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Our story opens very early on a Monday morning, at the home of Grandma Hattie Mae. Hattie has allowed her daughter and son in law to move into her home with their son Wallie. The morning silence is broken by the ring of the telephone. Hattie is afraid to answer. The bank has given her three days to pay up the mortgage, or the struggling family will be evicted. Tensions are rising for Frank who feels responsible as the man of the house. Frank has been out of work for months, causing the family to be supported by the sole income of Rose who works as a maid for a wealthy real estate giant, Louis Willis.

After months of avoiding phone calls from the bank, Frank finally gets a break when Louis hires him to be a handyman at the Willis estate. Rose is elated that her prayers have finally been answered. Frank is cautiously optimistic, but excitedly prepares for his new job as a handyman. That morning at the Willis home, Floyd, played by Palmer Williams Jr., is hilariously negative about Rose allowing Frank to work for the wealthy couple. Floyd is convinced that Louis’ much younger wife, Diane, will snatch Frank right from under Rose’s nose.

It soon becomes painfully clear that Floyd’s madness was not craziness at all. Diane goes after Frank the moment she sees him. Rose is completely unaware of the depths to which her boss Diane will stoop when trying to satisfy her insatiable appetite for strapping young men. While Rose and Frank consume themselves with saving the home that Hattie has lived in for over thirty years, Wallie has been deeply affected by the fears of being homeless. Only Hattie is aware that Wallie has been running the streets at night. It is not until Wallie is arrested for shoplifting that Rose discovers that her honor roll son has decided to walk a different path.

Frank and Wallie finally face off when Frank overhears his son lashing out about how Frank is a sorry husband and father. Wallie has learned on the streets that all men have a side hustle, and are always able to support their families. It is a bitter pill to swallow when Frank realizes that his son has lost respect for him, and blames him for the family’s impending doom.

It is under these circumstances that the struggling family will have to pray for a miracle when their worlds begin to spiral out of control. Hattie, an old woman who has survived a mountain of challenges, finds herself more afraid than she has ever been. Rose, the strong and virtuous matriarch of her family, stands firmly on her faith when she tells Hattie that she has to meet God for the first time. At the end of her rope, Hattie lifts her arms in a miraculous and desperate show of faith and power. It will take both of the women to battle the principalities coming against their family unit.

Meanwhile Frank is put in a treacherous situation when Diane maligns Rose with lies and deceit, while offering to write a check to Frank in exchange for sexual favors. Frank is tested like never before when he is presented by an opportunity to save his family by betraying the sacred relationship he has with his wife.

Frank’s impeccable character lifts him out of the situation in time to discover that Wallie has become a money making drug dealer. When Frank finally discovers the stacks of cash and drugs, he is ready to give everything he has to fight for his son’s life. Wallie has been so brainwashed by the streets that it will take the strength and love of a tough father to win the heart of his son back to the principles he was raised with.

It almost appears that Diane may have been successful in breaking up a happy home when Louis finally sees his young wife for what she is. Troubled by the truth, Louis must make the hardest decision he has ever had to make. Seeing the love that Frank and Rose have for one another, Louis intervenes to help the couple who are about to lose everything they have. In doing so, Louis experiences firsthand the power and the beauty of a family’s love.

Tyler Perry’s “The Haves And The Have Nots” is a powerful story of love and honor told with honesty and brutal truth. The show features powerful new music written by Tyler Perry, and a cast of extraordinary singers and actors who make the evening a heartfelt experience. Hattie, played by Patrice Lovely, and Palmer Williams Jr. as Floyd offer up enough laughs to keep audiences chucking for the rest of the year.

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  • Sandra Varela Chicago

    Tyler I just want to tell you that I just saw this play and it was absolutely LOVED IT! Thank you for doing such an amazing job! May God continue to bless you and please keep making me movies and these plays. You ROCK! AND I know that your Mother up in heaven is absolutely proud of you. God bless

  • Candice Norfolk, Va

    TylerPerry has out done himself with this show! It is ssssoooo good that I can't wait to see the next episode. That Candace makes this Candice look like Saint Mary! She is an awesome actress. The case is great and I just love this show! Cudos to Tyler & Oprah for an awesome TV partnership.

    • Martha Detroit, MI #1864769

      I love this show and live for Tuesday night . I love Candace to death and would love to kick Jeffrey's butt, and the housekeeper/maid (not Hanna). Tyler keep giving us more!!!!!!

    • Martha Detroit, MI #1864774

      Tyler, I also saw your play, ' The Haves and Have Nots' opening night at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit , which I loved! The highlight of it all was your appearance on stage at the end of the play. Keep up the good work!


    I have watched from the beginning LOVE IT i just hate waiting a whole week to watch again. BUT..... WORTH THE WAIT!!!

    • Lawanda Travis Canton, Mississippi39046 #1884347

      When will you do a play with fantasia&Corra&Mr.Brown She comes in as a child Brown never knew about from his past.....She locates him thru. a sick parent ...The name would be ..How can i forgive you????

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  • Joyce United States

    I L-O-V-E this show. I can hardly wait from week to week to see what is going to happen next. Great writing and acting. Kudos.

    • Marian Jackson,MS #1863629

      To: Mr.Tyler Perry and Staff, The Have and Have Not's is awesome. I schedule myself to get off work in time to watch your show. I have talked to other people and you really have us waiting on "what's next". Hat's off to you and your staff , continue on with the good work.. May God continue blessing you.



  • Cece San Diego

    This is a great show with lots of great acting. I would not miss it. I love Tyler Perry and I see everything he does and I am white. Ignore the haters.

  • Gail Pixley Brooklyn New York

    Your show on own is outstanding ! Love you so much !

    • Diana Peoria Ill #1860183

      I love this show. I don't care for soaps because I loose intrest. Not this one, I wonder if Mrs. Crier her favorite maid will remain close if she finds out that her daughter is sleeping with her Husband. They have such a good relationship

  • T.Cherigui madison

    I love the modern twist on upstairs downstairs. Great work. I hope the music from this play because available also.

  • Laine New Jersey

    Bought the stage play on DVD and I swear the begining already had me hooked Mama Hattie was the best character through out the whole thing I would yell at my screen * BRING HATTIE BACK ON!* lmao im a mess but all in all you've done it again Tyler keep doing what you are doing and always keep the faith God Bless You and tell the cast Hugs and Kisses from their biggest fan Laine LOVE YOU TYLER

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  • karen b lakeland, fl

    I just saw the show last night. I like it but I do have a comment to make about the characters. My family is from Savannah, GA. The actors need to work on their accent. They don't even sound southern. A Savannah accent is very distinctive from other southern accents. It's a very slow southern drawl.

  • Jeff Canada

    The haves explains your ability to keep producing garbage the have not's explains your lack of talent.

    • Debra houston #1853782

      Jeff how about you do yourself a favor and hop off his d**** Because while you're on his website commenting about how much you didn't like his work he owns ,i think, 88% of TBS has a T.V. show called House of Payne and is still making plays and movies. So please for you own sake... shut up.

    • gigi09 Dallas #1857862

      Is it me or...are people so easily influenced by what they see on TV that they for some reason...they just don't see the show as entertainment? After many years of 'All my Children' the 'Y&R' it is refreshing to see a woman of color as the diva/vixen. The cast is getting better each week and I find myself looking forward to the next episode. I am so proud of Tyler Perry for what he has done with his life, and the positive influence he is making on the generations to come.

The Haves and The Have Nots - Tuesdays at 9/8c on OWN