Chico and the Man

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Chico and the Man
Chico and the Man-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 13, 1974
Finale July 21, 1978
Creator James Komack
Network NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company The Komack Company
Wolper Productions
Seasons 4
Episodes 87
Origin USA

Chico and the Man is a sitcom that aired on NBC.

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.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Jack Albertson Ed Brown 1 2 3 4
Freddie Prinze Chico Rodriguez 1 2 3
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Scatman Crothers Louie 1 2 3 4
Della Reese Della Rogers 3 4
Gabriel Melgar Raul Garcia 4


Season Premiere Finale #
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


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