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A sitcom that aired on ABC from 2002 to 2007 starring stand-up comedian George Lopez, not to be confused with ''LopezTonight''. Repeats can currently be seen on ''NickAtNite''. Constantly.

Noteworthy for being the first American {{sitcom}} with a ''mostly'' Hispanic cast, and, in the final season, an ''all''-Hispanic cast. Also the second longest running show with said cast.
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!!The series provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: George's mom. This, along with his father's ParentalAbandonment causes George to have some issues. In her defense, his father walking out on her was a big reason for it and her parents were [[UpToEleven much worse]] than she was.
** She was also a single teen mom with no family to help her and had to raise George all on her own.
* AccidentalInnuendo: In universe example: George reads Carmen's [=IMs=] in one episode and her boyfriend describes her "doing something over and over again until she gets it right". [[spoiler: He was talking about skateboarding.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Angie's brother (who is Cuban) discusses passing as Greek in order to con people.
* [[ACupAngst B Cup Angst]]: It's sometimes mentioned that Angie has small-medium breasts. Bennie even makes fun of her for it at times.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking In one episode, when Max tries to upgrade the computer but breaks it, Angie says that it contained all her business files, photos of the family's vacation, and a journal containing her private thoughts.
* AxesAtSchool: One episode had a student bring a gun to Max's school. The incident occurred offscreen, with the episode instead focusing on the psychological effects that the experience had on Max
* BackToSchool: George goes back to school after there is a PTA meeting specifically targeted at parents who didn't go to college. Max decides he doesn't need to go either so George wants to teach him a lesson. In the next episode, George drops out and tells the teacher he was in the military and got sent to Iraq. HilarityEnsues.
* BadOmenAnecdote: Carmen compares her relationship to ''RomeoAndJuliet''. George is quick to point out that they both die.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Carmen
** Veronica even moreso.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "Curious George". Carmen, Angie and Benny are talking about why men suck. Carmen says that her ex Duncan was a jerk, Angie says that her first boyfriend dumped her for someone with bigger boobs and Benny says that her first boyfriend knifed her and stole her car.
** In one episode where Benny meets Manny's wife, Lydia, she says that Benny was the first person to dance with Manny, the first person he married, the first person to pull a knife on him.
* TheBrideWithAPast: Ernie is dating a woman who has a history of alcohol abuse and gambling problems.
* BrokenBird: Benny, a rare humorous (and elderly) example.
* BrokenAesop: Subverted in-universe, George decides to show Max why he needs to do well in school by giving him a job in the plant. This backfires, because Max decides that he likes it and thinks that he should just drop out and take the job because he's not smart enough to finish school anyway. George toys with letting him drop out and start working there, but then has a FlashForward showing a 50 year old Max having no other options after the entire plant is replaced by robots. He then decides to show Max how bad working at the plant can be by showing him how much the workers freak out when there is even a rumor of the plant closing.
* ButtMonkey: Ernie. George sometimes too.
** Ernie can never seem to hold an actual relationship with anyone, even [[AllWomenAreLustful Gina]] wouldn't want him in one episode.
* CallingTheOldManOut: George frequently does this to his mother, but one episode he finally tracks down his long-lost father who abandoned them and punches him out. George's mother is happy at this and even George's boss approves of this action.
* CatchPhrase: "Whah-pah!" "I got this!" "''Estás loca?''"
** "Why you cryin'?!" certainly gets thrown around enough times to qualify.
** Don't forget "[[CantGetAwayWithNuthin I can't do NOTHIN'!]]".
** "''Sabes qué?''"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Claudia, Mr. Needles, Accident Amy (granted, she could have been permanently hospitalized for... anything).
* CloserToEarth: Both played straight and viciously subverted - George is impulsive and cynical, but more of a realist, while Angie was more sensible but idealistic and naive: when her sensibility goes up against his street smarts a favorite gag for the show to use is for her to initially win out, only for her reasonable solution to be nowhere near effective and for George to be right all along.
** The show tried to imply that Angie would ''normally'' be right, like the time they both wanted to get rid of an offensive statue in a neighbor's yard. Her strongly worded letter and petition to the Neighborhood Watch succeeded where George's idea of smashing it to pieces didn't (the neighbor simply bought more.) However, the majority of the time that Angie's argument failed was when she tried to get George and his mom to be closer and more loving. She grew up in a more well-off, traditional family, and had trouble accepting that some families (like George and Benny) were simply screwed-up beyond repair.
