This FOX animated comedy is a spin-off of the much-loved series Family Guy. The series features the adventures of Peter Griffins neighbor Cleveland Brown. Many years ago, Cleveland made a promise to his old high school sweetheart, Donna. Cleveland, along with Cleveland Junior, move to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with Donna and her two children.
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This show is one of the few shows on TV that is literally painful towatch. Most shows I can ignore, but there is something especiallyirritating about this cartoon.I have no idea what Fox was thinking when they added it to theirAnimation Domination Sunday block.The main characters are irritating, flat, and stupid. They havestereotypical "African-American" voices. Nothing is too unique aboutthe family: they could have pulled the characters from Family Guy,changed their voices and skin color and have essentially the same show.The show has less random humor than Family Guy, but the humor is stillof a very low quality. At least Family Guy is funny once in a while.When the show first previewed I thought that it was just a joke. Myopinion of it still hasn't changed to this day.
I've always watched the lineup of Sunday evening cartoons. I'll watchThe Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Futuruma, I even watched Kingof the Hill though I didn't like it, I just didn't ever botherswitching the channel. I was excited to see this was replacing itbecause it looked better and I LOVE family guy. I was prettydisappointed in the first few episodes. Cleveland was trying too hardand wasn't funny, Cleveland Jr who I kind of liked in Family Guy seemsslow and too fitting for the stereotypical fat kid, the little boy wasa black knockoff Stewie, and his new family did not fit in right. Justto avoid other things I'd watch this between shows. It's gotten a lotbetter. Cleveland's become an asshole lately which I love, it's muchfunnier! It's coming up to par with Family Guy which unfortunately hasbeen declining in quality :( I'm glad I gave this a chance, it's a funshow that I don't mind watching to pass the time. The creators just hadto find their footing and see what worked, and it looks like they'refinding it. Not perfect, but I'll definitely keep watching this fornow.
I have never been a huge fan of either Family Guy or American Dad, butboth are far superior over this, which I dislike with an intensepassion. In fact, The Cleveland Show is one of my least favourite showsever, animated or not. I have nothing against animation whatsoever,some of my favourite films and shows are animated, but this show isawful in my opinion and a disservice to this fine art.Family Guy and American Dad may not have impressed me that much, butthey actually did have moments of solid animation, voice acting andwriting, more when they started than now. The Cleveland Show has noneof those things and never did. The show is for me not that goodanimation wise. The characters are poorly drawn, and the backgroundsand colours are so flat it's painful. The voice acting is annoying onthe whole, Seth McFarlane is usually terrific but even he sounds boredhere.The stories are also predictable and contrived, with constant momentsof lethargic pacing and lazy direction. But what really hurts TheCleveland Show are the humour and characters. The writing is terrible,it is hugely unfunny and borders on offensive, while the jokes rely toomuch on pop culture which I think will date quite quickly. I also hatethe characters, none of them are likable and they are little more thanstereotypes(quite insensitive ones at that). Cleveland did have hislikable and funny moments on Family Guy, but he isn't a strong enoughcharacter to warrant his own show, and that is a big part of theproblem.In conclusion, I love animation but I really hate this show. 1/10Bethany Cox
Well first of all i think most people are mad that King of the Hill wascanceled and replaced by the Cleveland Show. People are focusing thatanger on the Cleveland Show and making it seem worse than it is. Mostof all loved King of the Hill and i miss it. However, its no secretthat FOX wanted to cancel "KOH" for a while now. The show has itsmoments but falls a little short. I don't think is as bad as somepeople make it out to seem. Its a average show with average charactersthat has is moments and thats basically it. I don't think this will bea long running show. It simply doesn't have that certain knack othershows have. I actually like this more than American Dad not by muchthough.
Well the only reason that people are hating on this show so much is thefact that they continue to compare it to the likes of Family guy andpossibly American dad.This show isn't bad, it is entertaining and the humour is smart. As afan of Seth Mcfarlane I knew I would enjoy the show anyway.Yes the family structure is the same as Family guy and American dad,and may lack some ambition, but needless to say, I don't laugh at muchshows these days, buy this manages to squeeze quite a few giggles outof me.No, it's not better than family guy, but if people watched it with anopen mind and stopped comparing it, I reckon it would be enjoyed a lotmore than what it is.
