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Cleveland visits his old high school and discovers there is no longer a baseball team; Cleveland tries to get Cleveland Jr. to play ball rather than joining the math club.

Episode Title: Field of Streams
Airs: 2010-01-3 at 07:30 pm
  • Tom Shales

    One of the strangest things about these MacFarlane shows are the mean-spirited "cultural references," all of them shoehorned in as asides and rarely having anything to do with the plot or characters.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The characters here creak, including the talking bear who mirrors the alien in American Dad and the dog in Family Guy, and the watered-down setup now feels like a copy of a copy of a copy. What's worse, in three episodes, there's hardly a laugh to be found. Bad taste, we'll accept. Boring we won't.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    The Cleveland Show is full of pubic-hair jokes, and if you don't think that's a laugh riot, you still might want to tune in--once--to see what the cool kids are digging these days.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The Cleveland Show is neither sweet nor particularly funny, neither a family comedy nor a true satire.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    For those who buy into the MacFarlane formula this is all riotous fun. For the rest of us, it's a bit like Dane Cook's stand-up act--a reminder that what tickles current teens and twentysomethings is often markedly different from the satirical material that amused their parents.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    I found myself smiling once or twice, but mostly thinking that all this is way-too-similar to "Family Guy" to carve out its own niche.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    My guess is Fox figures fans of MacFarlane's shows know what they're getting into and may not care if racial parodies are served up by white guys or black ones. Those of us who maybe aren't so comfortable were never welcome in the first place.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    If you're a fan of "Family Guy," this is an easy sell....The guess here is that if you don't know anything about "Family Guy," you'll be watching another network anyway.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joanna Weiss

    For a certain segment of the audience--men, boys, evil babies, talking bears--it’s likely to go over quite well.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Cleveland isn’t an inherently interesting, or, worse, funny, character. His presence allows the writers (many of them white like Henry and Appel) to tell meta jokes about white people in Hollywood producing entertainment for a black audience, and occasionally some of the racial humor lands.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Like everything else in the MacFarlane arsenal, The Cleveland Show relies heavily on pop-cultural references (and many of them are pretty funny), but the rhythm and pacing can feel like a slow-dripping faucet.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    Cleveland has a few delightfully outrageous moments, along with several that are gratuitously gross ("hot fur," anyone?), but its most disconcerting element is its significant resemblance to "Family Guy."

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    I laughed. Not often, or perhaps not often enough, but there was also enough McFarlane-esque gross-out sophomoric tomfoolery to keep even me reasonably entertained for a half-hour. Plus, good ol' likable Cleveland works well as a leading man.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Like "Family Guy," The Cleveland Show jumps from the main plot to tangential asides often built around pop culture. But the show's tone is different because Cleveland is such a well-meaning, likable character.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Actually the dimly befuddled Cleveland works pretty well as a foil to the collection of redneck psycho neighbors, oversexed stepchildren and Russian bears (don't ask) who make up the cast.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If The Cleveland Show isn't quite as sharp-tongued or focused yet as "Family Guy," it's got the eccentricity to fit into broadcast television's most off-center evening.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The new show is more conventional and warm-hearted--but only slightly. If I had to sum up the humor in one word, it would be "random."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    I never found the character that funny on Family Guy. But tonight's episode of the spin-off is quite a corker, as Cleveland runs over the family dog, with hilarious consequences.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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