Kim Fields has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, The Upshaws. She joins previously-announced stars, Mike Epps and Wanda Sykes, who are executive producers on the project. Sykes will also be the co-showrunner with Regina Hicks (Insecure, Girlfriends).
The multi-camera series will center on “on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it."
Fields will portray the character of Regina Upshaw, described by Netflix as “Lucretia’s (Sykes) sister and Bennie’s (Epps) high school sweetheart, now wife, and the mother of his three children. Regina works in medical billing at a local hospital and struggles to stay upbeat and keep her family happy — and her husband in check — while pursuing goals of her own.”
Epps’ character, Bennie Upshaw, is the “lovable, charming, thug-adjacent head of the Upshaw family. He runs a garage in Indianapolis, and is constantly butting heads with his sister-in-law, Lucretia, who believes her sister could have and do better. As a husband and father of four children, he tries his best (not always successfully) to figure things out without a blueprint."
Sykes' Lucretia is his sister “who collects disability after falling from a jetway at the airport. She is a real estate owner and silent partner in Bennie’s garage, only stomaching his antics for her sister. She will always believe it’s not too late for her sister to get out of her marriage."
Known for her iconic roles on Facts of Life and Living Single, Fields is also a prolific television director, directing over 30 episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, as well as episodes of shows like Kenan & Kel and Let's Stay Together.