The Bernie Mac Show (2001–2006)

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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children.


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 31 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Bernie 'Mac' McCullough (104 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Wanda McCullough (104 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Jordan Thomkins (104 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Bryana 'Baby Girl' Thomkins (104 episodes, 2001-2006)
 Vanessa 'Nessa' Thomkins (104 episodes, 2001-2006)


Bernie Mac is a world famous stand-up comedian living the good life in his Los Angeles home complete with beautiful wife, Wanda, and a hi-tech SUV. Life was sweet for the Mac-Man. Then one day, Bernie's sister, in Chicago, is sent to rehab for drug use and her three children: teenage Vanessa, asthmatic wheezing Jordan and sweet, innocent Bryana, are put into Bernie's custody. Raising kids is hard! Especially these kids. They always give poor Uncle Bernie trouble, making him want to "bust their heads 'til the white meat shows". Written by Dylan Self <>

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7 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Larry Wilmore, who created and executive produced the show, was fired by FOX during the show's second season. Reports cited that Wilmore and the network constantly clashed over the show's creative direction. FOX executives felt that the show didn't have enough laughs and were disappointed with the show's ratings in its second season while Wilmore was frustrated with FOX's treatment of the show and creative interference. See more »


Bernie Mac: [to dog] Shut up before I drop yo ass off at Koreatown. Now hold on, America, don't start writing no letters. I'm just kidding. But am I lying?
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Afro Ninja (2009) See more »

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Original and entertaining.
6 February 2002 | by (Detroit, MI USA) – See all my reviews

Some people may not know this but Bernie Mac had a short-lived variety show on HBO called "Midnight Mac". It was then that Bernie Mac's comedy and host skills were displayed together. Why HBO got rid of the show is anyone's guess but I'm happy he has his own show now.

"The Bernie Mac Show" doesn't follow any of the conventional sitcom "rules". The male character (Bernie Mac) is strong, smooth, intelligent, and doesn't take any BS from anyone. Instead of the rash of wishy-washy and flat-out stupid "fathers" on recent sitcoms, The Bernie Mac Show is like a hip "Father Knows Best". The fresh cast is wonderful. The children are hilarious and Bernie's wife (Kellita Smith) is SOOOO REAL.

I hope this show stays on. So original, fresh, and entertaining!

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