* ContinuityCreep: The entire first season was completely episodic, but beginning in season 2, many story arcs, both self-contained and multi-seasonal, were created.
* TheDanza: George Lopez stars as... George Lopez.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Bennie and George.
* DigitalHeadSwap: Done [[StylisticSuck incredibly obviously]] in its flashbacks, with the adult actors' heads pasted onto child actors' bodies.
* DisappearedDad
* DisproportionateRetribution: A joke in one episode has Carmen over hear Angie saying she wants "her" out of the house and think she's talking about her for scratching the car. Subverted in that she was actually talking about Veronica.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Unusual example, in that Lopez himself recorded a theme tune for the DVD release, as it would've been cost-prohibitive to license "Low Rider".
* {{Dojikko}}: Accident Amy
* DomCom
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: When Angie discovers that a sexual predator was living in the neighborhood, George riles up the entire neighborhood to confront the predator. The minute they discover the predator is a woman, everyone stops caring and goes home.
** Averted by Angie herself, who is adamant about trying to convince everyone that what the woman did was wrong, then later by George, when he becomes frightened when he sees Max come out of the woman's house.
* DumbassTeenageSon: Max.
* DysfunctionJunction: Lampshaded.
-->'''Angie''': (crying) Why does everything happen to ''us''?
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: More of a cosmetic version, but it's strange to go back and watch the episode "Super Bowl" and se George with long, poofy black and shiny hair, Benny with a fuller and less wrinkly face, and Max played by a child actor younger than 14 years of age.
* FakeNationality: Carmen's actress is actually Albanian-American.
* FavorsForTheSexy: This happens when Veronica works at the factory.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one episode, George is unable to have sex because he thinks she's pregnant and sees a... detailed... sonogram. In his final glance at the sonogram, the fetus seems to be giving him the finger.
* GRatedDrug: The hallucinogenic worms in his Tequila at Thirsty's.
--> '''Vic Palmero!Worm''': You are having a hallucinogenic reaction to ''me.'' I'm in your ''belly.'' Watch me dance.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: An almost laughable use of this trope in one episode, where a girl that can easily be confused for having two fathers has one or both of the men say some line that assures the audience that they sleep with tons of women all the time, multiple times, in every scene that they were in.
* GrassIsGreener: George applies for another job in a small town in Colorado. He really wants to go, believing that a small town would be a better place to raise his children than LA. However, when we get there, we see that the kids have [[SmallTownBoredom literally nothing else to do]] but drink underage, have sex and get into trouble.
* GratuitousSpanish: George is fond of this. At least one episode title (''Sabes Quake'') uses this trope
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Mentioned every episode. Usually Bennie says something about how much she hugged George and then George would say something like "That was when you were drunk!"
** Not just his childhood. TheTag for one episode was Benny serving up a plate of ice-cream, but letting the dog have a shot at it first. "George! Your ice cream is ready!"
** Benny's, too, according to Carmen, Max, and either the studio audience or (far more likely, since the laughter wasn't the least bit nervous) the LaughTrack. DisappearedDad? Tragic. Eleven-year-old pretending to be his grandmother's father and (literally) belting her in effigy until the watermelon bust's eye fell off? [[BlackComedy Mind-bendingly hilarious]].
* HotMom: Angie
* {{Hypocrite}}: In "George Rocks to the Max and Gets Diss-Band-ed", George tells Max that they can't have chicks around the band because they'll just end up controlling them, then Max ends up calling him out on it:
--->'''Max''': Thats what your doing, Dad. You're the chick ruining our band.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Subverted in "What George Doesn't Noah". Carmen brings home what seems to be the perfect boyfriend, Noah, after dating bad boy Zack. George and Benny spy on Noah and find him with another man in a movie theater. [[spoiler: Turns out Carmen was using Noah as a cover up so she could still see Zack.]]
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow:A non-sexual one. Carmen tells George she was doing "halfpipes" (skateboarding) with her boyfriend and George assumes she is doing drugs.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone gets in a moment or two over the course of the series, but special mention has to go to Bennie whose social and child-raising skills border on [[ComedicSociopathy sociopathic]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Seasons 1 & 2 have been released on DVD. No plans as yet for Seasons 3-5.
