The Cleveland Show

The Cleveland Show is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel, and Mike Henry for the Fox Broadcasting Company as a spin-off of Family Guy. The series centered on the Browns and Tubbs, two dysfunctional families consisting of parents Cleveland Brown and Donna Tubbs and their children Cleveland Brown, Jr., Roberta Tubbs, and Rallo Tubbs. Similar to Family Guy, it exhibited much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American culture.

The series was conceived by MacFarlane in 2007 after developing the two animated series Family Guy and American Dad! for the Fox network. MacFarlane centered the show on Family Guy character Cleveland Brown, his new wife Donna Tubbs, his step-children Rallo and Roberta Tubbs, and his son Cleveland, Jr., who, in the show, is depicted as an obese, soft-spoken teen, as opposed to his depiction as a younger, hyperactive child with average body weight on Family Guy.

The series originally aired from September 27, 2009, to May 19, 2013, for a total of four seasons and 88 episodes. The Cleveland Show was nominated for one Annie Award, one Primetime Emmy Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, but received mixed reviews from media critics. The series was canceled after its fourth season.[1] Cleveland has since returned to Family Guy, accompanied by the rest of the Brown-Tubbs family, as of the twelfth season episode "He's Bla-ack!".

The Cleveland Show
El Show de Cleveland (The Cleveland Show) Logo
GenreAnimated sitcom
Created bySeth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
Voices ofMike Henry
Sanaa Lathan
Kevin Michael Richardson
Reagan Gomez-Preston
Jason Sudeikis
Seth MacFarlane
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
Composer(s)Walter Murphy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Seth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
Producer(s)Kara Vallow
Courtney Lilly
Editor(s)Kirk Benson
Camera setupAnimated rendition of single camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production company(s)Person Unknown Productions
Happy Jack Productions
Fuzzy Door Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2009 –
May 19, 2013
Chronology
Related showsFamily Guy
American Dad!

Production

Development

Seth MacFarlane initially conceived The Cleveland Show in 2007 while working on his other two animated series, Family Guy and American Dad!.[2][3]

Mike Henry Voice Actor
Mike Henry and his characters

The Cleveland Show first appeared on the development slate at Fox in early 2008, under no official name for the pilot, after a report that Fox had purchased the series from creators.[4] On May 5, 2008, MacFarlane and 20th Century Fox Television inked a deal.[5] The pilot was named The Cleveland Show in May 2008, when it appeared on the primetime slate for the 2008–09 television season, although it wasn't officially on the network schedule.[6] Shortly after a report that King of the Hill just ended, leaving air time for The Cleveland Show, the show was picked up for a full season after an additional nine episodes of the show were ordered.[7] In May 2009, The Cleveland Show appeared on the primetime slate for the 2009–10 television season, for airing on Sunday nights at 8:30 pm[8] On June 15, 2009, it was announced that The Cleveland Show would premiere on September 27, 2009.[9]

MacFarlane and Henry pitched a 22-minute pilot to Fox which aired on September 27, 2009, but had been leaked on the internet in June 2009. Even before the pilot episode premiered, the show had already been renewed for a 22-episode second season. After the first season of the show aired, it was given the green light to start production. On June 10, 2010, less than three weeks into the first season's summer hiatus, it was announced that Fox was ordering a third season.[10] A fourth season was announced on May 9, 2011, just a few days before the second season concluded.[11]

Executive producers

Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Richard Appel served as executive producers on the series since the first season.[12]

Voice cast

Mike Henry voices two of the show's main characters: Cleveland Brown and Rallo Tubbs. The voice of Cleveland was developed originally for Family Guy by Henry after being influenced by one of his best friends who had a very distinct regional accent.[13] For the voice of Rallo, Henry stated that he originally created the voice over twenty years before; he had used it while making prank phone calls.

Sanaa Lathan voices Donna Tubbs, the wife of Cleveland, stepmother of Cleveland Brown Jr., and mother of Roberta and Rallo Tubbs. In developing the character, Lathan said that the producers "wanted her to be educated, but to have some edge."[14] Prior to voicing Donna, Lathan had only one other voice credit in a relatively low-budget film entitled The Golden Blaze. In addition to the show, she also primarily worked as an actress in such films as Alien vs. Predator, Love & Basketball and The Family That Preys.

