Uncle Buck

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  • TV-PG
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 4.7  (1,117)

Uncle Buck is a half-hour sitcom that originally premiered on ABC in 2016. It stars Mike Epps as Buck Russell, a fun-loving, but irresponsible bachelor who is enlisted by his sister-in-law, Alexis Russell (played by Nia Long), to help care for her three children while her husband is out of town for business. Despite his lack of experience with children and household responsibilities, Buck takes on the challenge and begins to build relationships with the kids as he navigates the ups and downs of becoming a surrogate parent.

The show centers around the comedic moments and mishaps that arise as Buck tries to manage his newfound responsibilities while sticking to his carefree lifestyle. The character of Buck is portrayed as a likable rogue who often finds himself in trouble but has a good heart and genuinely cares for his niece and nephews. The three children are Maizy, Tia, and Miles, played by Aalyrah Caldwell, Iman Benson, and Sayeed Shahidi, respectively. Each child has their own distinct personality and adds a unique dynamic to the show as Buck tries to relate to and discipline them.

As Buck settles into his new role as caretaker, he clashes with Alexis over his unorthodox methods of raising the children. Alexis is a successful businesswoman who is used to being in control and struggles to give up the reins to Buck. Despite their disagreements, Buck and Alexis share a close bond and work together to ensure the well-being of the children. James Lesure also stars in the series as Will Russell, Alexis' husband, who is frequently traveling for work, leaving Buck in charge.

The episodes of Uncle Buck often revolve around Buck's attempts to bond with the children through his various interests such as music, sports, and culinary arts. He also tries to impart life lessons onto the children with mixed results. However, Buck's unconventional approach to parenting is not always accepted by the children, leading to conflicts that he must navigate. The show also features a supporting cast of neighbors, friends, and coworkers that add to the comedic situations and provide further insight into the lives of the Russells.

Uncle Buck is a reboot of the 1989 John Hughes film of the same name, which starred John Candy in the titular role. While the TV show borrows some elements from the original movie, it sets itself apart with its contemporary setting and more diverse cast. The show was created by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and produced by Will Packer, who also produced the movies Ride Along and Think Like a Man.

Although the show garnered mixed reviews from critics, it was praised for its strong performances from the cast, particularly Mike Epps' portrayal of Buck Russell. The show also tackled some heavy themes such as grief and loss, as the family copes with the recent death of Buck's brother and Alexis' husband. However, despite its strong cast and potential for interesting storylines, Uncle Buck was canceled after just one season due to low ratings.

In conclusion, Uncle Buck is a sitcom that follows the misadventures of an unlikely parental figure as he navigates the challenges of caring for three children. Despite its short run on ABC, the show offers plenty of laughs and heartwarming moments as it explores the unconventional family dynamic that develops between Buck and the Russells. With a talented cast and strong production team behind it, Uncle Buck is well worth watching for those looking for a family-friendly comedy.

Uncle Buck is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on June 14, 2016.

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Block Party
8. Block Party
July 5, 2016
Buck takes the whole family back to his and Will's old South Side neighborhood to show the kids what life was like for them growing up.
The Interrogation
7. The Interrogation
July 5, 2016
Will and Alexis return home after being gone for the day and are shocked by what they find.
I Got This
6. I Got This
June 28, 2016
Buck's tradition of watching the Bulls games is interrupted by Tia, Miles and Maizy.
Going To Jail Party
5. Going To Jail Party
June 28, 2016
After Alexis catches Miles trying a risky stunt, she blames Buck for influencing him. With Miles' punishment looming, Buck hosts a "going to jail" party while Mom and Dad are out, but things don't go as planned.
4. Brothers
June 21, 2016
Will becomes jealous when Buck hits it off with his architect office buddies. Meanwhile, Alexis drags her reluctant kids into a lip-sync battle hosted by the snooty president of her college sorority alumna.
Ride Along
3. Ride Along
June 21, 2016
Alexis insists on riding along with Buck on his first day as nanny, but nearly drives her crazy with the way he handles the demands of the day.
Li'l Scarface
2. Li'l Scarface
June 14, 2016
Alexis and Will encourage Maizy to break out of her shell in order to sell Sunny Scout cookies. Mom does her best to teach Maizy a valuable lesson.
1. Pilot
June 14, 2016
In the series premiere, a hustler is domesticated when he becomes the nanny to his brother's family.
Where to Watch Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Uncle Buck on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 14, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    4.7  (1,117)