* KissingCousins: Max continuously tries to flirt with Veronica, who is his first cousin. George himself gets [[{{Squick}} squicked]] out by this even though its pretty much one-sided.
** Also Vic has kissed both Benny and Linda.
* LIsForDyslexia: Max. Almost every episode after he is diagnosed talks about it. George allegedly has it too.
* LadyDrunk: George's mother Bennie, though she is not rich.
* LaughablyEvil: The Powers brothers are a corrupt pair of jerkasses and one of them is a horribly negligent father. Despite this they are immensely entertaining whenever they are on-screen.
-->'''Jack''': Isn't that right [[ItMakesSenseInContext SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD]]!?
* LethalChef: Angie is constantly told she's this by almost everyone, especially Benny.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In one episode, while describing his turnaround of Veronica, George snidely remarks about getting his own sitcom TV show, which he calls "George Lopez: [[ShoutOut Nanny Nine-''Juan''-''Juan'' ]]".
* MartyStu: In-universe. Jason is probably supposed to be a parody. When George and Angie grill him after Carmen brings him home, it is revealed that he is a straight-A athlete on the debate team who spends his afternoons helping his disabled brother.
** Although, by the end, he slides into more of a BrokenAce, since it's revealed that he's abusing steroids to compete in sports because he's so desperate for his emotionally-distant father's approval.
* MisterSeahorse: Continuing after an episode of when Carmen runs away, one scene of George Lopez shows Carmen (his daughter) returning home, but with a twist [[TeenPregnancy she is pregnant!]] After this, George then realizes not only his daughter is pregnant, but also is [[SurprisePregnancy his wife]] and [[ButICantBePregnant his mother]]. Then, his son Max walks into the room with a large belly as well. After asking his father, "[[GroinAttack Where is this going to come out?]]", George abruptly wakes up and responds aloud, "[[ScreamingBirth If you're lucky, your bellybutton!]]" It was [[AllJustADream all just a dream]] induced from all the stress of worrying to where Carmen ran away.
** In a completely different way, George was wearing a seahorse hat at Carmen's quinceanera.
* MushroomSamba
* TheMunchausen: Vic. Parodied in at least one episode. George keeps getting tired of his stories so he asks him to skip to the last line of the story, which are typically {{Brick Joke}}s, in addition to {{Noodle Incident}}s.
--> '''Vic:''' My father paid the girl with a chicken.\\
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(''at the end of a different story'') Well the chicken lived, but the girl had to where an eye patch for the rest of her life.\\
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(''and the end of yet another story'')And it turns out it was the exact same chicken.\\
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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From "Max Big Adventure"
-->'''Benny''': Here is my list of people I don't want in the carpool: Jimmy Fatass, Joey Pitstains, Booger Nose Johnny, and Lilly.
* NoodleIncident: George and Angie apparently had a very memorable "trip to the lake" that is mentioned in several episodes.
** Another time Angie once told George never to describe his house as his castle.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: While just about everyone in Angie's family looks down on George, its her father, Vic, who tops them all.
** Angie doesn't have it any better with her mother-in-law.
* PaedoHunt: Subverted. See trope entry.
* PinchMe: The 2 times he eats the worm in his drink at Thirsty's.
* PlayingGertrude: Benite Moreno, who plays George's mom Benita "Benny" Lopez, is only 12 years older than George Lopez.
** To be fair, she's only four years off from Benny's actual age.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: The [[ScoutOut Treetop Rangers]] leader who tells them that recycling is bad and that cops should profile Mexicans. When George confronts him, he says "Oh not like you. I mean one of those "Me no speakee" Mexicans".
* PrettyInMink: Angie's mother Emelina wears a fur coat when she comes for Christmas. Only Bennie comments on it, but that's Bennie's nature. Angie also mentions she had to stop her parents from buying a fur for Carmen, more because they don't want to spoil her.
* PseudoCrisis: One of the later seasons ended in a multiple-cliffhanger scenario, one of them comes out of nowhere, it includes George's friend, Ernie, worrying that his and George's place of work might shut down. Next episode, it turns out that it wasn't really going to happen.
* PutOnABus: Carmen before the final season due to Masiela Luscha wanting to go to college.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Low Rider" by WAR
* RecognitionFailure: Carmen runs away and becomes a groupie for the rapper Chingy. George ends up being the only person who doesn't know who that is.
