YMMV: Reba

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Reba a wise, caring mother and grandmother, looking out for her kids and suffering her friendship with B.J.? Or is she a bitter and meddlesome control freak? (As with most things, the truth is most likely somewhere in the middle.) Several episodes throughout the show addressed this, with people telling Reba she had to let go and let her kids make their own decisions.
  • Anvilicious: The season 5 episode "Parenting With Puppets" is little more than a half-hour anvil drop about discipline in parenting.
  • Creator's Pet: Some have accused Kyra of this, especially in the later seasons. While she's always been a Deadpan Snarker, later seasons take it up to near Jerkass levels, and she rarely ever gets her comeuppance for some of the stuff she does, with a few of them portraying her as a victim in all this because it "somehow" stems from the result of Cheyenne getting pregnant... even though she's arguably a lot worse when it comes to disrupting and making things harder on the household than necessary than Cheyenne's pregnancy ever was.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Van and Barbara Jean are usually considered to be the best characters on the show.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Brock/Reba, of course.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In a later episode, Reba is trying to convince Van to go into business with her flipping a house. Van repeatedly refuses and, in an out-of-character moment of intelligence he gleaned from watching the news (Van's Motto: "When an old geezer in a suit talks about money, I listen") states his reasons why as "the housing market is falsely inflated right now, and the bubble is ready to burst." The episode aired in 2005, and less than three years later, a massive recession (fueled at least in part by a collapsing housing market) clobbered the US economy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the episode, "Locked and Loaded", Reba makes a crack involving Kelly Clarkson. Guess who guest-stars in literally the next episode, "As We Forgive Those...".
    • In "Reba the Landlord", after Reba is reminded of Barbara Jean's affair with Brock, Van tells Reba to just "Let it go. Let it go."
    Van: I got one more word for you: paper plates!
    Cheyenne: Van, that's two words.
    Van: Let it go!
  • Les Yay: Barbara Jean can come off as this towards Reba. Especially in later seasons, as Brock and Barbara Jean's marriage imploded; at that point she truly did like Reba better than Brock.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: You'd expect Barbara Jean to be the most hated character of the entire show, but she puts so much effort into trying to be Reba's friend that many, surprisingly, find it hard to do. The fact that she genuinely feels bad abut wrecking Reba's marriage and Melissa Peterman's complete devotion to a character that's absolutely loopy help.
  • The Scrappy:
    • A lot of fans dislike Cheyenne for being vain and bitchy.
    • Additionally, not many fans are fond of Kyra in the later seasons, either, mainly because her Deadpan Snarker tendencies get taken up to near Jerkass levels and she rarely receives any comeuppance for most of her actions, and the times she does she's often portrayed as being the victim, even if it's for something where she really, really isn't. Making Van one of the frequent targets for her insults and abuse doesn't help, either.
    • Really, all of Reba's kids can fall into this trope at points. Even though he's Out of Focus for most of the series, even Jake can wear on people's nerves during most of the episodes focusing on him. The fact that his few storylines in later seasons all made him out to be obnoxious (stealing money from Reba, lying to get both Kyra and Henry in trouble, selling sodas at his school against the rules, pretending to be disabled to play on a wheelchair basketball team) probably doesn't help.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Kyra. It's hard to deny that she gets the short end of the stick at points, but this is often because of very justifiable reasons, such as trying to help the teenaged mother in the family get on her feet, and raising a new born child. In addition, with all the complaining Kyra does, she almost never does anything to help improve the situation, or at least help make things easier on everyone. More often then not, she often goes out of her way to cause trouble and stress on the family instead because of it. The closest thing that can remotely count to trying to make things easier was moving out to her dad's place, which only succeeded in causing even more stress on the family and bringing Reba to tears. Combine this with her slowly sliding into the Teens Are Monsters trope during her teenaged years and her Deadpan Snarker tendencies being taken up to near Jerkass levels in the later seasons, and it's a bit hard to feel bad for her at times when she starts complaining about things.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kyra, of all people, surprisingly qualifies as this, due at least partially to suffering from the Middle Child Syndrome. It also helps that her actress is a bit of a real life one herself, especially in Season 5, due to her anorexia battle.
    • Jerkass Woobie
    • Reba also counts, especially any time her failed marriage with Brock comes up.