The Cleveland Show

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The Cleveland Show
El Show de Cleveland (The Cleveland Show) Logo.png
GenreAnimated sitcom
Black sitcom
Created bySeth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
Voices ofMike Henry
Sanaa Lathan
Kevin Michael Richardson
Reagan Gomez-Preston
Jason Sudeikis
Seth MacFarlane
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
ComposerWalter Murphy
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersSeth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
ProducersKara Vallow
Courtney Lilly
EditorKirk Benson
Camera setupAnimated rendition of single camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Century Fox Television
Release
Original networkFox
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) –
May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)
Chronology
Related showsFamily Guy
American Dad!

The Cleveland Show is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel and Mike Henry for Fox. It is a spin-off of Family Guy, the series centered on the Browns and Tubbs, two dysfunctional families consisting of parents Cleveland Brown and Donna Tubbs and their children Cleveland Brown Jr., Roberta Tubbs, and Rallo Tubbs. Similar to Family Guy, it exhibited much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture, though it uses significantly fewer than Family Guy. Fox canceled the series after 4 seasons. The animation was produced by Fox Television Animation.

The series was conceived by MacFarlane in 2007 after developing Family Guy and American Dad! for the Fox network. MacFarlane centered the show on Family Guy character Cleveland Brown, his new wife Donna Tubbs, his step-children Rallo and Roberta Tubbs, and his son Cleveland, Jr., who, in the show, is depicted as an obese, soft-spoken teen, as opposed to his depiction as a younger, hyperactive child with average body weight on Family Guy.

The series premiered on September 27, 2009, and ended on May 19, 2013, with a total of 88 episodes over the course of 4 seasons. The Cleveland Show was nominated for one Annie Award, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, but received mixed reviews from media critics. Nearly a year after the series' cancelation,[1] Cleveland returned to Family Guy, accompanied by the rest of the Brown-Tubbs family, in the season 12 episode "He's Bla-ack!" during which his show was mercilessly mocked by his friends.

Production

Development

Seth MacFarlane initially conceived The Cleveland Show in 2007 while working on his other two animated series, Family Guy and American Dad!.[2][3]

The Cleveland Show first appeared on the development slate at Fox in early 2008, under no official name for the pilot, after a report that Fox had purchased the series from creators.[4] On May 5, 2008, MacFarlane and 20th Century Fox Television inked a deal.[5] The pilot was named The Cleveland Show in May 2008, when it appeared on the primetime slate for the 2008–09 television season, although it wasn't officially on the network schedule.[6] Shortly after a report that King of the Hill just ended, leaving air time for The Cleveland Show, the show was picked up for a full season after an additional nine episodes of the show were ordered.[7] In May 2009, The Cleveland Show appeared on the primetime slate for the 2009–10 television season, for airing on Sunday nights at 8:30 pm[8] On June 15, 2009, it was announced that The Cleveland Show would premiere on September 27, 2009.[9]

MacFarlane and Henry pitched a 22-minute to Fox which aired on September 27, 2009 but had been leaked on the internet in June 2009.[citation needed] Even before the pilot episode premiered, the show had already been renewed for a 22-episode second season. After the first season of the show aired, it was given the green light to start production. On June 10, 2010, less than three weeks into the first season's summer hiatus, it was announced that Fox was ordering a third season.[10] A fourth season was announced on May 9, 2011, just a few days before the second season concluded.[11]

Executive producers

Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Richard Appel have served as executive producers on the series since the first season.[12]

Voice cast

Mike Henry voices two of the show's main characters: Cleveland Brown and Rallo Tubbs. The voice of Cleveland was developed originally for Family Guy by Henry after being influenced by one of his best friends who had a very distinct regional accent.[13] For the voice of Rallo, Henry stated that he created the voice over twenty years before; he had used it while making prank phone calls.

