This is a series that centers on a divorced mother (Reba McEntire), of three.
Reba is a wisecracking, sarcastic at times, loving and caring woman with an ex-husband, Brock (Christopher Rich), who lives in the same neighborhood with the woman he married, his pregnant dental hygienist, Barbara Jean (Melissa Peterman). Her oldest daughter, Cheyenne, (Joanna Garcia), is a senior in high school who finds out that she too is expecting a baby, to her football-playing boyfriend, Van (Steve Howey). Van proposes to her, and they get married, but end up living with Reba. Meanwhile Reba’s youngest daughter, Kyra (Scarlett Pomers), takes any opportunity she can to make fun of both her sister and her sisters’ husband. She is also sarcastic, but tends to be manipulative and difficult at times as well, though she has less emotional problems than her brother and sister. Reba’s youngest child is her son, Jake (Mitch Holleman), who is basically normal for his age, occasionally cracking jokes and being picked on by his sister, Kyra.
Even though she is married to Brock, Barbara Jean regards Reba as her best friend. Of course Reba is none too thrilled by this, but she doesn’t seem to be able to get rid of her, despite trying! As time goes on, Reba realizes that she actually considers Barbara Jean a friend, although she doesn’t like to admit it. Then there are the two babies. Elizabeth (Alena & Gabrielle LeBerger), who is Cheyenne and Van’s daughter, is blond, happy and sweet, and is usually laughing or smiling. Henry (Alexander & Jackson McClellan), is Brock and Barbara Jean’s son, who at times, is known to display bad behavior. All in all, one big, happy family.
This show was funny, entertaining, and sweet at times, and centers on the problems that can sometimes face the problems of divorced families. It was on for 6 seasons and was always good for a laugh and taking your mind off of your own problems for a while! I give this series 7 out of 10.
Reba Hart-Reba McEntire
Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery-JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Van Montgomery-Steve Howey
Brock Hart-Christopher Rich
Barbara Jean Hart-Melissa Peterman
Kyra Hart-Scarlett Pomers
Jake Hart-Mitch Holleman
Baby Elizabeth-Alena and Gabrielle LeBerger
Baby Henry-Alexander and Jackson McClellan
Recurring Cast Years
Lori Ann-Park Overall 2001-2002
Mrs. Hodge-Julia Duffy 2001-2002
Henry Hart (toddler)-Jon Paul DeFabry 2005-2006
Elizabeth Montgomery (toddler)-Lila Braff 2005-2006
Dr. Susan Peters-Nell Carter 2001
Brian-Mark Thompson 2002-2003
Terry-Leslie Jordan 2003-2004
Bookstore Clerk-Daniele O’Loughlin 2002-2005
Eugene-Dan Castellaneta 2002-2003
Sue Montgomery-Robin Riker 2002-2003
Fred-John Brady 2002
Nurse-Zilah Mendoza 2002
Mrs. Pruden-Penny Nickels 2002
Dan Montgomery-Mark Tymchyshyn 2003
Bridget-Sarah Shahi 2004-2007
Barber-Jack Nathan Harding 2004-2006
Scott-A.J. Trauth 2004
Dr. Morgan-James Denton 2005-2006
Tim-Shelley Malil 2007
On the show, the character of “Reba Hart” has the middle name of Nell. Reba McEntire’s real-life middle name is also Nell.
Originally, the air date of the show was supposed to be September 14, 2001. However, due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the debut of the show was changed to a different date.
Both Steve Howey (Van), and JoAnna Garcia-Swisher (Cheyenne), appeared in McEntire’s video for the song, “Every Other Weekend”.
Scarlett Pomers who plays “Kyra”, was only in 2 episodes of season 5, because she went into rehab for an eating disorder. When season 6 came around, they used jokes when referring to her absence, such as Reba asking her, “Where have you been”? Kyra answered this by saying, “I went to get something to eat”.
Reba McEntire started singing in her high school band, and on the radio with her siblings, as well as at rodeos. When she was a sophomore in college, she sang at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. The song she sang was the national anthem, and in doing so she attracted the attention of Rod Steagall, who then brought her to Nashville, and she signed a contract with Mercury Records.
Christopher Rich (Brock), has been married twice. First to actress and co-star (they were both on the soap opera, Another World), Nancy Frangione. His second marriage is to Ewa Jesionowska, a former gymnast who competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Reba McEntire is often referred to as “The Queen of Country”. She has had 14 number one albums, 40 number one singles, and 28 albums that have been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in sales.
JoAnna Garcia-Swisher (Cheyenne), was the homecoming queen of her high school, Florida’s “Tampa Catholic High School”.
Reba McEntire isn’t the only singer and songwriter on “Reba”, there is also Scarlett Pomers (Kyra). Scarlett has formed her own band named, “SCARLETT”, as well as having her song, “Valentine”, (a song that she wrote as a poem at the age of 12, and changed to a song years later), in the Amy Smart movie, “Love N’ Dancing”.
Both Reba McEntire’s father and grandfather were champion steer ropers. And her father, Clark Vincent McEntire, was a World Champion Steer Roper for the years of 1957, 1958, and 1961. Her mother, Jacqueline Smith, was planning on becoming a country singer, but changed her mind about singing professionally, and instead became a schoolteacher, while teaching her children to sing. The McEntire children formed a group called the “Singing McEntires”, in which Reba played the guitar and wrote all of their songs.
After the “Reba” series ended, Melissa Peterman (Barbara Jean), was the opening act for former co-star Reba McEntire on her 2007 tour.
Christopher Rich performed the marriage ceremony of former co-star, JoAnna Garcia and her husband Nick Swisher, outfielder for the New York Yankees.
On March 16, 1991, while McEntire was touring for her 1990 album, eight members of her road band, plus a pilot and co-pilot were killed in a plane crash near San Diego, California. Her 16th album, “For My Broken Heart”, was released in October 1991, and dedicated to her deceased road band.
McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 22, 2011. She was inducted, by Dolly Parton.
JoAnna Garcia-Swisher is married to baseball player, Nick Swisher. Both Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman were made bridesmaids in the ceremony.
After Scarlett Pomers got out of the facility for anorexia nervosa, she became an ambassador for the “National Eating Disorders Association”. She also started an organization called, “Arch Angels”. Arch Angels is a group that helps to raise money for people that cannot afford treatment for and suffer from an eating disorder. Due to these events, the magazine “Teen People” named her as one of the 20 teens who will change the world.
Steve Howey spent many of early childhood years living on boats with his parents.