George Lopez

TV review by
Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media
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Standard-fare but groundbreaking sitcom about Latino family.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 81 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The family is basically loving, but humor draws on some ethnic stereotypes and many sexual innuendos.

Violence
Sex

Love talk gets a bit steamy, and innuendo sometimes hints at topics such as masturbation.

Language

Occasional profanity ("damn," "crap"); some humor based on insults.

Consumerism

Lots of MTV references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink tequila, and one episode deals with "swallowing the worm" (which results in hallucinations).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the hard-working Lopez family is generally respectful (the teen daughter is much less whiny and defiant than teens on other shows, and the family is supportive toward the son with dyslexia). But innuendos are common, and some of the humor relies on put-downs ("she's not like you when you were getting married -- she's not a minor, not pregnant, and knows the name of the guy she's marrying"). The ethnic humor doesn't sink as low as it could, but it is there, and sometimes it's more stereotypical than it has to be.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bythescreenname April 9, 2008

REVIEW:

SEXUAL CONTENT: Pause VIOLENCE: not an issue LANGUAGE: Pause SOCIAL BEHAVOR: pause COMMERCIALISM: not an issue DRUGS/ALCHAHOL: pause
Adult Written byhelper + February 12, 2012

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love this show it is hilarious haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 21, 2013

Funny, just like most [email protected] sitcoms

I like this show. It's very funny and entertaining. I think csm should've rated this as 13+ because not all episodes are that edgy. It may not be your... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymichaelmyers21 December 4, 2009

Recommended for kids 13+

hilarious comedy show starring George Lopez, Constance Marie

What's the story?

Comedian George Lopez plays the titular character of this sitcom. A husband and father of two, George has risen through the factory-worker ranks to manage the plant, but he finds managing his friends and even his mother (who works at the factory) a constant challenge. His marriage to Angie (Constance Marie) has both rocky and tender moments while Angie's father, Vic (Emiliano Díez), offers mixed-bag guidance. Best friend Ernie (Valente Rodriguez) occasionally teases George, but is there for him when trouble comes up. That's a good thing, because surprises lurk around every corner. His kids Carmen (Masiela Lusha) and Max (Luis Garcia) are in the throes of teenage rebellion and his wisecracking mother, Benny (Belita Moreno), who enjoys tormenting her son with shocking exaggerations about his family.

Is it any good?

The show uses humor and hard work to deal with the challenges and adversity faced by all working families, and that's the through line in this standard-fare sitcom. What sets this sitcom apart from the pack is that it broke ground by focusing on a Latino family, and its success paved the way for other Latino-focused shows. Still, some aspects ring true but unfortunately, some of the humor draws on eye-rolling, "wouldn't-you-know-it" Mexican jokes.

Perhaps George Lopez will turn out to be an early forerunner of a less over-done show, just as The Jeffersons preceded The Cosby Show. In the meanwhile, like The Jeffersons, George Lopez will go down in sitcom history as a step forward -- even if it's never a classic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about parenting styles. How does George's approach to parenting differ from his mother's? How do George's wife and kids support him and each other? What do these characters value, and how do they express that? Another topic could be George's work situation. What does it take to succeed when you aren't offered a lot of advantages in life? Also, what's easy and hard for George about supervising his friends and his mother at work? Would you want to manage your friends or family? Why or why not?

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