Reagan Gomez-Preston plays Roberta Tubbs, the stepdaughter of Cleveland. Gomez has stated that she uses her own voice to portray Roberta, and that she herself gets mistaken for a fifteen-year-old over the phone "all the time."[14] Before Gomez was cast as Roberta, Nia Long (who co-starred with Lathan in The Best Man franchise) provided the character's voice during the first thirteen episodes. According to Long, she was replaced because producers decided they wanted an actress with a younger-sounding voice, given that the character is a teenager.[15]

Kevin Michael Richardson, a recurring guest voice on Family Guy and American Dad, portrays Cleveland, Jr., as well as Cleveland's next door neighbor Lester Krinklesac. In portraying Cleveland, Jr., Richardson drew inspiration from a character named Patrick that he had played on the NBC drama series ER who was mentally impaired and wore a football helmet. For Lester, Richardson stated in an interview that, being African American, he had "run into a few rednecks in [his] time," and decided to simply perform a stereotypical redneck impression for the voice of Lester.[14]

Jason Sudeikis plays Holt Richter, one of Cleveland's drinking buddies with a short stature, and Terry Kimple, one of Cleveland's longtime friends who now works with him at Waterman Cable. Sudeikis originally began as a recurring cast member, but starting with the episode "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner", he was promoted to a series regular.

Seth MacFarlane played Tim the Bear up until season 3 episode 10, which MacFarlane admits is a "Steve Martin impression [...] a Wild and Crazy Guy impression". Jess Harnell voices the character for the rest of the series from the next episode onward.

Other voices include that of Arianna Huffington as Tim's wife Arianna the Bear, Nat Faxon as Tim and Arianna's son Raymond the Bear, Jamie Kennedy as Roberta's boyfriend Gabriel Friedman, a.k.a. "Federline Jones", Will Forte as Principal Wally, Frances Callier as Evelyn "Cookie" Brown, Craig Robinson as LeVar "Freight Train" Brown and David Lynch as Gus the bartender.

Main cast members
Family Guy panel at NYCC (61284) Sanaa Lathan by Gage Skidmore 3 Reagan Gomez by Gage Skidmore Kevin Michael Richardson by Gage Skidmore 3 Jason Sudeikis at 2009 NYTVF Seth MacFarlane by Gage Skidmore 5
Mike Henry Sanaa Lathan Reagan Gomez-Preston Kevin Michael Richardson Jason Sudeikis Seth MacFarlane
Cleveland Brown, Rallo Tubbs Donna Tubbs Roberta Tubbs Cleveland Brown, Jr. and Lester Krinklesac Holt Richter
and Terry Kimple
Tim the Bear (seasons 1–3)

Characters

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The Brown-Tubbs family. Clockwise from top left: Cleveland, Donna, Roberta, Rallo, and Cleveland, Jr..

Cleveland's newly introduced family includes his new wife, Donna Tubbs Brown (voiced by Sanaa Lathan);[16] Donna's daughter Roberta (originally voiced by Nia Long, but later voiced by Reagan Gomez-Preston); and Donna's son Rallo (also voiced by Mike Henry).[17][18] Cleveland, Jr. underwent a complete redesign for the show, becoming sensitive and soft-spoken.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Viewers
(millions)
1 21 September 27, 2009 May 23, 2010 No. 72[19] 6.38[19]
2 22 September 26, 2010 May 15, 2011 No. 90[20] 6.12[20]
3 22 September 25, 2011 May 20, 2012 No. 144[21] 4.03[21]
4 23 October 7, 2012 May 19, 2013 No. 129[22] 3.05[22]

Crossovers with other animated sitcoms

The Cleveland Show characters have appeared on other animated sitcoms and vice versa. The Cleveland Show crossovers have all involved two other animated programs. Both the other two animated programs were also created by Seth MacFarlane: Family Guy and American Dad!

There are also many brief cameos of characters from other Fox animated series, The Simpsons, and King of the Hill.

Broadcast

Syndication

In July 2010, the Turner Broadcasting System picked up syndication rights, for their networks TBS and Adult Swim.[23] The series first aired in syndication on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in the United States on September 29, 2012 until September 9, 2018. On July 14, 2018, Comedy Central picked up the rights to the series and it began airing on October 8, 2018.

