• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 27, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Sep 20, 2013
    75
    George Lopez is refreshing, especially when you consider that Latinos make up almost 13 percent of the U.S. population. And besides all that, Lopez himself is muy simpatico. [24 Mar 2002, p.TV-6]
  2. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Sep 20, 2013
    75
    Such down-to-earth humor distinguishes George Lopez, which takes off from the comedian's act. One of the smoothest comics working today, he's able to bring up uncomfortable stereotypes without reinforcing them. [27 Mar 2002, p.12C]
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    Lopez wrings genuine laughs out of ... gentle one-liners, and his show benefits from the appealing presence of Constance Marie (Tortilla Soup) as his wife, Angie.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    Happily, it's a funny show that deserves a wide, diverse audience. [26 Mar 2002, p.6E]
  5. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Sep 20, 2013
    60
    George Lopez is a show you can't help but root for because its star is so likeable. And, yes, it would be great to see more ethnic diversity on TV...But while the pilot isn't bad, it isn't all that good. But being likeable and mildly amusing is a start. [22 Mar 2002, p.C08]
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 20, 2013
    60
    The actors are all very good, particularly Moreno and Valentine Rodriquez who plays his pal, Ernie...It's not there yet - not by a long shot - but it's got potential. Chances are good that the producers will work it out. [27 Mar 2002, p.72]
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Sachs
    Sep 20, 2013
    60
    Basically it's an amiable sitcom about a family that--sit down if you aren't already--happens to be Latino. [27 Mar 2002, p.C6]
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 20, 2013
    60
    It's an ancient TV dilemma: Bring an edgy comedian aboard, then make him tone down what he does best in order to avoid offending anybody. The problem is only compounded for ethnic performers who know they'll get little time to develop an audience...Lopez's amiability, however, gives it a chance to work. [27 Mar 2002, p.E6]
  9. Judging by the pilot, George Lopez is no laugh riot, but it definitely has its moments, and it's refreshing to find a touch of Mexican-American flavor on TV somewhere other than Showtime and Nickelodeon. [27 Mar 2002, p.D01]
  10. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    There's a little "Everybody Loves Raymond" here, and that's not a bad thing.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    It's nicely cast but pretty much a pure formula piece from the Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show") factory. The welcome diversion from the family sitcom recipe is that it puts a Latino (who happens to be pretty funny) in the lead role. But Helford drops in altogether too much gratuitous crudeness to make this acceptable as family viewing. [27 Mar 2002, p.C3]
  12. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    [It] would be pleasant enough if someone hadn't decided it needed spicing up. Belita Moreno as George's phenomenally unlikable mother drags this whole proposition down. [27 Mar 2002, p.49]
  13. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    42
    Is this show in danger of being too nice? Somebody must have thought so, because George has been given a harridan for a mother.
  14. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    Even with all that support, George Lopez looks like a wispy, amateurishly performed show serving jokes that are bland, coarse or predictable. Lopez has a talent for delivering one-liners but he's a limited actor. [27 Mar 2002, p.E1]
  15. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    The series is so derivative you can almost see its creators playing all the angles. It's "My Wife and Kids," but with a Latino family and not quite as upscale. It's "The Bernie Mac Show" but with a less brash father figure and not quite as upscale. Like "The Drew Carey Show," (Bruce Helford is a creator and producer of both), it is strategically poised between blue-collar and white-collar worlds, one of the few shows with an upwardly mobile, working class hero...The situations are utterly predictable.
  16. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    Lopez might just be trying to prove that Latinos have as much right as anyone to bomb on ABC. [27 Mar 2002, p.F1]
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Sep 20, 2013
    40
    Lopez loses because he's caught in the middle of a ho-hum sitcom with few real laughs -- much like ABC's very similar "My Wife and Kids" and "According to Jim." Oops. [27 Mar 2002]
  18. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Sep 20, 2013
    30
    [Lopez would] be a lot more sympathetic if he didn't keep making weird bug-eyes...But that annoyance pales when George's mother, Benny (Belita Moreno), enters the scene. In addition to being shrill, demeaning and contemptuous of her son, she's unnaturally fixated on his manhood. There's something funny about their relationship, all right, but it sure doesn't generate laughs. [27 Mar 2002]
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 20, 2013
    30
    ABC must be loco throwing Lopez to the critical wolves like this. [27 Mar 2002, p.B31]
  20. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 20, 2013
    30
    This is the kind of material that gives sitcoms a bad name - not because it's so awful, but because it aims so low. It's middle-of-the-road, generic claptrap. [27 Mar 2002, p.D1]
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 20, 2013
    25
    There was a time when a show like George Lopez would have been seen as another assault on minority pride by clueless members of the majority, but as star, producer and writer, Lopez would seem to have more than enough control here. So if his show comes across as an often offensive, always witless collection of Latino stereotypes, at least the blame appears to fall on a Latino...I guess that counts as progress, even if it wasn't the kind intended. [27 Mar 2002, p.4D]
  22. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Sep 20, 2013
    25
    No doubt Lopez is a very funny fellow, but this script isn't. And the writers are the ones to blame, too, for all these tacky jokes about little girls entering puberty and George's digestive problems and wind-passing. The mother-of-mean-mothers gimmick is beyond mere tacky. It's gross...George Lopez is a goner - the sooner, the better. [27 Mar 2002, p.1]
  23. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 20, 2013
    20
    However funny Lopez's stand-up act might be, his new sitcom is lame on arrival. [27 Mar 2002]
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Sep 20, 2013
    20
    Lopez probably has a sitcom in him, but this isn't it. And it has nothing to do with the Latino bent. "My Wife & Kids" is funny because Damon Wayans is funny and it's about a funny family. It has nothing to do with race. Same with George Lopez. It's bad because it's bad, and bad knows no color. [27 Mar 2002]
  25. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Sep 20, 2013
    12
    It's a series so yawn-inducingly dull and maddeningly generic, it succeeds only in making its Latino family as bland as any other unmemorable TV sitcom clan. [27 Mar 2002, p.79]
  26. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Sep 20, 2013
    10
    This funny fellow is trapped in a series that isn't even remotely funny. [27 Mar 2002, p.E1]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 11, 2014
    4
    its an ok show..... its another one of those shows that gets put on tv when there is absolutely NOTHING ELSE ON AT THE MOMENT. think of it as a relatively good Full House.... still garbage, but not as bad as **** Full House. Full Review »
  2. Aug 22, 2013
    9
    "George Lopez" is truly hilarious, despite its overdose of stereotypes for the Mexican race. With its fresh and infectious laugh out loud moments, the show is sure to surprise. Full Review »
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    9
    Gut-busting jokes made by the comedy legend himself and his fellow cast members, this is truly a memorable sitcom that will make you laugh each time you watch. Full Review »