Rel (TV series)

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Rel
REL TV Series Logo.png
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Jordan L. Jones
  • Jessica Moore
  • Sinbad
Opening theme"In the Circle" by Crucial Conflict
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Josh Rabinowitz
Kevin Barnett
Jerrod Carmichael
Lil Rel Howery
Mike Scully
Gerry Cohen
CinematographyGeorge Mooradian
Editor(s)Richard Candib
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Morningside Entertainment
  • REL Event Productions
  • Scully Productions
  • JMMLG Productions
  • Bird Luger Productions
  • 20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09) –
January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)
External links
Official website

Rel is an American sitcom created by Lil Rel Howery and Kevin Barnett for the Fox Broadcasting Company.[1] The series also stars Jordan L. Jones, Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore and Sinbad. Loosely based on Howery's own life, it follows a Chicago man trying to rebuild his life after his ex-wife slept with his barber.

Rel is a joint production by Morningside Entertainment, REL Event Productions, Scully Productions, JMMLG Productions, Bird Luger Productions, and 20th Century Fox Television and syndicated by 20th Television. On April 17, 2019, Rel was canceled by Fox after one season.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The series centers on Rel, a nurse living on the West Side of Chicago, whose life is soon disrupted when his wife is having an affair with his own barber and divorces him.

Cast[edit]

  • Lil Rel Howery as Rel, a nurse who tries to rebuild his life after the divorce
  • Jordan L. Jones as Nat, Rel's younger brother who just got out of jail
  • Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore as Brittany, Rel's best friend
  • Sinbad as Milton, Rel's and Nat's widowed father.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [3]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Gerry CohenLil Rel Howery & Kevin Barnett & Josh RabinowitzSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)[a]1LBH015.49[5]
2"Laundry Room"Gerry CohenLil Rel Howery & Kevin Barnett & Josh RabinowitzSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)1LBH021.99[6]
3"Kids First Visit"Mike ScullyStory by : Lil Rel Howery
Teleplay by : Mike Scully
October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)1LBH041.81[7]
4"One Night Stand"Gerry CohenStory by : Lil Rel Howery
Teleplay by : Aeysha Carr
October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)1LBH031.40[8]
5"Halloween"Gerry CohenAeysha Carr & Hugh MooreOctober 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)1LBH051.45[9]
6"Windy City Politics"Gerry CohenDanielle Sanchez-WitzelNovember 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)1LBH061.64[10]
7"Re-Enter the Dragons"Gerry CohenAndrew LeeNovember 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)1LBH071.25[11]
8"Blizzard"Gerry CohenJosh Rabinowitz & Kevin BarnettNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)1LBH081.62[12]
9"Brittany's Mom"Gerry CohenRae SanniDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)1LBH091.61[13]
10"Hate & Hip Hop"Gerry CohenJosh Rabinowitz & Kevin BarnettDecember 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)1LBH102.06[14]
11"Mom"Gerry CohenStory by : Lil Rel Howery & James Heller Chapman
Teleplay by : Willie Hunter & Dave Helem
January 6, 2019 (2019-01-06)1LBH121.23[15]
12"Cleveland"Gerry CohenMike MarianoJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)1LBH112.77[16]
  1. ^ The pilot episode was released early on September 6, 2018.[4]

Kevin Barnett[edit]

