to tell "over-the-top" tales results in her sharing many random and often bizarre facts about her childhood and past. The most that can be understood is that she was born in Friendly, Texas, and was known as "the biggest baby in Juno County." She has a sister, currently married, a brother named "Buzzard" (played by Bryan Callen of MADtv fame) and a father ("Big Daddy") who enjoys drinking and hunting. Brock is afraid of both Buzzard and Big Daddy because he knows they don't like him. She also claims to have an aunt who spits professionally. In the last season, she lost a considerable amount of weight and became a weather girl (stage name "Stormy Clearweather") with a public-access television cable station. Her meteorological expertise came from the fact that her "butt-rometer" could accurately predict rain ever since she was struck by lightning in her Be-dazzler-studded backside in 1982. In the last episode, she traded up to her station's roving news reporter, calling her segment "Babs Janson: Street Walker."
- Alena & Gabrielle Leberger as Elizabeth Montgomery. Elizabeth is the daughter of Van and Cheyenne. Elizabeth rarely speaks (although in the ninth episode in Season 5 she said her first line), but will sometimes be shown in a family member's arm or running around. She's a happy child who is often shown giggling. In the second season episode "And The Grammy Goes to...", it is revealed that Van indeed named the baby after the star of Bewitched.
- Alexander & Jackson McClellan as Henry Charles Jesus Hart, Brock and Barbra Jean's son and is also Cheyenne's, Kyra's, and Jake's younger half-brother. He sometimes displays bad behavior, which leads Reba to believe that Barbra Jean is a bad parent.
Reba McEntire, Christopher Rich, Joanna García, and Steve Howey are the only cast members to appear in every episode.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||22||October 5, 2001||May 10, 2002||The WB|
|2||25||September 20, 2002||May 9, 2003|
|3||23||September 12, 2003||May 14, 2004|
|4||22||September 17, 2004||May 20, 2005|
|5||22||September 16, 2005||May 5, 2006|
|6||13||November 19, 2006||February 18, 2007||The CW|
The show's theme song, "I'm a Survivor," was written by Shelby Kennedy and Phillip White and performed by Reba McEntire. The song comes from Reba's album Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor. Though the first part of the TV version's lyrics appear elsewhere in the song, the album version has a different chorus: "The baby girl without a chance / a victim of circumstance / the one who ought to give up / but she's just too hard-headed / a single mom who works two jobs/ who loves her kids and never stops / with gentle hands and the heart of a fighter / I'm a survivor. The show's lyrics are as follows:
- My roots are planted in the past,
- Though my life is changing fast,
- Who I am is who I want to be.
- A single mom, who works too hard,
- Who loves her kids and never stops.
- With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter.
- I'm a survivor.
In season 1, the opening credits were black-and-white photos of cast members interspersed with clips of each cast member from the show (mostly if not all from the pilot episode), along with color video shots of Reba on a soundstage. The theme song, "I'm a Survivor", was slower and softer, very similar to the original album version. The first ten episodes of season two featured a truncated opening sequence: Cast and crew names were shown during the first and second segments of the show. The song was re-recorded at a faster, more energetic pace, but only two lines of the chorus ("Who I am is who I want to be / I'm a survivor") were sung. New video inserts of McEntire were shot and played with a color photo of the entire cast at the end.
From the 11th episode of season 2 onwards, a full opening sequence was returned to the show. The fast-paced song played among the new shots of McEntire plus clips of cast members from previous episodes as their names scroll past the screen horizontally. In seasons 5 and 6, the song was re-mixed again, with more accompanying instruments.
The series finale of Reba ended with a family photo, similar to the first episode and the season five finale "Reba's Heart". This marks the only time that Reba ended back to back seasons using the family photo of season one.
The final season of Reba was originally scheduled to debut in the spring of 2007, but returned in November 2006 following the cancellation of the CW drama Runaway.
Other songs in the Reba series include Reba's hit single, "Walk On" which is in the pilot episode, and three unreleased songs performed for the specific episode, the songs are, "Angel's Lullaby" which Reba performs at the end of the season one finale episode, "It Ain't Over Till the Redhead Sings", the second song is Carole King's "So Far Away" which Reba performs at the end of the episode entitled, "Terry Holliway", the third and final song that is unreleased is Reba's and Melissa's performance of the hit Dolly Parton song, "9 to 5" in the episode entitled "Driving Miss Kyra."
The house used in the exterior shots which served as Reba's house is located at 13522 Butterfly Lane, Houston, Texas 77079.
Reba set a new all-time viewership record for any program on the WB's Friday night (best-ever Friday in women 18–49). During its five seasons on the Friday night lineup, it often ranked 4th in its timeslot (ahead of both UPN and Fox), with a few episodes bringing in over 5 million viewers.
