Episodes: 104 (half-hour)
TV show dates: November 14, 2001 – April 14, 2006
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Bernie Mac, Kellita Smith, Camille Winbush, Jimmy Suarez, Dee Dee Davis, Reginald Ballard, Michael Ralph, Lombado Boyar, Rick Hoffman, and Wade Williams
TV show description:
Loosely based on his comedy act, stand-up comedian Bernie Mac and his wife Wanda (Kellita Smith) take in his sister’s three kids, Vanessa (Camille Winbush), Jordan (Jeremy Suarez), and Bryana (Dee Dee Davis).
Bernie must continually adjust to life with his new responsibilities and frequently talks directly to the audience. Celebrity friends sometimes drop by to offer Bernie advice.
Episode 104 — Bernie’s Angels
After having a near-death experience involving a microwave, Bernie decides to turn his life around. He starts being nicer and overly sensitive and Jordan starts to take advantage. Vanessa is still working on finding a good college but she doesn’t want Bernie’s help. Bryana has to learn what belongs in a microwave and what doesn’t since she was the one responsible for Bernie’s near-death experience. In the end, Bernie discovers that Jordan has been using him and he reconciles with Vanessa. In the final scene, Bernie takes back the iPod he bought for Jordan and delivers a farewell message to “America”.
First aired: April 14, 2006.
Behind the Scenes
The series was never a big hit and its last season rated 127th out of 156 shows for the year.
Mac’s untimely death in 2008 at the age of 50 makes the possibility of a reunion show unlikely.