While the family tries to plan a surprise party for Curtis' 50th birthday, Curtis tries to regain his youth. During the party the guys are called out for a fire that ends up being at C.J. and Janine's house.
C.J. finds out the fire at his house was arson. Meanwhile, Janine's strange behavior is questioned by the family, especially Curtis, who thinks Janine is cheating on C.J. with her mysterious friend Blue.
Curtis is required to take an anger management class, but the upbeat instructor doesn't seem to suppress his anger. Later, the guys go to the crack house to help bring Janine home. Janine agrees to go to rehab but the family wakes up to find her missing.
C.J. accepts Curtis and Ella's money offer, but when he uses the money to put Janine in rehab she checks herself out, causing C.J. to lose the money and find a way to break the news to Curtis. Meanwhile, Calvin shows off Curtis and Ella's house as his own to impress a girl.
Janine's associate, Beverly, steals Ella's identity, causing Ella to be briefly jailed for check kiting. Afterward, Ella feels compelled to confront Janine at the crack house. Meanwhile, Calvin crams for mid-terms.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2007
House of Payne.....is actually a house of family, fun & love- despite serious true life storylines which include crack addiction, teenage growing pains and beyond. the plot revolves around a man, CJ (Allen Payne) who moves in with his aunt Ella and uncle Curtis along with his wife ( A crack addict who burned down their house) & 2 children, all the family members are hilarious while comforting each other and finding resolution to various situations. If you've never seen an episode of this hit show during the first season run, order this 20 episode volume, you'll be glad you did... it is addictive and certainly entertaining!
Good show, ranks right after Mr. Brown (Meet the Brown's). If you have watched Mr. Brown it is basically the same type of family show with deals with everyday family issues. At first I thought I may not like it because I really like Meet the Browns, but it ranks right up there although noone can beat Mr. Brown, but Mr. Payne comes darn close!
i like Tyler writing style so simple but yet complex . house of Payne cover a lot of different problems in a household but yet through their problems there is Jesus and some comic relief and they can get you through your problems
i watched alot of this series and it is just as advertized. this show is putting the huxatable family and all in the family sitcom back in its day mixed altogether in one brand new tv series. the show does have real to life dramatic situations and humourous reactions. like bill cosby the show is not too preachy and yet it gets to the point about moral values and christian beliefs. it is not as funny like sanford and son is. still the show is fun to watch and benefits the viewers of real to life situations and how to handle them the payneful way instead of the painful way.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2013
Loved the first series - it is a nice introduction to the family. First saw this programme in the states. It will never be shown here in the UK on national TV, so could only find the series online here at Amazon. Worth while getting if you want something different to watch as main stream TV is getting boring. This is fun and nice to watch with the kids (especially teens as they will find it more funny).
very very funny and such good companion on gloomy days, the House of Payne will provide you with fun and laughter. Tyler Perry is really great at producing good family drama. Recommend to buy to share with friends and family
Enjoyed this dvd. I am a new fan of Tyler Perry and think this is wonderful writing. The acting is superb, and the story line can take you from humour to tragedy in an instant. Some profound issues are tackled. I shall have to get the other follow up DVD of House of Paynes
I fell in love with this show the minute a relative recommended it. I have all 7 seasons and I await the final season; then I will have a complete collection. To all Tyler Perry fans, buy this it is worth your joy and laughter.