* ResetButton: Averted. Take, for instance, the time Carmen gained a reputation as a whore. Turned out her boyfriend had propositioned her, and she turned him down, he started the rumor, and George forces him to take it back. This would be an ordinary VerySpecialEpisode, except that the episode ends with Carmen ''still'' being teased at school, and George and Angie realize that they're going to have to find her a new school. Ouch.
* RichBitch: Veronica
* RunningGag: George's big head.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Ernie and George.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: A major source of frustration for George is the fact that his little girl Carmen has grown into a four-alarm hottie, which has not escaped the notice of the menfolk.
* ShoutOut
** A particular one that comes to this editor's mind is the one in "Why Are You Crying?":
-->'''Benny''': "Wow, a month without the [[SpongeBobSquarePants stupid, talking sponge]]. That's gonna hurt!"
* ShowerOfAwkward: One episode has George walking into a shower expecting to see Angie and surprise her, only to spot Benny instead!
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: Gina from will sleep with AnythingThatMoves...anything, that is, that can get past the initial nausea. At one point, Ernie decides he's finally gotten desperate enough to make a pass at her, which she turns down.
-->'''Gina''': I guess I have standards. Hey, I'm as surprised as you!
* SpecialGuest: Done quite well, including Lou Diamond Phillips as George's wastrel, long lost half brother. The big one was SandraBullock as Accident Amy (Bullock was an executive producer for the show).
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Angie and George's song play while George sits down sadly, only for Benny to come onto the screen carrying a boom box.
* SpicyLatina: Angie and Benny.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Subverted; the family has the usual kitchen/living room setup, but the vast majority of the action takes place in the kitchen or backyard.
* StealthInsult: When Angie goes into selling makeup, a makeup seller advises Angie to use these to make women feel insecure enough to buy makeup.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: George's niece Veronica, who eventually replaced Carmen as she was [[PutOnABus written off the show]] (by going to college) due to real-life issues with her actress, Masiela Lusha.
* TakeFive: Used when George and Angie have to talk about their finances and Ernie just opens a can of orange soda during the discussion. He doesn't want to leave since "he just opened this can," and George gives him a rather nasty look.
* TokenWhite: Carmen's boyfriend Jason in later seasons.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Subverted in that George often talks about how lucky he is to have gotten Angie.
** His RealLife (ex-)wife picked the actress, despite being an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] herself.
* TheUnFavorite: Carmen is treated like this from time to time, although George does cop to it.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Occasionally, Benny and Vic. ''Canon'' in one episode where they made out when the Lopezes went to Colorado on vacation.
* VideoWills: Done quite humorously when Angie's late sister-in-law Claudia leaves all of her money to her daughter Veronica, to be managed by a trustee. She manages to get in one last jab at her father-in-law before naming George as the trustee:
-->'''Claudia''': Will Victor Palmero please step forward.
-->[Vic steps forward]
-->'''Claudia''': Good. [[TakeThat Now bend over and kiss George Lopez's ass]], because I choose him.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: George uses the term "catching them in bed together" to refer to ''literally'' finding Jason and Carmen in her bed asleep (with their clothes on, no less).
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: George and Angie feel this way about Carmen, especially after she runs away and becomes a groupie for Chingy.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Used InUniverse for laughs in one of the Christmas specials. George takes his family too a rendition of ''A Christmas Carol''... except it turns out to be a {{Grimdark}}, urban version of the story. Scrooge is a drug-dealing pimp and Little Tim is killed off by a drive-by shooting ''two minutes in''. We don't see much else but according to Angie, a pittbull fight was somehow involved in the play.

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A sitcom that aired on ABC from 2002 to 2007 starring stand-up comedian George Lopez, not to be confused with ''LopezTonight''. Repeats can currently be seen on ''NickAtNite''. Constantly.

Noteworthy for being the first American {{sitcom}} with a ''mostly'' Hispanic cast, and, in the final season, an ''all''-Hispanic cast. Also the second longest running show with said cast.
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!!The series provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: George's mom. This, along with his father's ParentalAbandonment causes George to have some issues. In her defense, his father walking out on her was a big reason for it and her parents were [[UpToEleven much worse]] than she was.
** She was also a single teen mom with no family to help her and had to raise George all on her own.
* AccidentalInnuendo: In universe example: George reads Carmen's [=IMs=] in one episode and her boyfriend describes her "doing something over and over again until she gets it right". [[spoiler: He was talking about skateboarding.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Angie's brother (who is Cuban) discusses passing as Greek in order to con people.
