As with the other Tyler Perry shows “House of Payne” is a television comedy/drama. It deals with the realities of a multi-generation family living in the same house in Atlanta. This particular series deals with some of the darker issues of life such as addictions and drug abuse.
The father of the household is Curtis Payne and his wife is Ella. These are my two favorite characters in the show.
Curtis comes off as a bit silly. He has to be more mature than he appears since he was chief at the local fire department. Curtis refuses to not eat his favorite foods even though he is overweight and once fainted because of a blocked artery. When he wants to go past Ella he will stick out his arm to move her and more often than not she lands sitting on the sofa. They are just playing – he is not being mean. Curtis is always loyal to Ella and stands by her thru thick or thin.
Ella is the more mature of the pair. She has a good nature which Curtis takes advantage of at times, but she gets back at him. Ella is a stay at home wife and mother. She is the religious one in the family and the person others turn to for advice.
Curtis and Ella have a son Calvin who sometimes attends college. He also worked around the firehouse with Calvin until he becomes a partner in a barbershop.
C.J. is the nephew of Curtis and Ella. After his wife accidentally burns down their home when she is under the influence of drugs he and his family move in with his uncle and aunt. During this period C.J. also works at the firehouse. Later he and his family move to Chicago. They return when C.J. is offered the chief’s job because Curtis is forced for health reasons to retire. C.J. and his family then move in next door to Curtis and Ella. C.J. wants Curtis to return to the firehouse to oversee several departments. Curtis refuses because he had been forced into retirement. However, Ella’s cooler head prevails and he does return.
House of Payne with its 254 episodes had more episodes than any other TV series with a mostly African American cast. The show was originally rated as TV-PG but the rating was changed to TV-14 in later years because of the more mature contents of the episodes.
The series finale in August 2012 ended with a cliff hanger. Fans were not too happy about this situation and many comments were made on Tyler Perry’s Facebook page and website. Perhaps there will be another spin-off or maybe a movie which will answer the cliff hanger question.