Wonderfully Brutal Review

The Have and Have Nots
The Have and Have Nots

Review Gleefully Decimates “The Haves and Have Nots”

I loved Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McCarthy’s brutal review today of Tyler Perry’s new series The Have and Have Nots. Her very funny comments brought back fond memories of the reviews written by famed Times critic Howard Rosenberg’s during his glory days in the early 1980s. Here are some choice snippets from her review:

Well, it’s official: The nine most frightening words to cross a television screen are: “Executive Produced, Created, Written and Directed By Tyler Perry.”

Whatever hopes Perry had for this overwrought, derivative story line are dashed almost immediately by acting that can only be described as uniformly terrible and an unrelenting background score the likes of which has not been heard since talkies were invented.

Characters utter meaningless sentences into the air in front of the camera and then just stare at each other while maddening mood music insists that we feel something.

The show may be crap, but it  scored record high ratings for Oprah’s struggling network. It will be interesting to see if those same viewers who sampled the show return for episode two…

11 thoughts on “Wonderfully Brutal Review”

  1. OUCH.

    “Jim and Katheryn do have a very nice bedroom, however.”

    When the reviewer notices set dressing–and I’ve done that at particularly bad movies–it’s time to hand out the pink slips.

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  2. Maddening mood music is right. I feel like I am being beaten over the head with a synthesiser while waiting for some acting to happen. And Veronica is horrendously ugly.

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  3. What started out with a hint of entertaining TV has turned out to be totally insulting CRAP! Horribly juvenile acting and scripts, a total obsession with gay situations — almost to the exclusion of “conventional” relationships (and I am certainly not homophobic, but like anything else, there’s such a thing as overdoing it!), unrealistic interaction between characters, absolutely no attention to details (how does a woman come into her ex-husband’s home and trash it right in front of him while he and his lover stand and watch “helplessly???” No vandalism charges are even entertained! Instead, the “abused” couple laughs it off and prances away, apparently to the bedroom! REALLY??), and just a total air of unprofessional production. I am SO disappointed in Tyler Perry. His other TV series (If Loving You Is Wrong) is headed down this same pitiful path!! I’m done with both!!

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  4. Tonight I stopped watching The have and the have nots. This is a sick sick show. I will not watch this show again. What kind of show is this? I had no idea Tyler Perry’s mind was so sick.

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  5. Tyler, please look at Queen Sugar and Greenleaf to see what quality acting and writing looks like. Your characters are truly unbelievable.A high school drama student could do better writing and acting.
    Oprah, save your network’s reputation and take this show off!

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  6. Thought I’d give it a try? Omg! The worst acting I’ve ever seen! Expressionless actors are not believable at all. And, what’s with that sappy music in all the scenes? This show is more comical than dramatic! Just awful!

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  7. The story line is fair. Not much else on Tuesday nights.
    The acting has gotten a little better over time but the writing!!! Its so bad! They keep repeating the same line. It’s like Tyler couldn’t write enough dialogue to fill the hour. I have to go. Please stay. I have to go. Please, stay with me. I really need to go. Are your sure you can’t stay.

    IT’S SO SAD! It’s a train wreck!

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  8. I agree. This is the most poor acting and script writing I have ever entertained. I hate how Wyat is so boring and only sticks to the script. None of the characters really interpreted the personalities in this script. Sorry, I thought they would do better.

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  9. Too many far-fetched glibs. After all this time, David may not be Jeffrey’s father? Come on! The pres/elect trying to drag a whore into the White House? It’s past time for Justin to exit. He’s a boring menace. Holy Hanna curses like a sailor. Mama’s boy Bennie acts age 12. Wyatt was on a quest to kill parents weeks ago, but keeps postponing it. Veronica has too much power. She and Candace have escaped the law far too long. RJ, poor thing, at least provides some comic relief.

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  10. The acting is BEYOND horrible, I had to google “The Haves and Have Nots bad acting”. Every single actor on this series is horrible, yet I still watch in disappointment. I guess it’s helping to pass the time at work. Couldn’t dare watch this garbage at home. LOL

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