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Chico and the Man
Chico Man
Name Chico and the Man
Mentioned In Confidence Man
Genre Situation Comedy
Created by James Komack
Seasons 4
Episodes 88
Running Time 30 minutes
Channel NBC
Original Run 1974-1978
Starring Jack Albertson
Freddie Prinze
Scatman Crothers
Bonnie Boland
Issac Ruiz
Ronny Graham
Della Reese

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Chico and the Man was an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978. The series was created by James Komack. In total, 88 episodes were produced until its cancellation. It was the first U.S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood.


The series featured Ed Brown (Jack Albertson), or The Man, the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and Chico Rodriguez (Freddie Prinze), an upbeat, optimistic Chicano street kid who comes in looking for a job. Ed doesn't want Chico's help. In fact, he distrusts all Chicanos. A hard-drinking widower, he refuses to fit in with the changing neighborhood and has alienated most of the people who live around him. Ed uses ethnic slurs and berates Chico in an effort to get him to leave. But Chico sees potential in the old man and sneaks back in at night to clean up the garage and move into an old van that Ed has parked inside. When Ed sees all the effort Chico has put in, he slowly warms up to Chico and thus starts the relationship. Ed grows to see Chico as a son, although he will deny this fact on many occasions. The chemistry between Jack Albertson's "Ed" and Freddie Prinze's "Chico" was one of the leading factors in making the show a hit in its first two seasons.


In Confidence Man, Sawyer refers to Jack as "Chico", a reference to the character titular character and his characteristic optimistic attitude.

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