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Chico and the Man 

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

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James Komack
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4   3   2   1  
1978   1977   1976   1975   1974  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Albertson ...  Ed Brown 88 episodes, 1974-1978
Scatman Crothers ...  Louie Wilson 65 episodes, 1974-1978
Freddie Prinze ...  Chico Rodriguez 62 episodes, 1974-1978
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

When the show returned after Freddie Prinze's death, Chico's absence was explained by having him quit the garage to work for his father. See more »

Quotes

Chico: [Ed is worried about being robbed] Ed, I doubt if anyone would wanna rob you for 64 cents and a shot glass.
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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 »

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What Might Have Been
28 September 2004 | by SargebriSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chico and the Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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