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YMMV: The George Lopez Show
  • 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. Unfortunately, all of this is Truth in Television.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An episode in the final season involves Geroge being in the local neighborhood watch. While their goal is a little different (it involves finding a child molester who ends up being a woman) it is a little jarring considering the George Zimmerman incident. (A hispanic man named George who was also involved in neighborhood watch)
  • 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!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Hilary Duff plays Angie's mentor for La Marie cosmetics, and Max guesses she's one of Carmen's friends. Later, when she guest stars again, she plays a friend of Carmen's.
  • Les Yay: In one episode, Veronica mentions that she was hit on by two store managers.... and that one of them was a girl. Max, who was with her at the time, comments, "It was awesome."
  • Jerkass Woobie: George and to a lesser degree Benny.
  • Uncanny Valley: The flashbacks to George's childhood, which show George's adult head pasted on his childhood body. 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.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Veronica to some.
  • 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".
    George: He wants me to keep this watch to remember him by? Y'see, Angie? This is why they're [momentos] just things! (smashes the watch out of sheer fury)
    • Bennie's rant at the end of "This Old Casa" will make you feel horrible for her.
    Bennie: Who do I thank for making me have to drop out of school to work at a factory? Who do I thank for getting me pregnant and leaving me at seventeen? (sadness creeps into her voice) Who do I thank for making me feel like I was sixty when I was twenty-five!? But God do I know who to thank for a CUSHIONED TOILET SEAT!!!!!
  • 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.

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