The Cleveland Show: Season 2 (2010)

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This FOX animated comedy is a spin-off of the much-loved series Family Guy. The series features the adventures of Peter Griffin's neighbor Cleveland Brown. Many years ago, Cleveland made a promise to his old high school sweetheart, Donna. Cleveland, along with Cleveland Junior, move to Stoolbend, VA to start a new life with Donna and her two children. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: January 14, 2012
As I mentioned in my review for the first season of The Cleveland Show, I'm not much of a fan of Family Guy. I don't really have anything against the show and I've watched a handful of episodes, but it just doesn't do a whole lot for me. However, I checked out this spin-off on a whim, and I fell in love with the characters in the first season. Naturally, I wanted more, so I dove into season two. Now I'm starting to see why this show got a bad rap from a lot of people.

The plot and the characters haven't changed from season one, so if you want to know what the show is about in general, see that review. This season is really more of the same: Cleveland and the gang get into wacky situations, his friends are there to help out, and everything is wrapped up with a pretty little bow by the end of the given episode. Typical sitcom stuff, you know the drill. The main difference is that while the first season was generally rooted in reality and dealt with real issues, this season decides to throw all of that in the trash and get silly with their storylines. For example, one episode centers around Rallo becoming a champion sheep-rider, while another shows Cleveland Jr. and Lester's obese wife Kendra moving to the fat haven of Wisconsin, where everybody in the state does nothing but eat deep-fried food.

I don't watch cartoons for ultra-realistic storylines and I don't have a problem with things getting a little silly here and there, but almost the entire season veered off course and into this territory. I fell in love with what I could almost call an animated version of The Jeffersons - sure, it didn't stay completely realistic from beginning to end of every episode, but you could identify with most of the plots and actions. How can you identify with a kid flying around in a space suit?

Also hindering the series is the predictability that started to creep into the episodes. Donna is bitching and moaning about Cleveland not helping out around the house, and she is suddenly injured? Gee, I wonder where that episode is going? Cleveland is constantly getting picked on by his father, and then his father has to come to him for help? Again, what could they possibly do with that setup? Mixing this together with the over-the-top (and not in a good way) plots found throughout the season, I just couldn't get into it as much as I did with the first season.

I'm not saying it was a terrible season, far from it: there are plenty of laughs to be had, and some of the episodes retain the qualities that made me enjoy the first season so much. I loved the appearance from Robert Rodriguez in the season finale, the "live" episode was original, and the gag with Cleveland's pet horse had me in stitches. Unfortunately, these tend to be bright spots in otherwise dull episodes.

Overall, I think that this season ended my love affair with The Cleveland Show. I loved the first season, but too many things changed between now and then to keep me interested. I'm sure that fans of Family Guy will appreciate the silliness found here more than I did, but again, that is exactly why I didn't watch Family Guy to begin with. I will give the show a bonus point for the recurring "stoners from Delaware" jokes though. 6/10.
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