Home Television Comedy a.k.a. Pablo

a.k.a. Pablo

1 9 8 4 (USA)
5 x 30 minute episodes

Short-lived ABC comedy from Norman Lear about a struggling young Hispanic comedian and his large, noisy family, who rooted for his success while wanting him to treat his Mexican-American heritage with almost solemn dignity.

Paul Rivera (Paul Rodriguez) – still called Pablo by his family – used a lot of ethnic jokes in his act, which sometimes offended his traditionalist parents, Domingo (Joe Santos) and Rosa Maria (Katy Jurado).

But every Mexican joke he used seemed to spring from his own home situation, whether it was about his sister Lucia (Martha Velez) and her swaggering husband Hector (Arnaldo Santana), stuffy brother Manuel (Bert Osario) and his coquettish wife Carmen (Maria Richwine), or unmarried sister Sylvia (Alma Cuervo).

Jose (Hector Elizondo) was Paul’s fast-talking but inexperienced agent, while the rest of the regulars consisted of the Rivera/Del Gato children.

Paul (Pablo) Rivera 
Paul Rodriguez
Domingo Rivera

Joe Santos
Rosa Maria Rivera

Katy Jurado
Sylvia Rivera

Alma Cuervo
Lucia Rivera Del Gato

Martha Velez
Hector Del Gato

Arnaldo Santana
Manuel Rivera

Bert Osario
Carmen Rivera

Maria Richwine
Jose Sanchez/Shapiro

Hector Elizondo
Linda Rivera

Edie Marie Rubio
Nicholas Rivera

Antonio Torres
Anna Maria Del Gato

Claudia Gonzales
Susanna Del Gato

Martha Gonzales
Tomas Del Gato

Mario Lopez
Mario Del Gato

Beto Lovato
Elena Del Gato

Michelle Smith


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