Sanaa Lathan voices Donna Tubbs, the wife of Cleveland, stepmother of Cleveland Brown Jr., and mother of Roberta and Rallo Tubbs. In developing the character, Lathan said that the producers "wanted her to be educated, but to have some edge."[14] Prior to voicing Donna, Lathan had only one other voice credit in a relatively low-budget film entitled The Golden Blaze. In addition to the show, she also primarily worked as an actress in such films as Alien vs. Predator, Love & Basketball and The Family That Preys.

Reagan Gomez-Preston plays Roberta Tubbs, the stepdaughter of Cleveland. Gomez has stated that she uses her own voice to portray Roberta and that she herself gets mistaken for a fifteen-year-old over the phone "all the time."[14] Before Gomez was cast as Roberta, Nia Long (who co-starred with Lathan in The Best Man franchise) provided the character's voice during the first thirteen episodes. According to Long, she was replaced because producers decided they wanted an actress with a younger-sounding voice, given that the character is a teenager.[15]

Kevin Michael Richardson, a recurring guest voice on Family Guy and American Dad!, portrays Cleveland, Jr., as well as Cleveland's next-door neighbor Lester Krinklesac. In portraying Cleveland, Jr., Richardson drew inspiration from a character named Patrick that he had played on the NBC drama series ER who was mentally impaired and wore a football helmet. For Lester, Richardson stated in an interview that, being African American, he had "run into a few rednecks in [his] time", and decided to simply perform a stereotypical redneck impression for the voice of Lester.[14]

Jason Sudeikis plays Holt Richter, one of Cleveland's drinking buddies with short stature, and Terry Kimple, one of Cleveland's longtime friends who now works with him at Waterman Cable. Sudeikis originally began as a recurring cast member, but starting with the episode "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner", he was promoted to a series regular.

Seth MacFarlane played Tim the Bear up until season 3 episode 10, which MacFarlane admits is a "Steve Martin impression [...] a Wild and Crazy Guy impression". Jess Harnell voices the character for the rest of the series from the next episode onward.

Other voices include that of Arianna Huffington as Tim's wife Arianna the Bear, Nat Faxon as Tim and Arianna's son Raymond the Bear, Jamie Kennedy as Roberta's boyfriend Gabriel Friedman, a.k.a. " Federline Jones", Will Forte as Principal Wally, Frances Callier as Evelyn "Cookie" Brown, Craig Robinson as LeVar "Freight Train" Brown and David Lynch as Gus the bartender.

Main cast members
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Sanaa Lathan by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Reagan Gomez by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kevin Michael Richardson by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Jason Sudeikis at 2009 NYTVF.jpg
Seth MacFarlane by Gage Skidmore 5.jpg
Mike Henry Sanaa Lathan Reagan Gomez-Preston Kevin Michael Richardson Jason Sudeikis Seth MacFarlane
Cleveland Brown and Rallo Tubbs Donna Tubbs Roberta Tubbs Cleveland Brown, Jr. and Lester Krinklesac Holt Richter and Terry Kimple Tim the Bear (seasons 1–3) and
Dr. Fist (seasons 1–2)

Characters

The Brown-Tubbs family. Clockwise from top left: Cleveland, Donna, Roberta, Rallo, and Cleveland, Jr.

Cleveland's newly introduced family includes his new wife, Donna Tubbs Brown (voiced by Sanaa Lathan);[16] Donna's daughter Roberta (originally voiced by Nia Long, but later voiced by Reagan Gomez-Preston); and Donna's son Rallo (also voiced by Mike Henry).[17][18] Cleveland, Jr. underwent a complete redesign for the show, becoming sensitive and soft-spoken.

Episodes



During the course of the series, 88 episodes of The Cleveland Show aired over four seasons.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired (U.S.)RankAverage viewership
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
121September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23)No. 72[19]6.38[19]
222September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11)No. 90[20]6.12[20]
322September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)No. 144[21]4.03[21]
423October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)No. 129[22]3.05[22]