The pilot was weak sauce, but its more recent episodes are proving tobe more entertaining. The most recent installation includes a stunningrap by Cleveland, which I could just watch over and over again.The cast of characters need a little fleshing out, but most of themseem rather at home. Also Cleveland is the first father of SethMacFarlane's shows that isn't a total idiot, so the raw "physical"comedy is replaced by seeing Cleveland overreact to the challenges ofraising a teenage daughter and trying to relate to a 3 year-oldSuperfly.The same old random comedy is around, but its more carefully editedinto the scripts. For example, in one episode Roberta and Rallo attemptto make Cleveland Jr let his emotions for his parents' divorce soinstead of doing a cut away scene, they bring in Don Rickles and hostsa Dean Martin style roast in their dining room. This is a verysatisfying comedy lacking in the grotesque shock skits that Family Guyhas been resorting to lately.I look forward to seeing more of this show.
This is the greatest show on right now next to family guy, if you wantan edcuational show watch some PBS and leave us life liver to our fun.I'm black and i think this is funny, everything about it. If you whiteand have no clue what a step-family looks like or how is goes or yousimply know nothing about black which i sure the last guy who wrotesomething is, this is a wild out show with all the jokes to keep youlaughing time and time again. So go read or something you hater and letTV be what its going to be.....FUNNY!!! Hey to the last guy tell BigBird and Elmo i said hey haven't seen them since i grew up and became aman who watches real comedy with real under tones, Cosby had his timeas did Mamas Family now we tell the truth so get on borad or get lost.
This show is horrible. The comedy simply is not funny at all, I haveseen every episode so far (I think) and have not laughed one singletime at the "comedy" they are presenting. I don't mind them changingthe character of Cleveland Junior but the new son just is not funny, Ican see not being able to put a whole series around the originalCleveland Junior but if you're going to replace him, make him funny.They are going for a Family Guy type comedy show here but the jokes arejust bad, the writing is awful, and the characters got really boringreally fast. I don't really like any of them, don't look forward to theshow, and still am very disappointed watching it. This show was amistake from day one.
I'll be the first to admit I was scared to see The Cleveland Show. Notbecause of Cleveland, but because the direction Family Guy has decidedto go. While not as blatantly offensive in an attempt to be funny asFamily Guy has, it still tries to be funny on it's own. It is moreracially blunt, as with Cleveland's family and his neighbors enforcenegative stereotypes, but that's that makes it funny. There's a reasonJoe or Quagmire didn't move and get their own show, they tried too hardto be made known. Cleveland, while minor, had the more witty, sincerelyfunny moments. About a month in, it is just a baby, but a baby that cangrow into something impressive. It's not Family Guy, so let it be TheCleveland Show.
To each their own, and the Cleveland show to me! I find myself lookingforward to the new episode more and more each week. If you like to sitback and watch an animated version of the Cosby show anno 2009 thenthis is what you have been looking for! Except for the up- to- date-jokes and the turbulence that comes with re- organized families andraising kids/ teenagers in this day and age. I find it perfectlyamusing and charming, the characters are well picked stereotypes thatplay their role perfectly. Most of all I appreciate the honesty of thisshow, the jokes are not as over the top as you would find in othercartoons like family guy, but for those who get them, they sure last along time. I recommend it to anyone who likes relaxed and charmingTV-shows with warmhearted characters and a healthy dose of fun.
Before deciding to look at this I decided to look at all the reviewsfor it and I was surprised such a high amount were negative. I didn'treally understand them, its not perfect but there are some positivesthat make it in my view anyway better than the more recent episodes ofFamily Guy. Family Guy in its most recent seasons has in my view grownstale with general forced offensive and pop culture gags. Originallyhaving an appeal to them now it has become a case of 'yeah we get it,religious jokes and movies from the 80's you can't just dump them onscreen and expect them to be funny. Feeling this way about Family Guy Iactually had a small degree of optimism as I was hoping for improvementin this department. When I finally did start watching it I thought itwas reasonably funny with decent potential. A few episodes in now and Ihaven't changed my stance but I am happy with it. There seems to bemore effort with this than recent episodes of Family Guy and I haveappreciated it. The jokes do not feel as forced as I was expecting andthe characters were quite likable even though I was expecting someirritating ones. There seems to be more effort displayed now and Ipersonally do not feel a huge amount of gags just thrusted upon me. Thecharacter of Cleveland is well worthy of his own show and shows why heprobably would have been wasted still on Family Guy. In summary it isby all means not perfect but has potential and if it doesn't succumb tothe mindless 'in your face' gags that it could easily escalate to thenit could be fairly enjoyable. That said it could be improved but giveit time and you may enjoy, that is what I am holding out for.
