* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Kendra sits on her Rascal most of the time, but there are a few times when she's used her legs when there's food around. Is she just lazy or does the desire for food temporarily make her mobile?
* CrossesTheLineTwice: ''It's the Great Pumpkin, Chris Brown''.
* DudeNotFunny: At least one gag per episode will have someone going this. Justified as it's a Creator/{{Seth MacFarlane}} show, and, much like ''FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', it often dips into this.
* EarWorm: The theme song will stay in your head for days after you watch it.
** Let's not forget "I'm talkin' 'bout Balls Deep..."
** How could you forget "Frapp Attack?"
* FridgeBrilliance: Junior's sudden weight gain? He was ''always'' eating the amount he presently does, but due to his hyperactivity, he simply managed to burn off all of that weight. If he's now taking medication which caused his symptoms to diminish and stops him running around like he used too, he naturally put it on (or his medication made him bloated).
** Apparently confirmed, as Junior once mentioned his hyperactivity medication caused him to put on weight. [[spoiler: A recent episode however suggested that the original hyperactive Slim!Junior was killed and his identity stolen by Fat!Junior, as part of a massive gambit to assassinate Tim, the head of a terrorist sleeper-cell!]]
** Joe calling Cleveland and Junior chocolate people in the pilot makes sense because he's a cop and tends to racially profile minorities... of course, it might also be because he'd heard Stewie say it several seconds earlier.
**** Cleveland Jr knowing Spanish in "The Hangover: Part Tubbs" is less random when you remember he dated a Mexican girl the previous season.
* GrowingTheBeard: The show abandoned most of its connections to ''FamilyGuy'' by season two (not many cutaways, but plently of bizarre asides and BigLippedAlligatorMoment's to remind viewers that this is a SethMacFarlane show) and grew into its own. Sadly, this was the same time that FOX fell out of love with the show and screwed it over so bad that it's now canceled.
* HoYay:
** Mr. Waterman hitting on Terry, the latter of whom doesn't see that it's sexual harassment. Cleveland even uses Mr. Waterman's crush on Terry to get a position as a cable installer and reinstate Tim the Bear's job as a telemarketer by telling Mr. Waterman risqué stories about Terry's days on the swim team.
** Junior's love for his father can come off as this.
** One episode has Junior sending an MMS of himself, lying naked in a flower, to his father.
** Freight Train and Cleveland Jr. rolling on the grass, laughing. In the end, Jr. warily asks: "you aren't going to kiss me, are you?"
*** In general, father-son affection in this show definitely blurs the line between platonic affection and incestuous pedophilia (when it's not showing father-son relations as being [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood hilariously abusive in the physical and mental/emotional sense]]).
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Some viewers don't like this show (or initially didn't like the show) because it is/was yet another cookie-cutter wacky family show by SethMacFarlane, which is true, but ''The Cleveland Show'' did prove in its short time that it was funny without copying (much) from ''Family Guy''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: It wouldn't be a SethMacFarlane show without a certain amount of controversy over whether or not it was a good show.
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Cleveland Junior's]] revenge on [[spoiler:his dad]] in "The Curious Case of Jr. Working at The Stool".
* MoralEventHorizon: After Rallo almost drowns and blackmails Cleveland for it, Cleveland ''dunks Rallo's head in the pool'' '''''[[AbusiveParents twice]]''''' just so Rallo would stop bossing him around.
** On the other hand, Rallo constantly treats Cleveland like crap and blackmailing him was yet another example of him acting like an obnoxious little punk and getting away with it. While Cleveland clearly went overboard in his revenge, Rallo arguably deserved his long overdue comeuppance.
** Principal Wally nearly burning Cleveland's old jersey and calling Junior a "chubby loser". ''Everyone'' gasped!
** Rallo playing pranks on his family. He even got Junior kicked out of scouts.
** Mr. Waterman killing his sham wife so he can run off with his gay lover and leave Cleveland to be accused of murdering him as seen on "Who Done Did It?". Fortunately, he didn't get away with it, but compare that to the early episodes where Mr. Waterman was racist against Cleveland, but it was subtle (and most of the jokes centered on Mr. Waterman being a closet homosexual and hitting on Terry, with Terry not picking up on how inappropriate his advances are).
* NauseaFuel: Coach [=McFall=]'s hole in his cheek from years of chewing tobacco.
** Gus the Bartender taking off his ''skin'' to put in a washer at the laundromat in "Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry."
* TheScrappy: It is very, ''very'' difficult not to dislike Arianna.
** Donna Tubbs fits the bill as well, due to her combo of SassyBlackWoman + JerkAss tenancies.
** Cleveland's father Freight Train as well due to being JerkAss to his son most of the time.
* SoOkayItsAverage: How many people view the show (if they don't outright hate it and claim that it's just ''FamilyGuy'' with a mostly-black cast).
* {{Squick}}: Coach Charles [=McFall=], who had his right cheek removed after years of chewing tobacco.
** Junior's feelings for Donna and the look-alike Roberta.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the season one finale, there could have been a touching scene where Donna comforts Cookie when Cleveland's father didn't show up in their second wedding.
** "Who Done Did It?" could have had Mr. Waterman kill off his wife so he can be with Terry, but thanks to Terry not being shown much, this just didn't happen.
* UnfortunateImplications: In "Hurricane!" when Junior comes out saying he doesn't believe in god, all the family bullies him into believing in god, even not letting help his father when he gets trapped under a tree (even though Cleveland summoned the tree to fall on Junior) because of his views. [[KarmaHoudini No one calls them out on this.]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Roberta's friends have no idea that Mrs. Tubbs is her mom, even though Donna talked to her like a mom right in front of them and they share the same last name. It's not made clear whether her boyfriend Federline, who has been to their home multiple times, is aware that Donna is Roberta's mom and is just playing along with Roberta's lie or he's just that dumb.
** Cleveland and his friends starting their own roadside beer truck to sell to people stuck on the highway.