Greetings from Tucson
|Greetings from Tucson|
|Also known as||Just Like You
|Created by||Peter Murrieta|
|Written by||Michael Begler
|Directed by||Mark Cendrowski
Dana De Vally Piazza
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Big Ticket Television
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Television
|Original channel||The WB|
|Original run||September 20, 2002– May 9, 2003|
Though reviews were mixed, critics applauded the abilities of the mostly-Latino cast, calling the show "a welcome addition to TV's largely white landscape,"  and compared its premise to I Love Lucy, The Jeffersons and the thought-provoking 1970s comedies of Norman Lear.
The show's title was meant to imitate the caption of a postcard, and the title sequence displayed the cast and credits on a series of postcards. The same visual device was used to transition between scenes. The exterior shot of the daughter's apartment building is a photograph of a real Tucson apartment complex, Casa Royale. The show's theme song was performed by Los Lobos.
Greetings from Tucson was based on the life of series creator Peter Murrieta. The stories were seen through the eyes of 15-year-old David Tiant (Pablo Santos), the oldest son in an ethnically-mixed, upwardly mobile family. His father Joaquin (Julio Oscar Mechoso) was a proud, pragmatic Mexican-American; his mother was a feisty Irish-American. His older sister (Aimee Garcia) was a socially-active cheerleader who rejected her Mexican roots and insisted she was Spanish.
In the pilot episode, the audience was told that Joaquin was awarded a major promotion at the copper mine, enabling him to move his family to a better neighborhood. The Tiants' last house was in such an impoverished area that it had bars on the windows and was subject to frequent police helicopter flyovers. The pilot episode took place six months after the Tiants moved.
Greetings from Tucson attempted to examine the themes of cultural identity, family and class. For example, in one scene, a Caucasian neighbor tells Ms. Tiant, "We were thinking of getting some work done in our yard, and I saw those Mexicans building a wall for you. I hear they're really good, and those guys look trustworthy. Maybe I could get their number from you." "Those guys," in fact, are Joaquin and his brother. The series lampooned stereotypes of Mexican culture and used them self-deprecatingly. In one episode, young David enters a clothing store, family in tow, and proclaims, "Of all the parts of my Mexican heritage that I'm most proud of, taking the extended family to the mall in one car to buy one item is probably my favorite." When Ms. Tiant hears that her daughter has been telling people that her family is Spanish, she replies, "She lies like a Spaniard."
- Pablo Santos as David Tiant
- Aimee Garcia as Maria Tiant
- Sara Paxton as Sarah Tobin
- Bobby Chavez as Daniel Tiant
- Rebecca Creskoff as Elizabeth Tiant
- Julio Oscar Mechoso as Joaquin Tiant
- Lupe Ontiveros as Magdalena Tiant
- Jacob Vargas as Ernesto Tiant
- Brian Scolaro as Larry Janetti