Premiere of the Comedy Series “Chico and The Man”

US television history was made on September 13, 1974, with the premiere of the comedy series, “Chico and The Man”.  This was the first US television series set in a Mexican American neighborhood. The series featured Jack Albertson as the grumpy owner of a repair garage in East Los Angeles, and Freddie Prinze (born Frederick Karl Pruetzel) as the optimstic Chicano man who works for him.  The hilarious chemistry between the two actors propelled the sitcom to the status of a major hit for several seasons, until Prinze’s tragic suicide in 1977. For a view of the first meeting between Chicho and The Man, please visit this page on YouTube. (Note, film footage provided for educational purposes.)

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