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Being a big fan of Family Guy for many years, I was quite excited to see that there was going to be a spin off called the Cleveland Show.
Cleveland is a character from Family Guy, and in his own show he has moved back to Stoolbend, Virginia with his new family. Wife Roberta, and her children. This show is currently on E4 on Monday nights at 10pm. It is also shown on E4+1 at 11pm.
I was hoping that this show would be as good as Family Guy, but I was quite disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the show is entertaining mostly, but I didn't really find it funny, or all that interesting. There is some funny moments in the show, but these are few are far between, and you can tell the show has tried to be like Family Guy, but different at the same time. I did laugh at a couple of things, but not many times did I laugh in the few episodes I saw. Many of the characters are similiar to the characters from Family Guy, and a lot of the same voices have been used too.
It does seem that this show is thrown together in a bit of a strange and haphazard way. I think had I not seen Family Guy, then maybe I would find this show better than what I do now, but alas I have seen Family Guy and thus had high expectations for this show. I probably would watch the show again, but I would not make an effort to watch it. If it is on the TV I will watch it if there is nothing better on.
I recommend giving this a try, whether you are a Family Guy fan or not, you may enjoy it, but I personally will not be in any hurry to watch this again, even the opening credits are just annoying and cheesy. I am giving this show 2 out of 5 stars as it is somewhat entertaining, but just not any where near as good as I was expecting.
I've tried to leave my review a few weeks from the start of the series, to give the Cleveland show a fair chance of impressing me. Sadly, after this time, I'm still unimpressed.
For those who aren't familiar with it, The Cleveland Show is a spin-off from the smash-hit animated comedy Family Guy. It's shown on E4 here in the UK. It follows Cleveland Brown as he leaves the Family Guy characters back in Quahog and starts his life over with his high-school sweetheart, back in his home town of Stoolbend. Taken with him, from Family Guy, is his son, Cleveland Junior - although he's a completely different character to the Cleveland Junior we first met in Family Guy - where Family Guy's version was thin and preppy, the Cleveland Show version is fat and nerdy.
Completing Cleveland's new family are a couple of step-kids, high-school bicycle Roberta and 5 year old, Stewie-wannabe, Rilo.
The central "cast" are completed with a couple of work colleagues and friends...a red neck, a hipser and, of course, a bear.
I was a big fan of Family Guy, so was really looking forward to seeing what they did with The Cleveland Show...I was really hoping I would be able to say "The Cleveland Show is to Family Guy as Frasier was to Cheers", rather than "The Cleveland Show is to Family Guy as Joey was to Friends". Sadly, however, I've been completely let down by the series. A couple of episodes have been good and have provided some good laughs (the episode with Cleveland's rap is especially good), but for the most part the humour's been very hit and miss.
The fundamental key to having a *good* comedy show is consistancy. Nobody wants to watch a show that's funny half the time, it has to be funny every single episode. Sadly, however, as we approach the end of the first series, I realise I've sat through far more poor episodes than I have good ones. I've given the series long enough now, to find it's feet, to work out what it should be about, to develop the characters - but there's no sign of improvement. Each episode will have a couple of giggles and 20 minutes of rather cringe-worthy self-indulgent drivel.
Overall, I've found The Cleveland Show to be incredibly disappointing, but the couple of episodes that *have* performed well save the show from the indignity of getting a one star review, at least.
I am not a massive fan of family guy, I find it amusing but my husband loves it and when he said there was a follow up show coming out about Cleveland I was a bit wary of it, but I actually find it really funny, and I would go as far to say I prefer it to family guy.
The Cleveland show is based around Cleveland Brown (obviously of Family Guy fame). He has left the clam obsessed town of Quahog and has moved back to his hometown of Stoolbend with his son Cleveland Brown Jr.
In the first episode he meets an old girlfriend of his (Donna) and her two children Roberta and Rallo. It ensues that he marries Donna and goes to live in her house with all their children, and the episodes are about their life together as a new family.
I have found this show extremely funny, I thought it was going to be a rip off of family guy and therefore funny in some places but a tad too strange sometimes, which when you consider they have a bear as a neighbour, is partially true, but the way it's written is brilliant.
The best character is Rallo, similar to Stewie in family guy, he is extremely smart and quick witted for such a young child, they can hear him speak though.
I really like this program, and I'm sure that fans of family guy will love it, but I would say even if your not a fan of family guy, give it a go. It's a funny series with some brilliant jokes and great characters.
