Raising Whitley

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  • 2013
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.4  (66)

Raising Whitley is a reality television series that premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in April 2013. The show stars comedian and actress Kym Whitley as she navigates the challenges of raising a child as a single parent. The series begins with the story of how Kym became a mother. In 2011, she received a phone call from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, informing her that a newborn baby named Joshua had been left at the hospital with no one to care for him. The baby's mother, a friend of Kym's, had listed Kym as the emergency contact. Kym was shocked to learn that she had been named as the baby's legal guardian, but despite her initial hesitation, she decided to take on the responsibility of raising the child.

From there, the show follows Kym as she navigates the ups and downs of motherhood with the help of her close-knit group of friends. Kym is a single woman with a busy career, so she relies heavily on her "village" to help her raise Joshua. This group includes her best friend and stylist, Rodney Van Johnson, her personal assistant Harold Bell, her friend and fellow comedian David Arnold, and her friend and entrepreneur, Joshua's godmother, Malika Haqq.

Throughout the series, Kym faces a variety of challenges as a first-time mother. She struggles to balance her work commitments with her responsibilities as a parent and often finds herself feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. However, she also experiences moments of joy and fulfillment as she watches Joshua grow and develop.

As the show progresses, viewers get to know each member of Kym's support system and learn more about their individual lives and struggles. Rodney, for example, is a former soap opera actor who is trying to rebuild his career after years away from the industry. Harold is a single father of three who works tirelessly to provide for his children. David is a divorced father who has recently re-entered the dating world. And Malika is an aspiring entrepreneur who is navigating the ups and downs of starting her own business.

The series also explores larger themes related to adoption and the foster care system. Kym is a vocal advocate for adoption and often speaks about her own experiences as a foster child. In several episodes, she works to raise awareness about the need for more foster parents and encourages others to consider adoption.

Overall, Raising Whitley offers a heartfelt and honest look at the challenges and joys of parenthood. It is a show that is relatable and entertaining, and one that will have viewers rooting for Kym and her village every step of the way.

Raising Whitley is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on April 20, 2013.

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Telling Joshua
9. Telling Joshua
January 16, 2016
When Kym considers adopting another kid so that Joshua has a sibling, she sees it is time to have "the talk" with him concerning his own adoption.
Movin' on Up
8. Movin' on Up
January 9, 2016
Kym longs for a larger home; and Harold desires to make a one-man show with Rodney's help.
Village Vacation
7. Village Vacation
January 2, 2016
Kym puts together a trip where Joshua can learn to ski; and Kym's visitor, Mickey, doesn't agree with Rodney's parenting skills.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 26, 2015
Summary not available
Mickey Don't Play
5. Mickey Don't Play
December 19, 2015
Kym visits a winery with her friends in a rented RV; and Rodney asks Joshua to stay the weekend at his home.
My Baby's Turning Four!
4. My Baby's Turning Four!
December 12, 2015
Trying to prove his devotion, Rodney requests to plan Joshua's fourth birthday bash; Omarosa assits Wendell in discovering love.
To Z or Not to Z
3. To Z or Not to Z
December 5, 2015
Kym asks Rodney's best friend Z out on a date after months of flirting; Kym attends a baby shower for Val's pet bird.
The Whitley Intervention: Part 2
2. The Whitley Intervention: Part 2
November 28, 2015
Kym requests that Judge Mablean returns order to the Village, but finds out she might be part of the problem. In addition, while getting ready to host the NAACP Theatre Awards, she observes Joshua is starting to act out.
The Whitley Intervention: Part 1
1. The Whitley Intervention: Part 1
November 21, 2015
Kim and the Villagers visit Orlando to contest on "Family Feud," but a disagreement between Kym and Rodney may prevent them from appearing on the show.
Where to Watch Raising Whitley
Raising Whitley is available for streaming on the OWN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Raising Whitley on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, OWN and FuboTV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 20, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (66)