Parents' Guide to

The Cleveland Show

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Raunchy animated Family Guy spin-off isn't for kids.

TV Fox Comedy 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 18+
This is for ages 18 and up

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 13+
Rated TV-14
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (82):

Fans of Family Guy know what to expect from creator Seth MacFarlane. Each episode of THE CLEVELAND SHOW is rude, crude, and raunchy, with quirky characters and plenty of jokes about sex and drinking that aim low and try to wring laughs from sheer shock value. As in MacFarlane's other shows, nothing is off-limits here, especially race. Cleveland is African American, and the show is riddled with quips and offhand comments that play on stereotypes and clichés. You could argue that MacFarlane deserves credit for addressing the topic at all, since so many other shows don't, but the show does little to advance any real discussion of the issue.

The show has a soft and sweet center, as Cleveland tries to pursue his dreams and find love with his old flame. But this positive message is almost completely buried in sophomoric humor, and it's hardly worth the effort to sift through the dreck to get there.

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