Watching the latest episode right now, and there are /so/ many cleverjokes, far more clever than the jokes on "Modern Family", which I amalso a fan of, so no, I'm not hating on that show. It's better thanthat new show with Christina Applegate (which I tried and hated), or"The Mindy Project", which I really wanted to like and couldn't.Honestly, from a writing perspective, "The Cleveland Show" isexcellent, so much so that I almost feel like it really is racism thatprevents this show from being more popular (either that or the timeslot). I honestly DVR this show and watch it during "Bob's Burgers" soI don't have to watch that, and while I will admit I am in the minorityon this, I like it more than "Family Guy" and "American Dad" too. Justnever understood why this didn't catch on. Bugs me that it's now indanger of ending.
The racial innuendos in this show are absolutely sickening, while atmany times the stereotypes and racist humor is thrown right out therefor you. You would expect to see a stir of controversy about this showin the media in the weeks to come, that is when they have free timebetween the more serious issues going on in the world, although youdidn't see much brought up in the past about the rape jokes in FamilyGuy.The intro plot doesn't really make a lot of sense. Out of nowhere itseems, Cleveland is automatically dropped into his own family rippedfrom the Griffin family among others seen on television. This shouldn'tbe too much of an issue however for current fans of Family Guy as thisshow is also peppered with pointless (and hardly funny) cutawaysegments which rarely tie in to the actual plot.It doesn't surprise me at all that a show like this made it to the air(it will generate popularity), but I certainly won't bother withanother episode.
From the first episode I loved this show! I laugh in almost everyscene, and seeing a spin on a black family that's not the Cosbys orMoesha's family is refreshing. Cleveland is a great character and isstanding on his own, and I love Seth MacFarlane for trying him out! Iwill always tune in.Anyone who does not see the greatness or potential of this show wasexpecting it to be like Family Guy, and as we have seen, Family Guy ison its last legs when it comes to being consistently funny. Anyone elsewho thinks it's a bad version of Family Guy is still stuck in the box.Cleveland Show is different, refreshing, and gives FOX another chanceat staying funny Sunday nights.Favorite Episode to Date: A Brown Thanksgiving (and I'm not even donewatching it yet.)
I'll keep this brief.This is one of the most (if the not THE most) unfunny shows I've everhad the misfortune to watch. If you like Family Guy or enjoy laughingthen do NOT watch this abomination. What's the point in taking the most boring character out of anexcellent show and giving him a spin off???The Quagmire Show would have worked in my opinion, whether he learntanything at the end of every episode or not.I actually feel bad writing this about Seth MacFarlane as Family Guy isone of the funniest shows around but he has got it wrong, wrong, wrongwith this.
Alright...Were to start.I admitÂ I watched this show for the first time with a major chip on myshoulder. That chip was that this show is directly responsible for thecancellation of King of the Hill. Now don't get me wrongÂ I'm an avidfan of Family Guy but this is just bad. My question is why doesCleveland BrownÂ The most uninteresting slow witted character fromFamily Guy get his own show? I wondered this before I actually watchedthe pilot episode, I thought well perhaps it'll be explained maybethere's more to Mr. Brown than I've given him credit forÂ There's not.Cleveland Brown is the same old overweight, mostly humorless, not tobright character he is in Family Guy. I see no reason for this spin offto even exist. Sure in Family Guy Cleveland had moments were he said ordid something kind of funny, but he's not the kind of character youbuild an entire sitcom around. He's a decent supporting character attimes and that's it.I have to admitÂ Seth Macfarlane's latest work has been a little bit ofa disappointment. The Cleveland Show is the just a big icing on thecake. I think Seth should stop wasting time money and effort on TheCleveland Show and focus most of his assets towards renovating FamilyGuy. I would say go ahead knock American Dad out to while you're atitÂ But I know that show has a fan base of its own despite the fact thatI don't personally enjoy it. There's really not much to say about thisshow that hasn't already been saidÂ I think most people will find itboring and repetitive, We all know Seth goes for offensive outrageoushumor any Family Guy fan knows and appreciates that about himÂ But mostof The Cleveland Show's jokes are racially centered and way tostereotypical ''And that's coming from a white guy''.My adviceÂ Leave this stinker of a show to rotÂ It'll eventually bebanished to DVD box set hell. Quite fitting considering that's wereKing of the Hill is now.
Anyone remember King of the Hill? The TV series about nice-guy propanesalesman Hank Hill and his family? Remember? Man was it good! But whydid it get cancelled? Oh, right, to make space for The Cleveland Show.Now let me tell you what TCS really is: boring, not funny, simplypointless. Also, let me ask you a question: is a TV show without anyaction, suspense, comedy or emotion worth watching? Of course not! Wellthen, Fox shouldn't still be running The Cleveland Show. What adisappointment, what a shame, what an insult to Seth McFarlane'sintelligence. I mean, Family Guy is so funny and I love it, but I thinkMcFarlane should consider TCS as a mistake in his career, a minor bump,as he is wasting time and energy on this. The characters aren'tappealing in any way, the show being centred around already-boringCleveland Brown makes it even more boring. I am unpleased that King ofthe Hill was cancelled for that. Please bring it back, please! Thankyou.
