A sitcom that aired on ABC from 2002 to 2007 starring stand-up comedian George Lopez, not to be confused with Lopez Tonight. Repeats can currently be seen on Nick At Nite. 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.
The series provides examples of:
Abusive Parents: George's mom. This, along with his father's Parental Abandonment 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 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 and had dropped out of high school a few years before that in order to work in a factory.
Accidental Innuendo: 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". He was talking about skateboarding.
Ambiguously Brown: Angie's brother (who is Cuban) discusses passing as Greek in order to con people.
B Cup Angst: It's sometimes mentioned that Angie has small-medium breasts. Bennie even makes fun of her for it at times.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking 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.
Axes at School: 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
Back to School: 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. Hilarity Ensues.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: 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.
Broken Bird: Benny, a rare humorous (and elderly) example.
Broken Aesop: 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 Flash Forward 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.
Ernie can never seem to hold an actual relationship with anyone, even Gina wouldn't want him in one episode.
Calling the Old Man Out: 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.
Catch Phrase: "Whah-pah!" "What-cha!" "I got this!" "Estás loca?"
"Why you cryin'?!" certainly gets thrown around enough times to qualify.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Claudia, Mr. Needles, Accident Amy (granted, she could have been permanently hospitalized for... anything).
Closer to Earth: 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.
Continuity Creep: The entire first season was completely episodic, but beginning in season 2, many story arcs, both self-contained and multi-seasonal, were created.
Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
"Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: 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".
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: 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.
Angie: (crying) Why does everything happen to us? Did you cut off a Voodoo Priest in traffic?
Early Installment Weirdness: More of a cosmetic version, but it's strange to go back and watch the episode "Super Bowl" and see 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.
It's also jarring to see the early episodes where Vic hates George and they have a very strained relationship, when Vic later becomes a regular on the show and he and George, although still snarky at each other, have a much better relationship.
Easily Forgiven: Angie treated Jason's wheelchair-bound younger brother like this, even after he humiliated her by passing out photos of her in a wet t-shirt. This was averted at the end of the episode, when Jason called her out for it, saying that she was giving him a sense of entitlement by treating him differently.
Fake Pregnancy: One episode has Angie discover she's not pregnant, but kept the lie going so George wouldn't be depressed, as Carmen had recently left for college.
At the beginning, George was a loving family man who only made snarky comments when the situation called for it. By the end of the series, he snarks at people almost constantly.
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Unlike her siblings, Angie does not con people, doesn't behave impulsively, stays in the same marriage, and raises her children. Vic and George mention it when Vic talks about how he spoiled his kids rotten, with George pointing out that Angie turned out fine and Vic claiming it to be a miracle.
George can be this to his brother George (Lou Diamond Phillips), as George was raised by Benny and had to work hard to where he's at while the other George was raised by two doting parents and in a more prosperous upbringing, yet can't keep control of his finances and seeks to borrow money from his brother.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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.
During Carmen's reputation as a slut, one of the girls at her school, Piper, wrote "Carmen Hopez" on the back door. Benny's reaction: "Good thing our last name isn't 'Tucker.'"
G-Rated Drug: 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.
Grass Is Greener: 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 literally nothing else to do but drink underage, have sex and get into trouble.
Gratuitous Spanish: George is fond of this. At least one episode title (Sabes Quake) uses this trope
Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: 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.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: 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. The Tag 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!"
This was actually in revenge for George serving her a steak that fallen on the lawn and been licked by the dog.
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 Laugh Track. Disappeared Dad? 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? Mind-bendingly hilarious.
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: That's what you're doing, Dad! You're the chick ruining our band!
Incompatible Orientation: 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. Turns out Carmen was using Noah as a cover up so she could still see Zack.
Mama Bear: In one episode, Angie is about to stop Carmen from being bullied by sending the school a "strongly worded letter". She drops that idea and marches straight to the school to confront the counselor upon learning that Carmen got into a fight.
Toward the end of the "Carmen Runs Away" arc, Benny becomes a Grandmama Bear towards Carmen and attacks Zack powers with a wrench upon seeing him.
