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The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)

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Original title
The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Running time
30 min.
United States United States
Bernie Mac, Larry Wilmore, Jerry Collins, Antonia March, Jacqueline McKinley, Angela Yarbrough, Brian Egan, Corey Nickerson, Jeffrey Bushell, Nguyen OrangeSee 6 More
Stanley A. Smith
Victor Nelli Jr., Patricia Lee
20th Century Fox Television, Regency Television, Wilmore Films
TV Series. Comedy | Family Sitcom
Synopsis / Plot
TV Series (2001-2006). 5 Seasons. The Bernie Mac Show offers some of the funniest parenting on television--and some of the most honest. Stand-up comedian Bernie and his wife, Wanda (Kellita Smith), have taken in his sister's three kids--preschooler Bryana (Dee Dee Davis), grade-schooler Jordan (Jeremy Suarez), and teenager Vanessa (Camille Winbush)--while his sister goes through rehab. Since Wanda is an executive vice-president, Bernie becomes a stay-at-home dad, putting him and the kids in a state of near-constant comic warfare.
The Bernie Mac Show uses parenting issues as a launching pad for stories that start simple but escalate out of control. In one episode, Bernie realizes that Bryana and Jordan rank Vanessa's authority higher than his; after failing to assert himself as top dog of the house, he tries to manipulate the situation and put Vanessa in charge of discipline. When Bryana overhears Bernie using the "N-word" and repeats it at school, Bernie finds his whole personality under the scrutiny of the family's social worker. Regardless of the topic, Bernie finds a way to address problems without knuckling under to sitcom clichés. The Bernie Mac Show finds its humor not simply in these situations, but in all the details that erupt from them; every character is given multiple dimensions, allowing them to be constantly surprising. The show's skilled writing staff knows how to cram an amazing amount of story into each episode. And Bernie himself has crafted a persona that is both absurd in his bravado and self-mythologizing and deeply real in his emotional complexity, flipflopping from childish grandiosity to mature judgment. It's an impressive feat, all the more so because every episode is ingeniously funny.
2003: Emmy: Nominated for Best Actor in Comedy Series (Mac) and Screenplay
2002: Emmy: Best Screenplay. Nominated for Best Actor in Comedy Series (Mac)
2003: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy (Mac)
2002: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy (Mac)
2002: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Comedy
2002: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Mac)
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