Rel (TV series)

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Genre Comedy
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Josh Rabinowitz
Kevin Barnett
Jerrod Carmichael
Lil Rel Howery
Mike Scully
Abraham Higginbotham
Matthew Fernandes
Arthur Spanos
Gerry Cohen
Cinematography George Mooradian
Editor(s) Richard Candib
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 9, 2018 – present

Rel is an American sitcom television series created by and starring Lil Rel Howery that debuted September 9, 2018 on Fox.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The series centers on Lil Rel, a prideful, self-made success who lives by the code to “always believe in yourself and great things will come,” finds that attitude put to the test when he learns his wife is having an affair with his own barber. He tries to rebuild his life and post-divorce as a long-distance single father on the West Side of Chicago on a quest for love, respect, and a new barber. It is inspired by Howrey’s life.


  • Lil Rel Howery as Lil Rel
  • Jordan L. Jones as Nat, Lil Rel's younger brother who just got out of jail
  • Jessica 'Jess Hilarious' Moore as Brittany, Lil Rel's best friend
  • Sinbad as Dad, Lil Rel's and Nat's father


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Gerry CohenLil Rel Howery & Kevin Barnett & Josh RabinowitzSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)[a]1LBH015.49[4]
2"Laundry Room"[5]TBATBASeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)1LBH02TBD
3"Frameless in Chicago"[6]TBATBAOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)1LBH03TBD
  1. ^ The pilot episode was released early on September 6, 2018.[3]


Critical response[edit]

Rel has been met with generally mixed reviews by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 42% "Rotten" score with the critical consensus being, "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"<ref><ref>{Cn|date=September 2018}} On Metacritic, it currently holds a score of 45 out of 100, signifying "Mixed or Average" reviews.[citation needed]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 9, 2018 1.9/8 5.49[4] N/A N/A N/A N/A


  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. ^ "Rel - Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Twitter to Stream a Special Early Release of "Rel"". The Futon Critic. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "(REL-102) "Laundry Room"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 10, 2018. 
  6. ^ "(REL-103) "Frameless in Chicago"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 

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