“ Genre: Television / Suitable for 15 years and over / Actors: Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Kevin Michael Richardson, Reagan Gomez, Seth MacFarlane ... / DVD released 2012-01-30 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Box set, PAL, Colour, Full Screen „
* Prices may differ from that shown
The Cleveland Show is an American animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'. The series began airing on September 26 2010 and ended after 22 episodes on May 15 2011. The season was an excellent addition to MacFarlane's successful animation franchise he appears to be building up, perhaps in my opinion now exceeding Family Guy in terms of entertainment.
There are 22 episodes in the season with episodes about, for example, an obsessive girl from Cleveland's past attempting to impregnate herself without his permission, Cleveland and his friends taking an active role in their high school baseball team (even featuring on the team sheet) and Donna's secret past as the heroine Hot Cocoa Bang Bang comes back to haunt them!
The DVD set comes in a 4 disk set and runs for 462 minutes and features a number of deleted scenes which are always good to check out. Each episode across the 4 discs comes with at least one of the following extras: 'Commentary', 'Deleted Scenes' or an 'Original Televised Version' of the episode. As always, my favourite part of the extras is the commentary part as I find it fun listening to the trail of thought the writers went through in creating the finished animation (and even Robert Rodriguez on his episode) while they appear to have a good time, laughing through most of the tracks.
Although I do generally enjoy the Cleveland Show, I must admit that the season did start a little slow for me. The first few episodes, although not necessarily bad, aren't as great as I've come to expect from the series either. As the series picks up, however, it is much funnier and more entertaining than the previous series, which is especially good seeing as many now argue that 'Family Guy' in particular is losing its flair and slowly becoming much less entertaining as it once was. The reverse is definitely true for the Cleveland Show, as it only seems to be getting better.
As always, there are no faults with the animation itself and it is bright and crisp. The character drawings and creativity of set designs in order to demonstrate each episode's plot, is always interesting with lots to see. Particularly, the last episode of the season titled 'Hot Cocoa Bang Bang' is full of interesting things to look at with much of the episode taking place in a Californian 'Comic-Con' (that is a comic book/film convention for those of you who haven't heard of it), with famous characters from Star Wars, Batman, and even an Avatar parody.
Overall, this is a pretty decent series with lots of interesting elements, although it can be a little slow at times. The humour is very 'me' in that it is unusual, sometimes crude and even playfully offensive at times. It continues to build the characters and gives each their own chance to show a little more of themselves, which is something I appreciated, as many seasons rely too much on their main characters in my opinion. It is a great season to showcase the excellence of MacFarlene and his team, as well as showcasing the spin-off in an excellent light, making my soft spot for Cleveland grow even more from his time in 'Family Guy'. There are some truly laugh out loud moments, but it is definitely not the best they have to offer.