Paul (aka Pablo) is a Mexican-American living with his family in California as he struggles to break into the world of stand-up comedy. His efforts meet with success, but his use of Mexican... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Paul Rodriguez ...  Paul Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Hector Elizondo ...  Jose Sanchez / ... 6 episodes, 1984
Joe Santos ...  Domingo Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Alma Cuervo ...  Sylvia Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Martha Velez Martha Velez ...  Lucia Rivera Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Arnaldo Santana Arnaldo Santana ...  Hector Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Maria Richwine Maria Richwine ...  Carmen Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Bert Rosario ...  Manuel Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Katy Jurado ...  Rosa Maria Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Edie Marie Rubio Edie Marie Rubio ...  Linda Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Antonio Torres Antonio Torres ...  Nicholas Rivera 6 episodes, 1984
Claudia Gonzáles Claudia Gonzáles ...  Anna Maria Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Marta Yolanda González Marta Yolanda González ...  Susanna Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Beto Lovato Beto Lovato ...  Mario Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Michelle Smith Michelle Smith ...  Elena Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
Mario Lopez ...  Tomas Del Gato 6 episodes, 1984
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Paul (aka Pablo) is a Mexican-American living with his family in California as he struggles to break into the world of stand-up comedy. His efforts meet with success, but his use of Mexican stereotypes to win over Anglo-Saxon audiences does not go over well with his family. Paul must find some way to balance the two if he wants to live in peace. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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6 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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Embassy Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Disappointing but still unforgettable
30 June 2019 | by gysacskkSee all my reviews

As tended to be the case when standups got their own sitcoms, working their old material into storylines suitable for filming just doesn't work out very well and this was no exception. As funny as Paul Rodriguez was at the time, the watered-down prime time version of him fell flat and the networks weren't as desperate for ratings as they were when they decided to give Seinfeld multiple chances to prove itself.

That said, it was still the first time I can remember hearing anyone on television speaking Spanish as a kid and I think it's important not to dismiss it even if it failed utterly. Yeah, we all knew not everyone in the cast was actually Mexican and we all knew this wasn't really an accurate portrayal of anything by a longshot, but when you came from a Spanish speaking household yourself and were sometimes ostracized from grade school society as a result, it still struck a nerve. I'm glad it got made even if it sucked.


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