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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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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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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Featured in Fox's Funniest Outtakes (2002) See more »

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got to give it up for Mac Man
11 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Who would have thought Bernie Mac would be the man behind the most intelligent show to hit TV airwaves in a long time?

Not that I have any problem with Bernie Mac. I've always found him to be humorous and entertaining. He's just not exactly the guy who I would expect to end up on this kind of show.

But here he is, the star of the smartest, most original, most positive, and funniest TV comedy I have seen in years.

With it's non-use of a laugh track, it's commentary by Bernie Mac (who spends a good part of each show sitting on his favorite chair and addressing "America"), and it's little on-screen notes, this sitcom is about as anti-sitcom as it gets, but it's this orginality that helps make it special. The Bernie Mac Show bucks trends by avoiding crude humor and sex jokes, and the messages this show provide are ultimately positive. Another thing that impressed me about the Bernie Mac Show is that it is one of the first comedies I have seen in a while to feature a Black cast, but doesn't saddle it's characters and storylines with African-American stereotypes. The problems faced on this show are universal.

The cast is great too. Bernie Mac was born for this role, and the kids on the show also deserve credit, because they have roles to play and characters to portray. They are parts of the story, and not just extra bodies like the child cast members are on some other sitcoms. And they all do a good job with it.

But besides all of these great aspects the show has going for it, the Bernie Mac Show is outright hilarious, which makes it one of the best shows on TV today.

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