American Family

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Episode Guide

    • La Casa (The House)
      La Casa (The House)
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      While the Gonzalez family re-paints their house, they remember their earlier years where things were not as easy for the family. As they come to and end, Jess' grandmother who built the house joins them.
    • The Korean War - The Forgotten War
      The Korean War - The Forgotten War
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      The events of September 11 trigger memories that Jess has of his own experiences during the Korean War.
    • La Cama (The Bed)
      La Cama (The Bed)
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Jess prepares to go on his first date after the death of his wife, Berta, but is suddenly overcome with memories of their life together. Jess struggles with the idea of moving on with his life.
    • Citizen Cisco
      Citizen Cisco
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Cisco makes an independent film about his life and family as he explores what it means to be a Gonzalez. But complications arise with his relationship with Valeria when he refuses to put down the camera - ever.
    • Mexican Revolution
      Mexican Revolution
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      At the annual family reunion, Jess tells the story of his grandmother, La Catrina, a female soldier in the Mexican Revolution. The family is transformed into a silent film version of the tale. Meanwhile, a revolution is brewing between Nina and Vangie and Jess might be falling in love.
    • The Glass Ceiling
      The Glass Ceiling
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Vangie receives a very big order from an important customer, and if she succeeds in completing it on time the possibilities for the future look very promising...

