Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Not too much iffy stuff, but not aimed at kids, either.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

The show has some mild African-American stereotyping, and (lighthearted) racial humor is exchanged between minorities. In one scene, for example, a woman asks a black man to keep an eye on another black man's handling of her luggage; in another, a black man shows frustration over a Hispanic character's use of Spanish.


One elderly character is an unabashed nymphomaniac who makes bold advances at every man she comes in contact with. Though nothing but an occasional kiss is shown, dialogue includes references to women being "sexy," being seen naked, and infidelity.


Rare use of "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional joking references to cigarette use and drinking, but nothing is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns includes some racial humor exchanged mostly among characters of color -- but it's meant to be lighthearted, not hurtful or offensive. Most of the show's comedy is driven by its quirky characters, so tweens may not grasp the cultural background necessary to appreciate the humor. Between that and the fairly frequent references to sexuality (not much is shown, though), the show is obviously meant more for adults -- but there's not too much here that's inappropriate for older tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Adult Written bySTUTUFFS April 1, 2013


I was sitting at home bored the other evening flipping channels and I came across Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" television sitcom. With nothing... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byprincesswashington December 28, 2017

Great show for people of color, so funny

I am now 13 but when I was 7 years old me and my family would watch meet the browns all the time. There were some iffy moments but the show did teach good Chri... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGymnastE13 December 19, 2013


I think this show is really good. I watch it with my dad, and my 10 year old brother. As a thirteen year old, I think this show is really funny and a good comed... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MEET THE BROWNS, David Mann revives one of Tyler Perry's most popular characters -- flamboyant church deacon Leroy Brown -- who's living out his dream as proprietor of an up-and-coming retirement facility in the dilapidated home he inherited from his father. The motley crew of Brown Meadows residents keeps Mr. Brown hopping, but he's fortunate to have a handful of family members and handy fix-it guy Jesus (Antonio Jaramillo) to help him keep the place in running order. That's good news, because between the bustling fraternity house next door and the pristine rival retirement center down the street, there's no shortage of chaos interrupting the serenity of the Brown residence.

Is it any good?

This show does a very good job with character-based comedy, tossing together an array of personalities and feeding off their wacky interactions. Mann is surprisingly believable as the overzealous, God-fearing, high-pitched Mr. Brown, and the rest of the quirky characters are likewise lovably flawed. There's little meaningful substance to the sitcom, but fans won't mind that once they've gotten acquainted with the cast.

That said, Meet the Browns isn't a show for young kids, as conversations often include sexual references (one elderly character is a raging nymphomaniac who flirts with every man in the vicinity), and there's occasional strong language (mostly "hell"). There's also a fair amount of stereotyping and racial humor, though it's all lighthearted. Tweens probably won't be too into the character humor, but teens and adults will get some chuckles from the zany cast.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how race is typically dealt with in the media and in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns. What do you think of the racially based humor in this series? Would you feel differently if the cast were predominantly white?

  • Do minority entertainers have more leeway in how they joke about race? Why or why not?

  • Do you think there's a racial bias in the news or print media? Can you think of examples?

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