George Lopez (TV series)
|Theme music composer||Thomas Allen, Harold Ray Brown, Morris Dickerson, Gerald Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Lee Levitin, Charles Miller, and Howard E. Scott|
|Opening theme||"Low Rider",
performed by War
|Ending theme||Instrumental closing theme, composed by Nicholas "Aqua" McCarrell (select episodes of seasons 2–6 seen in syndication)|
|Composer(s)||W.G. Snuffy Walden (season 1)
Nicholas "Aqua" McCarrell (seasons 2–6)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||120 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Bruce Helford
Sandra Bullock (all; entire run)
Robert Borden (season 1-6)
Dave Caplan (seasons 3–6)
Mark Torgove &
Paul A. Kaplan
George Lopez (seasons 4–6)
|Camera setup||Film; Multi-camera|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fortis Films
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Picture format||NTSC (1080i) (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Surround (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Original release||March 27, 2002– May 8, 2007|
George Lopez is an American television sitcom created by comedian George Lopez, Bruce Helford and Robert Borden, which originally aired on ABC from March 27, 2002, to May 8, 2007. The show lasted six seasons, with a combined total of 120 episodes and is currently in syndication. George Lopez stars the titular comedian George Lopez, who plays a fictionalized version of himself and revolves around his life at work and raising his family at home. The series was produced by Fortis Films and Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The main executive producers consisted of George Lopez, Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer and Sandra Bullock.
The comedy revolves around a fictionalized portrayal of George Lopez, working at the Power Brothers aviation factory and raising his family consisting of his wife Angie, his daughter Carmen, and his son, Max, after having endured a dysfunctional and unhappy childhood at the hands of his alcoholic, remorseless mother Benny, who is portrayed as careless and unloving. Other characters include Angie's indulgent father Vic Palmero, a wealthy doctor, and George's closest childhood friend Ernie Cardenas, noted for his fecklessness at dating and his socially awkward behavior. After Carmen's departure from the series, the role fulfilled by her character was replaced with Angie's overindulged niece Veronica, with a large trust fund that has been entrusted under George's care.
Multiple storylines in the series are established through the unveiling of a secret guarded by Benny throughout George's whole childhood, most notably the discovery that his father Manny is still alive after George had been convinced by his mother that he died. Throughout a majority of the program, George tries to locate the whereabouts of his father, who was introduced at last in one episode and was revealed to be a rather rude, yet successful businessman, having remarried with his second lover Lydia and fathered a few more children. However, Manny's personality was commonly depicted as being uncaring toward his son and former wife in the few appearances that he made, before his death in one episode of kidney disease. Nonetheless, he prohibits his son's family from attending his funeral in protection of his reputation, much to George's anger.
|George Edward Lopez||George Lopez||Main|
|Angelina "Angie" Lopez (née Palmero)||Constance Marie||Main|
|Ernesto "Ernie" Cardenas||Valente Rodriguez||Main|
|Maximilian "Max" Victor Roberto Magic Johnson Lopez||Luis Armand Garcia||Main|
|Carmen Consuela Lopez||Masiela Lusha||Main||Flashback|
|Dr. Victor "Vic" Garcia Lantigua Palmero||Emiliano Díez||Recurring||Main|
|Veronica Ann Palmero||Aimee Garcia||Recurring||Main|
|Benita "Benny" Lopez (née Diaz)||Belita Moreno||Main|
For the first five seasons, the show had an all-Latino cast with the exception of Albanian American actress Masiela Lusha, who played George's daughter Carmen. George Lopez said that due to creative differences between him and Lusha, Lusha's character was written out of the show after Season 5. During the show's last season, Aimee Garcia was cast as George's niece, Veronica.
The show's theme song is "Low Rider", performed by War. The theme plays in the opening credits and was present when the show aired on ABC as well as syndication, but was replaced in the DVD releases of all seasons except 1 episode due to licensing costs. At the 9th ALMA Awards in 2007, George Lopez called the song the "Chicano National Anthem".
