Chico and the Man

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Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 13, 1974 to July 21, 1978, starring Jack Albertson as Ed Brown (The Man), the cantankerous owner of a run down garage in an East Los Angeles barrio, and Freddie Prinze as Chico Rodriguez, an upbeat, optimistic Chicano street kid who comes in looking for a job. Unfortunately, Prinze's death in the third season changed the direction of the series, which continued until July, 1978. It was the first U.S. television series set in a Mexican-American neighborhood.

Created by James Komack

Directed by

Peter Baldwin

Jack Donohue

James Komack


Jack Albertson

Freddie Prinze (until his death in 1977)

Scatman Crothers

Bonnie Boland

Isaac Ruiz

Ronny Graham

Della Reese

Theme music composer José Feliciano

Opening theme "Chico and the Man" performed by José Feliciano

Country of origin United States

Language(s) English

No. of seasons 4

No. of episodes 88


Executive producer(s) James Komack

Producer(s) Hal Kanter

James Komack

Michael Morris

Ed Scharlach

Running time 22–24 minutes

Distributor Warner Bros. Television


Original channel NBC

Audio format Monaural

Original run September 13, 1974 (1974-09-13) – July 21, 1978


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