Netflix Sitcom “Family Reunion” Drops Season 3

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By Len Beczko, Staff Writer

Family Reunion,” a well-known and very well-liked Netflix show, has returned for a third season recently, much to the delight of its fans. It’s a family show, starring the McKellans as they move from the hustle and bustle of New York to their grandmother’s house in the south. The McKellan’s Cocoa, Moz, Jade, Shaka, Mazzi, and Ami, are played by Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright, and Jordyn Raya James, respectively. Their grandparents Amelia (also known as M’Dear) and Jebediah are played by Loretta Devine and Richard Roundtree

The new season follows the same format as the seasons prior to it, with each episode mainly being standalone with a few overarching themes, such as fitting into a new place. Each of the characters faces their own problems after moving to their grandparents’ house in the south, and each episode is them learning to fix or deal with certain ones. Not only do the characters learn to deal with certain situations, but the watcher can as well. The problems they discuss are very real issues, and the way they solve them is really helpful to people dealing with the same ones.

This season wasn’t very different from the other ones in terms of plot, as the overarching themes continued as they had before. There were also flashback episodes, such as the one where M’Dear protests the old hotel being torn down because of its ties with African American history. The kids learn all kinds of lessons in this season as well, for example, the circle of life when their beloved principal passes. Still, with the help of their family, they learn to navigate everything and learn that family will always be there for them.

In terms of cast, I believe they did a perfect job of picking people for each role as they all fit in perfectly, as individual characters and with each other. I believe that Mowry-Hardrict was a great choice for Cocoa, as she embodied the role well and worked well with the actor playing Alabi. 

Alabi plays Moz, Cocoa’s husband and the son of M’Dear and Jebediah. He fits very nicely into the role, delivering any humorous lines with impeccable timing and overall embodying the character he was playing well.

Overall, I think it’s a pretty good season and show. It deals with a lot of strong topics, and I think it can be really educational as well as very entertaining. I very much enjoyed watching the new season with my sister, as did she.

The show does have its faults, however, for example, how quickly they changed a side character’s personality from episode to episode or one of the character’s inability to stick to one love interest for more than an episode. All in all, I did find it interesting how each episode is dedicated to someone else. With all this information, I think this show deserves a 7.5/10 in total. I highly recommend watching it with family.