George Lopez

Common Sense Media says

Mild stereotyping in sitcom about a Latino family.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence
Not applicable
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).

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Constance Marie, George Lopez, Masiela Lusha
Network:Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 15 years old Written byKids Media USA April 4, 2015
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Not age appropriate for kids under 9; age appropriate for kids over 11. Suggested age: 14.

Love it! Great Messages: 2/5. Great Role Models: 1/5. Violence: 0/5. Sex: 2/5 (some innuendo). Language: 1.5/5 ("damn," "hell," "w--re"; occasionally, though). Consumerism: 0/5. Substance Abuse: 4/5.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Written byAnonymous January 14, 2015
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Think of the GL show as King of the Hill, but in reality clothing.

'George Lopez' is a wonderful show, but it has quite a few disadvantages for children under the age of eleven, such as mild to even moderate cursing, and sexual innuendo. The show's main characters are: George Lopez, Carmen Lopez, Angie Lopez, Max Lopez, and Benny Lopez. Maybe a mature 9+.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 21, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Funny, just like most Nick@Nite 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 average American sitcom, but it's still very neat.

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