A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family members tease each other about topics some might find offensive, such as skin color and body size.
Violence & Scariness
In the first episode, viewers learn that a drug-addicted character burned her family's house down.
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Family members taunt and tease each other, and the word "sucker" is used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Although no drug use is shown, one of the characters is a former addict.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one of the main characters in this syndicated sitcom is a formerly drug-addicted mother of two who was forced into rehab after burning the family house down. She receives very little emotional support from her in-laws and husband when she's released from her program.
Is It Any Good?
Perry has lots of fans, but even his alter-ego Madea couldn't infuse enough life into the mediocre House of Payne to make it stand out from the crowd. House of Payne's storyline is an interesting one, in that viewers essentially see a single father raising his kids with the help of his parents. But amateurish acting and a low-quality set detract from any originality. What's more, the writing at times verges on the offensive. At one point, Curtis tells CJ that all black people have high blood pressure, to which the lighter-skinned CJ responds that he doesn't. His father's retort? "I said black, not beige."
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