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From prolific, writer, director, producer Tyler Perry, The Haves and the Have Nots is a new television drama that follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent mansion set in Savannah, Georgia.

From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil the family’s dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider) is a powerful judge whose double-life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer (Renée Lawless), is the ultimate matriarch portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family’s status. Their son Wyatt (Aaron O’Connell) is a troubled angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jacyln Betham), a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents’ expectations, but unknowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family.

Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryer’s maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son Benny (Tyler Lepley), the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however, her estranged daughter Candace (Tika Sumpter)—a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Other characters in the series include the Cryer’s chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and son Wyatt’s rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston).

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  • Vickie United States

    I'm not going for the obvious on who moved Benny's body. I'm going to say Jim or "The Malones", LOL because the detective could not break Hannah to tell who she thinks hit Benny. Jim just didn't figure that Tony would be trying to get his kidney or maybe Tony is in on it to because they might have promised him a kidney. Hannah broke and told it was Wyatt which gave Jim the signal to make the move. Why was the detective right there when Hannah came home? Jim sent him over to Hannah's house to see if moving Benny make her talk. It worked but Hannah had a chance to tell the police which does result in getting Wyatt arrested. Great show but I think Hannah really overacted falling to Tony's feet. I also don't understand how can a mother hate her child the way Hannah does. I can understand a mom hating your child ways but there is something else behind this. Could Candace dated one of Hannah's boyfriends before she got saved and repented. Just my thoughts! Thanks Tyler but now I don't know what I'm going to watch on Tuesday nights.

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    • lorraine CA #1929810

      I never really considered that Jim would have Benny 'moved' to force Hannah to reconsider naming Wyatt, but she did anyway! It was strange how soon Benny's body disappeared from the hospital room! So even Tony doesn't know yet, unless HE thinks Hannah moved him to keep him from having access to his kidney, so he had her arrested! I wondered how Benny's body got removed so quickly, and I'm not sure the cop is involved, but he may be! I don't think Katheryn would try to move Benny b/c Jim would not allow it! As for Hannah begging Tony on her knees, that was perfectly believable...she's pleading w/this low-life to have some mercy and sympathy! But I am NOT liking the way she's treating Candace...NO thank-you for representing her in court, NO willingness to work together w/her for the sake of Benny, just yelling @her and pushing her away and telling her to leave her alone! I hope this is the turning point for these two, and I believe Candace's baby is dead b/c of the babydaddy, and for him beating her, that's why she turned him in! I thought Jim and David were going to put a 'hit' on Candace, but now it looks like VERONICA is going to try to turn Candace's ex on her for revenge! Getting sick of Veronica!

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  • Mat Atlanta, GA

    I do believe that Katheryn Cryer had Benny moved to a better hospital. She has been trying to call but Hannah continues to avoid her. But who just gives up and leaves the hospital without seeing your baby if you think he died? Then the police arrest Hannah but never say anything about what she is being charged with. Not a convincing cliff hanger. OMG and what court grants a dead beat father the right to take someone he met not that long ago off life support? The show has great potential to be awesome. The story line is great, just some of it does not make common sense. How is it that all the characters are involved in the same thing but NO ONE knows it. It can not be that they all have their own dirty little secret about every thing that comes up. It's like the characters are not connected. Yes, it's television and television is not real but it should be realistic. The thing about television and movies is the actors ability to draw you in and make you believe in this character. Candace, Veronica and Selene are doing their job. They make you believe they really are a bad b***** Again, the show has great potential and I will continue to watch because the story line is good.

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  • MsVofAEONJ New Jersey

    I also believe that Catherin has had Benny moved while everyone was at court (and she has her people that she can trust to keep that under wraps). Hanna is distraught but the way she looked at the next episode is as though she knows the real deal. Now, I agree with Samantha re: the baby issue and Candance's using that over Jim's head but Catherine secretly wants Jim and his co-hart to all go down together. She knows the truth but Hannah was there when no one else was and she is grateful for that. As far as the daughter well she will be put away for good eventually. Maggie, on the next show is putting the 2 & 2's together and know that Jim and his partner are dirty along with Veronica. Now as far as Byron the detective is concerned - well he did what he was paid to do but - somewhere along the line when all the cards fall he'll fess up to to get a lesser sentence in this whole fiasco. Tony, however had better watch his back - not for Candance but Hannah. Now, Veronica better hope that Quincy doesn't get out of jail (because Candance has leverage over him too) she is first on his list after he sees Candance and she won't have to do anything but convince Quincy to do what she wants. The catch 22 isl when she said that babies dies too!!! Meaning where is her baby really and what is she hiding about that issue from Hannah. Did she do something and Quincy took the fall for it or did they both have a hand in foul play and he said he go down before he let her take the wrap. Next Tuesday will be a clincher and I'm so looking forward to those hours to the finale. I just want Tyler to make this a serious "hold our breath" until the next season starts just like how we wait on the edge of our seats for Scandal. Oh yeah the house of cards all come down when that trifling maid sees that she is getting nothing and she'll spill her guts too. Maybe they may have a job for her back in her country. Case in point all the numbers that Catherine has cited is that if you aren't No. 1 (such as Catherine) then you are no more than if you are No. 101 - you have no meaning and never will.

