Now that Netflix has taken us back to 1985 with the third season of “Stranger Things,” it also is looking backward with the upcoming sitcom “Family Reunion,” which debuts July 10.

And though the streaming service works in mysterious ways (literally — Netflix does not share data, even with the people who make its shows), the point seems to be to reach back to a lighter, pre-cynical age of comedy.

“Family Reunion,” created by Meg DeLoatch, who also worked on the Netflix sitcom reboot “Fuller House,” is a program that recreates an old form, much as a modern housing development might suggest the good old days with carved newel posts and covered porches.

In the series, an African American family abandons big-city Seattle for down-home

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