Cancellation and returning to Family Guy

On April 17, 2013, Fox dismissed increasing rumors that The Cleveland Show had been cancelled, reporting rather that renewal of the series was undetermined as of that time.[24][25] However, on May 13, 2013, in the New York Daily News, Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly confirmed its cancellation.[1] Following the series cancellation, it was confirmed that Cleveland and the Brown/Tubbs family would be moving back to Quahog to rejoin the Family Guy cast.[26]

International broadcast

Country Network Premiere date
Canada Global
MuchMusic
Teletoon at Night
Adult Swim
September 27, 2009 – May 19, 2013
September 3, 2013 – August 31, 2017
September 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019
April 2, 2019 – present
Latin America Canal Fox
Canal TBS
October 6, 2009 - present
Spain Telecinco
Fox
November 7, 2009 - present
Brazil Rede Globo
Canale Fox
Canale TBS
RBTV
November 7, 2009 - present
Australia Network Ten
Eleven
FOX8
December 2, 2009 – January 12, 2011
January 12, 2011 – 2014
March 13, 2011 – 2016
Germany Comedy Central August 7, 2016 – present
Lithuania TV6 August 7, 2016– present (Klyvlando Šou)
Ireland 3e September 27, 2009
Italy Italia 2
Italia 1

Fox

2010-2012[27]

2012-2014

2010 - present[28]

United Kingdom E4
Fox
ITV2
Comedy Central
February 1, 2010 – January 4 2016
January 6, 2011 – January 5, 2019
February 29, 2016 – present
January 8, 2019 – present
United States Fox
Adult Swim
TBS
Comedy Central
September 27, 2009 – May 19, 2013
September 29, 2012 – September 9, 2018
September 16, 2013 – September 9, 2018
October 8, 2018 – present
Hungary Comedy Central

Humor+

July 6, 2010 – October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016 – present

Middle East FX Unknown
New Zealand C4
Four
Comedy Central
2010
February 10, 2011 – July 2, 2016
2011–present
Pakistan FX Unknown
Portugal Fox

Fox Comedy

June 5, 2010

Unknown

Philippines Jack TV
Fox Philippines
October 2010 - Present (Rerun)
March 2013 - Present (Rerun)
South Africa Vuzu November 29, 2010
Singapore Fox April 2, 2012 (Season 2)
(Mondays to Wednesdays 11:40 pm (UTC+8))

Reception

Critical reception

The Cleveland Show has received mixed reviews from critics and negative reviews from fans. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the show a score of 57 out of 100.[29] Tom Shales of The Washington Post spoke very negatively about both the show and MacFarlane himself, describing him as "no better than the dirty old man hanging around playgrounds with naughty pictures or risque jokes as lures".[30] Roberto Bianco of USA Today wrote a similarly negative review, suggesting that the easiest fix for its problem was "cancellation".[31] John McWhorter of The New Republic called it "a patronizing mess" and "basically Family Guy in blackface". He added: "What isn't black in it is so shamelessly ripped off from Family Guy that it's hard to believe it's the product of creators who are usually so studiously 'post-' obvious stunts of the sort."[32] Matt Rouse of TV Guide wrote, "The lamest, most unnecessary spin-off since Private Practice, Cleveland rests on the shoulders of the hopelessly bland title character".[33] However, Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was more positive about the program, writing that although The Cleveland Show was "just as rude-crude" as Family Guy, it also had "more warmth" due to Cleveland being a more likeable character than Peter Griffin. Owen also praised the character of Tim the Bear, stating that "Tim is by far the most amusing creation."[34]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show The Cleveland Show Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy The Cleveland Show Nominated
2011 Annie Awards Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program "Murray Christmas" Nominated
NAMIC Vision Awards Animation The Cleveland Show Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Animated Show The Cleveland Show Nominated
2012 Artios Award Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Animation Robert McGee and Ruth Lambert Nominated
2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards Top Television Series The Cleveland Show Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Cartoon Show The Cleveland Show Nominated

Home media

DVD Title # of Disc(s) Year # of Episodes DVD release
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 4 2009 & 2010 21 September 28, 2010[35] October 11, 2010[36] June 29, 2011[37]
Season Two 4 2010 & 2011 22 September 27, 2011[38] January 30, 2012[39] November 2, 2011[40]
Season Three 3 2011 & 2012 22 March 1, 2013[41]
(manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R)
N/A N/A
Season Four 3 2012 & 2013 23 December 17, 2013[42]
(manufactured on demand (MOD) on DVD-R)
N/A N/A

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Cleveland Brown

Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Sr. is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy, and its spin-off series The Cleveland Show. He is voiced by Mike Henry. In the first seven seasons of Family Guy, Cleveland is a recurring character. As one of Peter Griffin's neighbors and friends, Cleveland is also one of the few recurring African American characters on the show. He was conceived during the seventh-inning stretch of a Cleveland Indians game. His established profession was that of a deli owner.

