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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • 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
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. 70
    Actually the dimly befuddled Cleveland works pretty well as a foil to the collection of redneck psycho neighbors, oversexed stepchildren and Russian bears (don't ask) who make up the cast.
  4. 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.
  5. Cleveland isn’t an inherently interesting, or, worse, funny, character. His presence allows the writers (many of them white like Henry and Appel) to tell meta jokes about white people in Hollywood producing entertainment for a black audience, and occasionally some of the racial humor lands.
  6. If you're a fan of "Family Guy," this is an easy sell....The guess here is that if you don't know anything about "Family Guy," you'll be watching another network anyway.
  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 93
  2. Negative: 49 out of 93
  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. Jun 12, 2013
    3
    I've been a fan of Family Guy since its very first season and, even if it’s not exactly been at its best the last few years, I continue toI've been a fan of Family Guy since its very first season and, even if it’s not exactly been at its best the last few years, I continue to watch semi-regularly to this day. Basing a spin-off series on the Griffins neighbor Cleveland Brown however always seemed like a strange idea and having watched the majority of this first season I can safely say it just doesn't work. Often trying to imitate the type of humour that has made Family Guy successful it falls flat more often than not and I won’t be tuning in to season two. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2011
    1
    Family guy sucks but this is so much worse, fox needs to stop jerking off to seth macfarlane. All his shows are the same dam thing their justFamily guy sucks but this is so much worse, fox needs to stop jerking off to seth macfarlane. All his shows are the same dam thing their just about stupid disfunctional families. Seth Macfarlane is untalented in every way possible he needs to crawl under a rock and die because im sick of him and im not the only person that thinks so. Expand
  6. TH.
    Sep 27, 2009
    1
    Complete rip off of family guy and american dad (american dad practically copies family guy too). Cleveland is Peter, his wife lois, the Complete rip off of family guy and american dad (american dad practically copies family guy too). Cleveland is Peter, his wife lois, the chick meg, the baby is identical to Stewie, the Bear Brian, and the fat one Chris. Its Family guy except black. Artistically mirrors both previous shows. Obviously MacFarlane has no originality anymore and cannot draw any different show to show. Every week Family Guy gets progressivly worse, yet he's given more shows to produce. Focus on what made you popular before its too late. Unfunny copies of your original work will only last so long before you end up a has been, the same with Family Guy. If your core show does not improve, why continue creating more shows? Logic eludes you Seth. 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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