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The Cleveland Show Season 1 - 3 out of 5
Seth MacFarlane is a funny FUNNY guy. Family Guy, despite having a small period when the show's writing dipped, is absolutely hilarious and due to both the show and MacFarlane's popularity, the man has been granted other opportunities to bring more comedy to Fox. First it was American Dad (which, I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of) and then it was decided that he would get a spin-off of the show that started it all. The show's creators and producers realized that the pickings were slim over which character from Quahog would get their own show. So, the show went to Cleveland.
I never watched this show while it was broadcast and watching this DVD collection was the first time I've actually seen it and I ended up walking away with a feeling of 'meh.' At times the show is funny and entertaining but never to the point that it's as addicting as Family Guy. The biggest reason for that is the show is basically a re-tooled version of Peter Griffin and his family. That's right, The Cleveland Show is just a black version of Family Guy. The wild and offensive humor is here and the usual "What If?" jokes seemingly made the trip with Cleveland as his character moved from Quahog, Rhode Island to Stoolbend, Virginia.
While not completely terrible, this show isn't original enough to be AS good as Family Guy. The show offers up some great new characters like Tim the Bear and the Krinklesac family but the members of Cleveland's family are either annoying or just background characters with no real screen presence. For example, both Cleveland's wife and daughter don't provide much in any of the episodes and both Cleveland's son, Cleveland Jr., and his step-son, Rallo, can run the spectrum of offering up slight chuckles and being just annoying. So, even though the show is kind of mediocre, there are still enough moments (albeit they are few and far between) that are humorous and warrant this season but unless the writing really takes off and tries to NOT be Family Guy, there is no reason for this show to continue.