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The Cleveland Show on Fox


Last year, Britney Spear courted controversy with her song, “If You Seek Amy” – perhaps the clumsiest double entendre in pop culture history.  “All of the boys and all of the girls want to – If you seek Amy.”  Clearly, she wasn’t even trying to make sense.  On January 10th The Cleveland Show (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET) aired its own thinly-veiled double entendre that was so explicit it earned the episode the title of Worst TV Show of the Week.


In this episode, Cleveland Jr. falls in love with his female counterpart, an equally brainy and “big-boned” new student named Tyra.  Unbeknownst to Cleveland Jr., Tyra is actually his step-sister, Roberta, dressed in a fat suit.  In explaining the depth of his affections for Tyra to his father, Cleveland Jr. offers this analogy: 


Cleveland Jr: “It's not just superficial. I'm deep in love.”


Cleveland: “How deep?”


Cleveland Jr: “You know how when I go in the ball pen at Cheesy Charlie's and I sink all the way down to the bottom and you can't find me?”


Cleveland: “That deep?”


Cleveland Jr: “That's right, Dad.”




“I'm talkin' bout balls deep,

I'm talkin' bout balls deep,

I'm talkin' bout balls deep in love.

I'm talkin' bout balls deep,

I'm talkin' bout balls deep,

I'm talkin' bout balls deep in love.”


[Now this is where we start to hear the singular intent behind the double entendre.]


“I wanna have sex with her personality,

Dry hump with her positive traits,

Give a poundin' to her feelings,

Make her south mouth salivate.”


[“Make her south mouth salivate?”  It’s hard to come up with any other interpretation of that phrase.]


“Hey, Tyra, are you list'nin'

We’re not talkin' just the tip in?”


[Here’s where the clumsy part comes in.  Cleveland shoots a basketball that caroms off the rim.  Inexplicably, Scottie Pippen shows up to tip the ball in, as if Cleveland Jr.’s lyrics had something to do with basketball.]


“Thank you, Scottie Pippen.”


SCOTTIE:  “No problem. Just here dropping off an application. Players in my day didn't make as much as they do today.”


Cleveland Jr:  “Huh, sorry to hear that. Um, where was I?”


SCOTTIE:  “You're talkin' bout balls deep...”


Cleveland Jr:   “I'm talkin' bout balls deep...”


Cleveland Jr and SCOTTIE:  “We're talkin' bout balls deep in love.”


Cleveland Show (and American Dad, and Family Guy) creator Seth MacFarlane has basically made a career out of incorporating vulgar sexual references into his shows.  He seems to comb the Urban Dictionary for arcane sexual terms to inspire his comic bits.  For example, the episode also contained the acronym FUPA.  Roberta’s substitute teacher holds up the fat suit and admires its quality:


MS. ECK:  “Hollywood costume shop.  High quality.  Look at this FUPA” ["Fat Upper P**** Area".  [flips the suit] “Look at this poopa.  FUPA, poopa.  FUPA, poopa.”  


By basing so much of his comedy on crass, disgusting sexual content, MacFarlane ensures that every middle-school viewer (the group at which the show is marketed) will repeat those terms on the playground the following day.  For continuing to pollute the airwaves with adult sexual content targeted at children, The Cleveland Show has one again been named Worst TV Show of the Week.

Worst TV Show of the Week

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