• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 25
    The characters here creak, including the talking bear who mirrors the alien in American Dad and the dog in Family Guy, and the watered-down setup now feels like a copy of a copy of a copy. What's worse, in three episodes, there's hardly a laugh to be found. Bad taste, we'll accept. Boring we won't.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    67
    I laughed. Not often, or perhaps not often enough, but there was also enough McFarlane-esque gross-out sophomoric tomfoolery to keep even me reasonably entertained for a half-hour. Plus, good ol' likable Cleveland works well as a leading man.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Cleveland Show is neither sweet nor particularly funny, neither a family comedy nor a true satire.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. 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.
  15. 60
    For a certain segment of the audience--men, boys, evil babies, talking bears--it’s likely to go over quite well.
  16. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    75
    The new show is more conventional and warm-hearted--but only slightly. If I had to sum up the humor in one word, it would be "random."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 87
  2. Negative: 46 out of 87
  1. Jun 14, 2011
    5
    Not as funny as I thought it would be. Family Guy is lightyears ahead of this.
  2. CoreyL
    Oct 2, 2009
    0
    The only reason I gave this a 0 rating is because it was the lowest number available. I am a huge FAMILY GUY fan, and was hoping for the best. I didn't laugh once. You probably won't print this, but I believe MacFarlane was pressured into making this show to offset the off-color humor of FAMILY GUY. I don't think he'll lose any sleep when this show crashes & burns. Political correct- ness created this show, utter lack of humor will be it's demise! Long live FAMILY GUY! Full Review »
  3. 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'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 »