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The Paynes

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild spin-off sitcom has race-related humor, life lessons.

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age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

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Positive Messages

Crazy antics and conflicts lead to life lessons. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Curtis and Ella are mentors in the community. 


Some yelling, arguments; references to gun violence and other social issues. 


Dating, divorce discussed. 


Occasionally words like "ass," "hell" used. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug-related issues in the community are a theme. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Paynes, a spin-off of the hit show House of Payne, is a comedy series that follows the trials and tribulations of the Payne family. It features lots of racially specific humor that some may find stereotypical. It also contains references to gun violence, drug dealing, and other social issues that impact low-income communities. Dating and divorce are discussed, too. However, with its main focus on the importance of family, it offers lots of positive life lessons. 

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Adult Written byNatashi M. March 27, 2018

Not good

I watch house of Payne every time it comes on bet which is almost everyday so I was so excited to see the show come back on own and when seen the cast on point... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnthony f. March 3, 2018

To much on point laughing

Way too much on point laughing after every single punch line feels like I'm watching an old episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show or I Love Lucy.

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What's the story?

THE PAYNES is a comedy series that follows the trials and tribulations of the Payne family. The House of Payne spin-off stars LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis as Curtis and Ella Payne respectively, who are ready to enjoy retired life. However, unbeknownst to Ella and their now adult kids, Curtis has already made arrangements to permanently move to Florida. After what was supposed to be a brief road trip to the Sunshine State, Ella suddenly finds herself settling down in the fictitious low-income town of Sun Coast, where Curtis has invested them in a bad real estate deal and committed to a new business. Luckily, they get some unique moral support from their cousin JoAnn (Jackée Harry). Becoming part of a new church, making new friends, and coping with the neighborhood isn't easy, but they soon realize that they can find new purpose in their lives. 

Is it any good?

This mildly entertaining series, in classic sitcom style, features an array of events designed to generate laughs while highlighting the importance of extended family. The revived characters remain imperfect, and tensions are common, but they are ultimately used to communicate some important life lessons. 

As is the case with much of Tyler Perry's work, the show is written to reflect contemporary black culture. While fans will appreciate his comedic style, others may consider the jokes to be stereotypical. Nonetheless, The Paynes is an overall positive viewing experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the life lessons offered on The Paynes. Who is primarily responsible for teaching them? How do people in your family learn from each other? 

  • The Paynes brings back characters from a previous show. Why do you think reboots and continuations are so popular? 

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