The Cleveland Show?!... What were they thinking?

Is it just me, or does 'The Cleveland Show' seem like the worst possible idea for a Family Guy spin-off? The character is just so dull and dreery, and takes, like, 15 minutes to get out a sentance, not that i'd be listening to the sentance because of the pain-stakingly dull tone of his voice. It just seems like they could've made a much better spin off idea other than 'The Life and Times of Boring Ol' Cleveland'.

I'd rather watch a show about the life of Quagmire, for sure, who I've always found to be such a weird and interesting character, not to mention a hilarious one. I'd even rather watch a spin-off about the life of Stewie or Meg or Chris and what they get up to at school. In fact, just about anyone in the Family Guy universe: Tom Tucker, Opie, Brian's Gay Cousin Jasper, Greased-Up Deaf Guy, Joe, Ollie the Blackie Weather Reporter, Death, etc, would make immensely better main characters for a spin off. Just not Cleveland!


So, I just found this promo picture of The Cleveland Show:

Do you notice the same thing I do? He has a daughter who's the eldest, a fat nerdy son who is the middle child, and a baby with a mishapen head... Does it remind you of anyone?:

I'm a big fan of Seth McFarlane, but he basically made the same show twice. It's the exact same show, only now the characters are black (no offense intended). What's the point in making a new show, even a spin-off, if you aren't going to mix it up a little bit? I also noticed something in The Cleveland Show poster. They have bears for neighbours. Bears... for neighbours? Are you kidding me? That's just desperate!

... your thoughts?



Default avatar cat
Sep 15, 2008 11:47PM EDT

i think theyve thought this through, and it will be entertaining and funny. But I do agree, there are some characters for whom it would seem to make more sense to make a spinoff of.
We'll see what happens though!

Default avatar cat
Sep 16, 2008 12:07AM EDT

Seth McFarlene explained in an interview that the reason Quagmire didn't get a spin-off show was because he would never learn any values, morals or anything from his mistakes. Quagmire would never go "geez I messed up really bad". Cleveland is essentially following the same format as Family Guy. Plus his absence on Family Guy won't be as noticeable as Quagmire if he had left.

Default avatar cat
Sep 16, 2008 10:02AM EDT

Maybe having the character learn no morals or values could be fun, even South Park gives there characters morals to learn. It could, or could've been, an opportunity to mix things up a little bit, do something different to every other show.And I thought, even though Cleveland did have his own spin-off show, he'd still be in Family Guy. There's really no reason why a character couldn't be in both. Say where Cleveland or Quagmire make appearances in Family Guy, the Griffins could make an appearance or two in The Cleveland or Quagmire Show.

Sep 16, 2008 6:23PM EDT

I think this could be funny, but I'm not too big a fan of American Dad, though it's not a spinoff of Family Guy obviously, being from Seth MacFarlane as well, I see how his humor works and sometimes just doesn't come out as funny with certain new characters. I do like Cleveland, but I have to agree I'm not sure how this show will go with him completely removed from his buddies I think his character works so well with in FG.

Sep 19, 2008 8:49PM EDT

I feel the exact same way. When I found out it was a Cleveland show I was truly shocked! He literally is the last person I would of chosen to have a spinoff of. I understand they couldn't have a Quagmire show... I mean for starters the guy is practically a sex offender. Hard to base a show on that lol. They should of done a spin off of the chicken! Or even Stewie in the future, now that would be amazing! But Cleveland... he is probably my least favourite character, I don't remember laughing at him at all.

Default avatar cat
Oct 5, 2008 12:38AM EDT

Well now, the family isn't exactly the same as Family Guy. The daughter is Cleveland's step-daughter and she happens to be pretty, unlike frumpy Meg. The fat, nerdy son is already different from Chris in that Chris isn't the least bit smart. That and he happens to be Cleveland's wife's step-son. And I believe the youngest child is also Cleveland's step-son. Very different family dynamic. The family moves to Virginia so not much of a chance for cameo appearances. And the neighbors are completely different (the bears on one side, the rednecks on the other). I think it could work.

Default avatar cat
Nov 7, 2008 10:25AM EST

I can't wait!... to see how bad it is.

Default avatar cat
Nov 24, 2008 8:23PM EST

Oh...U hit the nail on the head iGaven ....Cleveland is the least funny characture on the show...there just trying 2 get black plp in america into it!!! Capitilize on that part of the market aswell + i'm sure we can pressure them into having more of GIgggidiegiggdiee goooo and all the rest.

Sep 9, 2009 6:17PM EDT

This was my first reaction as well. However i decided to give it a chance and watched the pilot on this site and i was pleasently suprised i found it very funny. Yes it is like family guy but i dont really see a problem with that and as for the bear neighbours i was also a bit scepticle at that as well but the introduction of them in the pilot was halarious and i am sure there wil be more jokes like that. Personally i am going to watch this show when it premires now and I am actully quite looking forward to it.

Oct 4, 2009 12:35AM EDT

In his "Dull and Dreary" style Cleveland isn't the least funny, just funny in an entirely different way. Seth probably felt that Cleveland had potential that couldn't be expressed properly with Peter humor in control. He can completely release the full potential of any of the other character in Family Guy within the show. I'm also sure he knew how confounding people would find it as portrayed when stewie said "WTH?! HE'S getting his own show?!". And the family could be expected, since it provides the range and psychological flexibility for Family Guy writing style & humor. The bear neighbors replacing the talking pets for animal jokes. This of course being written after watching the premier. LoL, my reCAPTCHA says 69 hump. Who writes those?

Default avatar cat
Oct 22, 2009 3:22PM EDT

i think seth knew that most people would react like this. cleveland is the last person you'd expect hense on the first episode when stewie made a comment about it cleveland somehow getting his own show. i think seth did this on purpose to make people react this way. if he didnt then stewie wouldnt have said what he did. summat along the lines of 'how the hell did he get his own show?'
i personally think seth doing this just makes it alot funnier. cleveland isnt the best character by a long shot but i think it works. ive enjoyed these episodes.
my fav character already is the little kid

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