Inspired by the real life of comedian Bernie Mac, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW is a daring half-hour comedy about a man with unique views on parenting.
Now beginning its fourth season, the series has been hailed by both audiences and critics. THE BERNIE MAC SHOW has won the prestigious Peabody and Humanitas Awards, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, and was honored by the Television Critics Association for Outstanding Achievement in a Comedy and for Individual Achievement in a Comedy (Bernie Mac).
In addition, Mac won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and has been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe two years in a row, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his work on the series. This year Camille Winbush won her own NAACP Image Award, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
BERNIE (Bernie Mac) and his wife, WANDA (Kellita Smith), will tell you straight up they never wanted to raise kids. He’s a busy stand-up comedian, and she is a vice president of a major corporation.
But after having to take in his sister’s kids, VANESSA (Camille Winbush), JORDAN (Jeremy Suarez) and BRYANA (Dee Dee Davis), Bernie and Wanda learn to accept and love them as their own.
However, Bernie’s old-school ideas of discipline and child-rearing collide with society’s politically correct notions of how children should be raised. He believes kids are “too sassy, too grown and talk back too much,” and that a little respect for one’s elders is not so much to ask. And when it comes to parenting, he subscribes to the school of tough love.
Since its inception the series has featured guest appearances by some of America’s hottest stars: Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Angela Bassett, Ashton Kutcher, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Don Rickles, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Shane Mosley, Shaquille O’Neal, Wesley Snipes, Carl Reiner, Ice Cube, Penn Jillette and Teller, India.Arie, Orlando Jones, Tommy Davidson, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Marcus Allen. Snoop Dogg will be the first star added to the list this season.