The Cleveland Show : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. Cleveland has a few delightfully outrageous moments, along with several that are gratuitously gross ("hot fur," anyone?), but its most disconcerting element is its significant resemblance to "Family Guy."
  2. Like everything else in the MacFarlane arsenal, The Cleveland Show relies heavily on pop-cultural references (and many of them are pretty funny), but the rhythm and pacing can feel like a slow-dripping faucet.
  3. 60
    For a certain segment of the audience--men, boys, evil babies, talking bears--it’s likely to go over quite well.
  4. 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.
  5. My guess is Fox figures fans of MacFarlane's shows know what they're getting into and may not care if racial parodies are served up by white guys or black ones. Those of us who maybe aren't so comfortable were never welcome in the first place.
  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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The Cleveland Show is neither sweet nor particularly funny, neither a family comedy nor a true satire.
  10. The Cleveland Show is full of pubic-hair jokes, and if you don't think that's a laugh riot, you still might want to tune in--once--to see what the cool kids are digging these days.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 207 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 93
  2. Negative: 48 out of 93
  1. Dec 25, 2011
    0
    Somebody please make him stop, Seth McFarlane has yet again conceived a failed abortion spawned by his previous piece of garbage that isn'tSomebody please make him stop, Seth McFarlane has yet again conceived a failed abortion spawned by his previous piece of garbage that isn't even as bad as this. He is not creative, has no taste in comedy, and is copying the Simpsons in plot structure (which Family Guy barley has) and the animation style. The Cleveland show is boring and tasteless like its director. Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2011
    3
    People who think this show is funny think that black tragedy is a joke. I got so bored watching it I had to force myself to continue. Lack ofPeople who think this show is funny think that black tragedy is a joke. I got so bored watching it I had to force myself to continue. Lack of humor maybe? Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    5
    Not as funny as I thought it would be. Family Guy is lightyears ahead of this.