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TV Shows - Chico and the Man

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 Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an upbeat, optimistic Chicano street kid who comes in looking for a job. It was the first U.S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood. Ed does not want Chico's help and distrusts all Chicanos. A hard-drinking widower, he stubbornly refuses to fit in with the changing neighborhood and has alienated most of the people who live around him. Ed uses ethnic slurs and berates Chico in an effort to get him to leave. Yet Chico sees something in Ed, and sneaks back in at night to clean up the garage and move into an old van that Ed has parked inside. As Ed sees all the effort Chico has put in, he begins to warm to Chico. Eventually, Ed grew to see Chico as a son, although he will deny this on many occasions. The chemistry between Jack Albertson's "Ed" and Freddie Prinze's "Chico" was a major factor in making the show a hit in its first two seasons. It started in the top ten and never left there over those seasons. The show was created by James Komack who produced other shows like The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Freddie Prinze was discovered by Komack after he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in December 1973. Komack thought he would be perfect for the part of Chico Rodriguez. As the show progressed, Chico's background was altered to being Mexican on his father's side and Puerto Rican on his mother's side (with a nod to Freddie's Hungarian ancestry in the same line which stated these facts, as Chico remarks in his Hispanic accent, "...and my grandmother speaks a little Hungarian!").

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_and_the_Man
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1 Death: Freddie Prinze Looking Bad!
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 I agree with both comments below. This show should have been discontinued with Freddy's passing. It was his show after all. It was Chico and the man, not the man and any Mexican that I can get to work in my garage. -- Submitted By: (fletch000) on February 10, 2010, 12:08 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 V-E-R-Y uncomfortable to watch after the death of Freddie Prinze. A mistake to try to continue. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on July 29, 2009, 11:36 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Not only was it in extremely bad taste for them to continue after Freddie Prinze, Sr.'s death but what were they thinking of having Ed informally 'adopt' a 12-year-old illegal immigrant who helped him in his garaged but never seemed to go to school? Even in 1978 that was somewhat dubious! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 20, 2009, 11:39 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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