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The adventures of the Family Guy (1999) neighbor and former deli owner, Cleveland Brown.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mike Henry ...  Cleveland Brown / ... 88 episodes, 2009-2013
Sanaa Lathan ...  Donna Tubbs 88 episodes, 2009-2013
Kevin Michael Richardson ...  Lester Krinklesac / ... 88 episodes, 2009-2013
Jason Sudeikis ...  Holt Richter / ... 82 episodes, 2009-2013
Reagan Gomez-Preston ...  Roberta Tubbs / ... 76 episodes, 2009-2013
Seth MacFarlane ...  Tim the Bear / ... 63 episodes, 2009-2012
Aseem Batra ...  Kendra Krinklesac / ... 45 episodes, 2009-2013
Nickie Bryar ...  Various 44 episodes, 2009-2012
John Viener ...  Announcer / ... 42 episodes, 2009-2013
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Storyline

This FOX animated comedy is a spin-off of the much-loved series Family Guy. The series features the adventures of Peter Griffin's neighbor Cleveland Brown. Many years ago, Cleveland made a promise to his old high school sweetheart, Donna. Cleveland, along with Cleveland Junior, move to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with Donna and her two children. Written by Marcus Stoolbend

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cleveland-show See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Asner reprised his role of Carl Fredricksen from the movie UP in this show. See more »

Quotes

Cleveland Brown: Ladies and gentlemen... What if I told you you could have a cracker that's also a phone? Boom! The Irits.
[dials a number on it]
Cleveland Brown: I just made a call on cracker!
[eats it]
Cleveland Brown: I just ate a phone!
Audience Member: That's STUPID!
Cleveland Brown: *You're* stupid!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.21 (2011) See more »

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The Cleveland Show Theme
Performed by Mike Henry
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I'm on board for now
14 October 2009 | by Okonh0wpSee all my reviews

On Family Guy, Cleveland Brown has never served much purpose besides being a token black character as far as I've been concerned. Obviously, Mike Henry disagrees. Henry is the white actor who voices Cleveland and when he talks about his excitement for centering a spin off around the Cleveland character, it seems apparent how proud he is of his own creation. What exactly Cleveland's unique mannerisms are, beyond being a little timid, that make him worth watching, I'm not sure. He's certainly never been a great source of humor.

Fortunately, there are some unique characters in the background: Cleveland's son, Cleveland Jr. is an incredibly sympathetic figure because he's probably one of the most hopeless characters on television (chubby, little ambition, so eager to please that he's willing to find his niche as a bathroom attendant), his biological son Rollando is someone I could see myself liking more than Stewie (he's a smack-talking kindergartener who might be described as street-smart in the same way Stewie's book-smart), and a rebellious teenage daughter who's more assertive than Lisa Simpson or Meg (might not be up there with American Dad's Hailey). The wife, Donna, is the heart of the show. The show advertises itself as the sappier and more heartwarming spin off of Family Guy and there's just a little bit of that gooey feeling to be found within the story of Cleveland and Donna being reunited as a married couple.

Cleveland and his three neighbors (two white guys of various socio-economic levels and an animatronic bear) form a social group that's almost a virtual clone of the quartet that drinks at Quahog's Drunken Clam which wasn't a good idea if the show wanted to set itself apart. The bear is nowhere near as funny as Roger the alien, Klauss the fish or Brian, the dog.

The setting and the fact that this will be a fairly faithful take on the black sitcom (as faithful as white writers can be) might also be seen as a plus or a minus, but it's interesting enough to find out.


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