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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 91
  2. Negative: 47 out of 91
  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. JDL
    Nov 29, 2009
    3
    Very mediocre - rips format 100% of Family Guy, but the jokes are even less funny and the show in general is dominated by a distasteful Very mediocre - rips format 100% of Family Guy, but the jokes are even less funny and the show in general is dominated by a distasteful negative tone...relying on unfunny jokes about black people or being black while ironically enforcing and solidifying the images of these stereotypes in the mind of the viewer. King of the Hill was cancelled for this??? Expand
  5. JoeM
    Nov 23, 2009
    1
    The Cleveland Show is so bad and generally unfunny as to leave me depressed after watching it. I'm a FG fan, and I was really hoping The Cleveland Show is so bad and generally unfunny as to leave me depressed after watching it. I'm a FG fan, and I was really hoping that TCS would be good, and I gave it a fair shot: six or seven episodes, to start being funny, but after that Edsel of a Thanksgiving "Special" I just witnessed, I'm tuning out. It was so bad that I imagined for a moment that Seth McFarlane is playing a twisted joke on Fox execs and America by making this show as bad and unfunny as possible on purpose. I also agree with Shawn O's assessment that the racial stereotypes dabbled in and utilized in FG in the form of the cutaway device do have a quality of a farcical caricature about them, that underscores the falseness and ridiculousness of these stereotypes; but that when the entire pretext for a sitcom depends upon these exaggerated, racially-stereotypical caricatures, it ventures from clever lampooning into a slightly uncomfortable and un-funny racist territory that induces squirming, but certainly not laughter. It seems that Cleveland Show may have jumped the shark right out of the box. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2011
    1
    THE CLEVELAND SHOW has the same premise as FAMILY GUY, the show it is spun off of, and slightly unlike it, this is never funny. I onlyTHE CLEVELAND SHOW has the same premise as FAMILY GUY, the show it is spun off of, and slightly unlike it, this is never funny. I only watched one episode, which was the Kanye West episode from the first season, and I declared immediately after that I would never watch again. I laughed once--oh, that was the time I forced myself to nervously laugh. This is so dumb that it's not even funny, unlike other shows when you find yourself cracking up because of their stupidity. Not worth your time. 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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