The Bernie Mac Show

2001 TV-PG 1 season

The Bernie Mac Show

2001 TV-PG 1 season
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Bernie Mac stars as a stand-up comedian who agrees to look after his nieces and nephew when his sister goes into drug rehab. Bernie and his wife Wanda have their hands full keeping up with obnoxious Vanessa, nerdy Jordan and spirited Bryana.
Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Camille Winbush, Jeremy Suarez, Dee Dee Davis
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2001) - 4 discs

Los Angeles residents Bernie McCollough (Bernie Mac) and his wife, Wanda (Kellita Smith), are living a comfortable life when Bernie's sister goes into rehab, and her three kids -- who find a push buttons -- wind up on Bernie's doorstep. In Season 1, Bernie becomes a stay-at-home dad, he isn't thrilled about the kids hiding Buddy the dog, and he gets upset when he learns the kids defer to someone other than him.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Mac plays a gruff but loving father figure who, despite some claims to the contrary, is happy to share his home and his life with his sister's children. This series is funny and creative, and parents who enjoy Mac's brand of humor are likely to enjoy it as much as their children do. Episodes deal with more mature themes as the children age, but there's not a lot to worry about here.

Sexual Content

Sex-related issues arise as the kids mature. Episodes have involved teen Vanessa dressing provocatively (in Bernie's eyes) and wanting to date. Once 8-year-old Bryana accidentally saw Bernie naked.


Not applicable


Occasional mild profanity.

Social Behavior

The show handles the day-to-day experiences of family life with humor.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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