Cleveland Brown is a seasoned character from Family Guy (Voiced by Mike Henry), this show follows Cleveland as he leaves Quahog and moves to California with his young son Cleveland Junior and falls in love with and marries his childhood sweetheart taking on her kids and becoming a modern family unit.
Being honest, i'm not getting this show so far, it lacks the cutting edge or the near knuckle humour of family guy and the new characters are dull and two dimensional, the hardest character for me to understand is a large bear with a silly accent, his role in proceedings makes no sense and if their trying to make him a similar character to Brian the Dog in Family Guy its not really working at all.
In the show we have a fat stupid child a second child who thinks he's a sex god, Cleveland who is nice but fairly weak and his wife who is nice but basically a rehash of Lois from Family Guy.
The Show is on E4 on Tuesday nights from 10 to 11pm, I will keep watching it as Family Guy and American Dad were both slow starters, but this show is different in the fact the bear is pointless, the redneck character is a simple stereotype and Clevelands family are dull and stereotyped once again.
Hopefully the writing will improve, if it doesn't I would give this two seasons and send Cleveland back to Quahog!
Revision 26 May 2010:
I've now watched every episode of the series and being honest, for the most part it hasn't got hugely better, my favourite episode was one involving a self-absorbed super cool kid, Kenny West (Kanye West voiced his clearly designed alter-ego) and has a rhyme battle with Cleveland Jr. Other than that there have been tales of racism, flatulence and lost moustaches, generally the humour is very hit and miss, it lacks the narrative and constant referential jokes of Family Guy and the characters generally haven't hit the mark, I think this is more to do with writing than the characters but overall this still doesn't work for me.
The cleveland show is a follow on from family guy featuring Cleveland brown and his son Cleveland jnr. Now i was not impressed with American dad and i think that when you have a popular show , the other creations or sequels are usually poor , like futurama , Nowhere near as good as the simpsons.
Seeing as its all the same people from family guy , how does it fair up against it. Its the same character designs allthough some characters are way overdone , to be honest cleveland is the only character who is stabley designed as all the other characters seem to have grotesque sizings, theirs a line that can be crossed when drawing cartoons , to be completely honest it looks like they really struggled as they were trying to recreate family guy and its personalities without featuring the griffins or any of the Qaohog entourage.
The jokes in the show feel forced and very random, for example at random points cleveland will stop and have a conversation with a mexican bear which will contain nothing funny. The show really plays on the fact that clevelands black and also everyone else in town, now this was funny before as it was subtle , the cleveland show is so in your face with black jokes you cant see anything else funny.
The episodes have no real story , cleveland gets divorced and moves out and so travels to california, along the way he meets a donna an old flame and the first episode works around this , their is actually very little to comment on about the story apart from it so non-existent.
The cleveland show is a poor attempt at getting a audience from family guy and it really doesn't live up to it, i can see this sinking into obscurity and for that im thankful. If you were a fan of family guy , you will be dissapointed.
First aired in 2009, The Cleveland Show is a spin-off the massive hit animated adult cartoon series Family Guy, starring the Griffin Family's neighbour Cleveland, who has sinced moved to Virginia and started a new family, along with his son who has miraculously aged 8 years and become morbidly obese. (Family Guy never was one for plot consistency.) The dysfunctional family's neighbours include a Redneck family who are 'not yet comfortable around black people' and a Fundamentalist Christian office employee and his wife, both of whom happen to be bears.
Cleveland was an unusual choice for a spin-off, sometimes seen as boring by the fans but was probably selected as one of the show's more consistent and realistic characters, that they wouldn't miss too much, and was most ripe for development.
The Cleveland Show is essentially a very weak Family Guy with all the flashbacks, cutaways, pop-culture references and anthropomorphic animals. The show seems to be loosely aimed at a black demographic, but just comes off as a little bit culturally patronizing. Its essentially Mike Henry's (The voice of Cleveland's) gig, and it seems Seth Mcfarlane, the primary writer and voice talent of Family Guy and American Dad, appears to have distanced himself a little, resulting in the show losing that fresh kick and quality we'd come to expect of Family Guy, even though it is at the moment, stagnating.
Nonetheless the show is very much watchable, as rude, and crude as Family Guy, if slightly less funny. It will definitely appeal to fans of the show, but as far as I can gather, even die-hard Family Guy fans are beginning to dismiss The Cleveland Show as simply mediocre, after the first season has almost finished airing.