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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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  • matilda Illinois

    I thought last season was more believable than this season. Hannah is suppose to be a God-fearing Christian woman, but can't find any compassion for her only daughter? Yet, loving her only son too much, treating him like a little boy. I think Candace's character is overboard. You had a good show but everybody's character has changed. Hire a few good writers and get back on track...it could really be a great show. Love ya!

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    • Michelle Tennessee #1922249

      I disagree. It is evident how mothers have a certain bond with their sons that is different than the bond that they have with their daughters. This is nothing strange. What is wrong with Tyler Perry putting a little twist to the story instead of it turning into another night soap opera. Way to go, Mr. Perry. You never know what to expect with each episode. I am disappointed that there are only 8 shows to each season.

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  • Melissa North Carolina

    I am really enjoying The Haves and the Have Not's. It really relates to many of the issues that are going on in the world. I think that the work that you do is a blessing and I pray that God continues to bless you to bring forth his word threw things that ordinary people can relate to. I know watching the work that you do has influenced me to lean and depend more on God. It has also helped me realize that many of the situations that we face in life can be used to bring us down or help us to better understand what it means to be led by the Lord in our decision making. Thank you for the work that you do, it has been a blessing in my life as well as my children's life. God bless you Tyler Perry.

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  • Angela Pensacola Florida

    You should definitely make "The Haves And The Have Nots" into a daily soap like "Young and the Restless". I love all the characters in this show ,but especially Candace, or as I like to call her Dee's evil twin. Continue putting God first and keeping America entertained.

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  • destiny Marion Arkansas

    Mr.Tyler Perry you are a genius at heart my brother. All of this season is amazing! I am 100 percent hooked like a addict on drugs. I love it all of your characters are terrific phenomenal actors! You are the King of Comedy Drama and no one is going to take that from you! This show is like jaw dropping! I can not wait for next season. I love all the characters from Mr. Cryer the soon to be governor. Also his charming, smart, don't take no b*** wife who is a strong character! She does not play. Wyatt who is so handsome to me he plays a great role and he is one amazing man! I screamed when he started singing and playing the piano. Jeremy poor thing his mom needs to accept that it is what it is. If he love Wyatt than so be it. Gavin Houston is an awesome actor he is very talented. Hannah Young is just so terrific her character is strong and she reminds me of Mrs. Cryer. She cares for her son Benny who is also awesome and he works hard to protect and help his mother its just a sweet sight to see. I was shocked when Tony his father look just like him OMG! I loved that episode. All the characters are amazing and has a gift. Truthfully I haven't watched season 2 because I have been busy but when it come on demand Im going to watch every single episode and just rewatch Im so in love with this drama series it is amazing. I love it Mr. Tyler Perry you keep on doing what you doing! This show should win countless awards, I can not and will not get enough of it! Much love to you and God Bless

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  • TLdaughter South Carolina

    I love the show. I cant believe there is only three episodes left. Too short. Love Veronia and Kathryn. Need to stay on at least to the summer.

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    • angel ny #1922243

      ***OWN TV and Tyler Perry (for the sake of the show, the cast, and the fan base, and the ratings) needs to decide on a STANDARD time frame for EACH season which includes a STANDARD number of shows for EACH season AND a STANDARD hiatus for the show. We need to know EXACTLY what to expect from you with regards to this show. To do anything less (in my opinion) will jeopardize the success of the show, the ratings, and the interest of the fans.****

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    • MJ FL #1922449

      Amen, amen AMEN! I couldn't agree with you more! Peace...

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    • Angel NY #1922628

      Hi MJ! Looks like you and I are on a campaign to keep THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on the air consistently! You obviously love the show as much as I do, but I am so worried that this lack of consistency will cause the whole show to go down the drain..... I pray this doesnt happen! Hopefully our persistence will pay off!

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    • MJ FL #1922708

      Hi Angel, What you've written is so spot on and so true. I don't know you if know this, but I read that Oprah requested 32 shows. The first season of THATHN there were 16 episodes. The second season has 9 episodes., of which 6 episodes we've seen and 3 episodes that we have yet to see. All together that comes up to 25 episodes. That leaves 7 episodes to go. Hmmm. Are they going on hiatus to film those 7 episodes or what? I feel that the fans have been left in limbo. And, in my opinion, that's not a good thing. Please let the fans know what's going on, or I'm afraid they will loose a lot of fans. Peace...Meghan

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    • Angel Ny #1922803

      Those are my fears as well.....I am not quite sure what is going on with Tyler Perry and Oprah.... Are they feeling that the fan base is so loyal that they will put up with anything? So to heck with them, we will air these shows whenever we feel like it and they will just have to deal with it? REALLY??? I was just looking at comments from fans re:For Better or Worse show....and they sound just like us! Page after page of infuriated fans asking about programming schedules. Their concerns have fallen o deaf ears and apparently so have ours! I give up! This whole thing is an exercise in futility!!!!

