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After Two Decades, ‘Reba’ Is Still a Survivor

Her roots were planted in the past. Though her life was changing fast, who she was was who she wanted to be. Twenty years ago, the now defunct WB network introduced a family sitcom starring country music icon and American treasure Reba McEntire. Appropriately titled “Reba,” in the multicamera sitcom, McEntire plays Reba Hart, a recent divorcee who now has to handle being a single mother who worked too hard — but who also loves her kids and never stops.

Of course, outside of just the financial struggles of becoming a single mother (when the father was the breadwinner), this new normal was made even more difficult for Reba with the reveal that her eldest child, popular high school cheerleader Cheyenne (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), was impregnated by her himbo boyfriend, star high school football player Van (Steve Howey). In the pilot, Van is kicked out of his home for this and moves in with the Harts, which includes sardonic middle child Kyra (Scarlett Pomers) and little brother Jake (Mitch Holleman). Reba also has to process and contend with the fact that soon-to-be-officially ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) impregnated his new, younger girlfriend — the loud, oblivious Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman).


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