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* BrokenAesop: "Secrets & Life" has all the family members confessing to lies they told in the past. The moral is that honesty is important. Problem is, the family praises Bryans for her honesty, but the end shows she's also a liar, with the show playing it for laughs.


Nevertheless, ''The Bernie Mac Show'' stayed on the air for 104 episodes and 5 seasons, which was long enough to snag syndication status (it currently airs on FX and BET). With the comedian's death in 2008, the sitcom has become one of his most well-known and respected works.

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Nevertheless, ''The Bernie Mac Show'' stayed on the air for 104 episodes and 5 seasons, which was long enough to snag syndication status (it currently airs on FX and BET). With the comedian's death from pneumonia in 2008, the sitcom has become one of his most well-known and respected works.


* PromotionToParent: Vanessa, due to her mom being so unstable, raised Briana and Jordan until the kids were adopted by Bernie. This authority carries over after they move in with him, since both Jordan and Bryana still look to Vanessa at times for approval. This is part of why she's often angry or frustrated. In "The King and I" when Wanda reprimands Bernie's opinion of Vanessa, she reminds him that Vanessa 'never got to be a child' and he visibly softens over it. Eventually, Vanessa works through these issues, and both her relationships with her family and her self image improves.

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* PromotionToParent: Vanessa, due to her mom being so unstable, raised Briana Bryana and Jordan until the kids were adopted by Bernie. This authority carries over after they move in with him, since both Jordan and Bryana still look to Vanessa at times for approval. This is part of why she's often angry or frustrated. In "The King and I" when Wanda reprimands Bernie's opinion of Vanessa, she reminds him that Vanessa 'never got to be a child' and he visibly softens over it. Eventually, Vanessa works through these issues, and both her relationships with her family and her self image improves.


* ChildrenRaiseYou: A no brainier, given the show's concept.

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* ChildrenRaiseYou: A no brainier, no-brainer, given the show's concept.

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* DoubleStandard: In one episode, after Jordan admits that he has a crush on a classmate, Bernie gives him tips on how to talk to girls, and even how to be a player. When Vanessa heres them, she calls out Bernie in the obvious double standard that as a boy, Jordan is allowed to talk to, and even pick up girls, while she can't date despite being older tha Jordan, and Bernie proudly tells her that it is a double standard, and he will enforce it. Later, when Bernie orders her to take out the trash, she says that she will also enforce the double standard as taking out the trash is a boy's chore.


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* MyWayOrTheHighway: In one episode, Vanessa drops out of the cheer squad when Bernie sees the very suggestive routine and admits that new toned down version was his idea. She then joins the economics club, where near the end of the episode, Jordan tells Bernie that Vanessa was skimming money from the club's candy sales to buy a bus ticket to Chicago. Inside the bus, Bernie asks why she's doing this and she snaps back: "You're always telling us 'it's my way or the highway,' so you know what? I'm choosing the highway!"


---> '''Bernie''' "No, boy! Don't flush it!" ''(toilet flushes)'' "AHHHHHHHHHHH!"

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---> '''Bernie''' "No, boy! Don't flush it!" ''(toilet flushes)'' "AHHHHHHHHHHH!"it!"

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* FlushingToiletScreamingShower: Bernie was on the receiving end of one in the Season 1 episode "Here to Stay".
---> '''Bernie''' "No, boy! Don't flush it!" ''(toilet flushes)'' "AHHHHHHHHHHH!"


Despite ''The Bernie Mac Show's'' strong reception during the first season, the biggest roadblock to its future success was...well, Fox itself. When ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' aired on ABC during 2002's fall season on the same time slot, trepidation set in when the ABC sitcom kept beating ''The Bernie Mac Show'' in the ratings. As a result, Fox demanded executive producer Creator/LarryWilmore to emulate the more traditional style of ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' for ''The Bernie Mac Show''. This caused conflicts between them and eventually [[ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the producer's firing]]. Fox constantly shuffling ''The Bernie Mac Show'' around its schedule hardly helped, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork which made many fans think it was canceled a season or two]] [[ForegoneConclusion before it actually was]].

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Despite ''The Bernie Mac Show's'' strong reception during the first season, the biggest roadblock to its future success was...well, Fox itself. When ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' aired on ABC during 2002's fall season on the same time slot, trepidation set in when the ABC sitcom kept beating ''The Bernie Mac Show'' in the ratings. As a result, Fox demanded executive producer Creator/LarryWilmore to emulate the more traditional style of ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' for ''The Bernie Mac Show''. This caused conflicts between them and eventually [[ExecutiveMeddling resulted in in]] [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity the producer's firing]]. Fox constantly shuffling ''The Bernie Mac Show'' around its schedule hardly helped, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork which made many fans think it was canceled a season or two]] [[ForegoneConclusion before it actually was]].
was]], especially considering that these changes came from the Fox executive who screwed over [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss Whedon's]] ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' royally.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first episode, Wanda talks to the camera just like Bernie does, implying that all everyone was originally supposed to break the fourth wall.


