I'm guessing Seth MacFarlane enjoyed "Malibu's Most Wanted" a little too much, because there's no other fathomable reason why Jamie Kennedy would be:
a) employed b) essentially playing the same character for this show
This was well on its way to being the best episode of the series so far, but holy crap, did the Cleveland freestyle rap bring the show to a screeching halt, or what?
The rest of the episode was pretty good, but that's because the show mainly focused on Cleveland and Cleveland Jr., the show's only two good characters so far. Definitely got some laughs out of Cleveland trying to scare the kid away from virginity, especially when the comic book convention idea backfired and they wound up coming home dressed like Klingons. I would have killed for Cleveland to walk up to Federline's car still dressed like Worf.
We're five episodes in and there's good stuff to be seen, but there's still a problem when the show has to avoid the stepchildren to make something watchable.
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I don't think too many characters isn't really an inherent problem, assuming you guys like Parks and Rec as much as I do. By having a whole town to go to the well for, it really opens things up. See also: The Simpsons.