Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse
|For Better or Worse|
|Created by||Tyler Perry|
|Directed by||Tyler Perry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||71 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22 to 24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tyler Perry Studios|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||November 25, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Why Did I Get Married?
Why Did I Get Married Too?
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse is an American comedy-drama series created and produced by playwright/director/producer Tyler Perry. The series is based on Perry's 2007 film Why Did I Get Married? and its 2010 sequel Why Did I Get Married Too?. It premiered on TBS on November 25, 2011. Led by the comical, over-the-top antics of Marcus and Angela Williams, the ensemble follows three couples: Marcus and Angela, Joseph and Leslie, and Richard and Keisha who are at various stages of their relationships as they go through the ups-and-downs of married life and dating.
Development and production
TBS announced the straight-to-series order of For Better or Worse on April 26, 2011, the same day it was announced that House of Payne would be ending after its eighth season. Unlike House of Payne and Meet the Browns, which are family-oriented, For Better Or Worse targets young adults. The premiere episode of the series acquired 3.33 million viewers, bringing the show to the top of the charts as basic cable's No. 1 comedy series for the month of November 2011.
In February 2012, TBS announced the thirty-five episode second season renewal, which premiered on July 13, 2012, with the first season averaging 2.9 million viewers. For Better or Worse was also basic cable’s No. 1 sitcom of 2011 and the No. 1 show on all of television with African-American adults in the same year.
A year later, on February 20, 2013, it was announced that TBS chose not to renew the series, and that the Oprah Winfrey Network since ordered a third season as part of a new deal the network made with Perry. The third season of the series premiered on September 18, 2013.
- Tasha Smith as Angela Williams Marcus's spark plug of a wife, the affluent and successful owner of Lady Angie's hair salon and hair care products; originally, from Camden, New Jersey; has a degree in chemistry.
- Michael Jai White as Marcus Williams: Angela's husband, a former professional football player and owner of a highly rated sports television show C-Sports Now.
- Jason Olive as Joseph Jetson: Marcus's partner at C-Sports Now, and best friend since college, a former tennis player and Leslie's ex-boyfriend.
- Crystle Stewart as Leslie Morris: Angela's best friend since college, a real estate agent and Joseph Jetson's ex-girlfriend.
- Kent Faulcon as Richard Ellington: Marcus's partner and CFO at C-Sports Now, and friend since college, dating Marcus' baby momma Keisha; a former baseball player.
- Cocoa Brown as Jennifer Angela's comedic childhood friend from Camden, New Jersey and stylist at Lady Angie's. She has two kids. She is at risk of having HIV.
- Bobb'e J. Thompson as Marcus "M.J." Williams, Jr.: Marcus and Angela's son.
- Brad James as Todd: Intern at C-Sports Now.
- Chandra Currelley as Miss V.: Marcus and Angela's housekeeper.
- Bobbi Kristina Brown as Tina: Jennifer's college-aged daughter.
- Kiki Haynes as Ro'Keisha "Keisha" Jones (Season 1, recurring; Season 2): Marcus's troublesome child's mother, dating Richard Ellington and has a degree in accounting.
- Teka Brandon as Dominique Williams: Keisha's daughter.
- Cedric Stewart as Tyrik (Season 2): Contractor and Angela's old flame from college. Jermaine L. Brantley originated the role in the first season.
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|1||10||November 25, 2011||December 23, 2011|
|2||35||July 13, 2012||December 7, 2012|
|3||26||September 18, 2013||December 11, 2013|
The sitcom was welcomed to generally mixed reviews from critics. Boston Herald said "This is more soap than sitcom, an upscale Dynasty crossed with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with a dash of urban sass. It knocks you back with a bracing dose of its characters’ resentments and rages." Opportunity LOL said "I am curious why Tyler Perry wrote for most characters to be so ostentatiously wealthy as it brings the style a little too close to day-time soap operas. Wait a second, did Tyler Perry convince me to watch a soap opera?".
Awards and nominations
|2014||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Tasha Smith||Nominated|
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- "TBS's Friday Night Launch of "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" Is Basic Cable's #1 Comedy Series for the Month of November". The Futon Critic. November 30, 2011.
- Goldberg, Lesley. "TBS Orders More of Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Ho, Rodney (February 15, 2012). "TBS cancels ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,’ gives ‘For Better or Worse’ 35 episodes". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (February 15, 2012). "'Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse' Renewed by TBS with 35 Episode Order". TV by the Numbers (Press release).
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2013). "OWN Picks Up Tyler Perry’s Sitcom ‘For Better Or Worse’, Orders Third Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Bibel, Sara (July 25, 2013). "OWN Greenlights 'It's Primetime' Starring Deion Sanders, Announces Lindsay Lohan Interview to Air August 18". TV by the Numbers.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "Tyler Perry's Popular Sitcom 'For Better or Worse' Comes to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network". TV by the Numbers.
- Perigard, Mark (November 25, 2011). "Tyler Perry's 'Better' is one of his worst". Boston Herald.
- Haynes, Robert (December 16, 2011). "Opportunity LOL Reviews: "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" Television Show". Opportunity LOL.
- Tyler Perry's Official Website
- Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse at the Internet Movie Database
- Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse at TV.com
- Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse at TVGuide.com