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    • MsVofEONJ New Jersey #1929640

      Please excuse the misspelled words throughout the message. I'm so caught up in this series that I tend to write much faster than I am thinking but I believe you all get the message. Apologies to Mr. Perry and cast.

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  • Samantha

    Omg ts has become my weekly addiction..so before the season finale I want to say what I think is going to happen. So I can see if my guess is correct. I think that Mrs Krier secretly had Benny moved into hiding to avoid being taken off life support and the cops think Hannah is the one who did it. Veronica ends up turning Jeffrey in and he gets wrongfully imprisoned..and I think Ms krier ends up being the one to turn Wyatt in cuz its the right thing to do. Also I totally believe that Amanda is the one who is pregnant, not Candace but Candace is using that to control Mr Kristin and I believe that the pregnancy is the reason Amanda stopped taking her meds. Not too sure about Candace's baby daddy yet tho

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    • Iris Atlanta, GA #1929636

      I agree with your Samantha!

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  • Irene St. Croix, Virgin Islands

    Hi Tyler I love the Have and the Have Nots. I look forward every night to see it. It's soo exciting. The new episode begins at 10 pm so I take a nap just so I could be well rested to wathch it. My favorite characters are Hanna, and Candace. I think you did an excellent job with this show cause it brings out a variety of different episodes that take place in real life that I could relate to. I can't wait for the finale but on the other hand I don't want the show to end. LOL. I also love, Love thy Neighbor cause it makes me laugh after watching the Haves and the Have Nots. I hope one day you will be able to visit the Caribbean island of St. Croix and I would be honored to meet you. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  • Cynthia Lawrence United States

    I don't think that Benny is dead, I think that Katherine had him removed from the hospital and that is why she kept trying to get in touch with Hanna to let her know that she had Benny moved to a better hospital. And I also think Candace son is dead because she mentioned kids die in this weeks episode. But this is just my thoughts, I love this show and can't wait for season 3 to come out and wish I could be apart of it. Tyler Perry maybe you should have auditions for other characters to play. That would be awesome!

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    • Candy Allen Cincinnati, OH #1929616

      I agree with Cynthia.

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  • Jeanette Pittsburgh pa

    Tyler Perry I love this show, I can watch it over and over again. Great job, best show and want more.....

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  • Jerri Bowie Maryland

    Great Plot and story line but terrible acting.......Hanna makes the show.....the others try too hard........Hanna is a natural.......I love looking at it to see the bas acting in a good plot....

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  • Taffie37 Los Angeles (south central)

    Mr.Tyler Perry I just want kiss you to death for this show I think every character is perfect and I love the suspense that you keep the fans biting there nails wondering what's next please don't keep us waiting long for the next season. PLEASE!!! Oh plz email me back and and let me know that you've read this if you got time ;) Tell Oprah I love her

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  • Renael Thompson Oakland, Ca

    This show is the BEST! Who would have ever imagined in the world of reality TV that a night time soap would take the reigns? You Mr. Perry! I feel so fortunate to be alive during your career. You are unstoppable. Your works have truly enlighten my mind and brought joy to my soul. I can't wait for the final show. What has your exquisite mind conjured up to thrill the masses this time. You go and go and please don't stop!

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  • josie philadelphia, pa

    What am I going to do after Have and Havenots end this season. I can't wait for the next season. I use to be addicted to Scandal, but it can't touch this show. After watching Have and Havenots, I had to program myself to get into Scandal. This is the best night time drama in years. I love Tyler Perry so much for keeping his fans going.

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  • Ellen United States

    You have really outdone yourself with this show Tyler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sit here every Tuesday faithfully and watch this show. You have a cast of talented characters. When will season 3 start? I hope we don't have to wait until September to keep your loyal audience waiting. If I recall correctly, the show premiered last year in May. I think I'm right about this. I hope season 3 starts in May because I can't imagine what else I will watch on Tuesday nights.

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    • Easta Coxe Wadesboro,N.C. #1929676

      Mr.Perry I really love your show.I look forward to Tuesday hoping this show never go off.Glad to know we have WONDERFUL black actress working with other our white race as the legacy Martin Luther king left on us coming together AWESOME you know we don't have black show on that gets attention as this one those.The cast oh is wonderful and when the lady son was lying in the hospital and she crying brought back memories my daughter died with bread cancer.I rememmber crying out to the Lord as well.Keep up the good work.

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