Relationships, a seven-part series now streaming on Tubi, follows Charlie Wilks (Michael Lewis Jr.), a man who returns from the Army to find his family in complete disarray. It’s a difficult homecoming on its own, but Charlie has also come out of a year-long coma (and months in rehabilitation) after being shot in the head while serving in Afghanistan. His mind is a little scrambled. He’s not in the best frame of mind, then, when he learns his wife, Tracy (Mary Ellen Espinosa), has been cheating on him with his brother. Charlie’s aunt Rachel (Carolina Speroterra) is mad at her husband, and Charlie’s daughters, Lindsay (Stephanie Kirves) and Laura (Jessica Pastor), have developed complicated lives of their own.

“I’ve been shot in the head, so I don’t remember much of the last year. Otherwise, I’m good, though!”

As part of his recovery, Charlie gives up drinking and drugs, but it’s a constant temptation when he realizes how things have changed after his year of unconsciousness. Fortunately, he has a pretty distraction: Dr. Angel Morgan (Isabel Meza), his Army-appointed therapist who has issues of her own and a major attraction to the handsome, damaged man who shows up in her office. Soon Charlie, Angel and their respective families and friends are drawn into a web of melodramatic intrigue.

The series was directed by Lemarze Smith, who co-wrote it with Jermaine Collins. Each episode runs 30 to 60 minutes, and the series plays out like a soap opera, although, to its credit, there’s a bittersweet element to way it approaches some of the central relationships. The conclusion of the series, in particular, is surprising in a grounded way given how much ridiculousness transpires over the course of the series.

One element that sets it apart is that the story picks up in early 2020, at the onset of the pandemic. Charlie doesn’t believe COVID-19 is real, but it doesn’t matter; the world starts to change around him. Some characters adopt more stringent methods of avoidance. Masks start to appear in public places. No political messages are made, but it’s interesting to see a series where that time is depicted as a simple reality through which fictional characters are living. At one point, Charlie even mentions that his physical meetings with Dr. Morgan are supposed to move to Zoom, which would certainly put a damper on their will-they-or-won’t-they energy.

Despite initially seeming to be a temptress of sorts, Dr. Morgan is actually the standout character across the series. She has a pretty tragic history of her own as a first-generation immigrant trying to build a life for herself beyond the influence of her loving but strict father, Jamie (Jordan Koser). Although she’s ostensibly a voice of reason in Charlie’s life, her own problems are soon mixed in with his own. It’s a volatile combination.

There isn’t a whole lot more to say about Relationships. There are times when it definitely seems a little low-budget, but the focus on the … well … relationships at the core of the series keeps it steady. It knows when to go big and silly but smartly keeps its characters relatively grounded amid the chaos. As far as a seven-episode soap goes, it’s a pretty decent diversion into other people’s problems.