Chico and the Man

Chico and the Man

Chico and the Man hit the airwaves in 1974 and rose to the top ten, where it remained for its first two seasons. It told the story of Ed Brown ("The Man"), a curmudgeon who lived and worked (as a mechanic) in a Los Angeles barrio. Ed, a hard drinking and bigoted pessimist, finds himself irritated by the enthusiastic optimism of Chico Rodriguez, a young man from the neighborhood who comes in looking for work, and who won't take no for an answer. But over time, Ed warms up to the young man and their relationship evolves into one similar to father and son (despite Ed's denials of this).

During its third season, the show staggered under the load of star Freddie Prinze's serious drug habit. Prinze looked bad enough at times that writers felt obliged to craft dialog for Ed explaining his haggard appearance as (ironically) the consequence of too many late nights. Sadly, about halfway through the third season, Prinze took his own life. The producers made attempts to repair the damage, but these largely failed; the shows success owed much to the chemistry between Albertson and Prinze, and never really recovered; it lasted another season and a half of attempts to focus on Ed and various minor characters, and finally left the airwaves in the middle of 1978.

Episode Info

Final: 4x23 -- Waiting for Chongo

A motorcycle gang in which Monica was familiar with comes for a visit at the garage, and in turn damages the place.
Jack AlbertsonJack Albertson
As Ed Brown
Freddie PrinzeFreddie Prinze
As Chico Rodriguez (S01-S03)
Scatman CrothersScatman Crothers
As Louie Wilson (S02-S03)
Della ReeseDella Reese
As Della Rogers (S03-)
As Aunt Charo (S04)
Gabriel MelgarGabriel Melgar
As Raul Garcia (S04)

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Creator: James Komack
Executive Producer: James Komack
Producer: Ed Scharlach, Alan Sacks, Hal Kanter
Make-up: Harry Blake
Production Supervisor: Conrad Holzgang
Art Director: Roy Christopher
Main Title Theme Written/performed: José Feliciano
Lighting Director: Lon Stucky
Executive In Charge Of Production: Conrad Holzgang

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Recurring Guests

Bill McLean as Alfred (6 eps)
Ronny Graham as Reverend Bemis (6 eps)
Bonnie Boland as Mabel (4 eps)
Isaac Ruiz as Mando (4 eps)
Jeannie Linero as Liz Garcia (4 eps)
Carole Cook as Flora (3 eps)
Avery Schreiber as Miklos (2 eps)
Julio Medina as Delgado (2 eps)
Tina Menard as Mrs. Rosada (2 eps)
Tom Williams (1) as Unknown (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 08:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 13, 1974
Ended: July 21, 1978
Chico and the Man by José Feliciano  
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