All-American Girl had a lot of promise. The cast was stellar featuring two very talented stand up comics (Margaret Cho and Judy Gold) and some very accomplished actors (Amy Hill, Maddie Corman and B.D. Wong)and the premise (a multi-generattional Korean family all at different stages of asimilation to American culture)had endless possibilities.
The main problem with the show was interferance from network execs (this from MC's own lips). They were constantly retooling the show. When you base a show on the stand up comedy of the star you can't go around telling them what won't work. Think about how lame Sienfeld, Roseanne, or Fat Albert would have been if Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, and Bill Cosby would have been dissmissed in the creative process and told how to be funny. Network executives usually come from a management background not a creative one. The problem is that they think that because they work in an artistic medium that makes them artistica and creative. Most Aren't.
Another thing that would have helped the show is to have Margaret Cho and possible Judy Gold to have a more active role in the wriiting of each episode. If you notice, each episode has the tag line based on the stand up of Margaret Cho, and yet she never received a writing credit.
All-American Girl is now available on DVD and if you look around at Dollar General Stores you can pick up the whole series for ten bucks. What a deal.