      Unfortunately the work takes up so much of her time that she neglects her own family. One night she comes home very late to find little Scott sleeping with his dad instead of in his own bed. He wakes up when she enters the room and in a very sleepy, somewhat disappointed voice tells his mom that she missed his baseball game... his words (and something her mom once said) later make her realize that her family should come first no matter what and she decides to make things right again!moreless
    • The Fighting Fridas
      The Fighting Fridas
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Jess joins Nina's all-girl Fighting Fridas football team as team coach. But does not find it as easy as he first expected when their star quarterback is forced to miss the big match.
    • The Sewing Machine
      The Sewing Machine
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      It's been three months since Berta's death. Nina has moved into her parents' home to take on her mother's role. Pablito rejects Nina because she is nothing like Grandma Berta. A family crisis ensues when Vangie wants to take Berta's sewing machine as a keepsake.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Jess and Berta Gonzalez have lived in East Los Angeles their entire lives. Their adult children decide it is time for their parents to move out of the old neighborhood and they buy them a brand new condo on the other side of town. Nina, Jess and Berta's liberal activist daughter, moves in temporarily to help things go smoothly. But complications arise and it turns out the old neighborhood is harder to leave than anyone thought.moreless
    • The Night Sun
      The Night Sun
      Season 2 - Episode 12
    • The Father
      The Father
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      In this episode we find Pablito safely at home with Nina and Jess. Esteban, however, is missing and must be found to report to his parole officer the next morning or he'll be in big trouble. As Jess searches the city for his son, he remembers Esteban as a young favorite child and as a rebellious teenager. And he recollects his own behavior that drove a wedge between father and son.moreless
    • Silence of God
      Silence of God
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      Esteban and Ofelia are at a painful crossroads, and suddenly Pablito disappears. A harrowing journey (shot in one continuous take) begins as Esteban must find Pablito and finally deal with his past.
    • The Wedding
      The Wedding
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      The Gonzalez family celebrates the wedding of Esteban and his bride Ofelia. However, sadness looms over the festivities when Jess' eldest son, Conrado, a doctor in the U.S. Army, tells his father he's being shipped to Iraq. This bitter news causes Jess to remember why his family escaped from Mexico during the Revolution to seek a better life in America, and the sacrifices the family made in the 1990s to send their first-born son to medical school.moreless
    • Victory
      Season 2 - Episode 10
    • The Child
      The Child
      Season 2 - Episode 11
    • The Flowers and the Songs
      The Flowers and the Songs
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      The Gonzalezes bury Conrado and put their house in order as the series concludes with an emotional denouement to Conrado's death in Iraq in which family members all find ways to rally around Jess. And in a flashback to 1919, Adela and Evangelina finally make it to the U.S.
    • La Estrella (The Star)
      La Estrella (The Star)
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A comet flies over Los Angeles casting a magical spell over the Gonzalez household. The comet causes everyone to fall in and out of love. Aunt Dora plans a surprise wedding for her daughter Christy. But a tall, dark, handsome stranger out of Dora's past appears and it maybe that Aunt Dora turns out to be a bride.moreless
    • A Deal With God
      A Deal With God
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Jess, plagued by fear over Conrado's safety, believes that he must make a deal with God: if he amends the wrongs he did during his life, his son will be returned safely to him. Esteban, during an arson investigation, is reunited with his old gang buddy, Shady.
    • Circle of Fire
      Circle of Fire
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Esteban heads a mentoring program at the fire department with at risk kids in rival gangs. Esteban struggles with the kids because they cannot overcome their rival affiliations. When a nearby fire breaks out, the kids must work together to save their own neighborhood. Meanwhile, Ofelia is shocked to learn the truth about Esteban's past.moreless
    • The War Begins
      The War Begins
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      As the war begins in Iraq, a war at home ensues as Jess and his liberal daughter, Nina, argue about Iraq. Conrado prepares for the first battle and is haunted by the memories of his first love, Alicia. In 1917 Mexico, Jess' grandmother Adela decides to leave war-ravaged Mexico to come to the land of dreams, America.moreless
    • The Farewell
      The Farewell
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Ofelia and Esteban return early from their honeymoon to find the Gonzalez home in an upheaval - Jess has thrown his daughter Nina out of the house. Meanwhile in Iraq, Conrado confronts the first casualties of war, and tries to save the life of an Iraqi woman and her child. As he struggles to come to grips with his conflicted feelings, he's reminded of the sacrifices the family made to put him through medical school.moreless
    • The Journey (2)
      The Journey (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      After days of searching, Esteban finally finds Ofelia. And Nina unluckily encounters a group of mexican rebels.
    • The Journey (1)
      The Journey (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      Jess, Esteban and Nina all head off to Mexico and all for different reasons. Nina is there to deliver an aid to the people of chiapas. Meanwhile, Jess visits his brother Leon and Esteban continues to search for Ofelia.
    • The Burning Fire
      The Burning Fire
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Jess and Cisco arrive at Robert's home, but not before Jess has a chilling encounter in the desert. News of the hostage-taking in Iraq reaches the U.S. as Conrado and his unit experience the loss of one of their own. As Esteban's troubles with Shady worsen, Esteban remembers Shady's volatile nature as he recalls his involvement in a near-fatal shooting. History repeats itself in 2003 when, alone in the abandoned brewery, a desperate Shady puts Esteban's life in mortal danger. Meanwhile, Adela and her children, hungry and exhausted, continue to move north across the barren wasteland, only to be abducted by renegades who threaten their lives.moreless
    • Crash Boom Love (2)
      Crash Boom Love (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Nina and Gordie organize a protest mural. After Vangie and her family get involved in the demonstration, her daughter Tiffany takes up with a mural artist.
    • The Masked Eagle (1)
      The Masked Eagle (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Pete's fishing trip is ruined after he is sent to hospital only to learn that he has diabetes and is going blind. Jess looks back to 1942 where reports of unidentified planes flying over Los Angeles were made. On the way back from LA, they were attacked by a anti-Mexican gang.moreless
    • The Masked Eagle (2)
      The Masked Eagle (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      After Pete is sent to a nursing home, Jess attempts to move Pete into the Gonzales house. Meanwhile, Dora gives Pablito a few dancing lessons after he finds out that Ofelia could be returning.
    • La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) (1)
      Cisco tells Pablito the story of La Llorona, (The Weeping Woman), an old Mexican folktale about a mother who loses her children. Nina, an immigration attorney, fights desperately to reunite Elena, an immigrant mother who has been separated from her American-born child due to deportation.
    • La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) (2)
      Cisco continues telling Pablito the story of the La Llorona, (The Weeping Woman), as Nina battles the legal system to reunite Elena, an immigrant mother with her baby. Laura, Pablito's drug addicted mother, haunts the Gonzalez' in hope of having a chance to be with her son once again.
    • Crash Boom Love (1)
      Crash Boom Love (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Nina has to fight City Hall to keep the local rec center open and keep Latino youth off the streets. She is heartbroken to discover that it is her own boyfriend who is trying to shut the center down. Nina must make a difficult choice.
    • The Searchers
      The Searchers
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Jess and Cisco search for Jess' estranged bother, Robert, hits a roadblock when their car breaks down. Against the wishes of his commanding officers, Conrado tries desperately to save the life an Iraqi soldier. Shady, wanting to be cleared of arson so that he won't go back to prison, implicates Esteban in the crime. Esteban's badge is taken away when his past relationship with Shady is revealed. In the 1990s, Conrado and Alicia's love is threatened when Esteban is arrested for a shooting.moreless
    • The Barber Shop
      The Barber Shop
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Jess's barbershop has been the neighborhood men's social club forever but the shop turns upside down when Nina drops off Yoli, a 13 year-old street girl who wants to spend the day with Jess and learn all about the art of barbering.
    • The Doors to the Past
      The Doors to the Past
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Jess confides in Juana, telling her how he is haunted by the mistakes he made in the past. Desperate to right his wrongs, Jess searches a homeless camp for his brother, Robert. Shady tells Esteban that it's payback time - Shady went to prison for Esteban, and now it's Esteban's turn to cover his back. In Iraq, Conrado struggles with the harsh realities of war and the media's glorification of the horrors. In 1990, Conrado and Alicia throw caution and medical school to the wind and take a romantic road trip. Meanwhile, young Esteban and Berta are shocked when they witness Jess making the mistake that tears the Gonzalez family apart. In war-torn Mexico, Adela and her children begin the harrowing journey across the desert towards the Land of Gold.moreless
    • The Brother
      The Brother
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      As Esteban and his family try to build a new home, their happiness is threatened when Shady, the leader of Esteban's old gang, stalks them. Fearing for his family, Esteban remembers the violent days of his youth with Shady. Meanwhile, Jess' sister, Dora, has a secret meeting with their long-lost brother, Robert. Jess believes he has found his homeless Vietnam Vet sibling and brings him home in hopes of amending the mistake he made of having kicked Robert out of the house.moreless
    • Shadows
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Ofelia reveals to her friend Alicia that she is pregnant, causing Alicia to remember her own love affair with Conrado in the 1990s. Esteban confronts Shady and warns him to stay away from his family. Meanwhile, in 1917, during the Mexican Revolution, Jess' grandmother Adela and her children are stopped in their journey to America when they are attacked by rebel soldiers.moreless
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