It may surprise some of you to know that there’s another Tyler Perry show on the market called Meet The Browns. And the folks out at Lions Gate sent over a copy of Meet The Browns Season One for us to tackle for you. The question of course will be whether or not this particular batch of Tyler Perry will be any better than his previous incarnations, which have largely been disastrous.
Meet The Browns takes us out to Brown Meadows, a retirement home made from what used to be a private residence, but was converted into a retirement home on the strength of a promise a man named Leroy Brown made his deceased father. But what Mr. Brown is going to discover is that running a retirement home is going to be a whole lot more complex than he first imagined. But since his son is a doctor, and his son’s wife is a nurse, he’s got the beginnings of a big undertaking. But can he survive it all with his sanity–and his house–intact?
I don’t believe I’m about to type this, but seriously, folks…Meet The Browns is unquestionably the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen from Tyler Perry. Ever. EV-ER. I laughed. This alone should tell you something, considering I’ve referred to Perry’s previous work as everything from “godawful” “piles of melodrama” to “(a) putrefacted carcass“. But clearly, this is where all the funny that Tyler Perry could muster has gone. This is his entire stock of funny, all thrown into one package. All the jokes that should have been in For Colored Girls or anything Madea-related or that spectacular exercise in masochism known as House of Payne have all migrated to Meet The Browns.
And while everyone in the story is doing a fine job of keeping up, the clear winner of Meet The Browns has to be Mr. Brown himself, David Mann. This guy is one of the best comic actors I’ve seen in the longest time. He does a terrific job intermingling physical humor with a kind of raw idiocy intermingled with a gentle, goodhearted nature that blends so beautifully that makes this a hilarious piece of work.
I can’t believe I’m saying half this stuff about anything that came out of Tyler Perry’s endless maw of horror and misery, but Meet The Browns Season One is an untrammeled delight that proves that even a broken clock is right twice a day.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives the endless laugh riot that is Meet The Browns Season One an eight out of ten. It’s packed to the gills with laughs, and I”m amazed to realize this is as good as it is. Bravo, Tyler Perry…you managed to get one right. For a change.