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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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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
Reagan Gomez-Preston
as Roberta Tubbs
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
Jane Lynch
as Ms. Eck
Monique Coleman
as Fontaisha
Tila Tequila
as Herself
Margaret Cho
as Herself
Lake Bell
as Monica
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
Isabelle Fuhrman
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
Maurice LaMarche
as Keith Leib
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 (14) | Top Critics (12)

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

September 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.

September 27, 2009 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

September 27, 2009 | 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.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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

September 27, 2009 | Full Review…

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