Episode list

Season 1 (2009–10)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Anthony LioiSeth MacFarlane, Richard Appel & Mike HenrySeptember 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)1APS019.42[23]
22"Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance"Chuck KleinJulius SharpeOctober 4, 2009 (2009-10-04)1APS028.70[24]
33"The One About Friends"Oreste CanestrelliJonathan Green & Gabe MillerOctober 11, 2009 (2009-10-11)1APS047.78[25]
44"Birth of a Salesman"Chris Graham & Anthony LioiKirker ButlerOctober 18, 2009 (2009-10-18)1APS037.75[26]
55"Cleveland Jr.'s Cherry Bomb"Mike L. MayfieldAseem BatraNovember 8, 2009 (2009-11-08)1APS086.28[27]
66"Ladies' Night"Justin RidgeClarence LivingstonNovember 15, 2009 (2009-11-15)1APS077.01[28]
77"A Brown Thanksgiving"Chuck Klein & Matt EngstromMatt MurrayNovember 22, 2009 (2009-11-22)1APS096.53[29]
88"From Bed to Worse"Anthony AgrusaTeri Schaffer & Raynelle SwillingNovember 29, 2009 (2009-11-29)1APS057.20[30]
99"A Cleveland Brown Christmas"Oreste CanestrelliJonathan Green & Gabe MillerDecember 13, 2009 (2009-12-13)1APS116.52[31]
1010"Field of Streams"Ian GrahamAaron LeeJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03)1APS066.96[32]
1111"Love Rollercoaster"Ron RubioKirker ButlerJanuary 10, 2010 (2010-01-10)1APS108.54[33]
1212"Our Gang"Anthony AgrusaAaron LeeJanuary 31, 2010 (2010-01-31)1APS124.53[34]
1313"Buried Pleasure"Ian GrahamJulius SharpeFebruary 14, 2010 (2010-02-14)1APS134.85[35]
1414"The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool"Justin RidgeKevin Biggins & Travis BoweFebruary 21, 2010 (2010-02-21)1APS145.60[36]
1515"Once Upon a Tyne in New York"Mike L. MayfieldAaron LeeMarch 21, 2010 (2010-03-21)1APS165.04[37]
1616"The Brown Knight"Matt EngstromAseem BatraMarch 28, 2010 (2010-03-28)1APS175.64[38]
1717"Gone With the Wind"Ron RubioBill OakleyApril 11, 2010 (2010-04-11)1APS185.45[39]
1818"Brotherly Love"Anthony AgrusaJustin HeimbergMay 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)1APS205.74[40]
1919"Brown History Month"Ian GrahamMatt MurrayMay 9, 2010 (2010-05-09)1APS215.28[41]
2020"Cleveland's Angels"Oreste CanestrelliClarence LivingstonMay 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)1APS195.78[42]
2121"You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown"Justin RidgeKirker ButlerMay 23, 2010 (2010-05-23)1APS224.91[43]

