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The Cleveland Show Season 4 Premiere Review “Escape from Goochland”

Last week, in my review of the  "Family Guy" premiere , I commented on how little creator Seth MacFarlane leaned on pop culture  references in the episode, and how that was a good thing . Well, it’s no wonder he didn’t do it on that show, as he was apparently saving it for the premiere of " The Cleveland Show ," entitled "Escape from Goochland." Stuffed to the brim with pop culture nods, the show at least gets points for being arcane. I mean, Toonces the driving cat? The Warriors? A John Cougar Mellencamp joke? (Okay, that last one was funny: a sign advertised a JCM cover band called "James Lion Canteloupetnet".at the Northern Aggression Memorial Stadium, no less. Ah, freeze frame jokes, how I love thee.) Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/10/08/the-cleveland-show-season-4-premiere-review-escape-from-goochland/

The Cleveland Show “Til Deaf” Review

After Lester fired a shotgun  right next to his ear, Cleveland  went temporarily deaf in "Til Deaf," this week’s episode of  The Cleveland Show . It turned out that Cleveland is a much better husband when he can’t hear anything that’s going on. Even when he regained his hearing, he employed  ear plugs  so that he could avoid listening to his wife and simply agree with everything she said, which is apparently the key to a happy marriage. Unfortunately, Donna was going through a mid-life crisis, and the things to which Cleveland was unknowingly agreeing were her plans to move to Florida and get a degree in marine biology from the University of Miami (which any Floridian knows is less of a school and more of a giant beach party with books). When she finally did return  and learned about his auditory deception, Donna was a changed woman. The show is known for carrying over story lines, and I hope this one is no exception. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/03/05/the-cleveland-show-til-deaf-review/  

The Cleveland Show “Dirty Dancing 3? Review

There was an ick factor in "Dirty Dancing 3," this week’s episode of  The Cleveland Show , that just isn’t sitting right with me. I know it’s just a cartoon  and I shouldn’t read too much into these things, but if Junior was a real little boy , he’d be well on his way to becoming the next great American  serial killer. After years of losing the annual  Stoolbend dance contest  to Cleveland’s parents, Donna has her eyes on the grand prize, but the only way she’s going to win is by dumping Cleveland and partnering up with Junior who proves to be one hell of a dancer. That’s all well and good, but then Junior went and ruined it by professing his love for his stepmother, even asking her to marry him in front of the entire town! He’s a soft-spoken geek with rage issues and a mommy complex. It’s not a stretch to imagine Junior lowering a basket of lotion into a well. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2012/02/12/the-cleveland-show-dirty-dancing-3-review/  

The Cleveland Show “There Goes El Neighborhood” Review

In a refreshing  example of continuity , this week’s episode of  The Cleveland Show , "There Goes ElNeighborhood ," continued a story line that was established in the last installment . Junior is still married to Latina hottie Cecilia, only now her aunt, Choni, has moved into a McMansion across the street  from the Browns . Right away, she and Cleveland  butt heads, mostly because he tried to have her niece deported. Yeah, that’ll do it. If this episode had a theme song, it would be that one from  Avenue Q  about how everyone’s a little bit racist. Choni demands that Cleveland learn to respect her culture, but deep down inside, she’s just as prejudiced against black people as he is against Hispanics. You almost have to respect Lester…at least he’s honest about his ignorance. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/30/the-cleveland-show-there-goes-el-neighborhood-review/  

The Cleveland Show “Y Tu Jr. Tambien?” Review

If you had money on Cleveland  Jr. being as gay as Stewie Griffin, you might have to rethink your bet after seeing "Y Tu Jr. Tambien?" this week’s episode of  The Cleveland Show . As per usual, Cleveland is concerned that his plump, soft "daddy’s boy" son isn’t quite normal, and he pushes the clueless kid into finding a girlfriend , presumably one as pudgy and awkward as he is. To everyone’s surprise , and Cleveland’s eventual jealousy, Junior lands a curvy and illegal Mexican immigrant, Cecilia, who just happens to adore him…and it might not even have anything to do with the fact that he strongly resembles her father. So the stage  is set for a ton of jokes that play off as many Mexican stereotypes as you can fit in a sombrero. Most of the lines go to Rallo, of course, as it somehow makes them funny if they come from the mouth of a tiny black kid. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2012/01/08/the-cleveland-show-y-tu-jr-tambien-review/  