Co-creator Kevin Barnett, who also worked on the show Broad City[17] died at the age of 32 on January 22, 2019. His death in Tijuana, Mexico, while he was on vacation, was caused by pancreatitis. Barnett co-hosted a podcast, Roundtable of Gentlemen.[18]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 44% approval rating with an average rating of 4.36 out of 10, based on 16 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Rel has a talented star supported by a solid ensemble, but none of it's enough to disguise an ordinary sitcom that hits a series of generic beats."[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 46 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 9, 2018 1.9/8 5.49[5] 0.2 0.42 2.1 5.91[21]
2 "Laundry Room" September 30, 2018 0.8/4 1.99[6] 0.3 0.59 1.0 2.58[22]
3 "Kids First Visit" October 7, 2018 0.7/3 1.81[7] 0.2 0.54 0.9 2.35[23]
4 "One Night Stand" October 14, 2018 0.5/2 1.40[8] 0.2 0.49 0.7 1.88[24]
5 "Halloween" October 21, 2018 0.6/3 1.45[9] 0.2 0.43 0.8 1.88[25]
6 "Windy City Politics" November 4, 2018 0.6/3 1.64[10] 0.2 0.41 0.8 2.05[26]
7 "Re-Enter the Dragons" November 11, 2018 0.5/2 1.25[11] 0.2 0.40 0.7 1.65[27]
8 "Blizzard" November 18, 2018 0.6/3 1.62[12] 0.2 0.37 0.8 1.99[28]
9 "Brittany's Mom" December 2, 2018 0.6/3 1.61[13] 0.2 0.37 0.8 1.99[29]
10 "Hate & Hip Hop" December 9, 2018 0.8/3 2.06[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Mom" January 6, 2019 0.5/2 1.23[15] 0.1 0.30 0.6 1.53[30]
12 "Cleveland" January 13, 2019 1.0/4 2.77[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2018). "'Rel' Comedy Starring Lil Rel Howery Picked Up To Series By Fox In Big Multi-Camera Push". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 17, 2019). "'The Gifted,' 'Rel' Canceled at Fox". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Rel - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Twitter to Stream a Special Early Release of "Rel"". The Futon Critic. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Welch, Alex (September 11, 2018). "'Big Brother,' 'Sunday Night Football,' and 'REL' adjust up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 2, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'The Simpsons,' 'Bob's Burgers,' and more adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 9, 2018). "'Bob's Burgers' and 'Sunday Night Football' adjust up, 'Family Guy' adjusts down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 16, 2018). "'DWTS: Juniors' and 'Family Guy' adjust up, 'Alec Baldwin Show' and 'God Friended Me' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 23, 2018). "'The Simpsons' and 'Bob's Burgers' adjust up, 'Madam Secretary' and 'Alec Baldwin Show' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 6, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'Madam Secretary,' '60 Minutes,' and more adjust down: Sunday final rating". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 13, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' and 'Family Guy' adjust up, 'The Simpsons,' 'God Friended Me' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Welch, Alex (November 20, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Welch, Alex (December 4, 2018). "'Sunday Night Football' adjusts up, 'Garth! Live' and '60 Minutes' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Welch, Alex (December 11, 2018). "'The Flash' and 'Sunday Night Football' adjust up, 'Football Night in America' adjusts down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Welch, Alex (January 8, 2019). "Golden Globes adjust up: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Welch, Alex (January 15, 2019). "'The Simpsons,' 'REL,' 'Bob's Burgers,' and 'Family Guy' adjust down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Comedian Kevin Barnett dies aged 32 - CNN Video, retrieved January 24, 2019
  18. ^ "Comedian Kevin Barnett, 32, Died of Complications from Pancreatitis, Autopsy Reveals". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  19. ^ "Rel: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "REL Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Pucci, Douglas (September 18, 2018). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' Leads Broadcast Non-Scripted Fare in Raw Gains". Programming Insider. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  22. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 2, 2018). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'God Friended Me' Debut on CBS Grows Double-Digits in Viewers but Slightly Declines in Persons 18-49 from Year-Ago Telecast". Programming Insider. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
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  25. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 5, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Oct. 15: Big Bang Theory Pulls Ahead of Sunday Night Football". Variety. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
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  27. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 26, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 5: Three Shows Post 150% Gains". Variety. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  28. ^ Otterson, Joe (December 3, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 12: 18 Shows Rise by 100 Percent or More". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  29. ^ Otterson, Joe (December 17, 2018). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 26: Fox Hits Highest Numbers in Nearly Three Years". Variety. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
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