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The Haves and the Have Nots is an American television drama created by Tyler Perry, based on his 2011 play of the same name. The story follows the Cryers, a wealthy family living in Savannah, Georgia, and the Youngs, their hired help. The complicated relationship between and among these families is explored throughout the course of the series, which has the honor of being the first scripted television show to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The titular Haves of the show are the Cryer family, made up of Jim and Katheryn and their two grown children, Wyatt and Amanda. On the surface, the Cryer family has it all- they are surrounded by luxury, secured by their wealth and the status Jim's status as a powerful criminal judge. However, behind the opulent façade, secrets and lies threaten to tear the family apart from within. Jim's double life endangers his position; Wyatt wrestles with apathy and substance abuse. Amanda struggles, sometimes violently, to live up to the expectations of her parents and the family name, while Katheryn is left with no choice but to try and keep her family from falling apart, no matter what the personal cost.

The Have Nots seem, at least at first, to have a much stronger relationship. Hannah is poor, but finds strength in her spirituality and her son, Benny. Sadly, their simple but virtuous life is soon threatened by the reappearance of Hannah's estranged daughter, Candace. So unlike her mother, she is an agent of chaos, seducing and manipulating anyone who dares stand between her and what she wants. Candy quickly realizes that, as high-priced call girl in Jim Cryer's employ, she has stumbled into a position of incredible power and opportunity.

The Haves and the Have Nots is a complex story, unafraid to explore a variety of topics and social issues. Family dynamics, sexuality, blackmail, addiction, betrayal, race- Perry never shies away from the drama, preferring to challenge his audience rather than play it safe. The charged atmosphere creates an opportunity for viewers to lose themselves in the lives of the characters, experiencing their triumphs and tragedies.

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Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on OWN
1 Season, 37 Episodes - Currently Airing
Drama, Family
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The Haves and the Have Nots Full Episode Guide

  • Wyatt's efforts stop Jim from being sent to jail.

  • After Quincy is left in charge of the estate, Katheryn goes into panic mode.

  • Jim tries to prove Wyatt's innocence.

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