The Cleveland Show: "Our Gang" Review Episode 12


After causing some serious mayhem at Stoolbend High School, Cleveland decides to take it upon himself to help out the school's most notorious troubled kids. Of course, Cleveland ends up taking on much more trouble than he plans for when he decides to get into the "cookie" selling business with this unlikely gang of eight. He ends up getting involved in a drug scam, and Cleveland Jr. ends up getting taken prisoner by a rival gang.


Other than the zany Amy Winehouse hair gag, it felt like this episode wasn't going anywhere at first. It seems that every week Cleveland ends up becoming more and more clueless like Peter Griffin. The bit where he quotes random movie lines hoping to inspire these troubled kids seemed far too much like an idea taken out of Peter Griffin's approach to everything he does in life. Even with the terrible (or should I say "turruble" the way Cleveland always pronounces that word) idea to sell cookies as a way to straighten out this gang of eight seemed like a bad plan from the get-go.


To add to the slow start, Cleveland gets some terribly boring dialogue that's neither edgy nor funny. He spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the status of chair he knocks down. The joke was not funny from the start, and the writers decided to run the same gag again just a bit later in the episode. A poor choice, especially considering the short attention spans of most viewers. Cleveland is boring already - giving him boring dialogue doesn't make things funny.


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