In the earlier seasons of Family Guy, Cleveland frequently appeared alongside his wife Loretta Brown (voiced by Roberta Taylor), until their divorce was portrayed in the Family Guy season 4 episode "The Cleveland–Loretta Quagmire". The pilot episode of The Cleveland Show depicts Cleveland's farewell to the familiar characters and settings of Family Guy. The Cleveland Show establishes its setting of Stoolbend, Virginia as Cleveland's childhood home town, and introduces a new family and set of characters supporting Cleveland as lead. Following The Cleveland Show's cancellation in 2013, Cleveland returned to Family Guy.

Cleveland Brown Jr.

Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Jr. is a character in the animated television series Family Guy, and its spin-off series The Cleveland Show. He is the son of Cleveland Brown and his late ex-wife Loretta. On Family Guy, he was depicted as slim and hyperactive; however, on The Cleveland Show he is shown to have undergone a marked transformation, both in terms of a significant increase in weight and a newly subdued personality. He was voiced by Mike Henry in Family Guy and by Kevin Michael Richardson in The Cleveland Show and on the character's return to the former show.

At 14 years old, Junior is the only child of Cleveland and Loretta Brown, stepson of Donna Tubbs, and the stepbrother of Roberta and Rallo Tubbs. Junior's most prominent character traits are his laziness, obesity, and low social intelligence (although there are occasional references to him being academically bright). He has obtained poor eyesight over the years and now wears glasses. Since his parents' divorce, Loretta gave custody of Cleveland Jr. back to Cleveland and forced him to move. Thus, the pair left for California. However, en route, they decided to live in Stoolbend, Virginia instead, where Cleveland married Donna Tubbs, and Rallo and Roberta became his step-siblings.

Field of Streams (The Cleveland Show)

"Field of Streams" is the tenth episode of the first season of The Cleveland Show. It aired on January 3, 2010 on Fox.

In this episode, After a nostalgic flashback to the glory days as his high school’s baseball all-star, Cleveland visits his alma mater to find out there’s no longer a team because he and his friends insulted Wally as a teen. Now Principal Wally gives Cleveland one week to raise money to re-build the stadium before the season begins. They raise the cash from a generous donation by Mr. Waterman and organize the team on time. Cleveland then steps in as head coach and dusts off his retired jersey in an attempt to convince Cleveland Jr. to play ball instead of joining the math club.

Fuzzy Door Productions

Fuzzy Door Productions, Inc. is the production company of television producer Seth MacFarlane, established in 1998. The company's productions include the animated series Family Guy, American Dad!, the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, the live-action sitcom The Winner, the science documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and the sci-fi comedy series The Orville.

The name of the company comes from the leopard-printed fake fur-covered door to the house MacFarlane lived in when he was attending Rhode Island School of Design as an undergraduate in animation. The house itself also went by the nickname The Fuzzy Door during MacFarlane's residence and was the location of many "Fuzzy Door" parties. The Fuzzy Door Productions logo was designed by Cory Brookes, a friend and housemate of Seth's at the Fuzzy Door residence.

Herbert (Family Guy)

John Herbert, nicknamed "Herbert the Pervert", is a fictional character in the animated television series Family Guy. He is voiced by Mike Henry, who also created the character. Herbert is a World War II veteran who is an elderly neighbor of the Griffin family. He first appeared in the season 3 episode "To Love and Die in Dixie". He is attracted to young boys, and harbors unrequited love for Chris Griffin, though most other citizens of Quahog are oblivious to his sexuality. Henry defines Herbert as a homosexual pedophile, although speaking in clinical terms this is not the case.Herbert has received mixed reviews from critics, who have expressed varying opinions on the pedophilia-related humor involving the character. Herbert has appeared in various Family Guy merchandise and has made several crossover appearances in The Cleveland Show, a Family Guy spin-off.

List of The Cleveland Show characters

This is a list of characters in the Fox television series The Cleveland Show.

List of The Cleveland Show episodes

The Cleveland Show is an American animated series co-created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Richard Appel. The series focuses on the life of Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry), his son Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson), his wife Donna (Sanaa Lathan) and her kids Roberta (Reagan Gomez-Preston; Nia Long, 2009) and Rallo (Mike Henry). The series ran on Fox from September 27, 2009, to May 19, 2013. A total of 88 episodes were produced and aired over four seasons.

