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31 May 1976 (USA) See more »
Summer replacement show about a Mexican-American family living in East Los Angeles, California.
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R.I.P. Carmen Zapata
 (From Deadline TV. 6 January 2014, 9:48 PM, PST)

Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86
 (From The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News. 6 January 2014, 5:48 PM, PST)

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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 8)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Luis Valdez (12 episodes, 1976)
Carmen Zapata ... Sophia Valdez (12 episodes, 1976)
James Victor ... Victor Valdez (12 episodes, 1976)
Nelson D. Cuevas ... Ernesto Valdez (12 episodes, 1976)
Claudio Martínez ... Pepe Valdez (12 episodes, 1976)
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Jerry Ramirez (12 episodes, 1976)
Lisa Mordente ... Connie Valdez (6 episodes, 1976)

Series Directed by
Alan Rafkin (12 episodes, 1976)
Series Writing credits
Earl Barret (3 episodes, 1976)
Howard Albrecht (2 episodes, 1976)
Bernie Kahn (2 episodes, 1976)
Phil Mishkin (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Phil Mishkin .... producer (4 episodes, 1976)
Bernard Rothman .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1976)
Jack Wohl .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1976)
Series Original Music by
Shorty Rogers (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1976)
Series Music Department
Shorty Rogers .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1976)
Julius Wechter .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Other crew
Earl Barret .... executive story editor (11 episodes, 1976)

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30 min (13 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Yet another comedy based on ethnicity, 24 September 2005
Author: purakek from Toronto, Canada

In the 1970s, TV capitalized on ethnic comedies such as Good Times and The Jeffersons (thanks to the rippling effect of the first all-American Bunker family). As a result, comedies were created based on how an ethnic family copes with then modern-day America. Most of these mutations were duds, such as Mr. T & Tina, That's My Mama and sadly, Viva Valdez. Think about The Flower Drum Song but replace the Asians with Mexicans. You have a father who's overprotective of his family, a mother who's heavily into needless histrionics and teens/young adults living the modern life with clearer accents. Add to that, Jorge Cervera Jr., who gets special billing, as a newly-arrived cousin who's catchphrase is "Hello, everybody!". Why Cervera Jr. got a special billing I don't know and his acting abilities here make me wonder even more why he's even in the cast. Slight laughs but nothing groundbreaking here. Should not have been made at all.

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