'The Upshaws' with Mike Epps is back for Part 5 and Hoosiers can relate to sitcom topics

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It’s time to check back in with “The Upshaws,” Netflix’s Naptown family.

Starring Indy booster extraordinaire Mike Epps, the sitcom series’ fifth batch of shows drops April 18.

The streaming service calls the show's set of releases "parts" rather than seasons. Anyway, there are six episodes this go-round.

Epps, one of the executive producers, portrays Bennie Upshaw, head of a Black working class family. When Part 4 was released in August 2023, mechanic Bennie was losing his garage.

Here's what to expect with the return.

Mike Epps stars as Bennie Upshaw in the Netflix sitcom "The Upshaws."
Mike Epps stars as Bennie Upshaw in the Netflix sitcom "The Upshaws."

We’ll get nods to Indianapolis culture

The series always gives Indianapolis viewers a chance to feel the presence of their favorite sports teams, via shots of apparel and banners.

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Part 5 adds topics that have made local headlines.

A pothole gets a shoutout.

One episode broaches the subjects of critical race theory and the state’s conservative leanings.

And Bennie, like other Hoosiers, has to contend with electric cars being a thing.

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Mike Epps wears Nap Or Nothing jacket "The Upshaws."
Mike Epps wears Nap Or Nothing jacket "The Upshaws."

Who stars in “The Upshaws”?

In addition to fellow executive producer and show creator Wanda Sykes, who play Bennie’s sister-in-law, Lucretia, the series also stars Kim Fields as Bennie’s wife, Regina; Jermelle Simon as the couple’s oldest son, Bernard;  Khali Spraggins and Journey Christine as his daughters, Aaliyah and Maya; Diamond Lyons as Bennie’s teenage son Kelvin; and Gabrielle Dennis as Kelvin’s mom, Tasha.

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Guest appearances during Part 5 include social media personality Tabitha Brown and comedian and actress Kym Whitley, who returns as Althea, the sister of Regina and Lucretia.

Is “The Upshaws” filmed in Indianapolis?

While set in Indy, the sitcom is filmed in Los Angeles.

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Are more seasons of “The Upshaws” planned?

The series is in production for its 10-episode Part 6.

Mike Epps has yet another Indiana-tied project in the works

The comedian, who has an Indy-set house rehab show streaming on HGTV and Max, announced he is producing a project starring Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”) that’s inspired by an Indiana story and slated to stream on Hulu. The series depicts the story of a couple accused of abandoning the daughter they adopted from the Ukraine, who they claimed was actually an adult with dwarfism who was posing as a child.

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Here’s how to watch “The Upshaws” Part 5

All six episodes of Part 5 begin streaming on Netflix on April 18.

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Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at cheryl.jackson@indystar.com or 317-444-6264. Follow her on X: @cherylvjackson.

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