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Chico and the Man

4 Ratings: 2.5
A TV show that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1978.

Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and introducing Freddie Prinze … see full wiki

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A show ruined by the tragic drug problems of it's star.

  • Dec 26, 2009
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Chico and The Man was a situation comedy that starred Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, a mean and cantankerous old man who owned a garage and Freddie Prinze Sr. as Chico Rodriguez, a young Latino who becomes Brown's co-worker and roommate.  The show was released to capitalize on the success of such television shows like Sanford & Son and Good Times.  Freddie Prinze was a young comic who got his start on the show that became a surprise hit.  Watching the it today, it's very dated and filled with a lot of bad racial stereotypes. Chico and the Man was criticized for having a Puerto Rican actor portraying a Chicano along with the heavy stereotypical dialog (the main one being Chico's original catch phrase "That's not my job"). By the second season, the dialog was toned down and Chico's background was changed to being "part Chicano.

The real reason behind the failure of the show was the drug problems that plagued it's star Freddie Prinze Sr.  During the third season, Freddie was a heavy abuser and it affected his performance and appearance.  He was very gaunt looking, shiftless and gave a very weak effort.  Production on the series was halted when he committed suicide on January 29, 1977.  The producers were left with their star dead whilst the series was still in production.  Left with two options, either end the show or carry on with their cash cow and make it to the magical 100 episode mark.  They decided to produce a fourth series, replacing Prinze with a young actor named Gabriel Melgar who portrayed the young street urchin Raul Garcia.  The ratings suffered and the producers expanded the role of Della Reese and introduced Charo to the show.  Nothing worked and the show was eventually canceled with a few episodes that were never aired.

Today, the show doesn't hold up very well (unlike Sanford & Son which the show tried to emulate) and it's sad to see a strung out Freddie Prinze going through the motions.  Instead of going through a painfully bad fourth season, the producers should have sacked up and ended the show with one last episode.  Chico and the Man is not that widely syndicated due to the low number of episodes that made it through production.

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December 26, 2009
Was never a big fan of this show. And you are right. It does no translate well to today. This was a decent show and nothing more.
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Chico and the Man
Premiere Date: September 13, 1974
Description: A temperous relationship between a cranky old garage owner and a young latino mechanic.
Genre: Situation Comedy
Studio: The Kormack Company, Inc.
Original Air Date: September 13, 1974
Cast: Cesar Romero
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