A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series underscores that what appear to be perfect lives are sometimes very dysfunctional. The series contains questionable messages about family, relationships, and other issues, but bribery and addiction are presented as a very negative behaviors.
Positive Role Models
As typical soap opera characters, the people all have their secrets, and some will stop at nothing to protect them. The cast is racially diverse, but the domestic employees are solely African-American and Latina.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments occasionally break out. One character cuts herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual material includes scenes of people in bed and partially dressed (no nudity). Prostitution, illicit affairs, and other themes are prominent.
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Words like "piss" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink champagne, wine, and cocktails. Some cast members are struggling with and/or recovering from alcohol and drug addiction problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Haves and the Have Nots contains all the traditional trappings of a typical soap opera, including lots of scandals, sexual content (including themes like extramarital affairs and prostitution), folks in partial stages of undress, and other steamy stuff. Drinking is frequent, and addiction, cutting, and other destructive behaviors are discussed.
Is It Any Good?
The Haves and the Have Nots pays tribute to the traditional TV soap operas of times past, thanks to its ensemble of attractive characters, endlessly intertwining plot lines, steamy scandals, and of course, over-the-top melodramatic music. The stories are rather predictable, too, even though they are updated to reflect contemporary social issues.
The series offers a more diverse cast than classic series like Dallas, but the overall production may feel slow or outdated to viewers who are unfamiliar with the nature of classic soap series or who are looking for more action-oriented entertainment. But audiences who like or miss this type of soapy distraction may be drawn to this guilty pleasure.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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