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Chico and the Man (1974–1978)

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The relationship between a cranky old mechanic and a twentysomething Chicano.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Ed Brown (88 episodes, 1974-1978)
 Louie (65 episodes, 1974-1978)
 Chico Rodriguez (62 episodes, 1974-1977)


Energetic Chico wants to form a partnership with cynical Ed Brown in the old man's garage. His efforts bring in customers and the crabby Ed softens toward Chico. After the actor who played him committed suicide, Chico was replaced by 12-year-old Raul. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Did You Know?


José Feliciano was asked to write a theme song. He was worried that the producers would reject his song, so he wrote two. The producers bought both of them and used one at the beginning and the other at the end. See more »


Chico: Loo-king good!
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Crazy Credits

An episode aired soon after the suicide of Freddie Prinze has 'Jack Albertson' voicing a tribute to Prinze over the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Los Porno Sin Son (2012) See more »

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What Might Have Been
28 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This show was well on its way to becoming one of the all time classics when the tragic death of Freddie Prinze occurred. You had the two classic themes in the show. One was the theme of age versus youth and the other was the clash of cultures between Chico and Ed. This latter them is reminiscent of the show which aired on the same night and network as this one, "Sanford and Son". You could pretty much see Ed in the Fred Sanford role and Chico in the Lamont role and it basically was the same, the older father figure constantly clashing with his young charge over how to run the business. It was these qualities that helped make this show the semi-classic that it was. Also, the supporting cast of Scatman Crothers as Louie, Della Reese as Della and Ronny Graham as Reverend Bemis really made it a fun show. Unfortunately, when the tragedy happened and they brought in Gabriel Melgar to play Raul (a.k.a. the new "Chico") that's when the show went downhill. They should have canceled the show at that point and spared us the pain of watching it decline. If that had happened it probably would still be remembered as a good sitcom.

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