The Cleveland Show: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1
The Cleveland Show

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The Cleveland Show is simply not interesting enough to capture the same comedic lightning of Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy.



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 72

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Air date: Sep 27, 2009

In the pilot of this "Family Guy" spin-off, Cleveland (voice of Mike Henry) leaves Quahog with Cleveland Jr. for California. But he gets only as far his hometown, Stoolbend, Va., where he runs into his high-school flame, Donna Tubbs (Sanaa Lathan), a single mother of two kids who could really use a dad. Cleveland wants to try to woo Donna again, but standing in his way---as he did in high school---is her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Federline Jones (Jamie Kennedy).

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Air date: Oct 4, 2009

Cleveland isn't having much luck trying to get Roberta or Rallo to accept him as their stepdad, and that's before he has an accident involving the family dog. Cleveland Jr. isn't having much luck getting his new schoolmates to accept him, either.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2009

Concerned that Cleveland Jr. has no friends, Cleveland introduces him to Lester's son, Ernie (voice of Glenn Howerton). The two boys immediately become fast friends (too fast), and soon Ernie wants to move in.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2009

Tim gets Cleveland a job at the cable company where he works, and soon Cleveland becomes the top salesman, surpassing (among others) Tim, who doesn't like it one bit.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2009

Cleveland's effort to warn Roberta about the dangers of sex falls flat, but Cleveland Jr. gets the message and takes a "purity pledge" at church. Glenn Howerton provides the voice of the Reverend.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2009

Donna is still attending her single-moms support group (and not telling Cleveland about it) because she enjoys the camaraderie. She's also not telling the other single moms that she's married. Meanwhile, Cleveland Jr. runs for student-council president, with Rallo as his campaign manager. Guest voices include Will Forte (Oliver) and Glenn Howerton (Ryan Sanderson and Andrew Wachowski).

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Air date: Nov 22, 2009

It's the first Thanksgiving for Cleveland and his new family, but Roberta and Federline want no part of it. Meanwhile, Cleveland's Auntie Momma (Kym Whitely) shakes things up. Daryl Hall and John Oates have voice cameos as themselves. Other guest voices include Frances Callier and Craig Robinson as Cleveland's parents, Cookie and Freight Train.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2009

Cleveland Jr. and Roberta take a school trip to Washington, D.C. Cleveland and Donna are happy to have the house to themselves, but Rallo has other plans. Roberta parties a bit too much in D.C., but Cleveland Jr. intervenes.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2009

Cleveland plays Santa at his office party and says something he shouldn't have about Rallo's father after an eggnog or two too many. Meanwhile, animal-rights activist Roberta sets out to save the reindeer.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2010

Onetime Stoolbend High baseball star Cleveland takes over the moribund team and wants Cleveland Jr. to continue the family tradition, but his son would rather concentrate on the math club. Guest voices include Mae Whitman (Softball Captain).

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How's this for a concept: a Seth MacFarlane cartoon about a nice guy? Cleveland Brown (voice of Mike Henry), the amiable schlub on "Family Guy," gets a sitcom of his own, moving with son Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) from Quahog, R.I., to Stoolbend, Va. That's where Cleveland becomes a family guy himself, settling down with his high-school flame Donna Tubbs (Sanaa Lathan) and her unruly kids Roberta (Nia Long/Reagan Gomez-Preston) and Rallo (Henry). Cleveland quickly connects with neighbors Tim the bear (another McFarlane talking animal), who gets him a job with the local cable company; Lester, a redneck voiced by the African-American Richardson; and the vertically-challenged Holt (Jason Sudeikis), who tags along on Cleveland and Donna's honeymoon trip to New York City. Cleveland Jr., a more soft-spoken and obese version of his "Family Guy" character, endures typical teen angst at Stoolbend High, where his activities include baseball (with his father as coach), a rap battle with Kenny West (Kanye West) and a class trip with his stepsister to Washington, D.C.

Critic Reviews for The Cleveland Show Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (14)

[I]t's a little warmer and sillier than Family Guy.

Dec 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The much larger problem is that Cleveland isn't an inherently interesting, or, worse, funny, character.

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

For a certain segment of the audience - men, boys, evil babies, talking bears - it's likely to go over quite well.

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Yeah, sure, I hated myself for laughing. But, hey. I'm sorry. What can I say? I laughed.

Sep 27, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

There are a lot of elements that make The Cleveland Show seem like it should work better than it does, but as a whole, it hasn't quite managed to stand up and differentiate itself enough from its parent show to be taken as its own thing.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Has anybody noticed what a patronizing mess Seth MacFarlane's new The Cleveland Show is?

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

You don't really have to be a reactionary to find MacFarlane's comedy revolting, or to see his "art" as the mass-media equivalent of peddling smut to kids, do you?

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

There's a lot to like here. It might take a while for the show to grow out of its Family Guy shadow, but with a greater focus on wacky family focused stories, we might get to see much personality burst out of of the normally sedate Cleveland.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

The show has a soft and sweet center... But this positive message is almost completely buried in sophomoric humor, and it's hardly worth the effort to sift through the dreck to get there.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Cleveland Show" makes a few meta jokes about how it knows it's racist, which completely absolves it of racism! She how that works! Seth MacFarlane: Genius.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The Cleveland Show has more warmth that flows from its gentle title character, Cleveland Brown

Sep 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cleveland Show: Season 1

  • Jan 12, 2021
    The Cleveland Show Season 1 was largely unfunny. The jokes fell flat. There was barely any character development. It felt boring most of the time. Cleveland himself was flanderized. Luckily, Season 2 was a massive improvement and did much better than the first. So did later seasons.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    I wish more people would appreciate this seris like I do then it would have still counted if less people quit wasting their time of complain about the show and say that it is a token version of family guy which it kind of is but at least it has a way to try to entertain it viewers and don't try so hard to pushed it humor on the audience like family guy if more people quit spending time complaining about the show they would enjoy like I do
  • Apr 16, 2019
    Very good, very good characters 9,99/10-Anton R. Skovborg
  • Nov 12, 2018
    I watched 2 and a half episodes and I was cracking up
  • Jan 30, 2017
    It was ok while it lasted
  • Jun 14, 2016
    MacFarlane should have scrapped this on the cutting room floor. Comes nowhere near the hilarity of Family Guy, whilst introducing new levels of absurdity that just don't quite fly.
  • Mar 17, 2015
    The Cleveland Show is largely unfunny and stubbornly unsure about what makes an adult cartoon relatable or interesting.
  • Dec 23, 2014
    Spin-Off de Family Guy, The Cleveland Show é mais uma série criada por Seth MacFarlane. A história tem como foco a vida do personagem Cleveland Brown quando ele e o seu filho, Cleveland Jr., se mudam de Rhode Island para a cidade fictícia de Stoolbend. Cancelada pela FOX na sua 4ª Temporada, é indicada para fãs de séries nos moldes de Family Guy, American Dad, Os Simpsons e etc...
  • Jun 11, 2014
    I have just became a fan of Family Guy so I'm not quite sure how similar this show is to it but what I can say is this was an unnecessary spin-off of a pretty good character in a good T.V. series. This makes embarrassing spin-off makes family guy look good. I can't remember laughing at any joke in this show and if I did, it might've been very few. There is too much crying scenes with Cleveland which gets if not quite contrived. Even the scenes with Peter still do not make it better. I wish this show was taken off air way earlier since the episodes got worse.
  • Jun 09, 2014
    Seth MacFarlane's tired formula is once again used in an attempt to give a spinoff to an uninteresting side character which results in a show where the only likable character is a talking bear and not one member of the main cast.

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