Benny: George! I just saw Zack and I stopped him good! (sees Zack's father) OH...Mel...your son has been in a terrible accident. (drops a wrench)
Angie almost strangles her brother while tying his tie for him after learning he planned to steal his daughter's money and even scolds him about it.
Marty Stu: 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 Broken Ace, 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.
In a completely different way, George was wearing a seahorse hat at Carmen's quinceanera.
Mushroom Samba: In two separate episodes George eats a Tequila Worm in a moment of absent-mindedness and trips out. The first time it happens, George switches lives with Ernie, becoming the hopeless factory grunt while Ernie is the popular manager married to Angie. In the second, George imagines that he and Ernie are gay lovers who are about to be Wed. Both dreams end in a very surreal moment of Vic dressed as a worm doing a bizarre dance.
The Munchausen: 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 Jokes, in addition to Noodle Incidents.
Vic: My father paid the girl with a chicken.
(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.
(and the end of yet another story)And it turns out it was the exact same chicken.
Papa Wolf: George may not be the perfect father when it comes to his daughter, but if Carmen is in danger or seeing someone who might take advantage of her, he won't care if the person he kills is his boss' son.
He also acts as this in regards to Max and his niece Veronica.
Pinch Me: The 2 times he eats the worm in his drink at Thirsty's.
Playing Gertrude: Belita 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.
Politically Motivated Teacher: The 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".
Pretty in Mink: 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.
Pseudo Crisis: 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.
Put on a Bus: Carmen before the final season due to Masiela Luscha wanting to go to college.
Reasonable Authority Figure: The Powers Brothers. Despite being corrupt jerkasses, as stated above, they sincerely respect George and are always willing to listen to his ideas even if they won't agree with them, and are sincerely apologetic whenever he tells them that they've offended him in some way. They've even helped him with some family problems, such as planning his vow renewal and teaching Max not to lie and the value of hard work.
Recognition Failure: 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.
Even Vic recognized Chingy.
Reset Button: 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 Very Special Episode, 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.
Rich Bitch: Veronica at first, though she gets better later on.
Shower of Awkward: One episode has George walking into a shower expecting to see Angie and surprise her, only to spot Benny instead!
Sleeps with Everyone but You: Gina from will sleep with Anything That Moves...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!
Smug Snake: Zack Powers, one of Carmen's (later ex-)boyfriends, is a pretty standard example; bratty, unlikeable, arrogant and entitled, and yet he's convinced everything will work out in his favor. Then, Benny bashes his head in with a wrench.
Special Guest: Done quite well, including Lou Diamond Phillips as George's wastrel, long lost half brother. The big one was Sandra Bullock as Accident Amy (Bullock was an executive producer for the show).
Left the Background Music On: Angie and George's song play while George sits down sadly, only for Benny to come onto the screen carrying a boom box.
Spoiled Sweet: Idealistic Angie grew up in a wealthy household, was popular in high school, and is very caring with her family and the people around her.
Standardized Sitcom Housing: Subverted; the family has the usual kitchen/living room setup, but the vast majority of the action takes place in the kitchen or backyard.
Stealth Insult: When Angie goes into selling makeup, a makeup seller advises Angie to use these to make women feel insecure enough to buy makeup.
Take Five: 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.
Token White: Carmen's boyfriend Jason in later seasons.
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Subverted in that George often talks about how lucky he is to have gotten Angie.
The Unfavorite: Carmen is treated like this from time to time, although George does cop to it.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Occasionally, Benny and Vic. Canon in one episode where they made out when the Lopezes went to Colorado on vacation.
Video Wills: 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:
The Voice: Ernie's Mom has only been seen from the waistline down along with her appendages, but most of the time the audience only hears her voice.
You Keep Using That Word: 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).
Where Did We Go Wrong?: George and Angie feel this way about Carmen, especially after she runs away and becomes a groupie for Chingy.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Used In-Universe 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.
World of Snark: Every single character in the show is capable of making a smart remark, a verbal jab, a witty comeback etc. Yes, even Max and Ernie.