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Love Thy Neighbor

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Tyler Perry comedy features mild laughs and innuendo.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The importance of family is central to the show. Other positive themes like honesty, hard work, and being responsible are also briefly highlighted.

Positive role models

Mae Love is very rough around the edges, but she usually knows what she's talking about.

Violence

Mae Love occasionally threatens to hit if someone makes her mad, but it never really happens.

Sex

Contains some discussions about dating, sex, and infidelity. Homosexuality and cross-dressing is also discussed.

Language

Words like "hell" and "ass" are occasionally audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor is a comedy that contains positive messages about family, but also some discussion about sex and relationships that might be too mature for tweens. Expect some iffy words ("hell," "ass"), and references to infidelity and cross-dressing, as well as occasional lighthearted threats to hit, but nothing really happens.

What's the story?

Written, produced, and directed by Tyler Perry, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR is a comedy series starring Patrice Lovely as Mae Love, the feisty owner of the The Love Train Diner. While her daughter Linda (Kendra C. Johnson) struggles with married life, her adult son Danny (Andre Hall) is learning how to navigate the world of adulthood. Unfortunately, he's easily distracted by his partying roommate Sam (Jonathan Chase), and their attractive co-workers Marianna and Drew (played by Zulay Henao and Darmirra Brunson). Adding to the fray is the ever-present Uncle Floyd (Palmer Williams). There's never a dull moment, and throughout it all, Mae bluntly offers her thoughts and advice. But in the end, they never stop being there for each other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series offers a television version of Perry's popular character, Madea, through Mae Love, whose strong personality and no-nonsense attitude is designed to help communicate funny -- but teachable -- moments. Some of the family dynamics are also reminiscent of some classic Mama's Family episodes, too. But the plot lines are predictable, and occasionally the comedic timing falls a little flat.

The characters are likable, but outside of Mae, they are woefully underdeveloped, and are more like superficial caricatures than people you want to spend time watching. There's simply not enough focus on Mae to really understand who she is and how she sees the world, either. Nonetheless, folks who like Perry's signature comedy style may find it entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way families are represented in TV and films. What are the media's most famous television and movie families? Why do they stand out? Does the way the media represents families create stereotypes about what families should look like, or do they challenge them?

  • What makes a comedy funny? Is it the characters? The plots? The jokes? When does a comedy go too far for a laugh? How does someone's culture factor into the way humor is presented and/or understood?

TV details

Premiere date:May 29, 2013
Cast:Andre Hall, Kendra C. Johnson, Patrice Lovely
Network:OWN
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydisneyisawesome December 10, 2013

Best Sitcom Ever

Love Thy Neighbor is like the best sitcom ever. Too bad the first season had to end, but ,season 2 is coming in January, so be on the lookout. You should TOTALLY watch this show . It's super funny and gives great messages(but mostly funny). Watch this show and you won't be sorry.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bygood1380 July 2, 2015

Best tv show

Tyler Perry's love thy neighbor is the best show ever. The show is so funny.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bypearson.sharon@... June 3, 2015

Nasty Program

This show is a travesty! It is pure stupidity but worse than that, it demeans Back people!! It's the worse show I've ever seen and I'm a 76-year-old media person, All the grunting, head wobbling is terrible. I think Tyler Perrys shows are transparent copy cat stuff put together by someone wh didn't understand what those shows were really about. Black people unite! Get this awful parody ofyou race off the air! I can't post this without choosing age, so I did, but no one should watch this junk!

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