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The Bernie Mac Show

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

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Seasons

Season 4

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
Fox 08 Sep 2004 08 Apr 2005 Wednesdays, 21h00 / Fridays, 20h00 16
Top One 20 Dec 2011 08 Feb 2012 Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 18h30 16
Mzansi Magic 05 Mar 2013 26 Mar 2013 Weekdays, 17h00 - 17h30 16
Sony Channel 09 Jan 2015 30 Jan 2015 Weekdays, 19h35 - 20h00 16
eExtra 20 Jul 2019 08 Sep 2019 Saturday / Sunday, 20h50 16


Season 4

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 4 premiered on Fox on Wednesday 8 September 2004, at 21h00. After four episodes it changed timeslot to Fridays at 20h00.

Season 4 premiered on Mzansi Magic on Tuesday 5 March 2013, at 17h00. New episodes broadcast on weekdays at the same time, except for Mondays when they broadcast at 16h30.


Season 4 Cast

as
Bernie 'Mac' McCullough

as
Wanda McCullough

as
Jordan Thomkins

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Vanessa 'Nessa' Thomkins

as
Bryana 'Baby Girl' Thomkins

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Cheryl

as
Chuy

as
Donna

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Father Sean Cronin

as
Himself

as
Himself

as
Kelly

as
Aaron

as
Benita

as
Jerry Best

as
Calvin

as
David

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Guest Star

as
Carl

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Christopher's Mom

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Laura

as
Monroe

as
Mrs. Ware

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Nef

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Poker Playing Boy

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Reporter

as
Tony

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