10 Best TV Shows Created by Tyler Perry, Ranked

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Tyler Perry’s fame extends far beyond his portrayal of the sassy, wise character of Madea. The filmmaker, writer, actor, and comedian has also earned recognition for his well-crafted TV shows and movies. Tyler Perry’s body of work includes comedies, tragedies, and inspirational stories, all revolving around Black characters and vital sociocultural issues. Since the Madea franchise made him popular, Perry has adapted some of his popular plays into films and has continued to release series of captivating shows and movies that cater to the dedicated fans of his storytelling.

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Despite being one of the most prominent Black filmmakers, often celebrated for bringing African-American stories to the forefront of mainstream entertainment, Perry remains a divisive public figure. While he brings the story of African Americans to the world, some criticize his works for reinforcing stereotypes of African woman as perpetual victims and troubled individuals. Shows like Sistas has earned mixed reviews for its irksome depiction of women in the series; however, there remains a dedicated fan base eagerly watching along through season 6.

Updated December 14, 2023: This list has been updated with even more information about our favorite Tyler Perry shows.

Despite the contrasting opinions his films and shows elicit, there’s no disputing Perry’s profound influence within Hollywood. Here are some of the best Tyler Perry series that are out there.

10 For Better or Worse (2011 – 2017)

For Better or Worse delves into the intricacies of modern relationships, often injecting a mix of humor and poignant moments to showcase the journey of its characters as they navigate the highs and lows of marriages and relationships. Serving as a spin-off of Perry’s film Why Did I Get Married, this dramedy series revolves majorly around Marcus (Michael Jai White) and Angela Williams (Tasha Williams) as they face challenges in their marriages. The series also delves into the lives of their friends Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart), Richard (Kent Faulcon) and Keisha (Kiki Haynes), and others.

What Makes It Great?

Throughout For Better or Worse, Perry’s signature mix of drama and humor is prevalent, making the show both entertaining and thought-provoking. Although the show received mixed reviews from critics, many of Perry’s fans loved the storyline and entertaining characters. Overall, it is a fun show that evokes laughter while addressing important issues about marriage. Stream For Better or Worseon BET+.

9 Ruthless (2020 – 2023)

Ruthless

In Ruthless, Perry offers a compelling look into the world of cults and the struggles of those who try to escape from its clutches. This series revolves around a young woman, Ruth, played by Melissa L. Williams, who is part of a deadly cult known as “The Rakudushis,” led by a charismatic and manipulative leader. Ruth becomes increasingly disillusioned as she becomes part of the cult’s weird and disturbing practices, and thus decides to leave the cult. However, leaving such a terrifying organization proves to be no easy task.

What Makes It Great?

Ruthless combines elements of suspense, drama, and psychological thriller as it unravels the dark secrets of the cult and the lengths the leader would go to maintain control over his followers. For fans of Perry’s hit series The Oval, this spin-off offers an exciting opportunity to delve deeper into its intriguing world. Stream Ruthless on BET+.

8 The Oval (2019 – Present)

The Oval
The Oval

Release Date
2019-00-00

Cast
Ciera Payton

The Oval is a political drama series created by Perry, and it premiered on BET in October 2019. The show revolves around the lives of President Hunter Fanklin (Ed Quinn), his wife, First Lady Victoria (Kron Moore), and their dysfunctional family. The Oval offers viewers a look into the lies, secrets, betrayal, and power struggles that go on behind the closed doors of the White House. It is known for its combination of political drama and soap opera elements to create a truly engaging and dramatic television series.

What Makes It Great?

While some find it lacking in visual quality and also note its occasional plot holes, there are those who can’t have enough of its 5 seasons of continuous drama and suspenseful plot lines. Those who enjoy Ruthless will also find themselves engrossed by the parallel storylines that run between these two series. StreamThe Oval on BET+.

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7 Sistas (2019 – Present)

Sistas

Sistas revolves around four major characters: Andi Barnes (KJ Smith), Karen Hott (Ebony Obsidian), Danni King (Mignon Von), and Sabrina Hollins (Novi Brown), who share a strong bond of sisterhood no matter the ups and downs they face in their modern lives. As the series progresses, viewers are drawn into the personal and professional lives of these characters, each of them grappling with their own challenges and romantic dilemmas.

What Makes It Great?

With a seamless balance between comedy, drama, and romance, the show explores the themes of self-discovery, friendship, love and the importance of family. Like every other Tyler Perry film or show, it does not shy away from highlighting social and cultural issues while keeping the audiences entertained. While Sistas may not boast the most polished writing or cinematography many want to see now, the show is undeniably addictive as these characters go through their individual journeys, carrying the series as a whole with their lovable personalities. Stream Sistas on BET+.

6 Love Thy Neighbor (2013 – 2017)

Love Thy Neighbor delves into the relationships, conflicts, and comedic interactions within a diner and its eclectic mix of customers. It centers mostly on Mama Hattie (Patrice Lovely), a feisty and strongly opinionated woman who runs the diner with her daughter Linda (Kendra C. Johnson). The show also focuses on Linda’s family and their relationship with Mama Hattie, which frequently leads to dramatic and humorous situations.