Season 2 (2010–11)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
221"Harder, Better, Faster, Browner"Ian GrahamMatt MurraySeptember 26, 2010 (2010-09-26)2APS066.60[44]
232"Cleveland Live!"Ken WongJonathan Green & Gabe MillerOctober 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)2APS016.65[45]
243"How Cleveland Got His Groove Back"Oreste CanestrelliJulius SharpeOctober 10, 2010 (2010-10-10)2APS055.63[46]
254"It's the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown"Ron RubioAseem BatraNovember 7, 2010 (2010-11-07)2APS046.68[47]
265"Little Man on Campus"Anthony AgrusaKevin Biggins & Travis BoweNovember 14, 2010 (2010-11-14)2APS036.66[48]
276"Fat and Wet"Matt EngstromKirker ButlerNovember 21, 2010 (2010-11-21)2APS025.07[49]
287"Another Bad Thanksgiving"Mike L. MayfieldClarence LivingstonNovember 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)2APS087.39[50]
298"Beer Walk!"Jim ShellhornAaron LeeDecember 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)2APS075.96[51]
309"Murray Christmas"Ken WongKirker ButlerDecember 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)2APS096.97[51]
3110"Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin'"Matt EngstromCourtney LillyJanuary 9, 2011 (2011-01-09)2APS107.38[52]
3211"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"Anthony AgrusaAaron LeeJanuary 16, 2011 (2011-01-16)2APS125.52[53]
3312"Like a Boss"Ron RubioMatt MurrayJanuary 23, 2011 (2011-01-23)2APS115.19[54]
3413"A Short Story and a Tall Tale"Ian GrahamJulius SharpeFebruary 13, 2011 (2011-02-13)2APS144.75[55]
3514"Terry Unmarried"Ken WongAaron LeeFebruary 20, 2011 (2011-02-20)2APS175.43[56]
3615"The Blue, The Gray, and The Brown"Oreste CanestrelliJonathan Green & Gabe MillerMarch 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)2APS134.80[57]
3716"The Way the Cookie Crumbles"Jim ShellhornChadd GindinMarch 13, 2011 (2011-03-13)2APS154.64[58]
3817"To Live and Die in VA"Seung-Woo ChaMehar SethiMarch 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)2APS165.45[59]
3918"The Essence of Cleveland"Matt EngstromJonathan Green & Gabe MillerApril 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)2APS184.81[60]
4019"Ship'rect"Ken WongTeri Schaffer & Raynelle SwillingApril 10, 2011 (2011-04-10)1APS154.93[61]
4120"Back to Cool"Anthony AgrusaKevin Biggins & Travis BoweApril 17, 2011 (2011-04-17)2APS194.61[62]
4221"Your Show of Shows"Oreste CanestrelliStory by : Carl Reiner
Teleplay by : Aseem Batra & Matt Murray
May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)2APS214.70[63]
4322"Hot Cocoa Bang Bang"Ian GrahamKirker ButlerMay 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)2APS224.93[64]

Season 3 (2011–12)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
441"BFFs"Steve RobertsonKirker ButlerSeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)3APS016.13[65]
452"The Hurricane!"[a]Ron RubioKirker ButlerOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)2APS205.56[66]
463"Nightmare on Grace Street"Phil AlloraJonathan Green & Gabe MillerOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)3APS044.66[67]
474"Skip Day"Jack PerkinsDave Jeser & Matt SilversteinNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)3APS033.86[68]
485"Yemen Party"Seung-Woo ChaJulius SharpeNovember 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)3APS023.67[69]
496"Sex and the Biddy"Ron RubioAseem BatraDecember 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)3APS065.47[70]
507"Die Semi-Hard"Seung-Woo ChaJohn VienerDecember 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)3APS105.07[71]
518"Y Tu Junior Tambien"Jack PerkinsAaron LeeJanuary 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)3APS114.48[72]
529"There Goes El Neighborhood"Ron RubioCourtney LillyJanuary 29, 2012 (2012-01-29)3APS142.75[73]
5310"Dancing with the Stools"Anthony AgrusaMatt MurrayFebruary 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)3APS052.72[74]
5411"Brown Magic"Anthony AgrusaChadd GindinFebruary 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)3APS132.61[75]
5512"'Til Deaf"Oreste CanestrelliAaron LeeMarch 4, 2012 (2012-03-04)3APS073.11[76]
5613"Das Shrimp Boot"Oreste CanestrelliJohn VienerMarch 11, 2012 (2012-03-11)3APS153.35[77]
5714"March Dadness"Ian GrahamJonathan Green & Gabe MillerMarch 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)3APS163.22[78]
5815"The Men in Me"Steve RobertsonClarence LivingstonMarch 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)3APS093.12[79]
5916"Frapp Attack!"Phil AlloraKevin Biggins & Travis BoweApril 1, 2012 (2012-04-01)3APS122.87[80]
6017"American Prankster"Seung-Woo ChaBill OakleyApril 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)3APS184.34[81]
6118"B.M.O.C."Steve RobertsonKirker ButlerApril 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)3APS173.12[82]
6219"Jesus Walks"Phil AlloraKirker ButlerApril 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)3APS204.06[82]
6320"Flush of Genius"Jack PerkinsAaron LeeMay 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)3APS193.11[83]
6421"Mama Drama"Anthony AgrusaChadd GindinMay 13, 2012 (2012-05-13)3APS212.79[84]
6522"All You Can Eat"Ian GrahamStory by : Aseem Batra & Bill Oakley
Teleplay by : Aseem Batra
May 20, 2012 (2012-05-20)3APS243.01[85]

