A dysfunctional slice of life, the sitcom follows a couple who unexpectedly acquires three foster kids. Kellita Smith, who plays Bernie Mac's TV bride Wanda, notes, "[All in the Family] dealt with racism, they dealt with no money... They brought all that to the forefront when, before, people weren't laughing at that, you know?"
And as she points out, nobody will mistake the darkly comedic Mac for The Cosby Show. "We love Cosby," says Smith whom you may recall from stints on Nash Bridges, Martin or The Jamie Foxx Show. "But life is not Cosby. What I love about [Bernie Mac] is that it's real, and quite frankly, the truth kind of hurts sometimes. The truth can be dark. The truth can be intimidating. But the truth is, and it stands."