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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Nia Long, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth MacFarlane
  • Summary: Seth MacFarlane spins off Cleveland Brown to his own show. He leaves Quahog with his son and makes a stopover to his Virginia hometown where he falls in love with his high school sweetheart.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
  • Creator: Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry (VI), Richard Appel
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 27, 2009
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    83
    I never found the character that funny on Family Guy. But tonight's episode of the spin-off is quite a corker, as Cleveland runs over the family dog, with hilarious consequences.
  2. Like "Family Guy," The Cleveland Show jumps from the main plot to tangential asides often built around pop culture. But the show's tone is different because Cleveland is such a well-meaning, likable character.
  3. If The Cleveland Show isn't quite as sharp-tongued or focused yet as "Family Guy," it's got the eccentricity to fit into broadcast television's most off-center evening.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    For those who buy into the MacFarlane formula this is all riotous fun. For the rest of us, it's a bit like Dane Cook's stand-up act--a reminder that what tickles current teens and twentysomethings is often markedly different from the satirical material that amused their parents.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    50
    I found myself smiling once or twice, but mostly thinking that all this is way-too-similar to "Family Guy" to carve out its own niche.
  6. The Cleveland Show is neither sweet nor particularly funny, neither a family comedy nor a true satire.
  7. 10
    One of the strangest things about these MacFarlane shows are the mean-spirited "cultural references," all of them shoehorned in as asides and rarely having anything to do with the plot or characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 90
  2. Negative: 47 out of 90
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    10
    Although The Cleveland Show is similar to Family Guy and American Dad, there are some differences. For starters Cleveland has grown as aAlthough The Cleveland Show is similar to Family Guy and American Dad, there are some differences. For starters Cleveland has grown as a character and is not as silent as he used to be in Family Guy. Also it introduces different characters to the show who can be funny in their own way. Yes this show is not as funny as the rest of Seth MacFarlane's tv show's, but at the same time it has it's own style of humour and I think most of that comes from the relationship between Cleveland and the other characters, but also from the other characters relationships with each other. Expand
  2. DeniseM.
    Sep 28, 2009
    9
    I can't wait to see what's next - I believe the first show was just setting up what will be a very funny season.
  3. Mar 17, 2012
    7
    It is unnecessary because Cleveland shouldn't have left Family Guy in the first place, but it has a few funny parts to make up for it.
  4. MikeG.
    Oct 1, 2009
    3
    Pretty meh pilot episode. The best stuff was in the first act of the episode with the Family Guy cast. Maybe it will get better, but the Pretty meh pilot episode. The best stuff was in the first act of the episode with the Family Guy cast. Maybe it will get better, but the supporting cast seems incredibly weak. A talking bear? This could work out OK - I'm glad to see that this hews closer to a plot driven show like American Dad and not a random amalgamation of hit and mostly miss jokes like Family Guy, but I don't see the promise here. Expand
  5. BrianN
    Oct 12, 2009
    1
    Much like the movie "Multiplicity", the copy of a copy format here falls dreadfully thin. The writing is lazy, the jokes are stale, and the Much like the movie "Multiplicity", the copy of a copy format here falls dreadfully thin. The writing is lazy, the jokes are stale, and the fact that the well-written and witty "King of the Hill" was axed to make way for this pitiful drivel makes the gut wrenching punch to the viewers' gonads that much more painful. Avoid this like the swine flu, ironically a more topical joke than anything written up for this dreadful mess. Expand
  6. SteveS.
    Sep 28, 2009
    1
    "Solid and funny. Ignore the irrational Macfarlane hate. There's a reason he's got an empire" yeah the reason he has an empire is "Solid and funny. Ignore the irrational Macfarlane hate. There's a reason he's got an empire" yeah the reason he has an empire is a) fox is stupid as demonstrated by the fact that American dad is still in existence and b) America is stupid as demonstrated by the fact that American dad is still in existence. the man just isn't that funny and when he is, it's generally not very sophisticated and ultimately not very satisfying. I'm not saying you aren't entitled to liking family guy or American dad or Cleveland show or whatnot I'm just saying there is a legitimate reason several people don't (not just irrational hate). And really do we need 3 of the same show on the same night? I mean come on. Expand
  7. MikeN
    Sep 28, 2009
    0
    This was terrible. I'm going to watch a few more episodes in case it gets better but more to see how much of a lazy copy of the other This was terrible. I'm going to watch a few more episodes in case it gets better but more to see how much of a lazy copy of the other two shows it ends up being. Expand

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