Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns TV Review
Get recommendations on the best TV shows and films to stream and watch, “ Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns” is rated PG (Parents strongly. I really enjoy watching this show. I don't know this has so many bad reviews but this show is pretty funny. I like that it has some lighthearted (sometimes corny). Tamela J. Mann in Meet the Browns () Meet the Browns () Lamman Rucker and Denise Boutte in .. I don't understand why the TV show uses laugh tracks instead of having live audience. 6 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Not all of the jokes work, but when they do, they are really funny!
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I actually like some of the earlier episodes. Do you remember the episode where Ms. Edna wanted to die, and it ended with the characters showing her her own life? That was very nice, very tasteful, and very well done.
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It wasn't trying to force a joke at us; it wasn't shoving a dramatic situation on us. We were just able to look at a character with a minor problem and see how it gets resolved.
It's dramatic, but it's not too deep or too heavy. If the show had gone in this direction, it would have been much better. As the series continued, however, we were forced with unlikeable characters, shoved with dramatic situations, and rather than being entertained with the Tyler Perry form of comedy, we were "entertained" with the sitcom form of entertainment. We're not laughing to get away from the emotions brought about by the heavy, dramatic moments; instead they're forcing a laugh for the sake of forcing a laugh.
That is never funny.Meet the Browns (TV Show) Seasons 1 - 4 DVDs (Part 1)
I hate sitcoms that tell jokes that aren't needed for any other reason than the fact that the producers and writers wanted to tell a joke. Rather than go for the honesty of the situation at hand, they go for the humorous.
When they reach for the funny, it's no longer funny. With the sitcom-style, I don't like the kids.
You'd think that their background story with their real mother would give the writers something realistic to work with. Simple and direct, it's vividly physical and easily understood by anybody.
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And if for some reason the humor eludes you, there is always an intrusive, almost insulting laugh track to point you in the right direction. The vibe is so familiar and safe that the studio audience erupts into delighted hoots and applause whenever a favorite appears on the set.
That's all it takes to please this crowd, and the production team makes sure to ask nothing more from them than a surface reflex that's little more than an instinctive shudder.
There's never anything original about the characters, and this predictability is presumably the appealing foundation of the show.
The Colonel will always have a gruff exterior and a mushy heart, Will and Sasha will always be bland role-models, so square as to feel written by some white guy trying to imagine the kind of black person that he doesn't actually believe exists and Joaquin will always be the cutely precocious foster-child who looks too much like a baby version of the Night Stalker, serial killer Richard Ramirez, for my taste who just needs some good direction.
No matter, they're just window dressing, anyway, for the show is all about David Mann, the lead actor who plays Leroy Brown. Employing a high-pitched voice and a slightly effeminate manner, Mann always plays the clown. Integral to this is his wardrobe, which is always stretching to reach new levels of thrift store absurdity.
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Recently, I saw him clad in a now almost hip 's sweater, suspenders and the sort of pants you would have seen on Robin Williams back on Mork and Mindy.
A pageant of digressions, malapropisms, lame puns and shout-outs to the Lord, Brown is a kind of Speaking in Tongues version of Forrest Gump. But the really funny thing about this character, and I don't mean Ha-Ha funny, is that he's supposed to be in his mid 60's. To accommodate this fiction, they've given him a little grey goatee, but it looks like it was hastily dyed by a kid from the high school drama club. Further, Mann looks just as strong as hell.
His bald head, far from making him look aged or infirmed, makes him look like a bullet, and there's simply no mistaking the powerful build of the guy beneath the ridiculous, and ridiculously tight clothes he's made to wear.
Beneath the cloak of humility that the Mann must assume as Leroy Brown, you can see something very different beating within. It's as if the vanity of the actor couldn't quite be contained beneath the role he plays and that he needs everybody out there in Hollywood land to know that he can play young, too. Watching the well-oiled machine that is Mann dancing away on a recent episode, I thought of Baptist Bishop Eddie Long.
A respected and powerful leader in the African-American community, Long enjoys the reputation of a civil rights champion, but has long stood in opposition to gay rights, preaching that homosexuality is a curable disease and that gays should not be allowed to marry.