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13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
The relationship between a cranky old mechanic and a twentysomething Chicano. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 36)

Jack Albertson ... Ed Brown (88 episodes, 1974-1978)

Scatman Crothers ... Louie Wilson / ... (65 episodes, 1974-1978)

Freddie Prinze ... Chico Rodriguez (62 episodes, 1974-1977)

Series Directed by
Jack Donohue (69 episodes, 1975-1978)
Peter Baldwin (16 episodes, 1974-1975)
James Komack (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Writing credits
James Komack (88 episodes, 1974-1978)
Michael Morris (12 episodes, 1974-1978)
Ron Friedman (10 episodes, 1974-1978)
Norm Liebmann (8 episodes, 1974-1978)
Bill Daley (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gene Farmer (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Hilliard (4 episodes, 1974-1975)
Jerry Ross (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
Hal Kanter (4 episodes, 1976)
Peter Gallay (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
George Arthur Bloom (4 episodes, 1977)
Ben Starr (4 episodes, 1977)
Charles Stewart (4 episodes, 1977)
Sandy Krinski (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Howard Albrecht (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Sol Weinstein (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Si Rose (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gary Belkin (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Beverly Bloomberg (3 episodes, 1977)
Adele Styler (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Burt Styler (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Jack Mendelsohn (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ed Jurist (2 episodes, 1975)
John L. Greene (2 episodes, 1976)
Arthur Phillips (2 episodes, 1976)
Henry Irving (2 episodes, 1977)

Series Produced by
James Komack .... executive producer / producer (88 episodes, 1974-1978)
Michael Morris .... producer (22 episodes, 1975-1976)
Ed Scharlach .... producer (22 episodes, 1975-1976)

Hal Kanter .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jose Feliciano (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Janna Merlyn Feliciano (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Film Editing by
Dick King (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Frank Phillips (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Casting by
Jorge Luis Rodriguez (1 episode, 1976)
Series Art Direction by
Roy Christopher (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Series Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Series Production Management
Conrad Holzgang .... production supervisor (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Lou Onofrio .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Bill Atkinson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clay Daniel .... associate director (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
Series Art Department
Larry Vigus .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
William Cole .... audio (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Kilgore .... lighting director (20 episodes, 1974-1975)
Rory O'Connor .... assistant camera (15 episodes, 1976-1977)
Lon Stucky .... lighting director (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Les Shaw .... video / video operator (2 episodes, 1975)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Callender .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Series Music Department
Jose Feliciano .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1975)
Del Casher .... music producer (1 episode, 1977)
Series Other crew
Ted Baker .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
Josie Hamilton .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
Michael Manheim .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Mary Hughes Thompson .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
Frances Jones .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producer (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Mei Ling Moore .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
David Panich .... executive script supervisor / script supervisor (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
Moki de Marco .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1975)

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Jose 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!See more »
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Referenced in "Angel: Hell-Bound (#5.4)" (2003)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
What Might Have Been, 28 September 2004
Author: Brian Washington ( from Los Angeles, California

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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