The series, which was picked up for an initial order of 22 production episodes (1APSxx), was picked up by Fox for a second order of production episodes, consisting of 13 episodes, bringing the total number of ordered episodes to 35. The announcement was made on May 3, 2009, before the series even premiered. It was then picked up for the remaining nine episodes of the second season bringing the total number of episodes ordered to 44. On June 10, 2010, less than three weeks into the first season's summer hiatus, it was announced that Fox was ordering a third season. A fourth season was announced on May 9, 2011.

Mike Henry (voice actor)

Michael "Mike" Henry (born November 7, 1965) is an American voice actor, writer, producer, and comedian. He is known for his work on the animated TV series Family Guy (1999–present), where he writes and produces episodes along with voicing Cleveland Brown, Herbert, Bruce, and Consuela, among others. Henry is also known for co-creating and starring in the spin-off, The Cleveland Show (2009–2013) and for his recurring role as Dann in the television series, The Orville.

Night of the Hurricane

Night of the Hurricane is a one-off programming block that introduced the first crossover event on the Animation Domination lineup on Fox. The block involved the three animated television series created by Seth MacFarlane: Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show. The event depicts a hurricane which hits the towns of Stoolbend (The Cleveland Show setting), Quahog (Family Guy setting) and Langley Falls (American Dad! setting). The actual three-way crossover of the block occurs at the end on American Dad! with the three fathers of each family in the same scene.

The Night of the Hurricane block is similar to the NBC Hurricane Saturday block of 1991 with three series created by Susan Harris: The Golden Girls, Empty Nest and Nurses. It was originally scheduled to air on May 1, 2011, but was delayed after the 2011 Super Outbreak in the Southern United States. It eventually aired on October 2, 2011. Coincidentally, those episodes aired exactly two months after Hurricane Irene, which caused some damage to Virginia, the state where the shows American Dad and The Cleveland Show take place, and Rhode Island, the state where the show Family Guy takes place.

Pilot (The Cleveland Show)

"Pilot" is the first episode of the first season of the animated comedy series The Cleveland Show. Directed by Anthony Lioi and written by series creators Seth MacFarlane, Mike Henry and Richard Appel, the episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on September 27, 2009, along with the season 8 premiere of Family Guy. The episode follows Cleveland Brown, and his son, Cleveland, Jr., as they begin their journey across the country, with a final destination of California. The two give a final farewell to their friends in Quahog, Rhode Island, but along the way to their destination, they decide to stop in Cleveland's hometown of Stoolbend, Virginia. While there, Cleveland reconnects with an old crush he had in high school, named Donna Tubbs, and immediately finds love, and eventually a new family. Cleveland and Donna ultimately decide to get married, and the two families begin to accept each other into their new lives.

The series is a spin-off of the animated comedy series Family Guy, which was created by executive producer Seth MacFarlane in 1999. Cleveland Brown, voiced by Mike Henry, was a recurring character on Family Guy, and served as a neighbor to the Griffin family in Quahog. Prior to the pilot of The Cleveland Show, Cleveland last appeared in the seventh season Family Guy episode "Peter's Progress"; he made infrequent guest appearances during the run of the show.

Critical responses to the episode were mixed; critics praised its storyline and numerous cultural references. According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 9.42 million viewers in its original airing. The episode featured guest performances by Alex Borstein, Stacy Ferguson, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Tilly and Patrick Warburton, along with several recurring guest voice actors for the series. "Pilot" was released on DVD along with all twenty other episodes from the first season on September 28, 2010. The Pilot episode was leaked to the Internet the last week of June 2009.

Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa McCoy Lathan (born September 19, 1971) is an American actress. As a voice actress, from 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and in all concurrent and subsequent Family Guy appearances. She has starred in many films, including The Best Man (1999) and its 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Her other film credits include Love & Basketball (2000), Brown Sugar (2002), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Something New (2006), The Family That Preys (2008), Contagion (2011), and Now You See Me 2 (2016).

On stage, Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun and starred in 2010 in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.

Seth MacFarlane

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy (1999–present) and The Orville (2017–present), and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013). He also wrote, directed, and starred in the films Ted (2012), its sequel Ted 2 (2015), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).

MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied animation. Recruited to Hollywood, he was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television series, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, and Larry & Steve. He made several guest appearances on TV series such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home and FlashForward. In 2008, he created his own YouTube series titled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. He won several awards for his work on Family Guy, including five Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009, he won the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year. He occasionally speaks at universities and colleges throughout the United States, and is an active supporter of gay rights.