* [[ACupAngst B Cup Angst]]: It's sometimes mentioned that Angie has small-medium breasts. Bennie even makes fun of her for it at times.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking In one episode, when Max tries to upgrade the computer but breaks it, Angie says that it contained all her business files, photos of the family's vacation, and a journal containing her private thoughts.
* AxesAtSchool: One episode had a student bring a gun to Max's school. The incident occurred offscreen, with the episode instead focusing on the psychological effects that the experience had on Max
* BackToSchool: George goes back to school after there is a PTA meeting specifically targeted at parents who didn't go to college. Max decides he doesn't need to go either so George wants to teach him a lesson. In the next episode, George drops out and tells the teacher he was in the military and got sent to Iraq. HilarityEnsues.
* BadOmenAnecdote: Carmen compares her relationship to ''RomeoAndJuliet''. George is quick to point out that they both die.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Carmen
** Veronica even moreso.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In "Curious George". Carmen, Angie and Benny are talking about why men suck. Carmen says that her ex Duncan was a jerk, Angie says that her first boyfriend dumped her for someone with bigger boobs and Benny says that her first boyfriend knifed her and stole her car.
** In one episode where Benny meets Manny's wife, Lydia, she says that Benny was the first person to dance with Manny, the first person he married, the first person to pull a knife on him.
* TheBrideWithAPast: Ernie is dating a woman who has a history of alcohol abuse and gambling problems.
* BrokenBird: Benny, a rare humorous (and elderly) example.
* BrokenAesop: Subverted in-universe, George decides to show Max why he needs to do well in school by giving him a job in the plant. This backfires, because Max decides that he likes it and thinks that he should just drop out and take the job because he's not smart enough to finish school anyway. George toys with letting him drop out and start working there, but then has a FlashForward showing a 50 year old Max having no other options after the entire plant is replaced by robots. He then decides to show Max how bad working at the plant can be by showing him how much the workers freak out when there is even a rumor of the plant closing.
* ButtMonkey: Ernie. George sometimes too.
** Ernie can never seem to hold an actual relationship with anyone, even [[AllWomenAreLustful Gina]] wouldn't want him in one episode.
* CallingTheOldManOut: George frequently does this to his mother, but one episode he finally tracks down his long-lost father who abandoned them and punches him out. George's mother is happy at this and even George's boss approves of this action.
* CatchPhrase: "Whah-pah!" "I got this!" "''Estás loca?''"
** "Why you cryin'?!" certainly gets thrown around enough times to qualify.
** Don't forget "[[CantGetAwayWithNuthin I can't do NOTHIN'!]]".
** "''Sabes qué?''"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Claudia, Mr. Needles, Accident Amy (granted, she could have been permanently hospitalized for... anything).
* CloserToEarth: Both played straight and viciously subverted - George is impulsive and cynical, but more of a realist, while Angie was more sensible but idealistic and naive: when her sensibility goes up against his street smarts a favorite gag for the show to use is for her to initially win out, only for her reasonable solution to be nowhere near effective and for George to be right all along.
** The show tried to imply that Angie would ''normally'' be right, like the time they both wanted to get rid of an offensive statue in a neighbor's yard. Her strongly worded letter and petition to the Neighborhood Watch succeeded where George's idea of smashing it to pieces didn't (the neighbor simply bought more.) However, the majority of the time that Angie's argument failed was when she tried to get George and his mom to be closer and more loving. She grew up in a more well-off, traditional family, and had trouble accepting that some families (like George and Benny) were simply screwed-up beyond repair.
* ContinuityCreep: The entire first season was completely episodic, but beginning in season 2, many story arcs, both self-contained and multi-seasonal, were created.
* TheDanza: George Lopez stars as... George Lopez.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Bennie and George.
* DigitalHeadSwap: Done [[StylisticSuck incredibly obviously]] in its flashbacks, with the adult actors' heads pasted onto child actors' bodies.
* DisappearedDad
* DisproportionateRetribution: A joke in one episode has Carmen over hear Angie saying she wants "her" out of the house and think she's talking about her for scratching the car. Subverted in that she was actually talking about Veronica.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Unusual example, in that Lopez himself recorded a theme tune for the DVD release, as it would've been cost-prohibitive to license "Low Rider".
