A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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What's the story?
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS, a dramatic soap opera created, written, produced, and directed by Tyler Perry, centers around the rich, powerful, and dysfunctional Cryer family of Savannah, Georgia, and the hired help who work on the estate. Family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider) is a powerful judge with political ambitions, but his extramarital life threatens to harm his career as well as his family's reputation -- something that his wife Katheryn (Renee Lawless) will stop at nothing to protect. Their adult children, including troubled son Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell) who struggles with addiction, and daughter Amanda (Jacyln Betham) who is buckling under pressure to live up to her family's expectations, add to the drama. Meanwhile, the family's new maid, Hanna Young (Crystal Fox), is trying to keep her own family going, and relies on her son Benny (Tyler Lepley) to help her. But things get complicated when Hanna's estranged daughter Candace (Tika Sumpter) befriends members of the wealthy family as a way of of manipulating her way into a world of money and influence. Adding to the mix are the Cryer's wealthy friends Veronica and David Harrington (played by Angela Robinson and Peter Parros), and Celine, the family's chef (Eva Tamargo).
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The series offers a more diverse cast than classic series like Dallas, but the overall production may feel slow or outdated to viewers who are unfamiliar with the nature of classic soap series or who are looking for more action-oriented entertainment.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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about soap operas. What exactly is a soap opera? What are some of the most famous soap operas to air on American television? What made them so popular? What are some of the differences between early soap operas and what people consider to be soap operas today?
Soap operas and other TV shows geared towards teens feature lots of risky behaviors, like promiscuity and drinking. Why? What kind of impact can this have on the teens who are viewing these behaviors on television?
Can you tell this show is a Tyler Perry production? What are some trademarks of his work?
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