The series finale aired on May 8, 2007, after the show was canceled by ABC. According to Lopez, ABC prime-time entertainment president Steve McPherson called him over the weekend and explained that the network would lose money if the show was picked up again, and that it wasn't doing well financially. Lopez stated that the explanation was "painful to hear," noting that the show had four different time slots in only five years and had to constantly compete against shows like American Idol, yet the final season of the show was still able to outperform two comedy series that were renewed by ABC: Notes from the Underbelly and The Knights of Prosperity. Lopez said that ABC "dealt with us from the bottom of the deck" and that it was "hard to take after what was a good run."
Lopez attributed the cancellation in part to the fact that the show was not produced directly by ABC Studios, but instead by Warner Bros. Television. Lopez also criticized ABC's decision to approve the show Cavemen, being perplexed at the circumstances: "So a Chicano can't be on TV, but a caveman can?" According to Lopez, 170 staff members who worked on the show lost their jobs. Lopez explained that he "took the five years of good, and I did a lot with the good. My popularity, I was involved in charities, I overcame my illness, all on TV. I shared all of that with America – every secret I had... Every emotion. Everything was open to the show. And what happens?" In spite of the cancellation, nightly episode re-runs continue to air on various networks both in the United States and abroad (see the "Syndication" section below).
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George Lopez was critically acclaimed and received positive reviews from critics.
|Season||Episodes||Original air dates||TV season||Time slot (ET)||Nielsen ratings|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Rank||Viewers (in millions)|
|1||4||March 27, 2002||April 17, 2002||2001–02||Wednesday 8:30 PM||70th||9.0|
|2||24||October 2, 2002||May 14, 2003||2002–03||50th||10.4|
|3||28||September 26, 2003||May 21, 2004||2003–04||Friday 8:00 PM||96th||7.4|
|4||24||September 28, 2004||May 17, 2005||2004–05||Tuesday 8:30 PM||79th||7.2|
|5||22||October 5, 2005||April 12, 2006||2005–06||Wednesday 8:00 PM||82nd||7.2|
|6||18||January 24, 2007||May 8, 2007||2006–07||95th||6.1|
The show entered syndication one month after the series finale on ABC, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. The show aired in broadcast syndication on independent stations, and affiliates of Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV as well as The CW Plus stations in the United States from 2007-2011 and on Telelatino in Canada. The show moved to ION Television on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup. It first aired on Nick at Nite on September 10, 2007 – it was the most current non-original show to air on Nick at Nite (until it was announced that Everybody Hates Chris would join the lineup). To this date, it continues to be their highest rated series and one of cable's best for an off-network sitcom.
Never a major hit in primetime, the show became an unexpected success in syndication. Many markets also moved the show from overnight timeslots to more desirable ones.
Episodes from the first four seasons of George Lopez do not use those respective seasons' opening titles, the season five version is used instead (this is evident as Emiliano Diez is credited in the sequence, which is slightly longer than how they were originally broadcast on ABC, though there is also a short version also used in syndication that also differs from the original short opening credits that does not credit him for seasons 1-3, even though Diez did not make his first guest appearance until season two and did not become a cast regular until season four); the final two seasons use those seasons' appropriate versions of the opening credits.
On MTV Tr3s, the show premiered on the network's redebut July 12, 2010 and reruns are being shown there.
On ION Television, the show premiered on the network's Sunday marathon starting on October 2, 2011. But then, was later pulled off their schedule.
In May 2016, the series was added to TV Land's line-up.
On April 17, 2007, Warner Home Video released seasons 1 and 2 on DVD in Region 1. After nearly six years since the release of the first and second seasons, Warner Bros. released the third season on July 16, 2013. The fourth season was released on June 23, 2015. The fifth season was released on August 18, 2015. The sixth and final season was released on November 24, 2015.
The complete series was also published in high-definition on the iTunes Store and Amazon Video. The show's theme song "Low Rider" is intact in these releases but only episode Season 6 Episode 17.
Awards and nominations
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- "George Lopez at Nick At Nite". Nick At Nite. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
- Albiniak, Paige (2008-04-13). "'Lopez' A Sleeper Hit". broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "George Lopez DVD news: Announcement for George Lopez - The Complete 3rd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
- Info, Cover Art for 'The Complete 4th Season' on DVD
- Finalized Release Date for the 6th and Final Season on DVD
- iTunes. Other seasons in sidebar. Retrieved on June 24, 2014.
- Amazon. "Amazon.com: George Lopez: The Complete First and Second Seasons (HD)" Retrieved on June 24, 2014.
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