There have been many political dramas that graced the small screen about the history of television. We have forgotten many, we can never forget others. Some have taken up acts dealing with public order, international relations, and the never-ending news cycle. Tyler Perry's The Oval is a milestone when it comes to pushing the boundaries of a political show. It's a modern day prime-time soap opera that explores the insides of the White House and the chaotic First Family life intertwined with the staff who work for them. It's a wild ride and nothing like political drama before it.
Tyler Perry is the creative genius behind The Oval. He made sure we got all the high-level, non-stop drama and insanity that we love on prime-time TV. The Franklin Clan, also known as The First Family, appears to be a happy, loving, and healthy interracial breed to the naked eye. They're pretty photogenic and seem camera-ready at all times. While they could dress nicely, they are all a mess inside. Behind closed doors (and sometimes in front of everyone), the members of this household reveal their true feelings: The First Family can't stand each other. They are a seedy family in every possible way. In fact, they are so angry with one another that it is difficult to figure out who the real bad guys are. And that attracts us week after week. We just can't get enough of this juicy drama.
Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn) is a philandering president who will do anything for his beloved, including having his employees covered for his steps. Victoria Franklin (Kron Moore) is a first lady who is powered by power and who gets and protects it at all costs. Gayle Franklin (Paige Hurd) and Jason Franklin (Daniel Croix Henderson) are the couple's spoiled, lazy children and fraught with trouble. There is never (never) a dull moment with this first family.
But the Franklin family isn't the only one with skeletons in their closets that must be kept hidden. It seems like everyone who works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC is holding onto some deep, dark secrets that could implode at any moment. One way or another, everyone is involved in something crazy. Everyone is fighting for some form of power and it brings the ruthless nature out of all of them. It's such a mess. And we are there for everything.
With the second season of The Oval premiering on February 16, sparks will fly everywhere. All of the unsolved problems, old problems, bad relationships, marriages on the verge of breakdown, and criminal behavior that kept us on screen in season one promise to get even more chaotic in season two. What sets The Oval apart from other political dramas is that it doesn't avoid the bush. All shenanigans are fully exhibited. It's not apologetically provocative. With all of the questions that went unanswered from season one, we can be sure that this season will be even more chaotic. Now someone hands the remote control so we don't miss any of it!
Check out Madea's farewell game on Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. PT / ET, followed by the season two premiere of Tyler Perry's The Oval at 10:30 p.m. PT / ET, on BET only.