Tyler Perry definitely has a working formula when it comes to his cast of characters, whether it’s on TV or the Big Screen. His latest offering, TBS’ “For Better or Worse” still echoes his penchant for the outlandish dramatic storylines that have become his signature delivery. But in this case it doesn’t make us want to cringe; it’s actually quite an entertaining collage of colorful characters, some of whom have become staples of Perry’s creative workshop. Actors Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White who played husband and wife in “Why Did I Get Married” are also playing a married couple this time around and the relationship dynamics are pretty similar. Smith plays Angela, a no-nonsense successful salon owner and White plays Michael, a retired football player, tying to launch a new career in television.

There are also two other couples in the picture and of course as always there is some controversy surrounding the ties that bind them all. Joseph played by Jason Olive, is dating the ex-girlfriend and baby mama of his good buddy Michael. Then we have another lovely pair; Richard played by Kent Faulcon, is also a close pal of Michael’s and he is betrothed to Angela’s best friend, Leslie, played by Crystle Stewart.

Needless to say, there are going to be major catfights on the horizon, especially between Angela and Keisha, and if last night’s episode was an indication of what to expect, then we better buckle up tight!

For Better or Worse is not a gem but not many sitcoms these days are, but if you are looking for an entertaining show with colorful characters that will at least give you a couple of reasons to laugh out loud, then “For Better” is worth checking out.

It airs every Friday on TBS at 10:00pm and 10:30pm

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  • Sindy

    Two middle-aged women were fighting like cats in the alley. Could somebody turn the volume down on Tasha Smith’s character? She’s like female Sam Jackson w/out the personality.

    Not much for a laugh track either because the one used on House of Payne (which has gotten a little better) is forced…as in HAHAHAHAHA, when it’s just ‘ha’.

  • I only tuned in to about 20 mins of the first ep because Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White are decent actors. Unfortunately, it was just more ghetto melodrama from TP cloaked in upper-middle class wardrobes and scenery. I turned after two grown women got into a catfight over one being called a “tacky ho.” Mr. Perry seems to pride himself on creating uplifting entertainment, but this just plays into tired stereotypes of Black women being loud and ignorant.

  • shadow

    Even though there was a cat fight between the two women, I like the way they dealt with each other after the fight. I liked the show and I will continue to support it.

  • Angie

    Don’t get me wrong, I like some of TP’s stuff, but this didn’t pull me in. I watched 10 minutes of an episode and ended up turning to Animal Planet. Maybe I’ll give it another chance in the future…if I don’t forget about it.