Lopez Tonight

Common Sense Media says

Host makes late-night history ... but in a crude fashion.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although Lopez talks about the importance of diversity, multiculturalism, and unity, any positive messages are diluted by his use of racial/ethnic stereotypes.

Positive role models

Lopez is the first Latino late-night talk show host in the history of American television.  While not everyone may agree with his attempts to reclaim stereotypes (or his reliance on cultural/ethnic humor, some of which can be pretty crude) he has broken down a lot of barriers.


Jokes sometimes refer to guns, gang activity, and other violent events.


Some strong sexual innuendo, including specific references to having sex and to various sexual acts. A celebrity guest dances on a stripper pole, and women are frequently shown dancing in skimpy outfits. One segment asks audience members to guess about the size of a man’s penis.


Words like “bitch” and “ass” are audible; curses like “s--t” are fully bleeped. Lopez also uses a lot of Spanish curse words.


Like any late-night talk show, the series features celebrities promoting their latest projects.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some jokes refer to drinking and drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this late-night talk/comedy show hosted by comedian George Lopez supposedly celebrates diversity and cultural unity -- but Lopez frequently uses crude humor and racial/ethnic stereotyping to garner laughs. Expect frequent strong language (words like “s--t” are fully bleeped, while those like "bitch" -- and the wide variety of Spanish curses Lopez uses -- aren't) and jokes that refer to a variety of sexual acts, drinking, drug use, guns, and other violent activity. Women are shown in sexy outfits dancing during musical numbers.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez, alk/variety/comedy show LOPEZ TONIGHT earns the distinction of being the first American late-night show to be hosted by a Latino performer. The series serves up a glitzy, party-like atmosphere highlighted by female dancers and music performed by the show’s in-house band. Lopez delivers his trademark edgy humor during his opening monologues and throughout various comedy segments that incorporate street interviews and audience participation; celebrity interviews and live musical sets round out each episode.

Is it any good?


LOPEZ TONIGHT offers all of the traditional trappings of late-night entertainment but also attempts to offer messages about diversity, unity, and change inspired by Lopez’s Chicano heritage. The comedian pays homage to multiculturalism by frequently referring to family-inspired racial/ethnic jokes and relying on crude cultural stereotypes (including jokes about the size of Asian genitalia and the racist nature of "white people") for laughs.

Lopez's place in the late-night roster is certainly groundbreaking and may even be inspiring for some. But his overuse of racial/ethnic humor leads to more cheap laughs than empowered moments. And sometimes he just isn't very funny.  As a result, he seems to be undermining the very messages about change and cultural unity that he's trying to promote.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media represents different races and ethnicities. Do you think that someone from a specific racial/ethnic background automatically represents his/her community? Should that person automatically consider her/himself a role model for that community?

  • What exactly does “reclaiming” a stereotype mean? Do you think using stereotypes is ever necessary and/or appropriate to make a point?

TV details

Cast:George Lopez
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byrealitycheck69 February 3, 2010

Caution... Lopez Tonight, a show for adults with an open mind!

Lopez Tonight IS a show for adults, no doubt about it! I Love it, although I can understand the shock everyone is experiencing and the fact that many non-hispanics don't understand many of his jokes. It's also quite difficult to view it with an open mind, when most of America is used to the same format over and over again. Yes, Leno, Letterman and the rest are funny, but they follow the same rules. It get's boring after a while! It might also be true that his humor is not for everyone, but this is what he has been doing for years in his standup and the reason that we love him. I am a First generation American born Mexican who grew up in a very White community. It was difficult growing up to identify with anything or anyone in the media. My family did not fit into the Brady Bunch or Happy Days Models. So, for me the Lopez Tonight show gives me a feeling of "Wow, someone else understands where I am coming from!" Some one once said, that making fun of the stereotypes of our own culture gives us power. We know many people who don't fit the stereotype, but we also know that one person who does, and that is what makes it funny!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 12, 14, 15, and 17 year old Written byMrs Prince December 29, 2009

I luv this show!!!!

What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byblewnc December 7, 2009

Honest Lopez interview

Lopez tonight is terrible. Monologue is stale and he copies the other late night shows segments. Audience is bogus with those forced cheers. Leave the interviews to people experienced in that area.

What other families should know
Too much swearing


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