The Cleveland Show is an American animated television series that premiered on September 27, 2009, as a part of the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox in the United States. The series was created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry, and Richard Appel as a spin-off from Family Guy, which was also created by MacFarlane.
The family was conceived by MacFarlane after developing two animated series, Family Guy and American Dad!. MacFarlane took the Family Guy character Cleveland and his son Cleveland, Jr. but redesigned Junior. MacFarlane and Mike Henry pitched a 22 minute pilot to Fox which aired on September 27, 2009 but had been leaked on the internet in June 2009. Before the show premiered, the show had already been renewed for a 22 episode second season. After the first season of the show aired, it was renewed for a second and was given the green light to start production. Shortly after the second season ended in 2011, Fox renewed the series for a third season. A fourth season was announced on May 9, 2011.
The show's family centers around father Cleveland Brown, who was a featured character on Family Guy. His son Cleveland Jr. was also on Family Guy (although for this show he was given a redesign to become older, softly-spoken and obese). Three new characters were added to fill out the Brown/Tubbs family. Since its debut, The Cleveland Show has received mixed reviews from media critics. Reviewers have criticised its similarities to MacFarlane's other shows, Family Guy and American Dad!, and the crass and crude content of its humour. The Parents Television Council named six of the program's first season episodes as the worst TV shows of the week. The show's first season received a viewership of appromixately six million, and it was nominated for an award at the 36th People's Choice Awards as well as a nomination at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
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