“Every great story has to start somewhere and every legend has a beginning,” reads the series’ official logline. “Long before she was the force of nature known as Madea she was a smart, fierce, irresistible, dangerous, crazy 20-something black woman named…Mabel Simmons. When she moved to Atlanta in 1972 she set the city – and the world – on fire!”
Mabel is created by Perry and Tim Palen, both of whom will also executive-produce alongside writers JaNeika James and JaSheika James.
Inspired by Perry’s mother and aunt, Madea was first introduced via Perry’s 2000 hit play I Can Do Bad All By Myself, before making the leap to the big screen in 2005’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Always played by Perry in drag, Madea has gone on to appear in 10 other films: Madea’s Family Reunion in 2006, Meet the Browns in 2008, Madea Goes to Jail in 2009, I Can Do Bad All by Myself in 2009, Madea’s Big Happy Family in 2011, Madea’s Witness Protection in 2012, A Madea Christmas in 2013, Boo! A Madea Halloween in 2016, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween in 2017 and A Madea Family Funeral in 2019. She has also appeared in two of Perry’s television shows: House of Payne and Love Thy Neighbor.
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