MacFarlane has performed as a singer at several venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. MacFarlane has released five studio albums, in the same vein of his musical idol Frank Sinatra, beginning with Music Is Better Than Words in 2011. He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for his musical work.

MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was also nominated for Best Original Song for the song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted.

MacFarlane served as executive producer of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update of the 1980s Cosmos series hosted by Carl Sagan. MacFarlane was instrumental in providing funding for the series, as well as securing studio support for it from other entertainment executives.

The Cleveland Show (season 1)

The first season of The Cleveland Show began airing on September 27, 2009, and ended after 21 episodes on May 23, 2010. Production of the 22 episode season began in May 2008 and was expected to begin broadcast in January 2009 but was later pushed back to September 2009.

The DVD was released as a "Complete Season" featuring all of the aired episodes. It was released in the Region 1 on September 28, 2010, and was released in the Region 2 on October 11, 2010.

The Cleveland Show (season 2)

The second season of The Cleveland Show began airing on September 26, 2010, and ended after 22 episodes on May 15, 2011. Fox ordered a second production series of 22 episodes (2APSxx) in October 2009.

This season included the return of Kanye West for an additional episode after he aired in the first season episode Brotherly Love. The article has The Cleveland Show co-creator Rich Appel stating he hopes there is even more to come and then goes on to say "He could not have been more collaborative or easier to work with. We're excited, because his character has become a recurring character in our universe… He'll become our Sideshow Bob!".The DVD was released as a "Complete Season" featuring all of the aired episodes, in Region 1 on September 27, 2011 and was released in Region 2 territories on January 30, 2012

The Cleveland Show (season 3)

The third season of The Cleveland Show debuted on the Fox network on September 25, 2011, and concluded on May 20, 2012.

On June 10, 2010, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season. According to co-creator Mike Henry, musical guests on season three were to originally include Kanye West, will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Darren Criss, Questlove, and Fergie. With the exception of Fergie and Darren Criss, all musical guests were included in season 4. The hurricane-themed crossover episode with Family Guy and American Dad! aired on October 2, 2011. It was originally going to air in the second season but was postponed due to the 2011 Super Outbreak in the Southern United States.

The Cleveland Show (season 4)

The fourth and final season of The Cleveland Show debuted on the Fox network on October 7, 2012, and concluded on May 19, 2013.

On May 9, 2011, Fox announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth season. Guest stars for the season included George Clinton, Nick Offerman, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Shorty Rossi, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart.

On May 13, 2013, Fox announced that they would not be renewing The Cleveland Show for another season, making this one the final season. The series ended with the episode "Wheel! Of! Family!" on May 19, 2013. In August 2013, series creator Seth MacFarlane announced that Cleveland would be moving back to Quahog along with the Tubbs family to rejoin the Family Guy cast.

The Simpsons (season 24)

The Simpsons' twenty-fourth season began airing on Fox on September 30, 2012, and concluded on May 19, 2013.

The Splendid Source

"The Splendid Source" is the 19th episode of the eighth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. Directed by Brian Iles and written by Mark Hentemann, the episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on May 16, 2010. The episode follows Peter, Joe and Quagmire as they set out on a journey to find the ultimate source of all the world's dirty jokes. Along the way, the group is reunited with their old friend, Cleveland Brown, while traveling through Stoolbend, Virginia. Their journey becomes much more difficult than expected when they are kidnapped and taken to a remote island. There, they discover a secret society of the world's greatest geniuses at the center of all the world's dirty jokes. The plot is based on a short story of the same name written by Richard Matheson and first published in the May 1956 edition of Playboy magazine.

The episode was a follow-up to the departure of main character Cleveland Brown, who was removed from Family Guy to become the center of the spin-off The Cleveland Show. Former series writer and cast member Mike Henry returned to the series to provide the voice of Cleveland. The episode also featured the first official crossover between Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, and included cameo appearances by several of The Cleveland Show's main characters. The episode was first announced at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Critical response to the episode was favorable. Critics praised the episode for its original premise, and its under-reliance on cultural references, but criticized the episode's plot. According to Nielsen ratings, it was viewed in 7.59 million homes in its original airing. The episode featured guest performances by Marc Alaimo, Gary Cole, Ioan Gruffudd, Sanaa Lathan, David Lynch, Kevin Michael Richardson and Wally Wingert, along with several recurring guest voice actors for the series. "The Splendid Source" was released on DVD along with ten other episodes from the season on December 13, 2011.

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