Top 10 Best TV Shows of Tyler Perry: A Journey Through His Incredible Career

Tyler Perry started his journey in American film industry as a writer and producer in 2005 with Diary of a Mad Black Woman where he also played the role of Madea, Joe, and Brian.

His character was praised by viewers but the overall film didn’t receive good reviews from the critics. However, it was a box office that grossed $50.7 Million against $5.5 Million budget.

From his breakthrough debut in “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” to the immensely popular series “Sistas,” Perry has been entertaining viewers from nearly two decades.

The filmmaker has delivered numerous exceptional shows that resonate with viewers, especially the black community.

We are excited to share with you the top 10 best TV shows of Tyler Perry that will give you a good feeling.

1. Tyler Perry’s Sistas (2019-Present)

Tyler Perry made Sistas in 2019 as a dramedy series that follows a group of single black women navigating through the complexities of life, friendship, and love while fighting their inside battles.

Tyler Perry's Sistas series poster featuring KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von, Crystal Renee Hayslett, and Novi Brown on top
via BET+

This is one of the most successful television series ever made by Perry where five African American women are in the main roles. Five seasons have been aired so far with a sixth seaosn currently airing on BET+.

The show has been praised for its relatable storyline and outstanding performances of actresses like KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, and Novi Brown. The strong ensemble cast makes it a must-watch series for black dramedy fans.

2. House of Payne (2006-2012, 2020-Present)

House of Payne is a sitcom that moves around the lives of the Payne family led by patriarch Curtis and his wife Ella.

The show will educate you about various family issues like marriage, siblings rivalry, and parenting challenges (as with the Duggar family) with a healthy dose of humor and heartwarming moments.

It was one of Tyler’s first television series and also, the best of its type. The series was canceled in 2012 but it become so successful that it was revived in 2020, proving that the Payne family’s antics are still as entertaining as ever.

While the original series premiered on Syndication and TBS, this revival series has been airing on BET Channel since its beginning in 2020.

3. The Haves and Have Nots (2013-2021)

Originally premiered on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the series explores the themes of power, wealth, love, and willingness to change. It ignites a sense of motivation into the mind of viewers.

Haves and Have Not is one of the best TV shows of Tyler Perry
via OWN

The black drama series sets in Savannah, Georgia and moves around two families – the wealthy Cryer family with all the luxuries & the poor Young family who is struggling to make a good living.

This is really an addictive show that will keep you entertained through its complex characters and intense plot twists. The series ran for eight seasons and has garnered a separate fan base. Moreover, it is the highest rated series premiere of OWN.

4. Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living (2020-Present)

Assisted Living is another worthy addition to Perry’s repertoire that explores the theme of family with a combination of humor and love.

The series talks about Jeremy, a recent widower and a former financial analyst who moves out with his family to a new town to help his grandpa in running the assisted living facility.

Each show of Perry has its own speciality, this sitcom showcases his ability to create endearing characters with a delivery of laugh-out-loud moments.

5. Meet the Browns (2009-2011)

This Tyler Perry series was a spinoff to a 2008 film of the same name created by the same filmmaker whose initial story movies around Mr Brown, a church deacon running a senior citizen’s home in Decatur, Georgia with daughter Cora Simmons.

The show become a fan-favorite during its two-year run because of its unforgettable and relatable characters like Leroy S Brown (David Mann) and daughter Cora (Tamela Mann).

It is full of humor, life lessons, love, and heart capturing moments that will keep you hooked like these best Hollywood Orphan movies and inspires you to enjoy every moment with your family.

6. Tyler Perry’s The Oval (2019-Present)

The black drama series takes us inside the White House and give us a glimpse to the first family. The story not only focus on the black president but also dives into the lives of those who surround the president, say staff members.

Kron Moore as Victoria and Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin on The Oval series poster
via BET

With its political themed atmosphere, the series highlights the talent of Perry of developing multi-dimensional characters. From the sigma President Hunter Franklin to abmbitious first lady Victoria Franklin, Perry has made a solid political drama.

Generally, political dramas appear boring to us because they are complex and explores darker plots, scandals, and conspiracies, but this one is an exception.

Tyler has also created a spinoff to the series as Ruthless (2020-present), it’s about a woman who gets stuck in a religous cult.

7. If Loving You is Wrong (2014-2020)

This Primetime soap opera follows the lives of five diverse couples living on the same street in the fictional community of Maxine.

It explores the themes of infidelity, deceit, and love through its grippling narrative and powerful performances form the famous actresses like Amanda Clayton, Edwina Findley, Heather Hemmens, and Zulay Henao.

8. Tyler Perry’s Bruh (2020-Present)

As the name suggests, the show is about four black men in their 30s who are navigating love, friendship, dating, and experiencing career shifts.

Monty Washinton pointing finger to Barry Brewer making him worried in Tyler Perry's Bruh series
via BET+

The Tyler Perry series offers a unique perespective on the experiences and challenges that black people have been facing nowadays.

Unlike Sistas that focuses on the lifestyle of black women, Bruh shows how black man are living in present day America with a blend of humor, suspense, and drama.

9. Love Thy Neighbor (2013-2017)

The American sitcom sets in a family-owned diner and focuses on the relationships between the diner’s staff and their loyal customers.

It serves as a spinoff the Madea franchise and is still the second highest rated series on the Oprah Winfrey Network after another Tyler Perry’s show The Haves and the Have Nots, we discussed earlier.

This entertaining and lighthearted series shows the comedic talent of Tyler Perry where he has created a middle-class family operating a diner and their daughter who got a bad husband.

10. For Better or Worse (2011-2017)

Based on the characters from Perry’s 2007 film Why Did I Get Married?, the sitcom explores the ups and down of three couples and teaches us many important life lessons.

Three main couples in For Better or Worse series on which the story moves around
via TBS

Tasha Smith was nominated for NAMIC Vision Award Best Performance in 2012 and 2013 for this series and she even received a nomination from Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 for the same series.

Even though, the show has received a low rating on IMDb, the show is still enjoyable. Not judging anybody but it’s sad to see that white comedies that aren’t even funny are easily getting 8 or 9 ratings while series with black protagonist are still getting less than 5 star rating.

What are the best TV shows of Tyler Perry according to you? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Lakshya Kaushik

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