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* LawOfInverseFertility: The one of the last plot lines of the series is Wanda wanting to get pregnant before she gets too old while Bernie believes he's already too old to have to deal with raising another child. After difficulties conceiving, they go to a fertility clinic where they learn that Bernie is exceptionally fertile for a man his age while Wanda is revealed to be infertile.


Despite ''The Bernie Mac Show's'' strong reception during the first season, the biggest roadblock to its future success was...well, Fox itself. When ''MyWifeAndKids'' aired on ABC during 2002's fall season on the same time slot, trepidation set in when the ABC sitcom kept beating ''The Bernie Mac Show'' in the ratings. As a result, Fox demanded executive producer Creator/LarryWilmore to emulate the more traditional style of ''MyWifeAndKids'' for ''The Bernie Mac Show''. This caused conflicts between them and eventually [[ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the producer's firing]]. Fox constantly shuffling ''The Bernie Mac Show'' around its schedule hardly helped, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork which made many fans think it was canceled a season or two]] [[ForegoneConclusion before it actually was]].

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Despite ''The Bernie Mac Show's'' strong reception during the first season, the biggest roadblock to its future success was...well, Fox itself. When ''MyWifeAndKids'' ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' aired on ABC during 2002's fall season on the same time slot, trepidation set in when the ABC sitcom kept beating ''The Bernie Mac Show'' in the ratings. As a result, Fox demanded executive producer Creator/LarryWilmore to emulate the more traditional style of ''MyWifeAndKids'' ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' for ''The Bernie Mac Show''. This caused conflicts between them and eventually [[ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the producer's firing]]. Fox constantly shuffling ''The Bernie Mac Show'' around its schedule hardly helped, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork which made many fans think it was canceled a season or two]] [[ForegoneConclusion before it actually was]].


* FollowTheLeader: An in-show example, with Chris Rock admitting to Bernie Mac that he's his biggest inspiration for getting into comedy, in order to kill animosity Bernie's accusation against Rock for stealing a joke. Nowadays, this episode moment becomes HilariousInHindsight with the existence of Series/EverybodyHatesChris, a sitcom loosely based on Chris Rock's life (even more so with the reruns of both sitcoms airing concurrently on BET). Series/EverybodyHatesChris launched right around the time TheBernieMacShow ended, and, like TheBernieMacShow, was pitched to Fox execs (though it was rejected before the sitcom got sent to the UPN/CW).

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* FollowTheLeader: An in-show example, with Chris Rock admitting to Bernie Mac that he's his biggest inspiration for getting into comedy, in order to kill animosity Bernie's accusation against Rock for stealing a joke. Nowadays, this episode moment becomes HilariousInHindsight with the existence of Series/EverybodyHatesChris, a sitcom loosely based on Chris Rock's life (even more so with the reruns of both sitcoms airing concurrently on BET). Series/EverybodyHatesChris launched right around the time TheBernieMacShow this show ended, and, it, like TheBernieMacShow, this show, was pitched to Fox execs (though it was rejected before the sitcom got sent to the UPN/CW).


* TheCameo: Frequently. When there is one specific theme to an episode, Bernie will often have a celebrity on the show who can help to demonstrate, advance, or comment on the point. For example: when Bernie is trying to learn how to act, he talks to Angela Basset(who starred alongside Bernie Mac in the film Mr. 3000), and when Wanda's irresponsible little sister, Valerie, comes along, Bernie has a discussion about protective older sisters and flighty younger ones with the elder Williams sister, Serena.

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* TheCameo: Frequently. When there is one specific theme to an episode, Bernie will often have a celebrity on the show who can help to demonstrate, advance, or comment on the point. For example: when Bernie is trying to learn how to act, he talks to Angela Basset(who starred alongside Bernie Mac in the film Mr. 3000), ''Film/MrThreeThousand''), and when Wanda's irresponsible little sister, Valerie, comes along, Bernie has a discussion about protective older sisters and flighty younger ones with the elder Williams sister, Serena.


** The kids never reunite or reconcile with their mother.

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** The kids never reunite or reconcile with their mother.mother, who also never recovered from her drug addiction.

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* AbortedArc:
** The arc about Bernie and Wanda trying to adopt a baby is forgotten about in the near the end of the series.
** The kids never reunite or reconcile with their mother.


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* CelebrityParadox: Bernie is never shown taking part in any of major film or TV roles like his real life counterpart. Also, while he is still famous in the show, he isn't as famous as he was in real life, being able to to go to grocery stores and barber shops without drawing any attention to himself.


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* OneHourWorkWeek: Bernie is only occasionally shown going on comedy tours and is never seen making any appearances in movies or television.
* ParentalAbandonment: Stacey, Bernie's sister and the kids' mother, cut off all ties with her children and family after she went into rehab, refusing to see them or call them. Vanessa and Jordan's father is in jail, most likely for life, due to committing multiple violent crimes. The trope is only averted for Bryana father, Bryan, who reconnected with her in the final season.


* OhCrap: In one episode, Jordan has been annoying TripleH ever since he found his phone number. At the end of the episode when Jordan walks into the kitchen. Guess who he finds.

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* OhCrap: In one episode, Jordan has been annoying TripleH Wrestling/TripleH ever since he found his phone number. At the end of the episode when Jordan walks into the kitchen. Guess who he finds.

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