The Cleveland Show: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 54
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 27, 2009
2
Air date: Oct 4, 2009
3
Air date: Oct 11, 2009
4
Air date: Oct 18, 2009
5
Air date: Nov 8, 2009
6
Air date: Nov 15, 2009
7
Air date: Nov 22, 2009
8
Air date: Nov 29, 2009
9
Air date: Dec 13, 2009
10
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.

Cast

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
Fergie
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 (18) | Top Critics (14)

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

Dec 18, 2019 | 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…

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…

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

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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

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…

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

Sep 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.

Jun 15, 2018 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Cleveland Show: Season 1

  • Dec 25, 2019
    I wish would appreciate this seris then it would have still counted if less people quit wasting their time of complain about the show and say that it was 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 pushed it humor in the audience 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.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Liked the show it was pretty funny but it is now cancelled

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