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The Haves and the Have Nots

The Haves and the Have Nots

Photo Credit:  OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Premiered: 
    May 28, 2013
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  • Network: OWN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Tyler Perry 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

From writer and executive producer Tyler Perry, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS is a scripted drama set in Savannah, Georgia, that follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and their hired help. Jim Cryer, the family patriarch, is a powerful judge whose double-life, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. Katheryn 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. 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, Hanna, as his family's maid. Despite having no money, Hanna 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, despite the fact that her estranged daughter, Candace, is a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. When Jim learns that his mistress has befriended his daughter, he works to save his political career -- and a potential run at governor -- while Candace sees the opportunity of a lifetime and blackmails Jim, even threatening to go to the press. The tagline for this series is: "The rich get richer. The poor get even." After a four-month break, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returns with new episodes on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN. Picking up after the cliffhanger fall finale, the Cryer family is back with even more scandals, lies and deceit as judge Jim Cryer mounts a campaign for governor despite escalating family problems and the vengeful actions of his former mistress Candace Young. After a 2.5-month break, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned with new episodes on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN. Candace has stopped at nothing to get what she wants, whether it be nearly tearing down a political campaign, sowing unrest within the Cryer family or even blackmailing a powerful judge. Now, it seems her primary target, Jim, has gotten the upper hand, but Candace is always up for a challenge. OWN aired the summer season finale of THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately following a full-series, 36-episode marathon, which started the previous morning (Monday, July 28 at 10am). The summer season finale reveals a shocking twist and someone's ultimate demise. THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned for a new season on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN. Viewers last saw Jim Cryer (as he was carried away from his mansion in a revenge kidnapping perpetrated by his former mistress (and former captive) Candace Young. In the new season, the devastating consequences of the lies, betrayal, deceit and adultery come to fruition. Both the Cryer and Harrington families face personal tragedies that threaten their privileged status, as well as the political aspirations of Jim Cryer and David Harrington. In the wake of the parents' bad behavior, their children try to pick up the pieces of their own troubled lives -- Jeffrey Harrington fights to claim his identity as a gay man; Wyatt Cryer faces his demons and Amanda Cryer's personal crisis comes to a shocking conclusion. Meanwhile, Candace continues her personal war against the two families that want her dead. And through the storm of destruction and self-sabotage, Candace's mother and Cryer housekeeper Hanna Young serves as a beacon of light, proving that virtue and faith can be more valuable than limitless material possessions. After a three-month break, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned with new episodes on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately following a seven-hour marathon (2-9pm) of encore episodes. In the summer premiere, "Two Funerals," Benny plans to bail Quincy out of jail; David barely escapes the fire that burns down the Harrington's house. After a three-month break, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned with new episodes on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN, immediately following a seven-hour marathon (2-9pm) of encore episodes. Jim Cryer, his wife Katheryn and their wealthy friends, David and Veronica Harrington, are dealing with hard lessons they have sewed from past actions. Jim is rendered powerless for the first time in his life as the charges against him mount. Candace is haunted by a horrific crime that she and Jeffery have committed and will stop at nothing to cover up the secret, as they face Quincy. Meanwhile, Hanna continues to be a moral pillar for her family and co-workers. On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned with new episodes. In the mid-season premiere, "My Friend Maggie," Maggie visits the Harrington home and gets the surprise of her life. Leading up to this new episode, the cast of #HAHN invites viewers to celebrate three years and 107 episodes of OWN's hit drama. For the first time ever, fans can watch every episode back to back during a Binge-a-Thon from Saturday, June 18 at 10pm through Tuesday, June 21 at 9pm. Season 4 of THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS premiered on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, immediately following a nine-hour marathon (Noon-9pm) of encore episodes. The new season heats up as Hanna, the moral conscience, is tested like never before. Hanna and her son, Benny, are stripped of everything they have once Candace's latest hustle fails miserably. In the season opener, "A Cup of Tea," Veronica is stunned after Katheryn lashes out in anger.On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network premiered the fifth season of THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS. Season 5 picks up with no one unscathed by scandal, destruction, life-threatening moments and even death. In the season opener, "Afraid of Flames," Hanna is in mourning after a deadly shooting. Candace rejects Benny's pleas to help her. Veronica and Melissa find themselves in danger.
After a two-month break, THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS returned with new episodes on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on OWN. In this new episode, "Veronica's House," Veronica lets it be known that she is the only queen in the kingdom, and Candace reverts to her old ways.


Other Titles

  • Also known as Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Tyler Perry Studios


  • - Savannah, Georgia USA