* {{Dojikko}}: Accident Amy
* DomCom
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: When Angie discovers that a sexual predator was living in the neighborhood, George riles up the entire neighborhood to confront the predator. The minute they discover the predator is a woman, everyone stops caring and goes home.
** Averted by Angie herself, who is adamant about trying to convince everyone that what the woman did was wrong, then later by George, when he becomes frightened when he sees Max come out of the woman's house.
* DumbassTeenageSon: Max.
* DysfunctionJunction: Lampshaded.
-->'''Angie''': (crying) Why does everything happen to ''us''?
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: More of a cosmetic version, but it's strange to go back and watch the episode "Super Bowl" and se George with long, poofy black and shiny hair, Benny with a fuller and less wrinkly face, and Max played by a child actor younger than 14 years of age.
* FakeNationality: Carmen's actress is actually Albanian-American.
* FavorsForTheSexy: This happens when Veronica works at the factory.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one episode, George is unable to have sex because he thinks she's pregnant and sees a... detailed... sonogram. In his final glance at the sonogram, the fetus seems to be giving him the finger.
* GRatedDrug: The hallucinogenic worms in his Tequila at Thirsty's.
--> '''Vic Palmero!Worm''': You are having a hallucinogenic reaction to ''me.'' I'm in your ''belly.'' Watch me dance.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: An almost laughable use of this trope in one episode, where a girl that can easily be confused for having two fathers has one or both of the men say some line that assures the audience that they sleep with tons of women all the time, multiple times, in every scene that they were in.
* GrassIsGreener: George applies for another job in a small town in Colorado. He really wants to go, believing that a small town would be a better place to raise his children than LA. However, when we get there, we see that the kids have [[SmallTownBoredom literally nothing else to do]] but drink underage, have sex and get into trouble.
* GratuitousSpanish: George is fond of this. At least one episode title (''Sabes Quake'') uses this trope
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Mentioned every episode. Usually Bennie says something about how much she hugged George and then George would say something like "That was when you were drunk!"
** Not just his childhood. TheTag for one episode was Benny serving up a plate of ice-cream, but letting the dog have a shot at it first. "George! Your ice cream is ready!"
** Benny's, too, according to Carmen, Max, and either the studio audience or (far more likely, since the laughter wasn't the least bit nervous) the LaughTrack. DisappearedDad? Tragic. Eleven-year-old pretending to be his grandmother's father and (literally) belting her in effigy until the watermelon bust's eye fell off? [[BlackComedy Mind-bendingly hilarious]].
* HotMom: Angie
* {{Hypocrite}}: In "George Rocks to the Max and Gets Diss-Band-ed", George tells Max that they can't have chicks around the band because they'll just end up controlling them, then Max ends up calling him out on it:
--->'''Max''': Thats what your doing, Dad. You're the chick ruining our band.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Subverted in "What George Doesn't Noah". Carmen brings home what seems to be the perfect boyfriend, Noah, after dating bad boy Zack. George and Benny spy on Noah and find him with another man in a movie theater. [[spoiler: Turns out Carmen was using Noah as a cover up so she could still see Zack.]]
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow:A non-sexual one. Carmen tells George she was doing "halfpipes" (skateboarding) with her boyfriend and George assumes she is doing drugs.
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone gets in a moment or two over the course of the series, but special mention has to go to Bennie whose social and child-raising skills border on [[ComedicSociopathy sociopathic]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Seasons 1 & 2 have been released on DVD. No plans as yet for Seasons 3-5.
* KissingCousins: Max continuously tries to flirt with Veronica, who is his first cousin. George himself gets [[{{Squick}} squicked]] out by this even though its pretty much one-sided.
** Also Vic has kissed both Benny and Linda.
* LIsForDyslexia: Max. Almost every episode after he is diagnosed talks about it. George allegedly has it too.
* LadyDrunk: George's mother Bennie, though she is not rich.
* LaughablyEvil: The Powers brothers are a corrupt pair of jerkasses and one of them is a horribly negligent father. Despite this they are immensely entertaining whenever they are on-screen.
-->'''Jack''': Isn't that right [[ItMakesSenseInContext SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD]]!?
* LethalChef: Angie is constantly told she's this by almost everyone, especially Benny.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In one episode, while describing his turnaround of Veronica, George snidely remarks about getting his own sitcom TV show, which he calls "George Lopez: [[ShoutOut Nanny Nine-''Juan''-''Juan'' ]]".