"Spoiler Warning!" After watching the first two episodes, I reallydon't know what to make of this show. It is the most watered downversion of any kind of sitcom (animated cartoon or live action)I haveever seen.The central character, Cleveland Brown, is as uninteresting as it gets,he is just kind of overweight (not obese), mild mannered and not toobright, but far from being the totally clueless idiots such as HomerSimpson and the protagonists of Family Guy and American Dad!. The factthat he is voiced by a white guy without the balls (apparently) to gofor a real great parody of African-American speech "Yo whass going'dawn y'all!" doesn't help - hey c'mon your fellow black voice actorscan take it - this is 2009 for gawdssake! And all the characters (thatskinny redneck neighbor is soooo lame, I want to barf!) and gags are"been there - much better". There ars even complete inconsistencies: Imean Cleveland's stepdaughter is obviously designed to be smokin' hot,c'mon she wears a tube top and she is very well aware of her hotness(the straightened hair and the great looking white streak are a deadgiveaway) yet no comment has been made nor any raunchy humor has beenbuilt around that....The baby brother is a poorly designed version of Stewie from "FamilyGuy". Cleveland Jr. is just disgusting. No way we can feel for him.There are just two reasons I can think of why this looks as if it hasbeen made bad on purpouse: 1) Seth McFarlane has a clause in hiscontract with Fox to make a spin off and he made it as weak aspossible, so it hets axed ASAP.2) Seth went to very subtle humor telling us: all "black" sitcoms thesedays have to be so politically correct that no form of raunchy humor ispossible - that's my way of showing it. O.K. but that still means itwill be cancelled soon - that's no way to treat any character. NotCleveland Brown anyway.I hope there is a third reason, because I WANT to like this show. Ilike the characters - I just don't like the screen writing. I likeCleveland's wife/highschool sweetheart who made the big mistake to gofor the more confident/hunky guy. She still is kind of hot in her 40s!I want her daughter to be a babe who breaks some serious heart (c'monshe's way hotter than most of the "popular" ditzy gals from "FamilyGuy". And I want her baby bro to have some dark secrets, and I WANTCleveland to have a dark secret himself, so all his mild manneredbehavior are just the surface - and all we have seen yet is deceiving -the real juicy stuff is yet to come. Mr. Seth: if you think a black (x'cuse me: African-American)sitcom istoo sensitive an issue for a guy from New England - hay, bring in morepeople of the "real deal" to help you out (so the show gains somecredit) and make fun of that - big time, as you always do!
I was skeptical at first but really think that the show is picking upsteam. The Love Roller-coaster episode is by far the funniest animated1/2 hour I have ever seen. Right from the gate with the Facebook stuffit was hilarious and culminating in the "Balls Deep" song which I couldlisten to over and over. The Thanksgiving episode was really good aswell and the Field of Dreams one. This week (1/31) episode was awfulwhich was disappointing but I won't give up on it. Family Guy has notbeen that good this season. The last super funny episode I remember iswhen Lauren Coleman was on. I am hoping that if the Cleveland Showdoesn't last that more effort is given to make Family Guy funny again.
I too gave this spin-off a chance and at first, I thought the pilot wasOK, but after seeing a few more episodes, I realized how truly awfulthis show is.First: It's the same exact thing as Family Guy only it has more racistjokes and not one joke funny. The humor in general is laugh-free withnot one joke or cutaway gag funny.Second: The characters are awful and boring. We have a black copy ofthe Griffin family, some more stereotypes to hang with Cleveland, andanother anthromorph or talking animal. Not one character is interestingto look at and listen too, not even Cleveland. Third: The episodes are boring and pretty poorly written. In the firstone, Cleveland and his son move to Virginia and he tries to win theheart of his high-school sweetheart. In the second, he accidentallyruns over their dog and gets a new one. In *yawn* another, Clevelandand his friends try to patent a new invention of theirs. As you cantell, I really don't feel like talking about more episodes.All Seth is doing is taking advantage of Fox by canceling King of theHill and putting even more money in his pocket. I don't necessarilyhate Seth, I just think he's being a douche.In conclusion, The Cleveland Show is utter garbage. Watch Family Guy orAmerican Dad instead of this s***.