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The Cleveland Show: Harder, Better, Faster, Browner

Cleveland befriends Kenny West, a single father who aspires to be a rapper.
Cleveland decides to take him under his wing and help his career off the ground.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 2APS06
Airdate: Sunday September 26th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Jan 18, 2011

Guest Stars
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Bruce | Dwayne Meighan
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced President Barack Obama
Jason SudeikisJason Sudeikis
voiced Mayor
Al Thompson (2)Al Thompson (2)
voiced Walt
Alec SulkinAlec Sulkin
voiced Various
Aseem BatraAseem Batra
voiced Candice West
Jamie KennedyJamie Kennedy
voiced Federline Jones
John VienerJohn Viener
voiced Secret Service Agent
Kanye WestKanye West
voiced Kenny West
Richard AppelRichard Appel
voiced Various
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
voiced Brandi (Girl in Well)
Main Cast
Mike Henry (1)Mike Henry (1)
voiced Cleveland Brown / Montclair “Rallo” Tubbs / Oliver Wilkerson / Coach Charles McFall / Mr. Armstrong / Arch
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane
voiced Tim / Doctor Fist
Sanaa LathanSanaa Lathan
voiced Donna Tubbs-Brown
Kevin Michael RichardsonKevin Michael Richardson
voiced Lester Krinklesac / Cleveland Jr. / Julius
Reagan Gomez-PrestonReagan Gomez-Preston
voiced Roberta Coretta Tubbs
Jason SudeikisJason Sudeikis
voiced Holt Ann Richter / Terry Kimple


When Cleveland destroys Rallo and his friends during their basketball game, he reminisces about his childhood playing days including beating a kid named Barry Obama whom Donna informs him is now President Obama. Cleveland takes the news hard, wondering what he has done with his life. When he runs into Kenny West dropping his daughter Candice off at Rallo's school, he invites him to drop her off for a play date which Kenny agrees to do that afternoon as he has other business to attend to. When Kenny brings Candice over, Rallo is thrilled to see her. When Cleveland forgets that Kenny will pick Candice up, Candice shows Cleveland where he works; As a server in a rap-themed restaurant. Cleveland also finds out they have been living in Kenny's car and invites them to move into the garage in a gesture intended to show up Barrack Obama. Kenny decides to sell his rap recording equipment and becomes a cable installer like Cleveland. ..

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Episode Notes
“Harder, Better, Faster, Browner” was seen by 6.603 million viewers

This episode introduced recurring character (voiced by Mike Henry) of the newscaster, Dwayne Meighan

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Billy Joel"Pressure"When Cleveland sits down to write a rap song.

Episode Goofs
Rallo changes positions from when Cleveland shoves him in the bushes and seconds later when Cleveland dunks

Episode References
While Cleveland & Kenny are sitting in the diner, on the TV is the same episode of “Dat's What I Was Tellin' You Before!” seen in the Pilot episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorSeth MacFarlane  |  Richard Appel  |  Mike Henry (1)
Executive ProducerSeth MacFarlane  |  Mike Henry (1)  |  Richard Appel
Co-Executive ProducerKirker Butler
Supervising ProducerGabe Miller  |  Jonathan Green (1)
ProducerClarence Livingston  |  Aseem Batra  |  Kara Vallow
Co-ProducerCourtney Lilly
Consulting ProducerJonathan Jacobs
Associate ProducerKarin Perrotta
EditorKirk Benson
CastingLinda Lamontagne
Staff WriterMehar Sethi  |  Chadd Gindin
MusicWalter Murphy
Music EditorStan Jones
Production CoordinatorLeilah Behrmann  |  Susy Campos
Assistant EditorDennis R. McElroy
Story EditorTravis Bowe  |  Kevin Biggins
Storyboard ArtistLisa Kim (2)  |  Barry Vodos
Character DesignerCarlos Ortega  |  David Colman
Supervising DirectorAlbert Calleros  |  Anthony Lioi
Executive Story EditorAaron Lee  |  Julius Sharpe  |  Matthew Murray
Main Title ThemeWalter Murphy
Casting AssistantMelissa Aives
Sound SupervisorBob Newlan
Casting AssociatePam Hyatt
Animation ProducerBrandi Young
Storyboard RevisionistMatt Sullivan  |  Andre Nieves  |  Bruce B. Heller
Writing AssistantEthan Banville  |  George Igoe  |  Steven Ross (1)
Production ControllerLiddane Sanders
AssistantLindsay Flinn  |  Alexandra Gaines  |  Freddy Hakimi  |  Artie Johann
Production ConsultantPatrick Henry (2)
Sound Re-recording MixerJim Fitzpatrick (3)
Animation Production AssistantHenry Montgomery
Retake DirectorJack Perkins (3)  |  Tricia Garcia
Audio CoordinatorNathan Schafer
Overseas Animation SupervisorCarl Linton
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