The Cleveland Show: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)



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


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Air date: Sep 27, 2009
Air date: Oct 4, 2009
Air date: Oct 11, 2009
Air date: Oct 18, 2009
Air date: Nov 8, 2009
Air date: Nov 15, 2009
Air date: Nov 22, 2009
Air date: Nov 29, 2009
Air date: Dec 13, 2009
Air date: Jan 3, 2010
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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.


Mike Henry
as Cleveland Brown/Rallo/Flawrence
Sanaa Lathan
as Donna Tubbs/Mae West
Nia Long
as Roberta Tubbs
Kevin Michael Richardson
as Cleveland Brown Jr./Lester/Mr. Waterman/Ike Turner
Seth MacFarlane
as Tim/Peter/Quagmire/Brian
Glenn Howerton
as Terry/Robert Redford/Scientist/Doctor
John Viener
as Cop/Young White Cop
Jamie Kennedy
as Federline Jones
Bruce McGill
as Mr. Waterman
Danny Smith
as Young White Cop
Nat Faxon
as Foster Dad
Jeff Bergman
as Alda-Nator
Kit Pongetti
as Brandi Girl/Velvet
Kirker Butler
as Floyd/Redneck
Mae Whitman
as Softball Captain
as Holt's Mom/Jane
Josh Gad
as Droopy/Pimp
Will Sasso
as Donald Trump/Robert De Niro
Max Burkholder
as 5-Year-Old/Kid Playing Basketball
Damani Roberts
as 5-Year-Old
Ray Simpson
as Village People Cop
Ari Graynor
as BigSkeez
André Sogliuzzo
as Robert Redford/Teacher
James Burkholder
as Lanky Teenage Boy
Jerry Minor
as Bumble B
Ralph Garman
as Chandler/Child-Services Rep
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Critic Reviews for The Cleveland Show Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (13)

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…
Top Critic

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'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…

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…

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