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      Season 1 – Greetings From Tucson

      2002 Comedy List
      41% 17 Reviews Tomatometer David Tiant is a 15-year-old trying to grow up sane in an ethnically mixed, upwardly mobile family. Dad Joaquin is a proud yet impossibly pragmatic Mexican-American and his mother, a fierce Irish-American. Older sister Maria, a socially active cheerleader, rejects her Mexican roots and insists she's Spanish. David's mixed heritage only adds to the eternal adolescent dilemma of exactly how and if he fits in. "Greetings From Tucson" examines the themes of cultural identity, family and class. The series is based on the life of the show's creator, Peter Murrieta. Read More Read Less
      Greetings From Tucson — Season 1

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      Greetings from Tucson undercuts the potential of its wonderfully diverse cast by saddling them with overwrought sitcom scenarios.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 20, 2002 Pilot A teen from an ethnically diverse family tries to figure out where he fits in. In this episode: David shops for a new suit. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 27, 2002 My Two Padres When David and Sarah accidentally get drunk at a party, David calls Uncle Ernesto instead of his father. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 4, 2002 Driving David promises to drive Sarah and her friends to a concert before actually getting his driver's permit. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 11, 2002 Work Ethic David goes behind his father's back to take a cushy job as a lifeguard; Ernesto notices his son seems to prefer hanging out with Joaquin. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 18, 2002 Popularity Trying to become popular, David joins the high-school football team and safely rides the bench until his dad talks to the coach. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 1, 2002 Spiteful Dating David makes Maria crazy by dating one of her cheerleader friends, so she takes the unprecedented step of asking Uncle Ernesto for advice. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 8, 2002 Working Mothers of America Joaquin predicts the children will suffer when Elizabeth takes a job as a bank teller. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 22, 2002 Strike David realizes he has feelings for Sarah and reluctantly turns to his father for advice. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 13, 2002 Christmas Ernesto allows his friend's band (Los Lobos) to practice in the garage, but he is appalled when Joaquin attempts to join the group as their lead singer. Details Episode 10 Aired Jan 10, 2003 Ball and Chain Maria gives David advice on how to induce Sarah to kiss him; Elizabeth thinks Joaquin regrets getting married young. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 17, 2003 A Brand New Car David (Pablo Santos) regrets asking Maria (Aimee Garcia) to help persuade Joaquin (Julio Oscar Mechoso) to buy him a car. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 24, 2003 Counseling When David tries to reveal a bad quirk of Maria to their parents, Maria gets even by sabotaging David's special night with Sarah. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 31, 2003 Family Honor Maria plans to sabotage David and Sarah's one-month anniversary dinner. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 7, 2003 Maria's Boyfriend Maria keeps her new boyfriend (Wesley Jonathan) a secret from Joaquin. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 14, 2003 Student Council Joaquin runs David's campaign for class president; Ernesto hopes to find a new girlfriend. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 21, 2003 Coffee Elizabeth urges everyone to be on their best behavior when her parents (Teri Garr, Martin Mull) visit. Details Episode 17 Aired Apr 4, 2003 Breakup After David and Sarah split up, he dates a cheerleader (Jessica Andrews); Elizabeth sets up Ernesto with one of her co-workers (Jennifer Elise Cox). Details Episode 18 Aired Apr 11, 2003 Home Sweet Home Maria finds independence difficult after Joaquin allows her to move into her own apartment. JC Chasez guest stars. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 18, 2003 My Friend Mom Vince Neil walks out on a sold-out show after Ernesto gives him some valuable advice; Maria accuses Elizabeth of playing favorites with David. Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 25, 2003 The First Time Ernesto invests in an old trailer and hires a biker babe (Carmen Electra) to be his maintenance woman; David and Sarah have an embarrassing encounter with Joaquin and Elizabeth. Details Episode 21 Aired May 2, 2003 Sibling Rivalry Elizabeth and Joaquin send their squabbling children to see a priest (Edward James Olmos); Los Lobos perform at Maria's birthday party. Details Episode 22 Aired May 9, 2003 Eegee's vs. Hardee's When Ernesto says he has fallen in love, David attempts to show him the error of his ways; David's new friends dislike Sarah. Details Next
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      Previous Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic Sweet, but more laughs would help. Feb 9, 2021 Full Review Miki Turner Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Funny, smart, fearlessly stereotypical on occasion and sufficiently believable, considering it's based on the life of series creator Peter Murrieta. Feb 9, 2021 Full Review Gail Pennington St. Louis Post-Dispatch A promising and certainly unique sitcom starring Pablo Santos, Rebecca Creskoff and Julio Oscar Mechoso could use more laughs. B- Feb 9, 2021 Full Review Tracy McLoone PopMatters Greetings from Tucson is standard family-based sitcom fare, with generally low-budget production values, an overactive laugh track, and passable humor. Jan 6, 2020 Full Review Terry Kelleher People Magazine The actors are likable enough, even if Santos does seem in need of more rehearsal. But the entire cast desperately needs lines worth learning. Jan 6, 2020 Full Review Tom Jicha South Florida Sun-Sentinel The only thing unique or distinctive about either is that Greetings From Tucson is about an ethnically blended family and features a predominantly Latino cast. Otherwise, all the familiar trappings and contrivances are present. Jan 6, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Season Info

      Joe Regalbuto, Michael Lessac, James Widdoes, Jonathan Schmock, Tony Plana
      Executive Producer
      Rob LaZebnik, Peter Murrieta, Howard Klein, David Miner
      Rob LaZebnik, Vince Cheung, Richard Goodman, Jenna Jolovitz, Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal, Michael Begler, Dan Tobin, Peter Murrieta, Ben Montanio, Erica Rothschild
      The WB
      TV-PG (L)
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      Release Date
      Sep 20, 2002
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