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The Cleveland Show is a spin-off from Seth McFarlane's long-running Family Guy cartoon series. Cleveland Brown (voice of Mike Henry) left Family Guy's Quahog, RI, after his wife dumped him, and ends up in his hometown of Stoolbend, Virginia. There, he re-encounters and marries his high school sweetheart Donna (Sanaa Lathan), who has gotten rid of her own cheating husband. Joining the family are Cleveland's pudgy son, Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Donna's rebellious daughter, Roberta (Reagan Gomez-Preston) and troublemaking five-year-old Rallo (also Mike Henry).

In typical McFarlane style, Cleveland also gathers a circle of unusual friends: a racist redneck (Richardson), a self-styled ladies' man who lives with his mother (Jason Sudeikis), and a talking bear (McFarlane). The Cleveland Show also follows another McFarlane tradition: having unexpected celebrities play supporting roles, including Arianna Huffington as Tim the Bear's wife and David Lynch playing the bartender at Cleveland and friends' favorite watering hole.

If you've seen any other Seth McFarlane show, you know what to expect from The Cleveland Show: raunchy, explicit, absurdist humor with frequent gross-out gags, fat jokes, racial and gender stereotype jokes, sex jokes, bodily function jokes, and more in that vein. The plot that meanders all over the map, and lots of cutaway jokes and elaborate musical numbers. While the premises are typical sitcom fare, where McFarlane takes them is anything but typical. The Cleveland Show is not a program for the highbrow or easily offended.

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4 Seasons, 89 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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  • Cleveland and Donna struggle to keep up with the demands of the kids' schedules.

  • When Freight Train unexpectedly invites Cleveland to an upcoming lowrider convention, Dr. Fist reveals that Freight Train’s kindness may be the result of dementia.

  • Donna is upset when Cleveland and his mom, Cookie, are mistaken for husband and wife on a visit to a retirement community.

  • A lice outbreak at school forces Rallo to shave his beloved afro, and when the other kids start making fun of him, Junior defends him.

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'The Cleveland Show' Season 4, Episode 17: 'Fist and the Furious' Recap

“The Cleveland Show”, season 4, episode 17, “Fist and the Furious” Donna tricks Cleveland into going to see the doctor for a checkup, despite Cleveland’s fear of the doctor. Once they get inside, Cleveland finds himself enjoying Dr. Fist (voiced by Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad”). At school, Rallo isn’t happy with the lunch that Junior packed for him. Junior explains that he tried a new approach to lunch; a deconstructed peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

'The Cleveland Show' Season 4, Episode 16: 'Who Done Did It?' Recap

“The Cleveland Show”, season 4, episode 16, “Who Done Did It?” The Brown family attends a silent auction at the high school. They run into Freight Train (Cleveland’s dad), who reveals himself as female mystery writer Jocelyn Elderwood, since only female mystery authors sell. He is offering a mystery writing master class. Elsewhere, Donna has a booth set up, trying to get bids on her recorder lessons. She is taunted by Arianna and her Closet Organization booth.

'The Cleveland Show' Season 4, Episode 15: 'California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)' Recap

“The Cleveland Show”, season 4, episode 15, “California Dreamin’ (All the Cleves Are Brown)” Cleveland wakes Donna up on the morning of their anniversary… the anniversary of the day he gave up his dreams to stay in Stoolbend with Donna and the kids. As an anniversary gift, Donna arranges for the whole family to move to LA, where she got him as a job as a scout for the LA Dodgers, to fulfill his dream. Once they get there, Cleveland heads to the stadium.

'The Cleveland Show' Season 4, Episode 14: 'The Hangover Part Tubbs' Recap

“The Cleveland Show”, season 4, episode 14, “The Hangover Part Tubbs” Rallo and Roberta stand in their front yard, campaigning for Donna to gain a seat in the school board, a first seat opening in 16 years. Cleveland shows up and thoroughly embarrasses Donna. She tells him to behave until the elections are over. At The Broken Stool, Cleveland and his pals play “The Hurt Locker” game. He asks Franklin, a man who just magically appeared in this episode, to disarm a box of C4 he set up, and is blown to pieces in the process.

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