With the upcoming film, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, there is no harm in getting acquainted with the iconic American character, Madea. Mabel “Madea” Simmons is a tough, elderly black woman but basically Tyler Perry in disguise. To sum up Madea’s character in Perry’s words, she is the type to “beat the hell out of you but make sure the ambulance got there in time to make sure they could set your arm back.


Madea shows

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Madea has already appeared in a number of plays, films, and TV series. Majority of these works cast her as the lead role. On the other hand, there are some (especially on TV programs) where she only had a cameo. Here is a complete list of all the Madea shows – films, plays, and TV series – where you can spot this vigorous black granny:

Recorded and Non-Recorded Plays

1999 I Can Do Bad All By Myself

2001 Diary of a Mad Black Woman

2002 Madea’s Family Reunion

2003 Madea’s Class Reunion

2006 Madea Goes to Jail

2010 Madea’s Big Happy Family

2011 A Madea Christmas

2012 Madea Gets a Job

2013 Madea’s Neighbors from Hell

2015 Madea on the Run

2019 Madea’s Farewell


2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman

2006 Madea’s Family Reunion

2008 Meet the Browns (cameo)

2009 Madea Goes to Jail

2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself

2011 Madea’s Big Happy Family

2012 Madea’s Witness Protection

2013 A Madea Christmas

2016 Boo! A Madea Halloween

2017 Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

2019 A Madea Family Funeral

Animated Film

2015 Madea’s Tough Love

TV Programs

2007 House of Payne (guest appearances)

2011 Meet the Browns (mentioned only)

2015 Love Thy Neighbor (guest appearance)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral is just one of the many Madea shows casting Tyler Perry himself in the titular role of Madea as well as three other roles, namely Joe Brian, and Heathrow. Aside from Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Mike Tyson, Ciera Payton, KJ Smith, Quin Walters, and many others appear in the film as well. The film will be released in theaters this coming March 1, 2019.