Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse
|Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse|
|Created by||Tyler Perry|
|Directed by||Tyler Perry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||142 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 to 24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tyler Perry Studios|
|Original network||TBS (seasons 1–2)
OWN (season 3–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||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 and sitcom television series created and produced by playwright and director 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.
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 eight 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. The fourth season premiered on April 9, 2014. The fifth season premiered on September 17, 2014. The sixth season of the series premiered on Friday, March 27, 2015. The seventh season of the series premiered on September 11, 2015. The Eighth season of the series premiered on April 1, 2016. OWN renewed the show for a ninth season which premiered on September 30, 2016.
- Tasha Smith as Angela Williams (Season 1–present): 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. In season 1, Angela deals with Marcus's infidelity issues. Marcus tries prove his innocence. It was confirmed in the season 2 premiere. She has hatred for Marcus's ex-girlfriend Keisha throughout the entire series. In the season 7 episode "The Results", Angela finds out she is pregnant.
- Michael Jai White as Marcus Williams (Season 1–present): Angela's husband, a former professional football player and owner of a highly rated sports television show C-Sports Now. Season 1 focuses on his infidelity struggles with Angela, Marcus proves his innocence and it was confirmed at the beginning of season 2. In season 7, he unknowingly father another child. In the season 7 episode, "The Results", Marcus finds out his wife, Angela is pregnant and is currently expecting his third child.
- Jason Olive as Joseph Jetson (Season 1–present): Marcus's partner at C-Sports Now, and best friend since college, a former tennis player and Leslie's husband-to-be. Towards the end of season 2, he and Leslie break up due to their sexual attraction with each other, but still has feelings for her throughout season 3. In season 4, they get back together. And in season 5, Joseph finally proposes to Leslie.
- Crystle Stewart as Leslie Morris (Season 1–present): Angela's best friend since college, a real estate agent and Joseph Jetson's fiancee. Towards the end of season 2, her and Joseph break up, she meets a high school friend, Chris and becomes attracted to him. Chris proposes to Leslie, and they get married in the season 2 finale and the season 3 premiere. In season 3 while married to Chris, Leslie begins to have conflicted feelings for Joseph. Chris learns of that and they divorced. She gets back together with Joseph in season 4, and Joseph proposes to Leslie in season 5.
- Kent Faulcon as Richard Ellington (Season 1–present): Marcus's partner and CFO at C-Sports Now, and friend since college, previously dated Marcus' assumed baby momma Keisha; a former baseball player. After finding out what kind of person she really was, Richard broke up with Keisha. While dealing with the divorce, Richard has anger management issues with Keisha in season 6 and the season 7 finale. In Season 9, he is currently dating Jennifer.
- Cocoa Brown as Jennifer (Season 1–present): Angela's comedic childhood friend from Camden, New Jersey and stylist at Lady Angie's. She has two kids. In Season 9, she starts developing feelings for Richard.
- Bobb'e J. Thompson as Marcus "M.J." Williams, Jr. (Season 1–2): Marcus and Angela's son.
- Brad James as Todd (Season 1–present): Intern at C-Sports Now. In season five, Todd learns that he fathered a child with a woman named Shawn.
- Chandra Currelley as Miss V. (Season 1–2; Season 4–present; Guest, Season 3): Marcus and Angela's housekeeper.
- Bobbi Kristina Brown as Tina (Season 2): Jennifer's college-aged daughter.
- Kiki Haynes as Ro'Keisha "Keisha" Jones (Season 1, recurring; Season 2–present): Marcus's troublesome ex-girlfriend, who ignites a bitter feud with Angela throughout the series. She dated Richard Ellington and has a degree in accounting. They married and then divorced. In season 6, after the divorce settlement, Keisha is currently working with Marcus, Joseph, Richard, and Todd at C-Sports Now.
- Teka Brandon as Dominique Williams: Keisha's daughter. Originally believed to be Marcus's daughter, until Season 2.
- Cedric Stewart as Tyrik (Season 2): Contractor and Angela's old flame from college. Jermaine L. Brantley originated the role in the first season.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||10||November 25, 2011||December 23, 2011||TBS|
|2||35||July 13, 2012||December 7, 2012|
|3||26||September 18, 2013||December 11, 2013||OWN|
|4||15||April 9, 2014||June 11, 2014|
|5||14||September 17, 2014||December 17, 2014|
|6||11||March 27, 2015||June 5, 2015|
|7||11||September 11, 2015||October 16, 2015|
|8||10||April 1, 2016||May 27, 2016|
|9||10||September 30, 2016||November 25, 2016|
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?".
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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.
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