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The Bernie Mac Show 

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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children.


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Series cast summary:
Bernie Mac ...  Bernie 'Mac' McCullough 104 episodes, 2001-2006
Kellita Smith ...  Wanda McCullough 104 episodes, 2001-2006
Jeremy Suarez ...  Jordan Thomkins 104 episodes, 2001-2006
Dee Dee Davis ...  Bryana 'Baby Girl' Thomkins 104 episodes, 2001-2006
Camille Winbush ...  Vanessa 'Nessa' Thomkins 104 episodes, 2001-2006


Bernie Mac is a world famous stand-up comedian living the good life in his Los Angeles home complete with beautiful wife, Wanda, and a hi-tech SUV. Life was sweet for the Mac-Man. Then one day, Bernie's sister, in Chicago, is sent to rehab for drug use and her three children: teenage Vanessa, asthmatic wheezing Jordan and sweet, innocent Bryana, are put into Bernie's custody. Raising kids is hard! Especially these kids. They always give poor Uncle Bernie trouble, making him want to "bust their heads 'til the white meat shows". Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Release Date:

7 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bernie Mac Show See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The idea for the show was originally pitched to NBC, ABC, CBS and the WB. See more »


[repeated line]
Jordan: Uncle Bernie, pull my finger.
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Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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A mellowed out Mac in a lifeless, unoriginal series
26 April 2004 | by liquidcelluloid-1See all my reviews

Network: FOX; Genre: Comedy; Average Content Rating: TV-G; Classification: Contemporary (Star Range: 1 - 4); Available: on DVD;

Season Reviewed: Series (4+ seasons)

Comedian Bernie Mac, playing himself, gets his life turned upside down when he get saddled with his sister's 3 kids. In keeping with everything in vogue with network sitcoms these days, 'The Bernie Mac Show' is a 1-camera comedy revolving around the real life of it's star. It doesn't have a laugh track, it's star breaks the 4th wall and talks directly to the camera (addressing the entire country by name) and uses just about every cinematic trick it can get to make itself stand out. The show even seems aware that it is siphoning off and assembling itself out of spare parts from Fox's own recent 'Titus' and 'Malcolm in the Middle' to the point that it reduces itself to actually using on-screen scribbled text and arrows in an effort to carve out it's own gimmick. But despite all this cinematic, no doubt network sanctioned eye candy, 'The Bernie Mac Show' in it's heart just wants to be a good old fashioned family comedy. The likes of which is an endangered species on TV. Commendable. In a complete 180 degree turn from Mac's stand-up, this show is entirely without edge. We get to see a more mellowed Mac - and it isn't pretty.

For the most part the entire cast is playing it straight. Mac's hot wife Wanda (Kellita Smith) certainly is, along with the typical kids - 3 young tykes who seem to be going for the obnoxious-sitcom-kid record held by Candice Cameron, Jodi Sweetin & the Olsen twins. So the series is basically a one-man set-up for Mac to run with. But he looks almost as comatose as the rest of the cast. For all of his talents as a stand-up comic, Mac is completely without his tools as a comic actor.

In keeping with the theme that there isn't an original idea here, Mac is constantly worried about the unbelievably effeminate nature of his nephew Jordan (Jeremy Suarez). Even without all the tricks and all the guest stars and all the stunts (such as a clay-mation episode) the show is largely laugh-less. And it's not that the series isn't jokey (that, I don't want), but it doesn't even appear to set up a laugh, making me wonder aloud if the whole thing is even supposed to be a comedy. We sit there and watch it, and get nothing of comedic value out of it aside from whatever Mac's musing on the episodes theme are. It's as if the show uses it's tricks as a crutch because it isn't the slightest bit excited about it's own material.

'Bernie Mac' isn't really bad in an egregious way. So what am I saying, in a roundabout way? Simply put: it's boring. Dull as dirt. There's no eloquent or analytical way to put it.

* ½

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