Tyler Perry's House of Payne

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CJ Payne, played by Allen Payne

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Allen Payne plays CJ, a passionate husband and father of two who is challenged with keeping his sanity and humor alive when tragedy strikes his immediate family, and he is forced to move his family into the home of his Aunt Ella and Uncle Curtis. Although he loves his uncle, who raised him after his father’s death, it is hard for CJ to accept his parental guidance and outrageous methods of discipline. His personal challenges spill over into his professional life at the local fire station where his uncle serves as his boss and fire chief. Whenever he believes his life is improving, another life-altering situation occurs and he falls right back down, although the consequences are touching and funny.
Curtis "Pops" Payne, played by LaVan Davis

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, LaVan Davis plays Curtis, the self-anointed king of his castle who looks forward to spending nights with his queen, Ella. Curtis welcomes his nephew’s family into his home reluctantly because he feels that his house is already overcrowded with his college-age son, Calvin, who never seems to spend any time at his own apartment. When his home suddenly begins to resemble Grand Central Station, Curtis will do anything to get a little peace and quiet.
Ella Payne, voiced by Cassi Davis

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Cassi Davis plays loving and devotedly religious Ella Payne, the queen of the male-dominated Payne household. Ella lets it be known that all are welcome in her house. She uses her religious foundation to help those who are down and out, including members of her family. She continues to frequently nurture her collegiate son, much to the dismay of her husband.
Calvin Payne, played by Lance Gross

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Lance Gross plays Calvin Payne, the only child of Ella and Curtis Payne. Calvin seems to always have a hustle, and it primarily involves eating and washing his clothes at his parents’ house for free. Much to the annoyance of his father and confusion of his mother, Calvin is forever changing his college schedule and makes them wonder if he ever goes to class. Just like his cousin CJ, Calvin spends a fair amount of his time reluctantly working with his father as a volunteer firefighter down at the station.

Malik Payne, played by Larramie "Doc" Shaw

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Larramie Shaw Shaw plays Malik Payne, the eldest child of CJ and Janine. He is sensitive yet mischievous, and frequently leaves his great uncle Curtis asking “Why me?”
Jazmine Payne [S01-S04], played by China Anne McClain

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, China Anne McClain plays the baby of the Payne household, Jazmine. She is full of sass, spunk and mischievous grins. She is also quick to speak her mind.
Janine Payne, played by Demetria McKinney

In Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Demetria McKinney plays Janine Payne, the ex-wife of CJ Payne and mother to Malik and Jazmine. Janine hit a rough patch when she became a drug addict. Not only did her addiction burn down her family's house, but it spiraled her down a path that took her away from her husband and kids. Eventually with the help of Ella, Janine was able to kick her habit and right her life. Now that she's heading in the right direction, Janine has reconciled with the Paynes and has moved into Ella and Curtis' home who are also housing her ex-husband and kids.
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Family
Status: Ended
Network: tbs ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: June 06, 2007
Ended: August 10, 2012
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