Season 4 (2012–13)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
661"Escape from Goochland"Jack PerkinsCourtney LillyOctober 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)4APS044.47[86]
672"Menace II Secret Society"Ron RubioClarence LivingstonNovember 4, 2012 (2012-11-04)3APS223.95[87]
683"A General Thanksgiving Episode"Justin RidgeCourtney LillyNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)3APS083.26[88]
694"Turkey Pot Die"Anthony AgrusaDave Jeser & Matt SilversteinNovember 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)4APS064.32[89]
705"A Vas Deferens Between Men & Women"Jeff MyersJohn VienerDecember 2, 2012 (2012-12-02)4APS023.37[90]
716"Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry"Oreste CanestrelliChadd GindinDecember 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)4APS083.06[91]
727"Hustle 'N' Bros"Seung-Woo ChaKirker ButlerJanuary 13, 2013 (2013-01-13)4APS032.66[92]
738"Wide World of Cleveland Show"Ron RubioAaron LeeJanuary 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)4APS072.57[93]
749"Here Comes the Bribe"Jack PerkinsDave Jeser & Matt SilversteinFebruary 10, 2013 (2013-02-10)4APS122.76[94]
7510"When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie"Phil AlloraClarence LivingstonFebruary 17, 2013 (2013-02-17)4APS052.63[95]
7611"Brownsized"Phil AlloraSteven RossMarch 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)4APS133.28[96]
7712"Pins, Spins and Fins! (Shark Story Cut for Time)"Steve RobertsonJonathan Green & Gabe MillerMarch 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)4APS093.78[96]
7813"A Rodent Like This"Seung-Woo ChaAaron LeeMarch 10, 2013 (2013-03-10)4APS114.04[97]
7914"The Hangover: Part Tubbs"Ron RubioAaron LeeMarch 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)4APS142.83[98]
8015"California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)"Oreste CanestrelliDave Jeser & Matt SilversteinMarch 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)3APS234.05[98]
8116"Who Done Did It?"Jeff MyersKevin Biggins & Travis BoweApril 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)4APS103.38[99]
8217"The Fist and the Furious"Anthony AgrusaJonathan Green & Gabe MillerApril 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)4APS152.50[100]
8318"Squirt's Honor"Oreste CanestrelliDaniel DratchApril 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)4APS162.02[101]
8419"Grave Danger"Steve RobertsonKirker ButlerApril 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)4APS172.66[102]
8520"Of Lice and Men"Jeff MyersStory by : John Viener
Teleplay by : Kevin Biggins & Travis Bowe
May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)4APS181.89[103]
8621"Mr. & Mrs. Brown"Steve RobertsonKevin Biggins & Travis BoweMay 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)4APS012.26[103]
8722"Crazy Train"Seung-Woo ChaChadd GindinMay 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)4APS192.14[104]
8823"Wheel! Of! Family!"Jack PerkinsMargee Magee & Angeli Millan & Courtney LillyMay 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)4APS202.43[104]

Return to Family Guy

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
23020"He's Bla-ack!"Steve RobertsonJulius SharpeMay 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)BACX194.16 [105]
Cleveland returns to Quahog, with his new family accompanying him. When a conflict arises between Lois and Donna, it is up to Peter and Cleveland to reconcile their wives in order to save their friendship.

Ratings

The Cleveland Show : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
1234567891011121314151617181920212223
19.428.707.787.756.287.016.537.206.526.968.544.534.855.605.045.645.455.745.285.784.91N/A6.38
26.606.655.636.686.665.077.396.975.967.385.525.194.755.434.804.645.454.814.934.614.704.93N/A6.12
36.135.564.663.863.675.475.074.482.752.722.613.113.353.223.122.874.343.124.063.112.793.01N/A4.03
44.473.953.264.323.373.062.662.572.762.633.283.784.042.834.053.382.502.022.661.892.262.142.433.05
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research[citation needed]

Notes

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Crossovers with other animated sitcoms

The Cleveland Show characters have appeared on other animated sitcoms and vice versa. The Cleveland Show crossovers have all involved two other animated programs. Both the other two animated programs were also created by Seth MacFarlaneFamily Guy and American Dad!. There are also many brief cameos of characters from three other Fox animated shows, The Simpsons, Futurama, and King of the Hill.

