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George Lopez (TV series)
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George Lopez series title logo
Series information
Creator(s) Bruce Helford, George Lopez, & Robert Borden
Based upon: George Lopez's stand up comedy sketches
Starring: George Lopez
Constance Marie
Belita Moreno
Valente Rodriguez
Masiela Lusha
(Seasons 1-5)
Emiliano Diez
(Seasons 2-6)
Luis Armand Garcia
Aimee Garcia
(Seasons 5 & 6)
Executive Producer(s): Bruce Helford
Deborah Oppenheimer
Sandra Bullock
Robert Borden
(season 1-6)
Dave Caplan
(seasons 3–6)
Mark Torgove
Paul A. Kaplan
George Lopez
Production information
Network/Country ABC-TV / U.S.A.
Camera Multi-camera, Filmed
Runtime: 22 minutes
Seasons: 6
No. of episodes: 120
Distibutor: Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Production company(ies): Fortis Films
Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Release/Network information
Network/
Country
ABC-TV / U.S.A.
Audio format: Surround (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Picture format: NTSC (480i) (SDTV)
NTSC (1080i) (HDTV)
Original broadcast run: March 27, 2002 - May 8, 2007
Website/URL: Official website

George Lopez is an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from March 27, 2002 to May 8, 2007. It is currently in syndication. George Lopez stars the titular comedian George Lopez, who plays a fictionalized version of himself and revolves around his life at work and raising his family at home. The series was produced by Fortis Films and Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The executive producers consisted of George Lopez, Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer and Sandra Bullock. On September 2, 2016, George Lopez announced through his Instagram that there talks to bringing the show back on the air, but nothing has been announced.

The Sitcom's Logo and main cast for Season 6

Premise/Synopsis

The show stars George Lopez as manager of Powers Brothers Aviation (originally Powers & Sons Aviation), an airplane parts factory. He is married to Angie Palmero, and has two outgoing children, Max and Carmen. They all live together in Los Angeles, California].

George had a difficult childhood. He was abandoned by his father, Manny, and further mistreated and traumatized by a careless, abusive, chain smoking, alcoholic mother, Benita "Benny" Lopez. She usually criticizes Angie's cooking and parenting skills. George and Benny's adult relationship mainly consists of the two of them trading insults about each other, mainly referring to George's childhood (one example being how George was forced to eat a chair because Benny did not feed him). They appear to care for each other, and George has admitted his feelings for Benny in some episodes. Benny works at Powers Brothers Aviation, as does George's best friend, Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas, who is mostly luckless in the dating area and still lives with his obese mother.

George's father-in-law, Dr. Victor "Vic" Palmero, thinks Angie should have married someone better than George, but as the series progresses, he begins to respect and accept him. George always tries to catch his children getting in trouble when they misbehave, whether it be by confronting them straight on, or sneakily investigating, then punishing them later. It is still always shown that George loves and cares deeply for his family, even though in one episode he said that his kids were definitely in the top 5, and he would sometimes insult Angie.

Cast

Character Portrayed by Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
George Edward Lopez George Lopez Main
Angelina "Angie" Lopez (née Palmero) Constance Marie Main
Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas Valente Rodriguez Main
Maximilian "Max" Victor Roberto Magic Johnson Lopez Luis Armand Garcia Main
Carmen Consuela Lopez Masiela Lusha Main Flashback
Dr. Victor "Vic" Garcia Lantigua Palmero Emiliano Diez Recurring Main
Veronica Ann Palmero Aimee Garcia Recurring Main
Benita "Benny" Lopez (née Diaz) Belita Moreno Main

Episodes

Season Episodes Original air dates Nielsen ratings
Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers (in millions)
1 4 March 27, 2002 April 17, 2002 70th 9.0
2 24 October 2, 2002 May 14, 2003 50th 10.4
3 28 September 26, 2003 May 21, 2004 96th 7.4
4 24 September 28, 2004 May 17, 2005 79th 7.2
5 22 October 5, 2005 April 12, 2006 82nd 7.2
6 18 January 24, 2007 May 8, 2007 95th 6.1

Production

Development

Comedian George Lopez had been performing standup throughout the early 1990s, expressing interest in having his own comedy television show like Seinfeld. Lopez was only willing to do a show if it meant that the roles were not demeaning to Latinos, vowing never to play a murderer, drug dealer or gang member. With an absence of TV deals, he continued to perform standup through the 1990s and into the 2000s. In August 2000, after being given one of Lopez's comedy albums to listen to, actress Sandra Bullock saw Lopez perform live at the Brea Improv Comedy Club. Bullock had been interested in developing a TV show with a Latino storyline, being concerned about the lack of visibility for Latinos on American television. Bullock approached Lopez backstage after the show and made her pitch to produce and star in a situational comedy centered around the comedian.

Though Bullock had connections through Hollywood, The George Lopez Show was not an easy sell. Bullock sought the help of Bruce Helford (who created The Drew Carey Show and had been a head writer for Roseanne), and, due to his history with ABC on those shows, became a co-creator and executive producer of Lopez's show. Bullock, Helford, and two of the show's other executive producers met with ABC executives later that month, and the network tested the show with 4 episodes, before committing to 13 episodes the following fall and eventually adding an additional 9. Lopez was given full starring, creator, producer and writer credits for the show. The George Lopez Show was seen as an attempt from ABC to diversify their programming, while still appealing to the widest possible audience. ABC executives were hopeful that Lopez's humor and relatability would draw a large family audience, focusing on marketing the series as much as possible. The network bought promotional time for the show on Spanish-language networks, and took out full-page ads in some magazines.

