A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The family is basically loving, but humor draws on some ethnic stereotypes and many sexual innuendos.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Love talk gets a bit steamy, and innuendo sometimes hints at topics such as masturbation.
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Occasional profanity ("damn," "crap"); some humor based on insults.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of MTV references.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink tequila, and one episode deals with "swallowing the worm" (which results in hallucinations).
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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.
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.
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