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The Cleveland Show Pilot Episode Review
Eric Goldman: Hey guys, this is Eric.
Matt Fowler: And this is Matt.
Eric Goldman: We’re here today to talk about the Cleveland Show, a new animated series that follows Family Guy character Cleveland Brown as he and his son go back to Cleveland’s home town. Cleveland has reunited with his high school sweetheart and end up getting married, giving Cleveland two step children. An older teenage daughter and also an elementary school age step son named Ralo who is definitely the sort of Stewie ass character here.
He’s got the very biting, very sarcastic humor but dialed down a bit. He’s not trying to kill anyone like Stewie. And another potential break out character I would say the walking, talking bear and his wife who live next door to Cleveland. Who has a very funny strange European accent and his voice by Seth McFarland.
Matt Fowler: Speaking of Seth McFarland, the Cleveland show is actually a spin off of Family Guy. You might be wondering if you are fan of Family Guy, will you be fan of the Cleveland Show? I'm going to go out on them and say “Yes, it does have a lot similar comedic elements to it.” And there’s a little more of a traditional sitcom feel to this show especially in the pilot episode. And Mike Henry who is the voice of Cleveland Brown and his step son Ralo have described the show himself as being sweeter and funkier than Family Guy. And I think a lot of that has to do with the character of Cleveland who is a kind of more well-intentioned character than say Peter Griffin or a lot of the characters back on Family Guy. And I think that really comes through.
Eric Goldman: But Henry is more of attritional sitcom don’t be too scared, you know, we’re not talking growing pains territory here. We’re still talking a show from the creator of Family Guy it has a similar feel, it has a similar vibe and some of the jokes you know it has the quick cutting jokes. They’re not as many as Family Guy and also some really great celebrity digs. So I say that the first episode, the pilot episode is just okay. It's not the strongest, we’ve seen a couple beyond and they're better and funnier. Assan who did the written review for us, he gave it an 8.3 but that’s a bit higher than I would go, I’d say I’m around 7.5 or so what about you Matt?
Matt Fowler: About a 7.5 or probably a little lower.
Eric Goldman: Yeah, but that’s our take on the pilot episode of the Cleveland Show. But please check back at TV.ign.com for future episode reviews, clips and more. Thanks a lot guys.