* MartyStu: In-universe. Jason is probably supposed to be a parody. When George and Angie grill him after Carmen brings him home, it is revealed that he is a straight-A athlete on the debate team who spends his afternoons helping his disabled brother.
** Although, by the end, he slides into more of a BrokenAce, since it's revealed that he's abusing steroids to compete in sports because he's so desperate for his emotionally-distant father's approval.
* MisterSeahorse: Continuing after an episode of when Carmen runs away, one scene of George Lopez shows Carmen (his daughter) returning home, but with a twist [[TeenPregnancy she is pregnant!]] After this, George then realizes not only his daughter is pregnant, but also is [[SurprisePregnancy his wife]] and [[ButICantBePregnant his mother]]. Then, his son Max walks into the room with a large belly as well. After asking his father, "[[GroinAttack Where is this going to come out?]]", George abruptly wakes up and responds aloud, "[[ScreamingBirth If you're lucky, your bellybutton!]]" It was [[AllJustADream all just a dream]] induced from all the stress of worrying to where Carmen ran away.
** In a completely different way, George was wearing a seahorse hat at Carmen's quinceanera.
* MushroomSamba
* TheMunchausen: Vic. Parodied in at least one episode. George keeps getting tired of his stories so he asks him to skip to the last line of the story, which are typically {{Brick Joke}}s, in addition to {{Noodle Incident}}s.
--> '''Vic:''' My father paid the girl with a chicken.\\
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(''at the end of a different story'') Well the chicken lived, but the girl had to where an eye patch for the rest of her life.\\
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(''and the end of yet another story'')And it turns out it was the exact same chicken.\\
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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From "Max Big Adventure"
-->'''Benny''': Here is my list of people I don't want in the carpool: Jimmy Fatass, Joey Pitstains, Booger Nose Johnny, and Lilly.
* NoodleIncident: George and Angie apparently had a very memorable "trip to the lake" that is mentioned in several episodes.
** Another time Angie once told George never to describe his house as his castle.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: While just about everyone in Angie's family looks down on George, its her father, Vic, who tops them all.
** Angie doesn't have it any better with her mother-in-law.
* PaedoHunt: Subverted. See trope entry.
* PinchMe: The 2 times he eats the worm in his drink at Thirsty's.
* PlayingGertrude: Benite Moreno, who plays George's mom Benita "Benny" Lopez, is only 12 years older than George Lopez.
** To be fair, she's only four years off from Benny's actual age.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: The [[ScoutOut Treetop Rangers]] leader who tells them that recycling is bad and that cops should profile Mexicans. When George confronts him, he says "Oh not like you. I mean one of those "Me no speakee" Mexicans".
* PrettyInMink: Angie's mother Emelina wears a fur coat when she comes for Christmas. Only Bennie comments on it, but that's Bennie's nature. Angie also mentions she had to stop her parents from buying a fur for Carmen, more because they don't want to spoil her.
* PseudoCrisis: One of the later seasons ended in a multiple-cliffhanger scenario, one of them comes out of nowhere, it includes George's friend, Ernie, worrying that his and George's place of work might shut down. Next episode, it turns out that it wasn't really going to happen.
* PutOnABus: Carmen before the final season due to Masiela Luscha wanting to go to college.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Low Rider" by WAR
* RecognitionFailure: Carmen runs away and becomes a groupie for the rapper Chingy. George ends up being the only person who doesn't know who that is.
* ResetButton: Averted. Take, for instance, the time Carmen gained a reputation as a whore. Turned out her boyfriend had propositioned her, and she turned him down, he started the rumor, and George forces him to take it back. This would be an ordinary VerySpecialEpisode, except that the episode ends with Carmen ''still'' being teased at school, and George and Angie realize that they're going to have to find her a new school. Ouch.
* RichBitch: Veronica
* RunningGag: George's big head.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Ernie and George.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: A major source of frustration for George is the fact that his little girl Carmen has grown into a four-alarm hottie, which has not escaped the notice of the menfolk.
* ShoutOut
** A particular one that comes to this editor's mind is the one in "Why Are You Crying?":
-->'''Benny''': "Wow, a month without the [[SpongeBobSquarePants stupid, talking sponge]]. That's gonna hurt!"
* ShowerOfAwkward: One episode has George walking into a shower expecting to see Angie and surprise her, only to spot Benny instead!