What Makes It Great?

In Love Thy Neighbor, there’s heart, humor, family, love, friendship, and every other thing that makes it a comfort show to watch at any leisure time. While presenting heartfelt and comedic moments, this series does not fail to touch more serious themes and issues, thereby providing a well-rounded viewing experience. The show has a total of 118 episodes brimming with humorous situations and heartfelt moments, and it finally came to an end in 2017. If you’re a fan of Madea, you’ll also be happy to see that Tyler Perry’s famous character occasionally cameos throughout Love Thy Neighbor.Love Thy Neighbor is not available on streaming.

5 If Loving You Is Wrong (2014 – 2020)

If Loving You Is Wrong is a soap opera that explores the themes of infidelity, love, and friendship as it follows the lives of a group of friends and neighbors living in the same street. The show is set in a fictional community of Maxine, and as the series unfolds, it becomes pretty obvious that many of the residents of this fictional community are harboring secrets and facing various relationship issues.

What Makes It Great?

With its heightened world of drama and intrigue, the show offers a perfect escape for those looking for one. Also, it also features a diverse cast that many may find themselves rooting for. While the show may seem extreme and melodramatic at times, it also touches upon relatable issues. Despite occasional shortcomings in acting and moments of exaggerations, fans of Perry’s works will likely become addicted to this captivating show. If Loving You Is Wrong is not available on streaming.

4 Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living (2020 – Present)

Assisted Living follows the story of Jeremy (Na’im Lynn), a small-time hustler living in Chicago, who gets involved in a failed robbery attempt. To hide from the police, he disguises himself as an elderly woman and seeks refuge in a retirement home called the Brown Meadows. Here, he interacts with various elderly residents as well as the staff, leading to a series of comical scenarios.

What Makes It Great?

The character of Mabel will probably remind many avid Tyler Perry fans of Madea, even though this show isn’t as popular or as beloved as the Madea franchise. Fans of J. Anthony Brown’s comedic prowess will undoubtedly appreciate his portrayal of the character Vinny. While opinions on the show’s quality vary, it undeniably has the ability to induce fits of laughter in those who are open to its brand of humor. Stream Assisted Living on BET+.

3 The Haves and the Have Nots (2013 – 2021)

Spanning 8 seasons, this Tyler Perry series revolves around the lives of two major families, the Cryers and the Young Family. It revolves around their complicated relationship, which is riddled with secrets, betrayal, and power struggles. The Haves and the Have Nots is teeming with dramatic twists, suspenseful moments, and moral dilemmas faced by its characters and these elements occasionally combine to make complex plotlines. An ensemble cast made up of Tika Sumpter, Crystal Fox, Tyler Lepley, Angela Robinson, and more make up the numerous characters in this series.

What Makes It Great?

Those who are drawn into the show’s world of lies, secrets, and betrayal will find the twists and suspense appealing additions to the unending drama. It may not be the best drama series out there and may venture into the territory of improbable and over-the-top scenes, but it still remains an engaging show and one of Perry’s most popular series. The Haves and Have Nots is not available on streaming.

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2 Meet the Browns (2008 – 2011)

Meet the Browns
Meet the Browns

Release Date
January 7, 2009

Cast
K Callan , Lamman Rucker , Denise Boutte , Tamela J. Mann , LaVan Davis , David Mann , Juanita Jennings , Terri J. Vaughn

Seasons
6

Meet the Browns is just the perfect show for anyone seeking a family-oriented show with abundant laughter and profound moments, all brought to life by a talented cast. The show follows Cora Simons (Tamela Mann), a single mother who takes a nursing job in the large and chaotic house headed by Mr. Brown (David Mann). As Cora and her kids become integrated with the Brown Family, they find themselves facing a series of humorous and heartwarming moments.

What Makes It Great?

With the cantankerous Mr. Brown delivering witty one-liners, the show is brimming with humor. Those who appreciate Perry’s style of infusing comedy with character-driven narratives will also find this lighthearted series worth the watch. Although the show enjoyed a successful run, it finally met its end in 2011. There are probably those who still miss the Browns and their shenanigans. Stream Meet the Browns on BET+.

1 House of Payne (2006 – 2012)

Set in Atlanta, Georgia, this popular Tyler Perry show follows a multi-generational African-American family, the Paynes. Theirs is a bustling household filled with humorous situations and a wide range of entertaining characters. Beloved characters like Calvin (Lance Gross), Malik (Larramie Shaw), Janine Payne (Demetria McKinney), and others are all brought to life by the cast’s exceptional performances.

What Makes It Great?

Over its run, the show has garnered a dedicated fan base, a decent rating and is still being enjoyed by many viewers today. The combination of humor, family-oriented themes, and relatable situations contributed to the show’s popularity. Of course, Perry’s influence plays a significant role in the show’s enduring popularity. With likable and funny characters who share fantastic on-screen chemistry, House of Payne just might be Perry’s best show. The rebooted version also maintains the humorous quality the show’s known for. Stream House of Payne on BET+.

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