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"The George Lopez Show" Review

By Shawn McKenzie 04/11/2002

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 good.

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 accomplishment!


In case you were curious, my rating for "According To Jim":


Ratings System:


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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