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: Gina from will sleep with AnythingThatMoves...anything, that is, that can get past the initial nausea. At one point, Ernie decides he's finally gotten desperate enough to make a pass at her, which she turns down.
-->'''Gina''': I guess I have standards. Hey, I'm as surprised as you!
* SpecialGuest: Done quite well, including Lou Diamond Phillips as George's wastrel, long lost half brother. The big one was SandraBullock as Accident Amy (Bullock was an executive producer for the show).
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Angie and George's song play while George sits down sadly, only for Benny to come onto the screen carrying a boom box.
* SpicyLatina: Angie and Benny.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Subverted; the family has the usual kitchen/living room setup, but the vast majority of the action takes place in the kitchen or backyard.
* StealthInsult: When Angie goes into selling makeup, a makeup seller advises Angie to use these to make women feel insecure enough to buy makeup.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: George's niece Veronica, who eventually replaced Carmen as she was [[PutOnABus written off the show]] (by going to college) due to real-life issues with her actress, Masiela Lusha.
* TakeFive: Used when George and Angie have to talk about their finances and Ernie just opens a can of orange soda during the discussion. He doesn't want to leave since "he just opened this can," and George gives him a rather nasty look.
* TokenWhite: Carmen's boyfriend Jason in later seasons.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Subverted in that George often talks about how lucky he is to have gotten Angie.
** His RealLife (ex-)wife picked the actress, despite being an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] herself.
* TheUnFavorite: Carmen is treated like this from time to time, although George does cop to it.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Occasionally, Benny and Vic. ''Canon'' in one episode where they made out when the Lopezes went to Colorado on vacation.
* VideoWills: Done quite humorously when Angie's late sister-in-law Claudia leaves all of her money to her daughter Veronica, to be managed by a trustee. She manages to get in one last jab at her father-in-law before naming George as the trustee:
-->'''Claudia''': Will Victor Palmero please step forward.
-->[Vic steps forward]
-->'''Claudia''': Good. [[TakeThat Now bend over and kiss George Lopez's ass]], because I choose him.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: George uses the term "catching them in bed together" to refer to ''literally'' finding Jason and Carmen in her bed asleep (with their clothes on, no less).
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: George and Angie feel this way about Carmen, especially after she runs away and becomes a groupie for Chingy.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Used InUniverse for laughs in one of the Christmas specials. George takes his family too a rendition of ''A Christmas Carol''... except it turns out to be a {{Grimdark}}, urban version of the story. Scrooge is a drug-dealing pimp and Little Tim is killed off by a drive-by shooting ''two minutes in''. We don't see much else but according to Angie, a pittbull fight was somehow involved in the play.

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* TheBrideWithAPast: Ernie is dating a woman who has a history of alcohol abuse and gambling problems.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: A joke in one episode has Carmen over hear Angie saying she wants "her" out of the house and think she's talking about her for scratching the car. Subverted in that she was actually talking about Veronica.
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-->'''Jack''': Isn't that right [[ItMakesSenseInContext '''SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD''']]!?

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-->'''Jack''': Isn't that right [[ItMakesSenseInContext '''SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD''']]!?SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD]]!?
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* LaughablyEvil: The Powers brothers are a corrupt pair of jerkasses and one of them is a horribly negligent father. Despite this they are immensely entertaining whenever they are on-screen.
-->'''Jack''': Isn't that right [[ItMakesSenseInContext '''SENIOR PUMPKINHEAD''']]!?
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* DysfunctionJunction: Lampshaded.
-->'''Angie''': (crying) Why does everything happen to ''us''?
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** Another time Angie once told George never to describe his house as his castle.
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In one episode, while describing his turnaround of Veronica, George snidely remarks about getting his own sitcom TV show, which he calls "George Lopez: [[ShoutOut Nanny Nine-''Juan''-''Juan'' ]]".
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* HypocriticalHumor: In "George Rocks to the Max and Gets Diss-Band-ed", George tells Max that they can't have chicks around the band because they'll just end up controlling them, then Max ends up calling him out on it:

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* HypocriticalHumor: {{Hypocrite}}: In "George Rocks to the Max and Gets Diss-Band-ed", George tells Max that they can't have chicks around the band because they'll just end up controlling them, then Max ends up calling him out on it:
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* DumbassTeenageSon: Max.
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