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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 63 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Zwei von der Tankstelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

During the first year, Chico used the catch phrase "That's not my job", which Freddie Prinze had used in his stand up act. Some people complained this perpetuated the image of the lazy Hispanic, so he switched to the catchphrase "Looking Good". See more »

Quotes

Ed Brown: [to Chico] I'm sought out by the AMA... The American Muggers Association.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: Girlfriends and Boyfriends (2000) See more »

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The incredible bond between the cast on 'Chico', ESPECIALLY that of Jack Albertson & Freddy Prinze, was supernatural.
3 July 2005 | by MalvernespearSee all my reviews

Chico and the man was the essence of my TV watching childhood. The mid 1970s were my developmental years, and I like to think that this timeless sitcom was and is a sentimental and forever memorable fixture in my growing years and even now. In the mid seventies, Friday night was a line up for my 'obsessions'. Sitcoms and police shows and the cast on 'Chico and the man' I felt to be an extension of my family. The comedy was quick and strong and the duo of Albertson & Prinze was a special chemistry, so unbelievable and loving, I feel a bond like that one might never be accomplished again. All of these comical plots always centered around some sort of life lesson always 'giftwrapped' in friendship and caring. Freddy & Jack & the others, looking down on myself and all of the 'Chico' lovers, can only nod in absolute agreement(like that little mounted dog, on his back dash, with the spring form neck and head that would bob up & down.


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