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"The George Lopez
By Shawn McKenzie
When network executives are looking for sitcoms, the
number one question they should ask themselves is: is this funny? All of
the special interest groups protesting that there isn't more diversity on
television should realize that if the network doesn't ask this question
first, just simply existing on television on a bad show will do them no
Now, is ABC's "The George Lopez Show" funny? Well, the special
interest groups can enjoy a sigh of relief...yes, it is funny. I wouldn't
call it drop-on-the-floor-with-side-aches funny, but it is a family comedy
that delivers on the laughs.
Comedian George Lopez stars in this sitcom about a factory worker who was
recently promoted to manager of the factory. His best friend and mom both
work there too. He comes home to his good-looking house with his beautiful
family. I have read other reviews that said his house was too spacious for
a factory worker's salary. This may be true, but I can't imagine trying to
film a positive-role-model type sitcom in a cramped little apartment. I
will always suspend belief if I am laughing.
This Sandra Bullock-produced show relies a little on the racial jokes (an
example: after hearing about his daughter's troubles on the school swim
team, he says, "Why does she need to learn how to swim anyway? We're
already here!"), but it doesn't overpower the show. I do hope that if this
show gets renewed for next season they replace the theme song from War's
"Low Rider" to something original.
When I watch a sitcom, I really don't care what color the actors are, I
just care that it is funny. "The George Lopez Show" may be ABC's
attempt to diversify, but I think the bigger achievement was that they
were able to find a sitcom for families that is funny and doesn't annoy
you (like "According to Jim," the horrible show that had the time
slot "The George Lopez Show" occupies.) That is the real
In case you were curious, my rating for "According
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!
Try to catch this show every week...
If a better show is on, tape this one...
If nothing else is on, maybe this will be good...
If this show is on, change the channel immediately!
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