Based around the stand-up routines of comedian Margaret Cho, this series looked at the culture clashes that occured between a traditional Korean mother and her fully Americanized daughter. ... See full summary »

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 Margaret Kim (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Yung-hee 'Grandma' Kim (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Katherine Kim (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Benny Kim (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Ruthie Latham (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Gloria Schechter (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Eric Kim (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Dr. Stuart Kim (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Casey Emmerson (12 episodes, 1994)
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Based around the stand-up routines of comedian Margaret Cho, this series looked at the culture clashes that occured between a traditional Korean mother and her fully Americanized daughter. Mom just wants Margaret to marry 'respectable' men: doctors, lawyers, scientists (always Korean), while her daughter is more interested in white bikers, musicians, and any other type that her mother is bound to hate. Through all of this, Dad knows better than to interfere, and just keeps out of the fray. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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14 September 1994 (USA)  »

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All American Girl  »

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This show became famous for Margaret Cho's battle with ABC executives which ended in the show's cancellation and her subsequent health problems. Cho used her own material but executives kept making changes in an effort to boost ratings but resulted in bad critical reviews which commented on the show's constant shift in tone and characters. Cho later said that she was approached by the network to drop a great deal of weight in a very short time. She was also told that she was not acting Asian enough which resulted in the hiring of an Asian consultant. All the Asian characters were dropped from the show in order to make Cho stand out but then Cho was accused of acting too Asian. These constant changes led to the show being canceled after only one season. After the show was canceled Cho suffered kidney failure due to the rapid weight loss and spiraled into drug and alcohol addiction. She eventually got clean and her problems with the show has become material for her stand-up act. See more »

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Referenced in Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want (2000) See more »

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Had a Great Start Until Changes were Made
6 September 2007 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

All American Girl in the beginning was a pleasure to watch. I liked Margret's comedy of her family life, but mainly, being an Asian-American guy, I could relate to most of the things going on, as I used to hear he same things from my Grandmother when I was a kid. For example, "Marry a nice Japanese girl"

When I was growing up, I had to deal with being different compared to most other Asians my age, as I didn't like the same type of sports they played to dating girls outside my race. After watching this, In some ways, I didn't feel alone being the way I am and I could see some similarities in Margret and myself.

The problem I had with the show was when they made changes in the show, when got rid of virtually the entire original cast and replaced them with another group. When I watched the show, I found it unfunny. I felt couldn't identify with the show any longer and I stopped watching it, which is too bad because in my opinion, this show had a great start.


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