Lopez drew much of the material for the show from his own life experiences, especially his upbringing in the San Fernando Valley. Upon the series debut, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Desi Arnaz, Freddie Prinze, and John Leguizamo.

Casting

For the first five seasons, the show had an all-Latino cast with the exception of Albanian American actress Masiela Lusha, who played George's daughter Carmen. George Lopez said that due to creative differences between him and Lusha, Lusha's character was written out of the show after Season 5. Lusha did appear in the 2007 season premiere, when her character left to attend college in Vermont. She was replaced by Aimee Garcia as George's niece, Veronica. When the show first aired on ABC a few episodes were rated TV-14 for language, violence, and strong profanity in Spanish. Nick at Nite changed every episode to TV-PG.

Cancellation

On May 15, 2007, the series was canceled and ABC removed all mentions of the show on its website.[1] The final episode aired on May 8, 2007, and the show last aired on ABC on September 7, 2007.

Distribution

The series is produced by Fortis Films and Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Broadcast and syndication

The show entered syndication one month after the series finale on ABC, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The show aired in broadcast syndication on independent stations, and affiliates of Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV as well as The CW Plus stations in the United States from 2007 to 2011 and on Telelatino in Canada. The show aired on Nick at Nite from September 10, 2007 to September 7, 2020. The show moved to ION Television on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. On September 28, 2020, TBS began airing reruns of George Lopez.

Never a major hit in primetime, the show became an unexpected success in syndication. Many markets also moved the show from overnight timeslots to more desirable ones.

Episodes from the first four seasons of George Lopez do not use those respective seasons' opening titles, the season five version is used instead (this is evident as Emiliano Diez is credited in the sequence, which is slightly longer than how they were originally broadcast on ABC, though there is also a short version also used in syndication that also differs from the original short opening credits that does not credit him for seasons 1–3, even though Diez did not make his first guest appearance until season two and did not become a cast regular until season four); the final two seasons use those seasons' appropriate versions of the opening credits.

Home media

On April 17, 2007, Warner Home Video released seasons 1 and 2 on DVD in Region 1. After over six years since the release of the first and second seasons, Warner Bros. released the third season on July 16, 2013.[1] The fourth season was released on June 23, 2015.[2] The fifth season was released on August 18, 2015.[3] The sixth and final season was released on November 24, 2015.[4]

The complete series was also published in high-definition on the iTunes Store and Amazon Video. The show's theme song "Low Rider" is intact in these releases but only episode Season 6 Episode 17.[5][6]

Online media

The complete series was also published in high-definition on the iTunes Store and Amazon Video. The show's theme song "Low Rider" is intact in these releases but only episode Season 6 Episode 17.[7][8] The show's theme song "Low Rider" is intact in these releases. The series became available to stream on Peacock on July 15, 2020.

Nielsen ratings

Season Episodes Original air dates TV season Time slot (ET) Nielsen ratings
Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers (in millions)
1 4 March 27, 2002 April 17, 2002 2001–02 Wednesday 8:30 PM 70th 9.0
2 24 October 2, 2002 May 14, 2003 2002–03 50th 10.4
3 28 September 26, 2003 May 21, 2004 2003–04 Friday 8:00 PM 96th 7.4
4 24 September 28, 2004 May 17, 2005 2004–05 Tuesday 8:30 PM 79th 7.2
5 22 October 5, 2005 April 12, 2006 2005–06 Wednesday 8:00 PM 82nd 7.2
6 18 January 24, 2007 May 8, 2007 2006–07 95th 6.1

Awards and nominations

Year Association Award Nominee(s) Result
2002 Young Artist Award Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Masiela Lusha Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Luis Armand Garcia Nominated
Young Artist Award for Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) George Lopez Won
2003 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top TV Series Thomas Allen, Harold Ray Brown, Morris Dickerson, Gerald Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Levitin, Charles Miller, and Howard E. Scott Won
Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Primetime Comedy Series – Television George Lopez Won
Young Artist Award oung Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Masiela Lusha Won
Young Artist Award for Most Popular Mom & Dad in a Television Series Constance Marie & George Lopez Nominated
2004 Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Belita Moreno Won
Imagen Award for Best Primetime Series – Comedy George Lopez Won
Imagen Award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy Constance Marie Won
Imagen Award for Best Actor in a Television Comedy George Lopez Nominated
Young Artist Awards Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Recurring Young Actor J. B. Gaynor Nominated
2005 Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Henessy Privilège George Lopez Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series Judi Giovanni and John Shaffner
(For episodes "Leave it to Lopez" / "The Simple Life" / "Trouble in Paradise")
Nominated
2007 ALMA Award ALMA Award for Outstanding Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie George Lopez Nominated
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress – Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Constance Marie Nominated
ALMA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie Aimee Garcia Nominated
Belita Moreno Nominated

Trivia

  • This show will be the show you will most likely to be watching at 2 am in the morning if you turn on the TV randomly.

References

External links

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