The Cleveland Show “Die Semi-Hard” Review

I think tonight’s episode of  The Cleveland Show , "Die Semi-Hard" might have been a whole lot funnier to me if I had seen  Die Hard  more than that one time  back in college  when I had to for the film class  I was taking. I have nothing against action films ( Air Force  One  always chokes me up), but it’s not exactly my genre either. Still, Cleveland and the gang gave their first parody their best effort and thanks to an abundance of general 80?s jokes, it was still amusing. Cleveland got to play  Bruce Willis, of course, and the bear made a great Alan Rickman. Ah, the simpler days when bearded British men made for believable terrorists. Although I recognize that  Die Hard  is one of those movies that isn’t really about Christmas, but invariably gets listed whenever one sits down to write a list of Christmas movies, I really think the show would have benefited from picking a different movie for their holiday episode.  Die Hard  might be a classic action film, but it has nowhere near the level of instant recognition that helped make the  Family Guy  Star Wars parodies so popular. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/12/12/the-cleveland-show-die-semi-hard-review/

THE CLEVELAND SHOW “Yemen Party” Review

THE CLEVELAND SHOW  "Yemen Party" Season 3 Episode 5  – I’m not sure what the  country of  Yemen did to get signaled out by  The Cleveland Show , but it takes the spotlight in "Yemen Party," when Cleveland takes an unexpected trip there while pretending to be an oppressed Muslim woman in order to show Donna that she should be  grateful her husband only leaves the toilet seat up. That was a very long sentence, but it pretty much summed up the episode. Cleveland, who used to be pretty innocuous, has turned into a fairly jerky husband. He wants his dinner at six on the dot and if he doesn’t get it, he will lead the children in tearing apart the  house . When did he turn into Peter Griffin? Or was he always this way, and he only seemed like nice guy when compared to Peter? Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/11/27/the-cleveland-show-yemen-party-review/


THE CLEVELAND SHOW  "Skip Day" Season 3 Episode 4 – For me,  The Cleveland Show  has always been hit or miss, and I think "Skip Day" will probably go down as a miss. This doesn’t mean it didn’t have genuinely funny moments, but overall, it certainly wasn’t anywhere near as hilarious as I know the show can be. The episode centered around Cleveland’s attempt to incite Junior to rebel after he became the laughingstock of the town for attending school on the annual skip day. Cleveland has always wanted Junior to be more like him, but he never expected that taunting his son would bring out the teenage rage within. Upon discovering that Junior could easily beat him up, Cleveland sank into depression until Junior decided to make him feel better by telling everyone that Cleveland beat him up…which landed Cleveland in jail for child abuse. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/11/20/the-cleveland-show-skip-day-review/

THE CLEVELAND SHOW “Nightmare on Grace Street” Review

THE CLEVELAND SHOW  "Nightmare on Grace Street" Season 3 Episode 3  – For a Halloween episode of an animated show like  The Cleveland Show , "Nightmare on Grace Street" had an awful lot going on. One could say almost too much. When Rallo (like most five year olds ) can’t make it through his first sleepover without calling his mommy, Cleveland  makes merciless fun of him…until Cleveland calls Donna to pick him up from his own slumber party with the guys after their pumpkin carving victory. Fed up with their bickering, Donna dares them to spend Halloween night at the creepiest  house  in town. But while Cleveland and Rallo are away, a crazy killer bent on  revenge  for having been rejected byCleveland comes to the house and nearly kills Donna and Cleveland Jr. Fortunately, the man and boy of the house return in time to save them, thus settling their bravery test once and for all. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/10/30/the-cleveland-show-nightmare-on-grace-street-review/

THE CLEVELAND SHOW “The Hurricane” Review

THE CLEVELAND SHOW  "The Hurricane" Season 3 Episode 2 –  The Cleveland Show  kicks off Fox’s animated tribute to hurricanes with the aptly title episode, "The Hurricane." But the real storm takes place inside the Brown  house  when Junior declares that he does not believe in God. I’m sure that’ll go about as well as it did when Brian said the same thing on  Family Guy . When a hurricane bears down on Stoolbend, Cleveland and his family have to put their vacation cruise on hold in order to ride out the storm. Because evacuating is for wimps. Tell that to the lower 9th ward of New Orleans. Having ridden out my fair share of hurricanes, I found the episode’s irreverence towards the subject matter refreshing. Post-Katrina, no one but Seth MacFarlane has been willing to poke fun at natural disasters and, really, don’t they deserve it? Especially when you bring religion into the mix. Now that’s a party! Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/10/02/the-cleveland-show-the-hurricane-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader