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:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Kyra tries to ruin Reba's date because she doesn't think her parents deserve to be happy after their divorce. Cheyenne is the only one who calls her out on how selfish she is.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sympathetic: Brock did cause a lot of grief to his family with his affair and getting BJ pregnant but he's still tried his hardest to be a good dad to all four of his kids and a good grandfather to Elizabeth. Trying as hard to be a good father shows that no matter what selfish act he does, he cares about his family and feels guilty for not being the best dad and grandpa he can be. His main problem is being unable to be truly satisfied with the way his life turned out on a personal level despite being a dentist with a good practice and a better father than his own chauvinistic father. When it's revealed that he's actually depressed to the point of needing medication, it becomes even more sympathetic.
    • Barbra Jean, despite being the other woman, is hard to dislike as well. She's had a tough, God-fearing childhood but tries hard to be cheerful and make friends with Reba despite her attempts being quashed most of the time. Her marriage problems with Brock cast her into a far more sympathetic light since she starts to fall apart and show that she isn't as cheerful as she seems to be.
  • 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. As pointed out on the trope pages proper, Kyra ends up coming off as an even bigger Spoiled Brat than Cheyenne was when she was at her worst.
  • Values Dissonance: Reba once had an episode where her adult children went on food stamps and Reba went ballistic (accidentally getting herself put on them as well). This is portrayed as them being parasites on the state and looking for a handout when, in fact, in the first case they're students trying to improve themselves with a young child while Reba is raising three children by herself with her adult children raising their own baby. Outside of the South, it would be sensible and what foodstamps are for to help them.
  • 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.
    • Reba also counts, especially any time her failed marriage with Brock comes up.