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 Chico and the Man (Television Favorites)

 Chico and the Man


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 13, 1974

Last Telecast: July 21, 1978

Theme Music: "Chico and the Man," written and performed by Jose Feliciano

Broadcast History:

September 1974 - January 1976, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

January 1976 - March 1976, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 on NBC

April 1976 - August 1976, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

August 1976 - February 1978, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

June 1978 - July 1978, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC


Ed Brown (The Man)..... Jack Albertson

Chico Rodriquez (1974-1977)..... Freddie Prinze

Louie..... Scatman Crothers

Mabel (1974-1975)..... Bonnie Boland

Mando (1974-1977)..... Isaac Ruiz

Reverend Bemis (1975-1976)..... Ronny Graham

Della Rogers (1976-1978)..... Della Reese

Raul Garcia (1977-1978)..... Gabriel Melgar

Aunt Charo (1977-1978)..... Charo


Set in the barrio of East Los Angeles, Chico and the Man was the story of two men from radically different cultural backgrounds who grew to respect each other. Chico, the enterprising young Chicano, was determined to go into partnership with cranky, sarcastic, cynical Ed Brown. Ed operated a small, run-down garage and spent most of his time complaining and alienating people. A lonely widower, he at first fought Chico's determination efforts to help him make the business work,  but underneath it all he was both flattered and touched to have someone show genuine interest in him. Chico cleaned the place up, moved into a beat-up old truck in the garage, and brought in business. As often as Ed complained about Chico, and as often as he mad token efforts to get rid of him, he felt an attachment that he would never publicly admit.

Regularly seen  were Louie the garbage man, Mabel the mailwoman, and Chico's friend Mando. Della Rogers was added to the cast in the fall of 1976 as the civic-minded owner of the diner across the street from Ed's Garage, who also happened to be the new owner of the property on which the garage was located. She was more than capable of dishing out as much as she took from Ed.

When Freddy Prinze took his own life early in 1977, prior to the completion of the season's episodes, there was serious considerations given to the cancellation of the series. That was not done, however, as a new "Chico" was added to the cast for the following fall.

He was not an adult, though, or even someone whose name was really Chico. In the opening episode of the 1977-1978 season, it was established that Chico had left Ed's garage to go into business with his successful father, a character introduced the previous year and played by Cesar Romero. Later, Ed and Louie returned from a fishing trip to Tijuana to discover a 12-year-old stowaway in their car trunk. The boy, Raul, ingratiated himself with Ed and became his personal resident alien. At the end of the first episode, when the two of them were preparing to go to bed, Ed inadvertently said "Good night, Chico" to his new friend and, when corrected, simply said "You're all Chicos to me." Thus a new "Chico" for the "Man." Ed eventually adopted Raul and found himself contending with Raul's protective, and very sexy, Aunt Charo, an entertainer who had recently arrived from Spain to work in Los Angeles. She spent so much time at Ed's garage with her nephew that she, too, became part of the family.

NBC aired reruns of Chico and the Man from may to December 1977 in its weekday daytime lineup.