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The Bernie Mac Show - Season 1

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Taking care of kids can be tough on anyone, but watching a busy stand-up comic raise his sister’s three children while she’s on a "state-sponsored vacation" is enough to make you scream…with laughter! Inspired by his own life experiences, Bernie Mac’s outrageous brand of comedy "turns the family sitcom on its head and sets it spinning" (The Washington Post). And now you can share Bernie’s hilarious old school ideas of discipline and parenting with the complete first season of "The Bernie Mac Show" on DVD!

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 (impish Dee Dee Davis), grade-schooler Jordan (gangly Jeremy Suarez), and teenager Vanessa (deadpan 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. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on four discs
  • Commentary by Bernie Mac, Larry Wilmore, and Ken Kwapis on the pilot
  • "Bernie Mac: TV's Family Man" as seen on A&E's TVography

Product Details

  • Actors: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez, Dee Dee Davis, Camille Winbush
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 506 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014K5UK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bernie Mac Show - Season 1" on IMDb

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ned on March 6, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a funny show. Bernie Mac is a stand-up comedian living with his beautiful wife Wanda. When Bernie's sister is sent to rehab for drug use her three children: teenage adolescent Vanessa, asthmatic weaseling Jordan, and sweet, innocent Bryana, are taken into Bernie's custody. In each story, Bernie uses a parenting issue for a story.

This first release of The Bernie Mac Show on DVD contains all of the episodes of its first season. All 22 episodes are contained on 4 disks. It is full frame and list at 506 minutes.

1) Pilot - In the pilot, Bernie and Wanda are forced to take care of his sister's 3 children.

2) Now You Got It - Bryana's has a birthday, the kids get sick and Bernie is trying to get to Las Vegas.

3) The Main Event - After Bernie teaches Jordan a few moves, Jordan turns into a monster.

4) Bernie Mac, Ladies Man - Bernie becomes defensive about his masculinity.

5) Saving Bernie Mac - After Bernie takes the children to church, the Bishop and Deacon show up at Bernie's house.

6) Here To Stay - Wanda holds sex from Bernie until he realizes the kids are truly part of the family

7) A Christmas Story - The Mac's get a dog.

8) Starting School - Bernie finds the kids a school.

9) Hot Hot Hot - It's the hottest day of the year and Bernie just had the pool drained.

10) Wanda's Week Off - Wanda is getting a sense of motherhood and drops hints to Bernie about having a baby.

11) The King and I - Bernie lets Vanessa determine the discipline of Jordan and Bryana.

12) Hall of Fame - Jordan wants joining Vanessa and Bryana on the Bernie Mac Hall of Fame awards shelf and joins the football team.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. O'Neill on August 23, 2005
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Perhaps one of FOX's most underrated shows (next to Arrested Development), The Bernie Mac Show is a gem of a comedy series that panders to no one. Using parenting as a background (which comes off more sucessful here than on ABC's My Wife and Kids, but is still a well written comedy), the show goes off in wonderful tangents that make you laugh. The pilot episode started it off with the line "I'm going to beat them in the heads until the white stuff shows." Not a line Ward Cleaver or Bill Cosby would've said, but is none the less a brilliant, and uncomfortable truth for many parents. The kids are three dimensional and don't spout sitcom cliches. Camille Winbush's Vanessa is every teenage girl who suddenly finds her world rocked, and hates every minute she spends with her Uncle, while the talented Jeremy Suarez is a perfect foil for Bernie. Even Dee Dee Davis, playing the youngest sibling, Bryana has more dimensions than most of the cast of Three and Half Men. The show is cleverly written and its great to see a "parent" on a TV show not know all the answers (which is, of course, the reason why Kellita Smith as Bernie's wife Wanda is there. She knows those kids, and knows their problems and knows, eventually, that Bernie will learn his lessons).

Like AD, Bernie Mac is shows what happens when creative freedom is given to a show. FOX may think in demographics, but Bernie Mac is one of those rare shows that crosses over to everyone. And that, I think, confuses them.

can't wait for season two on DVD.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Parrish on December 20, 2005
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Season one of the Bernie Mac Show is a must own for anyone who likes family-oriented TV shows (with a little edge.) While the situation the family finds itself in is a modern all-too-familiar trend in child-rearing, Bernie Mac and the producers and writers of this show handle it with such care while making it one of the most heart-felt shows on TV. The casting of this show is great as well. And the best part -- the kids are the central force (and catalyst) of the storylines. This is good family viewing. I quite honestly am amazed that FOX has stayed with the show given its habit of taking off great shows that have only mediocre ratings. Thank heaven this show keeps making the cut.

However I do have one issue with FOX...where the heck are the rest of the seasons?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon408 on June 15, 2004
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The Bernie mac show is hilarious and extremly funny. The show is very original and i found it was different from most shows on tv. I really like how Bernie reaches out and talks to the viewers to let us know what he's thinking. Also the use of words and arrows throughout the show seemed to add more of a sense of humor as well as originality. Overall the show provides top notch laughs and can be enjoyed by everyone of ALL ages. I think Bernie and the producers did an excellent job with the whole show and i can't wait until season 2 is released on DVD. I HIGHLY recommend this DVD and suggest that you pick it up, Well worth it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michele Vogt-schuller on October 21, 2004
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I just discovered this show a few months ago via summer reruns and couldn't believe how good it is. I was familiar with Bernie Mac's work and a huge fan, but somehow my family with young children could never stay up quite late enough to watch the show. When we finally did - my daughter is now Brianna's age and my son Jordon's (and has some very scary similaries) we feel in love at first sight. The sitcom is structured so that Bernie always has to learn a lesson - but the structure of the sitcom isn't like any other on tv - and there isn't any meanness in it like there are in so many others. In short, although it is edgy, and very funny, it is also touching and sweet and very very real. Bernie reminds me of the students I used to teach back in Chicago - so many of his idoms and figures of speech are just so back home. Just very very very great. An absolute work of art. The Roseanne/Cosby/Simpsons of the 2000's.
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Bernie Mac Show - season 2-5, where are they ??
They're unlikely to be out on DVD anytime soon, but Netflix just added the entire series to its streaming selection.
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Haven't heard anything it's been 3 years since season 1 was released. Where do we write? Hell im in the chi I'm goning to go find some of his family to call him and get it rolling!!! I love having Bernie all to myself whenever I want.
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