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The Bernie Mac Show

Genres: Comedy
Broadcast on: SABC1, Sony Channel, Mzansi Magic, Top One, eExtra

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7.5

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Seasons

Season 3

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
Fox 30 Nov 2003 29 Jun 2004 Sundays, 20h30 / Mondays, 20h00 22
Top One 04 Oct 2011 14 Dec 2011 Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 18h30 22
Mzansi Magic 01 Feb 2013 04 Mar 2013 Weekdays, 17h00 - 17h30 22
Sony Channel 09 Dec 2014 08 Jan 2015 Weekdays, 19h35 - 20h00 22
eExtra 27 Feb 2018 28 Mar 2018 Weekdays, 09h30 - 10h00 22


Season 3

The Bernie Mac Show is a sitcom loosely based on the late comedian's stand-up persona that explores his humorous parenting style as he attempts to raise his sister's three children while she recovers from addiction.

Much of the humour in the show is derived from Mac's continual adjustment to and his unique take on parenthood.

A frequent motif of the show is the juxtaposition of Mac's acerbic comments, such as his threats to "bust the (children's) heads 'til the white meat shows," and the deep parental affection he feels towards the trio, which often brings him to the verge of tears during happy moments.

Towards the end of the series, Bryanna's long-lost father (Anthony Anderson) returns and drops by from time to time to help Bernie and Wanda with the kids.

Many of his most emotional scenes occur in segments in which Mac, while still in character, breaks the 'fourth wall' and talks to the television audience. As was also the case during his stand-up routine, Mac habitually addresses the audience as "America" for humorous effect.

Mac's character's celebrity works as a plot device allowing other celebrities to appear on the show as themselves.

Halle Berry, Serena Williams, Chris Rock, Ashton Kutcher, Dom DeLuise, Billy Crystal, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Angela Bassett, Ellen DeGeneres, Ice Cube, Isaac Hayes, Lucy Lawless, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Matt Damon, Wesley Snipes, Charles Barkley, Jon Garland, Jules Sylvester, Sugar Ray Leonard, India.Arie, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, Hugh Hefner and Phil McGraw all appear as themselves over the course of the show.

Broadcast Notes

Season 3 premiered on Fox on Sunday 30 November 2003, at 20h30. After a mid-season hiatus it returned in a new timeslot of Mondays at 20h00.


Season 3 Cast

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Bernie 'Mac' McCullough

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Wanda McCullough

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Jordan Thomkins

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Vanessa 'Nessa' Thomkins

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Bryana 'Baby Girl' Thomkins

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Cheryl

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Chuy

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Donna

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Father Sean Cronin

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Herself

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Herself

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Herself

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Himself

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Himself

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Himself

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Himself

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Himself

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Himself

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Kelly

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Michael

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Reggie

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Benita

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Jerry Best

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Lloyd

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Aunt Sis

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Calvin

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Chrissy

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David

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Deacon

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Diane

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Doris Flynt

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Dr. Phil

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Droobie

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Guest Star

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Herself/Bunny

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Kathy Alhorn

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Lynette

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Marcus

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Mrs. Diggs

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Nun

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Orlando

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Store Clerk

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Wayne

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