House of Payne

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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No-frills sitcom is lackluster in every way.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family members tease each other about topics some might find offensive, such as skin color and body size.

Violence

In the first episode, viewers learn that a drug-addicted character burned her family's house down.

Sex
Language

Family members taunt and tease each other, and the word "sucker" is used.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Although no drug use is shown, one of the characters is a former addict.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHasana April 9, 2008

Jim Crow hits a new low

I tried a couple of times to sit down and watch TPHP and couldn't get past the first commercial break. This is show depicts cooning at its finest. I am emb... Continue reading
Adult Written byEyewitness December 8, 2008

Poor Writing

Unfortunately, this is some of the worst writing I have ever been exposed to. The plot is non-existent. There is no definable story line. The character developm... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySilverSnake July 16, 2010

I don't see whats wrong with it..

Wow, THIS show got bad ratings yet The Suite Life on Deck got better ones? I think the actings really good, the lessons are good, its funny and relatable. The c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byVeronique148 February 15, 2012

Sorry t.p.

this show was good at first but now dont even waste your time on it.Jazmine and Malik arent there cause they're both with disney calvin is on some other sh... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HOUSE OF PAYNE, a syndicated sitcom created and directed by filmmaker Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), viewers follow Atlanta fireman CJ Payne (New Jack City's Allen Payne -- it's coincidental that they share the same last name) as he and his two kids move into his parents' home after his drug-addicted wife burns down their house to cover their debt. (Laughing yet?) CJ often butts heads with his strong-willed but well-meaning parents, Ella (Cassie Davis) and Curtis (Lavan Davis). The three disagree on everything from personal hygiene to child-rearing and further test each other's patience when CJ's wife returns from rehab and re-enters their lives. Larramie Shaw and China McCain co-star as Curtis' two children, Malik and Jasmine, and Denise Burse plays nosey neighbor Claretha.

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."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about drug abuse and its consequences. Why is it a bad idea to do drugs? How can you say no when all your friends might be experimenting? Do you think drugs should be illegal?

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