The Haves and the Have Nots
The Haves and the Have Nots
Also known as Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots
Created by Tyler Perry
Developed by Tyler Perry
Oprah Winfrey
Written by Tyler Perry
Directed by Tyler Perry
Starring Crystal Fox
John Schneider
Renée Lawless
Tika Sumpter
Tyler Lepley
Jaclyn Betham
Aaron O'Connell
Angela Robinson
Peter Parros
Eva Tamargo
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 4
Producer(s) Tyler Perry
Ozzie Aeru
Original channel OWN
Original airing May 28, 2013 – present

Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots is a television drama from the prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. It premiered on May 28, 2013 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


The show follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia, mansion.

From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family's dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer is a powerful judge whose double life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer, is the ultimate matriarch, portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family's status. Their son, Wyatt, is a troubled, angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister, Amanda, a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents' expectations but unknowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family.

Hanna Young is the Cryers' maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son, Benny, the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however—her estranged daughter, Candace, a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In a bizarre coincidence, Candace is shocked to find out that her newfound friend Amanda's father is Jim Cryer, the very man who has been paying her for sex and who also employs Candace's mother as his family's maid. Armed with this knowledge, the stage is set for what will be, in Candace's eyes, the opportunity of a lifetime.

Other characters in the series include the Cryers' chef Celine, their wealthy friends Veronica and David Harrington, and Wyatt Cryer's rehabilitation counselor, Jeffrey Harrington.