Parents' Guide to

House of Payne

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

No-frills sitcom is lackluster in every way.

TV Syndicated , TBS Comedy 2006
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 8+

Great moral lessons--and a laugh track

Moral lessons in each episode. Family-centered and reminiscent of the 90s and early 2000s TV sitcom hits. Acting and writing quality could use some work; however, it's on par with Disney, Nickelodeon, CW, and FAR better than Full(er) House. This is a safe bet if you're looking for a good show that's safe for kids and doesn't condone being rude to others. I don't think there is any drinking, smoking, swearing, or drugs--not even for adults.
age 13+


The new season is rather boring. I wish they would get rid of Lisa- horrible actor! Curtis already does the most; therefore, they don't need an extra! It's horrible!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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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