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  • Deanna W. Illinois

    I love the show and I agree that Candace would not have performed and/or talked to someone in that manner and STILL REMAIN IN THE HOSPITAL. I wished the nurse had thrown her out forcefully and given her a kick or two. I don't like the way that the scenes are written where she can speak to her mother in such a disrespectful manner and I am really tired of hearing her mother "hollering" at any and everyone. Can she speak to someone without a chip on her shoulder? I enjoy watching the show. Also, why does Tyler allow the Mrs. - can't remember her last name - to call the Black maid by her first name and the maid has to call her Mrs.?

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  • Beverly In

    It annoys me to no end when people state that a drama is unrealistic, of course it is. That's why it's a drama, not a real life story made into a movie. Seriously, even Ken Corday (Days of Our Lives) has some moments that are irritating. Let's take it for what it is, Entertainment! However, I've seen some real doozies when it comes to disrepsecting mothers, Tyler didn't let happen what he knows has happened with many families and you got to get Po Po involved. Can't wait til next week, Candace will be the new attorney in town. Believe that!

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  • natasha salisbury nc28146

    Tyler the show is very hot but once a week for one hour is not enough too many commercials in a hour I have watched the show since it first aired never missed a episode even when it left off and came back the first of the year we. Need more it just leaves the public hanging why only three episodes left Tyler keep this show on the air don't take it away too hot

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    • angel ny #1922242

      ***OWN TV and Tyler Perry (for the sake of the show, the cast, and the fan base, and the ratings) needs to decide on a STANDARD time frame for EACH season which includes a STANDARD number of shows for EACH season AND a STANDARD hiatus for the show. We need to know EXACTLY what to expect from you with regards to this show. To do anything less (in my opinion) will jeopardize the success of the show, the ratings, and the interest of the fans.****

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  • Judy Washington, D.C.

    Tyler: I have to agree with other posts that Candice would have never made it to a operating room in real life. Someone would have kicked her a** out of there before she got to the door. Please tell me why this season is ending so soon. Three more episodes already, the show just started on January 17th. Thanks.

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    • angel ny #1922244

      ***OWN TV and Tyler Perry (for the sake of the show, the cast, and the fan base, and the ratings) needs to decide on a STANDARD time frame for EACH season which includes a STANDARD number of shows for EACH season AND a STANDARD hiatus for the show. We need to know EXACTLY what to expect from you with regards to this show. To do anything less (in my opinion) will jeopardize the success of the show, the ratings, and the interest of the fans.****

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    • Angel NY #1922630

      Love the show too much to stop watching.....but when this season ends .... due to the lack of consistent programing and unpredictable season lengths, moving forward I will DVR the whole season without watching it and then at my leisure I will pop popcorn and BINGE WATCH! It will be big fun for me (because I won't be left hanging and I can have hours of entertainment at my leisure....) and with this inconsistent programming by the time I finish BINGE WATCHING...the next season will probably be on! I am only ONE person, but in these days of instant gratification.....fans will not put up with inconsistent programming. If everyone resorts to binge watching....ratings will tank....so sad!

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  • Vanessa Chester PA

    Sorry for the typo I meant email me :)

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  • Vanessa Chester PA

    Mr. Perry. I love the show but I have to agree with most of the post I saw it was a bit unrealistic and over the top. As a registered nurse I know there is absoutly No way that candice would have went into the OR no matter how irate she was and no surgeon would have interrupted an operation to address her in a waiting lobby and then returnto surgery . That was just laughable. And the security guard just leaned against the wall? Really are you kidding me? if you need a medical consultant please consider hiring me :) other than that keep ip the good work ema me when you'd like me to start consulting :) Vanessa. Chester PA

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    • Connie Atlanta, GA #1922000

      As nurses we know what would have really happened in hospital setting but I think that this show is amazing. People don't really care about the medical technical stuff when it comes to hospital scenes. I am a nurse of 18 years with a doctorate degree in nursing and I like to decompress. Tyler keep it up! I love the show! Call me and I will consult for you for free because I love your show so much! I am sitting here at a hosipital in Atlanta (I am a nurse executive) snowed in trying to figure out how I can see the episode I missed on Tuesday online!

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  • Betty Picayune MS

    This a fantastic show. would you make it a soap, pleassssse. Once a week just isn't enough. its better than the young and the restless. It's tooooo hot to be on just once a week.

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