Greetings from Tucson

The WB (ended 2003)
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  • In this autobiographical family comedy, based on the life of series creator Peter Murrieta, life is seen through the eyes of 15-year-old David Tiant (Pablo Santos) as he faces the challenges of growing up in an ethnically mixed, upwardly mobile family. David's dad Joaquin (Julio Oscar Mechoso, "High Incident", "Damon") is a proud yet infuriatingly pragmatic Mexican-American. Joaquin's world is built on old-fashioned values of working hard to get ahead, taking care of your family and - the one that causes the most trouble - father knows best. His wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Creskoff, "Quintuplets") is an Irish-American who is fiercely proud of her husband and family. David's cheerleading diva of an older sister, Maria (Aimee Garcia, "All About the Andersons"), is having a little identity crisis of her own, rejecting her Mexican roots and telling people that the family is Spanish. Also living with the family is David's irreverent Uncle Ernesto (Jacob Vargas) who is gainfully employed as an animal control officer, yet tends to drift good-naturedly through life, having acquired three ex-wives and a young son named Daniel (Bobby Chavez) along the way. Little Daniel looks up to his cousin David and is in constant awe of his relatives' new status as members of the middle class. The matriarch of the family is David's free-spirited grandmother, Magdalena (Lupe Ontiveros), who is determined to escape the old folks' home, where her only entertainment is breaking every rule, and move in with her beloved grandchildren. Knowing that his mother will cause as much trouble as his teenage children do, Joaquin has been fighting this move every step of the way. Joaquin's recent promotion has enabled the family to move to a bigger house in a nice Tucson neighborhood, and David is pleasantly surprised when his new next-door-neighbor, Sarah (Sara Paxton), turns out to be not only a very pretty girl, but a potential best friend. At the center of this chaotic family circle is the relationship between Joaquin and David, whose mixed heritage only adds to the eternal adolescent dilemma of exactly how - and if - he fits in. Though he is secretly proud of his son, Joaquin rarely shows it, and his first impulse is always to criticize rather than praise. Not really appreciating how bright David is, Joaquin is convinced that without his constant advice, his son is headed for disaster. As with most father-son relationships, the truth is that they have a lot to learn from each other. An unconventional family comedy, Greetings From Tucson is from executive producers Rob LaZebnik (The Simpsons), Peter Murrieta (Second City), Howard Klein (King of the Hill) and David Miner for Turner Television. Before Greetings from Tucson, some of the show's titles were This Time and Just Like You.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Eegee's vs. Hardee's

    Aired 5/9/03

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Sibling Rivalry

    Aired 5/2/03

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    The First Time

    Aired 4/25/03

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    My Friend Mom

    Aired 4/18/03

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Home Sweet Home

    Aired 4/11/03

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso

    Joaquin Tiant

  • Lupe Ontiveros

    Magdalena Tiant

  • Jacob Vargas

    Ernesto Tiant

  • Sara Paxton

    Sarah Tobin

  • Aimee Garcia

    Maria Tiant

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • David: Hey look it's Maria, the Teenage Bitch! Maria: Like your the first one to ever call me that. David (to himself): Damn it!

    • Karen: I hope we didn't offend Joaquin. I wasn't sure if his people had ever seen caroling. Elizabeth: Actually, we Mexicans, and I say we because I converted, have something called Las Pasadas. On Christmas Eve, we stroll from house to house, reenacting Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay the night. Karen: I knew Mexican Christmas would be completely different from normal Christmas!

    • Ernesto: It shouldn't be this hard to make a kid play a racist cartoon character.

    • Carolers (to Maria & Elizabeth): Feliz Navidad! Feliz Navidad! Feliz Navidad. Maria (to Joaquin): Daddy, turn on the sprinklers.

    • Sarah: Hey, check it out. That teacher is making out with a kid! David: That's my mom. She's making out with my dad.

    • Joaquin to David: "Oh good, you're awake." David to Joaquin: "Awake, asleep- my whole life is a nightmare." Joaquin to David: "Hey, you want to know what a real nightmare is? Huh? How these weeds keep growing no matter how much gasoline I put in them." David to Saleslady: "Hi, I'm David. I have an envelope full of cash." (Joaquin pulls him back) Joaquin to David: "I got to admit it does have a little more punchline than I remember, huh?" (David's car) David to Joaquin: "I wouldn't know. I've never driven it." Joaquin to David: You think your sister takes advantage of you?" David to Joaquin: "I've dreamed about you asking me this qestion. But in my dream you're hooked up to a heart machine."

    • Sarah to David: "Why don't we just leave without her (Maria)?" David to Sarah: "She's a scary animal and I don't want to provoke her." Maria to Mr. Gargan: "Are you married?" Mr. Gargan to Maria: "Yes." Maria to Mr. Gargan: "Really?" Mr. Gargan to Maria: "No." Maria to Mr. Gargan: "Are you gay?" Mr. Gargan to Maria: "Yes." Maria to Mr. Mr. Gargan: "Really?" Mr. Gargan to Maria: "No." Ernesto to David: "Hey, David can you watch Daniel? I got to run out and get 'cigarettes.'"- in front of son Daniel David to Ernesto: "Shouldn't you say 'milk' in front of Daniel?" Ernesto to David: "No, 'cigarettes' is my word for adult films." Maria to David: "What's tonight with Sarah?" Daniel to Maria: "Shes' modeling underwear." David to Daniel: "Shut up, perv!"

    • Joaquin: "You know what I love about this house Tom?" Tom: "what's that?" Joaquin: "The fact that it was built on money Ronald Reagan saved me on taxes" Tom: "hmm.. it looks more like on the surplus of a balances budget courtesy of President Clinton" Joaquin: "And her husband Bill"

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    Notes (19)

    • In the original pilot Jamie Strange played the character of Sara, but the role was recasted afterward to Sara Paxton.

    • After this episode originally aired on November 1, 2002, Pablo Santos (David Tiant) appeared for the first time on Law and Order: Speical Victims Unit on NBC afterward as an abused boy who was molested by an adult. During the summer he spent two weeks in New York City to film the episode before he went back for Greetings from Tucson.

    • The Los Lobos who appear in this episode also perform the theme song for the series Greetings from Tucson in the beginning of the opening credits.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 15, 2002, but the WB preempted the series and the episode 2 days before airing and replaced it with an episode of "Do Over" for promotion.

    • Even though she is credited, Lupe Ontiveros (Magdelena Tiant) does not appear in this episode.

    • Bobby Chavez (Daniel Tiant) does not appear in this episode.

    • Music featured in this episode was from Sonic Youth from "Murray Street."

    • Bobby Chavez (Daniel Tiant) does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (2)

    • During the premiere broadcast of the pilot episode The WB accidentally aired a portion of the premiere in both english and spanish at the same time. This was a result of the WB's experiment in airing brand new episodes of "Greetings" through SAP (Second Audio Programming).

    • Eegee's is a real restaurant chain unique to Tucson, famous for their "Eegee's," or iced drinks, and also for their ranch fries (drooooool). Hardee's, however, does not exist in Tucson. There's only Carls Jr's.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • One decade later...

    By irehawk20, May 02, 2013

  • Deserves a dvd box set at least.

    By nycactor08, May 04, 2006

  • This show was my life! I grew up with a father alot like Julio and an uncle alot like Ernesto. I loved it and would have gone eight years with this one!

    By orionquest13, Feb 02, 2006

  • A great show about the misadventures of an adolescent and his favorite freewheeling Uncle. Let alone about a headstrong Latino man married to a fun loving American wife

    By thommg1954, Dec 22, 2005

  • Good Show!

    By sritchey, Jun 19, 2005