House of Payne Give Tyler Perry credit for half an innovative sitcom. The writer-actor created (but doesn't appear in) House of Payne , a series with a bleak… House of Payne Give Tyler Perry credit for half an innovative sitcom. The writer-actor created (but doesn't appear in) House of Payne , a series with a bleak… Comedy PBS
TV Review

House of Payne

EW's GRADE
C

Details Genre: Comedy; Network: PBS

Give Tyler Perry credit for half an innovative sitcom. The writer-actor created (but doesn't appear in) House of Payne, a series with a bleak premise about a fireman (Allen Payne) and his two kids living with his parents after his drug-addicted wife burns down their house. It's tough to balance humor with these darker themes, and in this first batch of episodes, Perry occasionally pulls it off — but not without annoying TV moppets, a neighbor channeling Blanche Devereaux, and a grating laugh track. When the show returns in the fall, Perry should unleash Madea on the Payne household. They could use the laugh.

Sign up for EW.com's What to Watch Newsletter!

What to watch on TV. Hear what's on tap for the night ahead and get witty, morning after recaps of top shows (sent weekday mornings).
Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners