EW has the exclusive first look at the blended family comedy debuting May 12.

By Marcus Jones
March 16, 2021 at 02:00 PM EDT
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Diamond Lyons, Journey Christine, and Khali Spraggins star in Netflix's 'The Upshaws' with Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps.
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Comedians Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are bringing the laughter as bickering in-laws on the upcoming Netflix sitcom The Upshaws, and EW has the exclusive first look at the family comedy.

Sykes, a scene stealer on everything from Curb Your Enthusiasm to Black-ish, created the show with writer Regina Hicks, who has spent decades behind the scenes writing for iconic Black sitcoms like Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and Insecure.

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Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes, and Page Kennedy star on Netflix sitcom 'The Upshaws'.
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The pair both serve as showrunners on The Upshaws, which centers on a Black working class family in the midwest making it work through shaky times and a knotty family dynamic. They also executive produce the series with Epps, Niles Kirchner, and Page Hurwitz, co-founder of Push It Productions.

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Mike Epps and Kim Fields play a couple on Netflix's 'The Upshaws'.
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Taking place in Indianapolis, the show follows charismatic patriarch Bennie Upshaw (Epps), who manages to hold things down as a car mechanic with his own shop, but is still working on balancing being a good husband to his wife Regina (Kim Fields), and being a good father to the son he had outside his marriage with a woman named Tasha (Gabrielle Dennis).

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Kim Fields and Wanda Sykes play sisters on Netflix's 'The Upshaws'.
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Sykes plays Regina's sister Lucretia, who is fed up with her brother-in-law seemingly squeaking by without any consequences. She pairs well with Regina and Bennie's eldest son Bernard (Jermelle Simon), born when his parents were still teens, who's not the biggest fan now of his neglectful father.

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Mike Epps and Jermelle Simon play father and son on 'The Upshaws,' a new sitcom on Netflix.
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Bennie does alright though with his young daughters Aaliyah (Khali Spraggins) and Maya (Journey Christine), and even his break baby Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), who's now a teen close in age to Aaliyah.

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Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields, and Mike Epps try to salvage a kids birthday party on Netflix's 'The Upshaws'.
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With his ex-con, newly religious friend Duck (Page Kennedy) to help him out as well, Bennie is determined to keep the peace, and make it to the next level as one big happy family.

See exclusive first-look photos of the series above.

The Upshaws premieres on Wednesday, May 12 on Netflix.

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