How wonderful for Warner Bros. Entertainment to finally release a few episodes of "Chico and the Man" starring Jack Albertson and Freddie Prinze.
I remember seeing the very first episode on September 13, 1974 when I was 11. The show was funny and when Prinze came on as "Chico", I didn't know what to think of him at first, but the man was funny. He had me laughing throughout the program until my stomach hurt. It became my favorite show and I did not like to miss it. (Darn those boy scout meetings).
I also saw the Million Dollar Rip-off (1976-tv) starring Freddie Prize.
When the tragic announcement was made on the news that Prinze had shot himself and later passed away, I had a real hard time believing it. When you are young, you think that when a person goes to the hospital, they will be fine. HOwever, Freddie Prinze left us.
After reading, "The Freddie Prinze Story" by Maria Pruetzel and John A. Barbour, then I understood why Freddie left us. The stardom, the pressure, constant traveling, the drugs, he would get lonely, depressed and upset. That one night with Quaaludes, Valium and a gun, he was upset and even though his friends and his manager tried to help him that night, Freddie wasn't in a good state of mind and had sleeplessness. The gun went off and Dusty found Prinze slumped over in the hallway. Freddie went through periods of holding his gun not wanting to be without it.
NBC tried to keep the tv series going for Jack Albertson's sake by welcoming young Gabriel Melgar to the cast as "Raul" and Scatman Crothers and Della Reese was with him.
I still continued to watch "Chico and the Man" and the last episode I recall was when "Raul" went back to Mexico.
For many of us, we have not seen Freddie Prinze since his last appearance as "Chico" or his clips from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson".
This DVD release of "Chico and the Man" is a real treat and a keepsake.
The first episode, the test pilot episode aired, September 13, 1974.
"If I Were A Rich Man", (episode 16) aired, January 31, 1975.
"Chico and the Van" (Season 2, episode 6) aired October 17, 1975.
"Chico's Cousin Pepe" (Season 2, episode 19) aired Feb. 11, 1976.
"Ed Talks To God" (Season 3, episode 18) aired March 4, 1977.
You will recognize the faces of: Scatman Crothers, King Moody, Rodolfo Hoyos, Sidney Clute, Jerry Fogel, Ralph Manza, Penny Marshall, Issac Ruiz, Cesar Romero, Jose Feliciano, Jeannie Linero, Edward Andrews and Carmen Zapata.
Subtitles available in English, Spanish and French.
Bring back the laughter again in your living room.