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Chico and the Man
A hard-drinking Anglo widower, Ed stubbornly refuses to fit in with the changing East L.A. neighborhood and has alienated most of the people who live around him. He uses ethnic slurs and berates Chico, a Latino, in an effort to get him to leave when Chico comes looking for a job. Yet Chico sees something in Ed, and sneaks back in at night to clean up the garage and move into an old van that Ed has parked inside. As Ed sees all the effort Chico has put in, he begins to warm to Chico. Over the course of the show, Ed grows to see Chico as family, although Ed denies this on several occasions.
The chemistry between Jack Albertson's "Ed" and Freddie Prinze's "Chico" was a major factor in making the show a hit in its first two seasons. It debuted in the top ten and remained there for the first two seasons.
|Jack Albertson||Ed Brown||1||2||3||4|
|Freddie Prinze||Chico Rodriguez||1||2||3|
|Della Reese||Della Rogers||3||4|
|Gabriel Melgar||Raul Garcia||4|
|Season One||September 13, 1974||March 14, 1975||22|
|Season Two||September 12, 1975||March 3, 1976||22|
|Season Three||October 1, 1976||April 8, 1977||21|
|Season Four||September 16, 1977||July 21, 1978||23|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series