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George Lopez – The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons (DVD-Video)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C+



The TV Sitcom in the U.S. is in true decline.  Gutted out since the 1980s, no wonder only pre-gutted “reality TV” could be its lobotomized successor.  The last major cycle the U.S. show’s successes have been to give shows to stand-up comics.  Forget about getting good writers and you can see why the decline happened.  George Lopez is one of the comics who got his own show and it is not as good as a Reba, but we have seen much worse.


However, his show had a test run of four episodes that somehow survived the cut-throat atmosphere of how ugly network TV has become.  Then it continued into a full second season and The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons have been conveniently combined by Warner Bros. for this DVD release.  The show is still on the air.


Though it can be amusing, it was never outright funny.  Lopez may be likable and the show has a decent cast, but except for being different not following the 1950s prototype, I wonder if this will hold up for fans down the line.  Then there is the approach.  The first show has the daughter writing a note about having a period to get out of a school project.  The idea of that was unthinkable until maybe the 1970s, but that it is a pre-teen so callously offers two responses:  “no big deal” or how can they do that with a young person” which shows the problem.


Don’t care or care and you are an idiot?  And this is a comedy?  That is the problem with the writing on these shows, even one like this that is not as bad.  People don’t just talk like this in a banal manner unless they are uninteresting and banal.  The characters don’t even ask themselves about the exploitation (sexploitation) of the situation and that just does not gel.  Though the show is not filled with such moments, it epitomizes the throw-away attitude that undermines what could have easily been a better show.  Now, you can decide for yourself.


The 1.33 X 1 image is what will be one of the last narrow-vision TV situation comedies we will ever see and it looks softer than expected, but is adequate for this kind of production, even if this critic does not like it.  Though the box says it has surrounds, the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo plays back better in 2-channels and Pro Logic cuts up the fidelity.  A gag reel and featurette on Lopez’s idea of comedy are the only extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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