Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

Common Sense Media says

Not too much iffy stuff, but not aimed at kids, either.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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.

Language

Rare use of "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sitcom 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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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Meet the Browns 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, this 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how race is typically dealt with in the media. 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?

TV details

Cast:Antonio Jaramillo, David Mann, Tamela Mann
Network:TBS
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written bychristian boy February 4, 2013
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good christian show

This show is about a christian family called the browns.The show in my opinion has really good messages they barely swear maybe every 20 episodes you will hear a brief d*mn or b*stard but its always brief the show is hilarious in a nice clean christian way.On the show they sometimes use the word crack or weed.The sex in the show is very little sasha and will sometimes say lets go to room 301 and renee says i see what you do in there but overall this show is a wholesome clean christian comedy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byGymnastE13 December 19, 2013
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Great!

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 comedy/drama. I think its also a family show in my opinion. There isn't really anything wrong with this show.
Parent Written bySTUTUFFS April 1, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

I HATE THE SHOW...

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 else to watch I decided to give the show a try, the worst mistake of my life. The show was terrible. I couldn't decide which was worse the very annoying laugh track that seemed to go off every 5 seconds at what was supposed to be humor or the idiot dressed in very tightly fitting clothes who seems to be slightly retarded. How can such a great writer in Tyler Perry who has found success in making us laugh and opening our eyes to the struggles of everyday life with his great stage plays and movies fall so far off base with this terrible television show. At this point in his career I'm sure he has people who write and direct some of his productions for him, I would hate to believe that he writes the material for "Meet the Browns." This show is an embarrassment and a dark cloud over all of the successful things that he has produced thus far in his career. With there being a major shortage of African-American sitcoms on television now days its very sad that "Meet the Browns" is all we have to represent us to the world. When I hear the name of that show all I can think about is the seemingly out of shape black man, dressed up in skin tight clothing, with a very high pitched voice who doesn't seem to have any kind of education. Sure, you may say, "stop trippin' that its just a television show," but to some its symbolic of how far the black man has fallen from prominence. They laugh at us, saying that they have us right where they want us. Don't get me wrong, I know that it didn't began with this show and I know it doesn't end with this show. There is enough blame to go around 1000 times over and honestly I think the blame game has gotten old, I think it's time for the change game. It's time to turn our backs on negative media and I mean that for everyone. Any rapper, singer entertainer or athlete that promotes Black Hate we should stop supporting. Lets stop listening to and buying music and movies that promote hatred of our people and especially our women by calling them B's and H's or saying that we should use and play them or media that promotes them as being only sexual objects and not the Queens that they truly are. Its time we become more conscience of this hate media that we've been supporting for years now. Lets demand change from the radio and television stations and tell them we don't want to hear it or see it any longer. Lets start standing for something instead of nothing, regain our voice that has be silent for almost 4 decades now. We need our Women to be Ladies and we men must treat them as such and we need our Men to be Men and start acting as such. Once we end the division we can then stop being conquered

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