Greetings from Tucson

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Greetings from Tucson

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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
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  • One decade later...

    8.0
    This show did partially alright, but its was not perfectly complete at all and it has some disadvantages. 1) The 15-year-old character was too poorly made and the actor who played that role has a very hard time dealing with it, 2) The background family did well on their own business, but their interaction to each other had a weak combination, and 3) The bottom line of this show is that the entire chemistry is no good. If there is a rebooted version of this show, then it should get aired right after the year of 2024.moreless
  • Deserves a dvd box set at least.

    10
    I watched this show every week and never missed an episode. It always made me laugh out loud and I feel that it never received the recognition it deserved. David was a relatable character. He was an average teenager who went through many situations that I myself had gone through or may have been going through at the time. That fact held my interest and helped to understand and appreciate many of the jokes in the show. Also, the character Maria was just plain hilarious. I loved her evil tendancies. This show always kept you laughing and never disappointed. I know lots of people who would buy a dvd box set of this tv show.moreless
  • 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!moreless

    8.9
    This show was one that finally reflected my upbringing. I had to live with the Nelsons and the Brady's or even the Cosbys but finally a show about my family and how HILARIOUS! It was too much! But ofcourse it wouldn't last, that would be too easy, wouldn't it? Well, for the short time that it was on, it was just what the doctor ordered. The Tiants to give the right prescription... laughter. The best part was the realism I saw in a sitcom, the hardcore father, stuck in his traditional ways and blatanly favoring the one child. This time though I laughed.moreless
  • 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

    9.1
    I too wish this ahead of its time show was rushed off the airwaves way too quickly. No one even gave it a chance and never promoted it properly. try it again and bring it back I really think it was ahead of its time Try rerunning it you\\\'ll be surprised.
  • Good Show!

    10
    Bring it Back! It is a good change to the same kind of stuff that is out there now. If there was another season maybe people would have had the chance to view the show and it would have caught on . bring it back for another season and see what happens.
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