The Cleveland Show Season 1, Episode 4: "Birth of a Salesman" - Review


After taking some time getting acquainted with his new surroundings, Cleveland finally get a job at the cable company where Tim the Bear works. Tim gets jealous of Cleveland's telemarketing success and prays to Jesus that something bad happen to his mustached neighbor. Meanwhile, Rallo and Roberta take drastic measures against Cleveland Jr. and his chore-doing ways.


One thing that sticks out after watching a few episodes of this new series is that Cleveland isn't all that funny on his own. Watching his cutaway musical at the beginning of the episode was especially painful considering that if you had put Peter Griffin in the same situation singing that same boring song- the scene would probably been somewhat funny. With Cleveland helming, it feels like there's something missing.


That being said, the supporting cast really gets to shine here. Tim the Bear is fantastic here. His naiveté combined with his strong religious beliefs works extremely well and watching him cope with being jealous of Cleveland's success was actually pretty refreshing. His feeling of guilt over wishing that something bad happened to Cleveland was only supplanted by Cleveland's reaction where he accepts his apology "out of pity." The Bear is slowly becoming the most interesting character on the show.


The introduction of Cleveland's high school buddy Terry Kimple should really help making Cleveland's life a little more interesting. It was nice to see Cleveland stick up for his buddy and take the fall for Terry's accident, and downright bizarre to see the duo offer Tim a whole steak if he showed them his penis. Their reaction to Tim exposing himself was priceless, with Cleveland making a hilarious E.T. reference. Recycling the joke at the end when Terry did the same to Cleveland was made funny by Terry's line about being owed a steak turned out pretty well.


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