Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Cleveland Show - first episode review

 The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy takes Cleveland Brown and makes him the star. I know, it's as exciting as the previous sentence makes it out to be.

The story goes like this - Cleveland loses his house to Loretta in the divorce. He takes custody of Cleveland Jr. (now a fat teenager) and heads to California. On the way, he stops by his former hometown in Virginia, stops by his old High-School, and wouldn't ya know it, runs into his old high-school crush, Donna.

He stays for a while at her house, and gets her little child Rallo back into school and gets her daughter Roberta home on time from her date. So, of course Roberta gets back with her loser husband, Robert, until Cleveland stands up for himself. Cleveland and Donna get married and stay in Virginia. Thus the set-up for a series that will last either half a season or fifteen. You never know with television.

Oh, did I mention there was a family of anthropomorphic bears next door? HILARITY ENSUES!

I do have to wonder why this show was made. Perhaps it was a half-hearted attempt to aim at a black demographic? Could it be that they just wanted to see what else Family Guy fans would watch? Is it that Fox is looking for a suitable benign replacement for King of the Hill?

I half-think that Seth McFarlane did this on a dare, where someone said "I dare you to make a show based on your least-interesting Family Guy character!" and he said "You're on!"

Perhaps it's just that this show is like all spin-off sitcoms - something being sold to you based on the success of a previous product, changed slightly but is not something you need. It's like when you go to the store and get a big bag of chips and the clerk tells you "Would you like to get a bag of those chips in Jabanero Lime? It's free with your purchase." You consider it for a moment, but then realize, why the hell would I want that?

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