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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Latino comic uses life for laughs, social commentary.

TV TV Land Comedy 2016
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The amusing series is a classic sitcom featuring the irreverent ethnic-based humor George Lopez is known for. As is his style, the comedian plays up common Latino stereotypes, ranging from gardeners to gangsters, as a way of reclaiming them. But his jokes also point out the various, and often puzzling, relationships between Latinos and various non-Latino communities. They also highlight the entertainment industry's conventional ideas about these subjects and underscore the challenges Latinos face when navigating the business according to those expectations.

Guests such as Snoop Dogg and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa help create some fun moments. However, it's far from being politically correct and meant to poke fun at the way we think about race and ethnicity in America. Not everyone will appreciate Lopez's brand of social commentary, which sometimes feels like he's adding to, rather than diffusing, racial tensions. But his approach isn't as cynical as it is fearless and, to some extent, honest, because it reflects his life experience. This, combined with good writing and comedic timing, makes the overall show work.

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