These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The George Lopez S How
Complete Monster: Bennie's parents. They take Abusive Parents to a whole new level, making Benny look like a great parent in comparison. George even lampshades this at the end of the only episode in which one of them appears (Bennies mother)
Zack Powers might qualify too. He is known to take advantage of innocent young girls with low self-esteem and dump them the minute they have sex with him. He also got a girl pregnant and completely abandoned her and the baby afterward. And he came this close to doing the same to Carmen. Even the alleged Freudian Excuse that Carmen gives does nothing to make this guy likeable.
Dude, Not Funny!: One episode talks about Benny's mother, George's grandmother, where Benny was punished by the nuns in school by being hit with a ruler, then beaten with a switch by her mother. If that was not bad enough, he then says Benny's father came home and beat his wife because dinner was not ready. Meanwhile, the laugh track continues playing in the background like a story of child and spousal abuse was absolutely hilarious.
Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The show gives the moral that sometimes bullying can get so bad, you have to run away from the situation. Carmen was called a whore at her first high school, due to her ex-boyfriend telling everyone that they had sex. George and Angie get the leader of the bullies suspended, and get the ex-boyfriend to tell the truth. However, the episode ends with Carmen still getting bullied, and George and Angie making the conclusion that Carmen can never get her reputation back, and that she must leave the school.
Fridge Brilliance: Danny boy, a lazy worker voiced by Lopez, always called into work with hilarious phone calls, making excuses for not being there. This eventually stops, and seems like Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, but considering he never showed up, he was actually probably fired.
Growing the Beard: The first season was rather forgettable, being little different then most family sitcoms with generic storylines and not-so-great humor. The second season, however, featured the inclusion of many story arcs, and a much more mature and better-received sense of humor.
Harsher in Hindsight: In one episode, George says that he's in favor of tighter border control, and now look what's happening with Arizona, be careful what you ask for!
Extreme Narm ensues when said scenes are intended to be serious, such as the flashbacks that led up to George's abandonment or Bennie's neglectful parenting. Needless to say, these scenes can't be taken seriously with the adult head/child body combo.
Tear Jerker: When George screws up and can't get Angie's mother a grave next to her, and then we realize Angie's last words to her mother... It's very heartbreaking for people who are very close to their mothers.
Angie: It's too late, it can't be fixed. (she starts crying) It can never be fixed.
Also Carmen being forced to leave her school after being insulted and sexually harassed.
Manny Lopez's death. Especially George's reaction when Manny requests that he and Benny don't come to his funeral just so they won't "tarnish his reputation".
Unintentionally Unsympathetic: During Benny's trial, George brought in Benny's mother to the stand and try and make Benny sympathetic to the jurors. While on the stand, she proceed to mock Benny and shows how bad a mother she was to Benny. This was done to make Benny seem like a Jerkass Woobie at the most since how bad she grew up in a broken home and being a single mother. The problem was that Benny was just as bad at raising George. Being emotional and physically abusive to him, being neglectful of his feeling, disregarding his learning disability, unsupported of his goals, and lying to him constantly. And as an adult she still a Jerkass to him and his family. It pretty hard to sympathize with her.
Benny falls into this a lot. In one episode, George completely remodels her bathroom, free of charge (and even throws in some custom stuff). When she complains about this and he rightfully calls her out for being ungrateful, she launches into a rant about all the bad things that happened in her life. The logic gap from being angry at people in your past and never saying thank you to your son is pretty blatant.
Vindicated by Cable: A modest hit on ABC, it has found tremendous success in syndication, especially on Nick at Nite, where it draws the highest ratings on the channel's late-night block.