Syndication and streaming

In July 2010, the Turner Broadcasting System picked up syndication rights, for their networks TBS and later, Adult Swim.[1] The series first aired on Adult Swim in the United States on September 29, 2012. On July 14, 2018, Viacom later picked up the rights to the series and the series left Adult Swim and TBS on September 9, 2018. The series began airing on Comedy Central in the United States on October 8, 2018 with ViacomCBS sister networks BET and VH1 airing the series starting on August 31, 2020 and September 14, 2020, respectively.[2][3] The series is available for streaming on Hulu.

The series began airing on FXX on September 20, 2021.[4]

Internationally, The Cleveland Show is available to stream on Star on Disney+.

Cancellation

On April 17, 2013, Fox dismissed increasing rumors that The Cleveland Show had been canceled, reporting rather that renewal of the series was undetermined as of that time.[5][6] However, on May 13, 2013, in the New York Daily News, Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly confirmed the show's cancellation.[7] Following the series cancellation, it was confirmed that Cleveland and the Brown/Tubbs family would be moving back to Quahog to rejoin the Family Guy cast.[8]

Reception

Critical reception

The Cleveland Show initially received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the show a score of 57 out of 100.[9] Tom Shales of The Washington Post spoke very negatively about both the show and MacFarlane himself, describing him as "no better than the dirty old man hanging around playgrounds with naughty pictures or risque jokes as lures".[10] Roberto Bianco of USA Today wrote a similarly negative review, suggesting that the easiest fix for its problem was "cancellation".[11] John McWhorter of The New Republic called it "a patronizing mess" and "basically Family Guy in blackface". He added: "What isn't black in it is so shamelessly ripped off from Family Guy that it's hard to believe it's the product of creators who are usually so studiously 'post-' obvious stunts of the sort."[12] Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "The lamest, most unnecessary spin-off since Private Practice, Cleveland rests on the shoulders of the hopelessly bland title character".[13] However, Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was more positive about the program, writing that although The Cleveland Show was "just as rude-crude" as Family Guy, it also had "more warmth" due to Cleveland being a more likable character than Peter Griffin. Owen also praised the character of Tim the Bear, stating that "Tim is by far the most amusing creation."[14] Jonathan Storm of the Philadelphia Inquirer, also spoke positively, stating that "There are a few other standout items here. Cleveland's over-the-top high-pitched laugh is even more hysterical in this episode. He sounds funnier, and he shows way more personality than we've seen in his many years on Family Guy. [...] While it seems to be missing some of the over-the-top offensive bites we're used to on Family Guy, and Cleveland's new drinking buddies aren't quite as amusing as the Quagmire, Joe, and Peter combination - 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 the normally sedate Cleveland." IGN gave the series an 8.6/10.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show The Cleveland Show Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy The Cleveland Show Nominated
2011 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program "Murray Christmas" Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards Animation The Cleveland Show Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show The Cleveland Show Nominated
2012 Artios Award Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Animation Robert McGee and Ruth Lambert Nominated
2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards Top Television Series The Cleveland Show Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Show The Cleveland Show Nominated

Home media

Internationally The Cleveland Show is available to stream on Star on Disney + with all four seasons.[15]

DVD Title # of Disc(s) Years active # of Episodes DVD release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 4 2009 & 2010 21 September 28, 2010[16] October 11, 2010[17] June 29, 2011[18]
Season Two 4 2010 & 2011 22 September 27, 2011[19] January 30, 2012[20] November 2, 2011[21]
Season Three 3 2011 & 2012 22 March 1, 2013[22]
Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R
N/A N/A
Season Four 3 2012 & 2013 23 December 17, 2013[23]
Manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R
N/A N/A

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