Ruthless is an American drama series created, executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. It is a spin-off from BET drama The Oval. The first season of 24-episodes premiered on March 19, 2020 on BET+. Starting on May 7, 2020, the show began airing on the BET Network following new episodes of The Oval.
In a backdoor pilot during the first three episodes of The Oval, Ruth Truesdale (Melissa L. Williams) kidnaps her daughter Callie to join her and the sex-crazed members of the Rakudushis cult. Ruth is a devoted member of the Rakadushi cult. After helping to severely punish her rebellious, best friend Tally, she becomes an "Elder," a high ranking member of the cult. However, in order to be initiated into the position of Elder, she was required to be gang raped by seven high ranking cult members, including Andrew and Dikhan, in the presence of The Highest. After being gang raped, Ruth no longer wanted to be a member of the cult and began planning an escape, along with her best friend, Tally.