Everything You Need To Know About The Haves And The Have Nots 16 comments

Everything You Need to Know About The Haves and the Have Nots by Being A Wordsmith
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In a recent interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey discuss how he pitched two wildly different shows to her in hopes of saving OWN‘s (Oprah Winfrey Network) declining ratings. Well, he has done just that! Nielsen ratings estimated that the first episode of Love Thy Neighbor, a comedy set in a family run-restaurant with a matriarch similar to Perry’s alter-ego, Madea, averaged 1.65 million viewers in the 9 o’clock half-hour and rose to 1.8 million with a second episode at 9:30 p.m. But it was The Haves and the Have Nots, a drama about wealthy socialites, their household staff, and the families of both, that was the highest rated series premiere in OWN‘s three years on air. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers. The second episode at 10 p.m. grew to 1.8 million viewers.

If you are a fan of the blockbuster movie, The Help or Lifetime‘s new series, Devious Maids–you must watch The Haves and the Have Nots. Every episode draws you in just a little bit more than the previous one. I watched the first two without Hubby, because I wasn’t sure if it was his cup of tea. I took a chance and watched them again with him and now he’s hooked too. 

Spoiler alerts! So far, 6 episodes of this highly explosive show set in Savannah, Georgia have aired. Viewers have been introduced to the Cryer family which consists of: 

  • Katheryn, a wealthy heiress who puts on a brave front despite the turmoil in her family
  • Jim (played by the still sexy John Schneider of Dukes Of Hazzard fame), a judge aspiring to be Governor who loves to romance any woman except his wife
  • Wyatt, the spoiled drug addict son who resents his parents 
  • Amanda, the tormented daughter who cuts herself to cope with life

Amanda brings home her friend from law school, Candace, played by the talented Tika Sumpter (One Life to Live, The Game) who is a force to be reckoned with. Only the viewers know that Candace is having an affair with Jim. Viewers soon learn that Candace is also the estranged daughter of the head strong maid that Katheryn just hired, Hanna Young. Hanna is played by Crystal Fox, who you may remember from In the Heat of the Night. Fox gives a performance in episode 5 that will knock your socks off.

Katheryn and Jim Cryer are BFFs with another wealthy family, The Harringtons, which consists of:

  • Veronica, the “Black Betty Ford” as Hanna refers to her, who exudes “bougie”-ness all day but can revert to her roots if she’s threatened
  • David, another judge, played by one of my As the World Turns faves Peter Parros, who tries to defend Jim from Candace’s blackmailing schemes
  • Jeffery, the closeted gay son who doesn’t want to disappoint his parents 
Everything You Need to Know About The Haves and the Have Nots by Being A Wordsmith
Everything You Need to Know About The Haves and the Have Nots by Being A Wordsmith

Two other notable characters round out the cast, Benny Young and Celine Gonzales. Benny is Hanna’s reliable, hard working son who moved back home to help her with expenses. He remains close to Candace despite his mother’s warnings. Celine (played by soap opera vet Eva Tamargo) helped Hanna land her new gig as the Cryers’ maid, but soon becomes disturbed by Hanna and Katheryn’s closeness. Unbeknownst to everyone, Katheryn has confided in Hanna that she has breast cancer. Something Hanna knows all about.


Stay tuned Tuesdays 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. CST on OWN. You are in for a treat, my friends!

Have you been watching The Haves and the Have Nots?

If so, who is your favorite character?
If not, will you start watching?

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16 thoughts on “Everything You Need To Know About The Haves And The Have Nots


    I hate Jeffery’s mother on the soap, “The Haves and The Have Nots.” I think she should be kill out. Bring in a prettier lady and I mean lady for David, Jeffery’s dad.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Veronica is very good at being bad. Thanks for commenting, Reginald.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Can’t see Tyler Perry getting rid of Candace! Thanks, Valanda.

  • Alison

    Haves and the Have Nots is the business! Oh my! Last night as it ended my mouth was open wide with my hand over it. Speechless. Tyler Perry knows drama!
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      Yes, Tyler Perry does know drama. I have been pleasantly surprised at how this show continues to blow me away each week. Thanks for the comment, Alison.
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  • bequoted

    I have yet to be able to get into this show. Maybe it's because I'm not really a soap opera kind of girl. I've tried but it's just not happening for me. I continue to give it go…maybe…lol.
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      Understandable, Andrea! There are many shows that people rave about that I have never watched. Dare I say I have never watched Grey's Anatomy?
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  • lisarenee25

    I really need to follow your blog. Since we don't have cable, I'm so out of the loop with all the new shows. I have no idea whatsoever what you are talking about!

    I watch tennis and I watch the old episodes of Weeds – which are very very good by the way.

    I am coming from the Sunday Social Blog Hop. I have added you to my bloglovin feed. I think we are connected or I have connected on everything else.

    Have a great week!
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  • Katie

    I have not heard of this…sounds like an interesting summer watch. I will have to catch up on previous episodes. Stopping by from #SITSSummer on FB. Cheers! Katie

  • Hope@ Defining Hope

    Ok. I haven't watched it, but this post is more intriguing to me than the previews I've seen. Thanks for breaking it down. I am making a date for tomorrow at 9.

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Please do, Hope. OWN shows reruns of it throughout the week so you can catch up. Oprah. com also has recaps and video clips and highlights. Enjoy!
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  • rxfitnesslady

    Girl YEESSSS! I love it! Candace is my favorite of course and then the Black Beatty Ford just off the closing scene last week alone…You like tall, busty, natural, black, GIRLS! Line of the season for sure!!! I actually sort of mention this show in my post scheduled for Wed. I knew if anyone was tuned in it was my blog soul mate 🙂 !

    • BeingAWordsmith

      You have me crying over here from laughing so hard. My mother is a fan too. We were talking about it the other day. I told her that Veronica was so cruel for telling Jeffery he needs to go find a girlfriend and they would accept nothing less.

      Yes, blog soul mate, I had a feeling you may be posting about this show soon. How could you not? This show is on fire!
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