The Cleveland Show

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 4 Seasons
  • 5.6  (42,963)

The Cleveland Show is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, and Richard Appel. It is a spin-off of the popular animated show Family Guy, and it first premiered on FOX on September 27, 2009. The show ran for four seasons, until its final episode on May 19, 2013.

The show follows the life of Cleveland Brown, a former deli owner who moves from Quahog, Rhode Island, to Stoolbend, Virginia, to start a new life with his high school sweetheart, Donna Tubbs, and her two children, Roberta and Rallo. Cleveland's own son, Cleveland Jr., also moves with him to Stoolbend. The show focuses on the daily adventures and misadventures of the Brown-Tubbs family and their friends and neighbors.

Mike Henry voices the character of Cleveland Brown, and he also serves as one of the show's creators and writers. Sanaa Lathan voices Donna Tubbs, Kevin Michael Richardson voices Cleveland's next-door neighbor, Lester Krinklesac, and Seth MacFarlane voices several characters, including Tim the Bear, a talking bear who is one of Cleveland's best friends. Other prominent voice actors in the show include Reagan Gomez-Preston, who voices Roberta Tubbs, and Jason Sudeikis, who voices Holt Ritcher, Cleveland's cool neighbor.

The Cleveland Show is known for its hilarious and irreverent humor, which is similar to that of Family Guy. However, the show also tackles more serious issues, such as racism, poverty, and identity. One of the show's recurring themes is the challenges faced by African Americans in modern society, and it often uses satire and parody to comment on these issues. For example, in one episode, Cleveland runs for mayor of Stoolbend in order to combat the town's rampant racism.

The show also has a number of recurring jokes and gags that keep fans coming back for more. For example, in every episode, Cleveland helps his neighbor Lester with some task or errand, only to end up getting mistaken for a prostitute by Lester's wife, Kendra. Another recurring gag is Tim the Bear's weekly attempts to join a human bowling league, which always end in disastrous results.

In terms of animation style, The Cleveland Show is similar to Family Guy, but it has its own distinctive visual look. The show features bright colors and bold outlines, and it often makes use of split-screen and highly stylized sequences to emphasize a particular joke or moment.

Despite its popularity, The Cleveland Show was not immune to criticism. Some viewers felt that the show relied too heavily on jokes about race and stereotypes, and that it lacked the biting wit and creativity of Family Guy. Others felt that the show leaned too heavily on its established characters and didn't do enough to create new ones.

Overall, however, The Cleveland Show was a successful and entertaining animated sitcom that offered a fresh take on familiar characters and themes. It may not have achieved the same cultural impact as its predecessor, but it still managed to carve out its own unique niche in the world of animation.

The Cleveland Show is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (89 episodes). The series first aired on June 11, 2009.

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Wheel! Of! Family!
23. Wheel! Of! Family!
May 19, 2013
Cleveland and Donna struggle to keep up with the demands of the kids' schedules.
Crazy Train
22. Crazy Train
May 19, 2013
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.
Mr. & Mrs. Brown
21. Mr. & Mrs. Brown
May 12, 2013
Donna is upset when Cleveland and his mom, Cookie, are mistaken for husband and wife on a visit to a retirement community.
Of Lice and Men
20. Of Lice and Men
May 5, 2013
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.
Grave Danger
19. Grave Danger
April 28, 2013
Rallo heads to East Stoolbend for a weekend getaway, but when Robert abandons him for a trip to Baltimore, he's forced to make friends with the tough neighborhood kids.
Squirt's Honor
18. Squirt's Honor
April 21, 2013
When Donna forces Rallo to sign up for Stoolbend's version of the Boy Scouts, known as the "Freedom Squirts," he hatches a money making scheme.
Fist and the Furious
17. Fist and the Furious
April 14, 2013
Cleveland decides to make Dr. Fist "one of the guys," but soon stumbles upon the truth of Dr. Fist's past.
Who Done Did It?
16. Who Done Did It?
April 7, 2013
When Arianna The Bear disrespects Donna, Cleveland defends her honor by egging Arianna's house. But things soon spiral out of control.
California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)
15. California Dreamin' (All the Cleves Are Brown)
March 17, 2013
The Browns decide to move to Los Angeles for Cleveland to pursue his dream of becoming a major league baseball scout.
The Hangover Part Tubbs
14. The Hangover Part Tubbs
March 17, 2013
When Donna runs for the school board, she tries to prevent Cleveland from being involved. But her efforts blow up in her face when he "kills" a new friend playing the Hurt Locker game.
A Rodent Like This
13. A Rodent Like This
March 10, 2013
When Donna discovers there's a rat in the house, she takes the kids with her to stay with her mother, Dee Dee, leaving Cleveland home alone to take care of the situation. But Cleveland makes a new best friend instead.
Pins, Spins and Fins...
12. Pins, Spins and Fins...
March 3, 2013
Rallo thinks he's hot stuff when he keeps scoring strikes by using the gutter rails. But then Donna brings him back to reality.
11. Brownsized
March 3, 2013
Cleveland accepts an offer from his boss, Mr. Waterman, to quit his job to receive the severance package. Unfortunately, he now has to tell Donna what he's done.
When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie
10. When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie
February 17, 2013
Cleveland's mom, Cookie, runs away with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, after Freight Train fails to show up to their anniversary celebration.
Here Comes the Bribe
9. Here Comes the Bribe
February 10, 2013
Donna and Cleveland attend marriage counseling after he messes up their wedding vow renewal. While there, the counselor indicates to Cleveland that he can swing the "treatments" in his favor - for a price.
Wide World of Cleveland Show
8. Wide World of Cleveland Show
January 27, 2013
The Brown-Tubbs family travels the world in internationally themed segments.
Hustle N Bros
7. Hustle N Bros
January 13, 2013
Cleveland is furious when Donna's ex-husband, Robert, shows up at Freight Train's birthday party and gives him a better gift. To complicate matters, Freight Train officially adopts Robert, and Cleveland must welcome his new "brother."
'Tis The Cleveland To Be Sorry
6. 'Tis The Cleveland To Be Sorry
December 16, 2012
After finding out the homeless shelter serves better food than he receives at home, Cleveland acts liks he is homeless so he can get the meals. Roberta gets hired to be a Christmas elf but her boss, Harris Grundle, makes the female elves wear sexy costumes. Kendra performs a Christmas miracle for the kids of Stoolbend.
A Vas Deferens Between Men and Women
5. A Vas Deferens Between Men and Women
December 2, 2012
When Donna starts getting baby hungry, Cleveland realizes that she must never find out that he had a vasectomy. But when Donna finds out the truth, she decides to pay him back.
Turkey Pot Die
4. Turkey Pot Die
November 25, 2012
During a Thanksgiving mishap, Cleveland and Junior decide to free all of the turkeys before dinner.
A General Thanksgiving
3. A General Thanksgiving
November 18, 2012
When Holt misses his plane to Florida for Thanksgiving, Rallo tries to make him feel better by planning an unexpected reunion.
Menace II Secret Society
2. Menace II Secret Society
November 4, 2012
Cleveland confronts well-known rap artist Kenny West about taking all the credit for their song, "Be-Cleve In Yourself." He discovers Kenny's involvement in a secret hip-hop society with famous members.
Escape From Goochland
1. Escape From Goochland
October 7, 2012
The fourth season opens with Cleveland and the gang heading into their rival high school territory in Goochland for the annual football game. But Federline's misbehavior leaves them all scrambling for home.
Where to Watch The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Cleveland Show on demand at Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FX Networks, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 11, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    5.6  (42,963)