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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
    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
    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
    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: 30 out of 87
  2. Negative: 46 out of 87
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    Although 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. Apr 10, 2011
    The Cleveland Show Is Actually Really Good. A Good Spin-Off You Say? Yes!
    The Voices Are Outstanding As Well As The Story Lines This Was The
    Best Show Of 2009! Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2012
    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 4, 2011
    Cleveland lacks humor. All the Jokes are not funny. How can Seth Macfarlane think this is worth airing? Cleveland himself tries to be funny but after his jokes you think 'What the Hell' are you meant to laugh. Rallo and Cleveland Brown Jr are the only ones I find remotely, the Rest of the Cast is boring. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2012
    The rare miss in Seth MacFarlane's glittering back catalogue of animation, The Cleveland Show comes across stale and unfunny, with little character development to speak of and very little likeability all around. Unlike Family Guy and American Dad, the show has no identity of its own, relying bizarrely on racism to provide any edge that it has. Characters like Roberta have zero presence throughout, and even the zany characters like Tim the Bear feel forced and unimaginative.

    It's hard to envisage Cleveland Show still having a series to speak of if the network didn't want to keep Seth happy. As it stands, it may be worth putting this little side project out of it's misery and concentrating on the infinitely superior Family Guy and American Dad.
  6. Feb 5, 2012
    I have no idea who the clowns were that made Seth McDoucheLane make a third horrible show. Family guy was decent a decade ago, but it's been awful since it came back on air, and now everyone worships it as some pinnacle of humor when it's just gross-out humor with bad 80's movie ripoffs.

    If you're looking for a good cartoon, don't watch this.
  7. Jan 10, 2012
    A third Seth McFarlane show on Fox Sunday nights? Give me a break already.

    It's the same tired formula, weak jokes, and obscure references
    to stuff nobody cares about now and nobody cared about 10-20 years ago when it still had some limited relevance.

    Fox needs to dump this turd already.

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