The Bernie Mac Show

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  • TV-PG
  • 2001
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.2  (8,514)

The Bernie Mac Show is a television sitcom that originally aired on FOX from 2001 to 2006. It follows the life of comedian Bernie Mac (played by Bernie Mac), who takes in his sister's three children - Vanessa (Camille Winbush), Jordan (Jeremy Suarez) and Bryana (Dee Dee Davis) - after she is admitted to rehab.

The series is narrated by Bernie, who frequently breaks the fourth wall and shares his thoughts with the audience. The show is known for its unique format, with each episode beginning with Bernie addressing the audience and introducing the premise of the episode.

The Bernie Mac Show deals with various issues related to family dynamics, such as parenting, sibling relationships, and the challenges of being a caregiver. While Bernie is initially reluctant to take on the responsibility of raising his nieces and nephew, he quickly grows to love them and becomes a devoted caregiver. He often uses unconventional parenting methods, such as his famous "I ain't scared of you" routine, to teach his kids important life lessons.

The show also explores themes of race and culture, as Bernie must navigate the challenges of being a black man raising three black children in a primarily white, affluent neighborhood. He frequently clashes with their school principal, Ms. Noble (played by Kellita Smith), who often misunderstands his methods and struggles to connect with the Mac family.

Jordan, the middle child, is an intelligent and sensitive boy who idolizes his uncle Bernie. He often struggles with his identity as a young black man and the pressure to fit in with his white classmates. Vanessa, the eldest child, is a straight-A student and overachiever who often butts heads with Bernie over her desire to have a social life. Bryana, the youngest child, is energetic and impulsive, often causing chaos in the household.

Throughout the series, the Mac family faces various challenges and obstacles, such as the return of their mother from rehab, Bernie's heart condition, and the kids' struggles with school and relationships. The show also features a number of celebrity guest stars, such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Angela Bassett.

The Bernie Mac Show was praised for its realistic portrayal of family dynamics, as well as its comedic performances and sharp writing. The show won several awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It also helped to launch the careers of its young stars, Jeremy Suarez and Camille Winbush.

Overall, The Bernie Mac Show is a heartwarming and hilarious depiction of a family coming together in the face of adversity. It explores important themes of love, loyalty, and the importance of family, while also delivering plenty of laughs along the way.

The Bernie Mac Show is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (104 episodes). The series first aired on November 14, 2001.

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Bernie's Angels
22. Bernie's Angels
April 14, 2006
Jordan tries to take advantage of Bernie's near death experience while Vanessa sets out to prove to everyone that she can get into college without Bernie's help.
Growing Pains
21. Growing Pains
April 14, 2006
The taste of money has Vanessa blowing off studying for SATS and college. Jordan gets a big head when he finally grows taller than Vanessa.
Spinning Wheels
20. Spinning Wheels
April 7, 2006
Wanda is at odds with her sister, Valerie, on her birthday and help comes from an unlikely source-Bryan.
It's Never As Bad As the First Time
19. It's Never As Bad As the First Time
April 7, 2006
Jordan is dating the cutest cheerleader in school.
What Would Jason Do
18. What Would Jason Do
March 31, 2006
Bernie plays matchmaker for Vanessa as the Senoopr Prom is approaching. Jordan becomes Bryana's slave after she sprains her ankle.
Who's Your Mama
17. Who's Your Mama
March 31, 2006
Bryan gets the run of the house when Wanda goes out of town on a business trip. Meanwhile, it's voting time for the "Eighth Grade Bests" class awards and Jordan wants to win "best smile".
Bar Mizvah Crashers
16. Bar Mizvah Crashers
February 3, 2006
Jordan is stuck with a tough choice as his new friend, David, is having a bar mitzvah at the same time another one is happening.
Fantasy Football
15. Fantasy Football
January 27, 2006
Bernie and Jordan finally seem to have something they like doing together-fantasy football. Bryana get addicted to makeup.
Exercise in Fertility (2)
14. Exercise in Fertility (2)
January 20, 2006
Wanda and Bernie realize their attempts to have a child has alienated the ones they already have.
Exercise in Fertility (1)
13. Exercise in Fertility (1)
January 13, 2006
Bernie learns that Wanda might not be the reason why they are having trouble making a baby.
Fumes of Detente
12. Fumes of Detente
January 6, 2006
Wanda invites Vanessa's best friend, Tasha, to stay with them. Bernie hopes Tasha will help Vanessa get her act together.
Sorely Missed
11. Sorely Missed
December 16, 2005
Bernie and Wanda seek time alone as Bryana wants to learn more about her mother.
Some Church Bull
10. Some Church Bull
December 2, 2005
An attempt to bond as family at the school, has everyone furious at each other. Bernie comes to a tough decision about the family.
Prison Break
9. Prison Break
November 18, 2005
Bernie and Wanda battle over how to deal with the kids when they get in trouble at the same time.
Pop Pop Goes the Weasel
8. Pop Pop Goes the Weasel
November 11, 2005
Bryan returns-but this time to spoil Jordan.
For Whom the Belt Tolls
7. For Whom the Belt Tolls
November 4, 2005
When the kids disresepct Wanda, Bernie gives her Big Mama's belt to command fear.
Night of Terror
6. Night of Terror
October 28, 2005
Jordan babysits Bryana while Bernie and Wanda attend a school charity auction. Jordan decides to let her watch a horror movie.
Car Wars
5. Car Wars
October 21, 2005
When Vanessa gets a permit, she buys her first car Wanda gets ditched by Jordan and his friends at a Comic-Con, as Bernie deals with Vanessa and her first car.
The Big Payback
4. The Big Payback
October 7, 2005
Instead of using the money Bernie gave her for school clothes, Vanessa uses it to buy one pair of expensive shoes.
Marathon Mac
3. Marathon Mac
September 30, 2005
Bernie and Charles Barkley face off in a celebrity 10k charity race.
Wrestling with a Sticky Situation
2. Wrestling with a Sticky Situation
September 23, 2005
Jordan makes the wrestling team and wins because no one is in his weight class.
Father Knows Best
1. Father Knows Best
September 23, 2005
Bryan, Bryanna's father, shows up to spend more time with his daughter-and ends up spoiling her.
Where to Watch The Bernie Mac Show
The Bernie Mac Show is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Bernie Mac Show on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Philo and Hulu.
  • Premiere Date
    November 14, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (8,514)