Chico and the Man


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About

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

Starring

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

Production

Executive producer(s) James Komack

Producer(s) Hal Kanter

James Komack

Michael Morris

Ed Scharlach

Running time 22–24 minutes

Distributor Warner Bros. Television

Broadcast

Original channel NBC

Audio format Monaural

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

 

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Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on packaging Chico and the Man
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Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on doing production design for Chico and the Man, and on his decision to work on sitcoms
04:18
Roy Christopher on working with producers on production design for shows like Chico and the Man, Murphy Brown, and Frasier
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Roy Christopher on his process for creating sets for Chico and the Man
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Roy Christopher on the death of Freddie Prinze, and on working with the cast of Chico and the Man
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Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for Chico and the Man starring Jack Albertson and Freddie Prinze, and on Prinze's troubles during production
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Ron Friedman on Chico and the Man creator James Komack
00:51
Ron Friedman on the chemistry between Freddie Prinze and Jack Albertson on Chico and the Man, and on the death of Freddie Prinze
01:24
Ron Friedman on the legacy of Chico and the Man
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Hal Kanter

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Writer Hal Kanter on working on Chico and the Man; on the death of the show's star Freddie Prinze
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Della Reese

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Della Reese on appearing on Chico and the Man, and the cast including Freddie Prinze, Jack Albertson, and Scatman Crothers
07:53

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on publicity for Chico and the Man, and dealing with Freddie Prinze's suicide, and appropriate things to say to the media
03:52

David L. Wolper

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David Wolper on executive producing Chico and the Man; the casting of Freddie Prinze
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David Wolper on the cast of Chico and the Man
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