Reba's premiere on The CW Sunday averaged 4.02 million viewers, including 1.64 million viewers and 40 percent among adults 18–49 more than when Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us premiered in the same time slot, thus making Reba the highest rated sitcom on the network. With Reba as a lead in, 7th Heaven saw a season high of 4.51 million viewers.
Reba was averaging 3,630,000 viewers since the beginning of its sixth season, making it the seventh most-watched show and the most-watched sitcom on The CW throughout the 2006–07 television season. The new Reba episodes vary as being either sixth or seventh most-watched program on the network, sometimes ranking as high as #3 for the week.
Throughout The CW's inaugural season (2006–07), no other program had higher viewer turnout for repeat airings than Reba. As a result of the lackluster ratings for encores of the summer drama Hidden Palms, repeats of Reba returned to the CW's schedule in June 2007 after being absent for three months, and they immediately became the most-watched program of the night. Later in the summer, repeats of Reba were the most-viewed program on the CW network.
|1||2001–2002||4.2 million||The WB||#129|
|2||2002–2003||4.5 million||The WB||#127|
|3||2003–2004||4.0 million||The WB|
|4||2004–2005||4.3 million||The WB||#117|
|5||2005–2006||3.4 million||The WB||#133|
|6||2006–2007||3.6 million||The CW|
Midway through season 6, word began circulating that the CW had ordered "the back nine," or the remaining episodes that would have given Reba a full-season order, but on January 19, 2007, during the network's TCA Press Tour, it was revealed that the series had been canceled, with no "back nine" on order.
The series finale garnered 4.44 million viewers in its final half-hour. Rumors continued to float on the CW's message boards and Reba fan sites that the series might still have a chance at renewal, citing the possible removal of programming chief Dawn Ostroff, or that Lifetime may opt for a Van/Cheyenne spinoff series. It was soon announced that Garcia and Howey had each been signed to new shows for CBS and FOX respectively.
An interview with Reba McEntire, as part of the press coverage of her then upcoming duets album, revealed that the show was not being shopped around and that the series was indeed finished. In an interview with Variety on May 29, 2007, 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman said that he had regretted The WB's handling of the show in later years, saying that he was sure the series would have been a hit for CBS or ABC.
Reba has aired in syndication on Lifetime, Ion Television, Peachtree TV, and the Hallmark Channel. It began airing on CMT on Wednesday August 1, 2012, in high definition, and also began airing on ABC Family (now Freeform) on Monday August 6, 2012. It began airing on TV Land in 2015. As of August 2019, however, the series has been pulled from both TV Land and Freeform. The show made its network premiere on UPtv on August 2, 2019.
Reba is broadcast worldwide in over 30 different countries. Worldwide, 8.2 million viewers watched the series final episode. It was extremely successful in the Czech Republic (under the name "The Diary of a Seasoned Mother") where the season premiere on September 29, 2007 garnered over 1 million viewers. It was also successful in Canada, Mexico, and Croatia. The show is extremely popular in the Caribbean giving McEntire an enormous fan base there.
20th Century Fox has released the entire series run, seasons 1–6, of Reba on DVD in Region 1. All discs are double-sided in an effort to reduce the economics of producing the sets. In 2010, seasons 1-4 were re-released in standard, more compact DVD cases to match the fifth and sixth season releases.
|Title||Season One||Season Two||Season Three||Season Four||Season Five||Season Six|
|Release date||December 14, 2004||December 13, 2005||April 25, 2006||November 14, 2006||January 13, 2009||June 23, 2009|
|Ep#||22 Episodes||24 Episodes||22 Episodes||22 Episodes||22 Episodes||13 Episodes|
Awards and nominations
|2001||People's Choice Awards||Won||Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series||Reba McEntire|
|Young Artist Awards||Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young Actress||Scarlett Pomers|
|Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young Actor||Mitch Holleman|
|Nominated||Best Family TV Comedy Series||Reba McIntire|
|Won||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Guest Starring Young Actor||Shawn Pyfrom|
|2002||Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actor||Mitch Holleman|
|Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Scarlett Pomers|
|2003||Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Scarlett Pomers|
|Golden Globe Awards||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Reba McEntire|
|2004||Young Artist Awards||Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger||Mitch Holleman|
|Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Scarlett Pomers|
|Won||Best Family Television Series (Comedy)||Mitch Holleman|
|2005||Nominated||Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor||Mitch Holleman|
|2006||Primetime Emmy Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Bryan Hays (For episode: "Flowers For Van")|
|2007||Nominated||Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||Bryan Hays (For episode: "The Goodbye Guy")|
|2008||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated||Choice TV Actress: Comedy||Joanna García|
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