a.k.a. Pablo

a.k.a. Pablo
Genre Sitcom
Starring Paul Rodriguez
Joe Santos
Katy Jurado
Héctor Elizondo
Mario Lopez
Alma Cuervo
Martha Velez
Arnaldo Santana
Bert Rosario
Maria Richwine
Edie Marie Rubio
Antonio Torres
Claudia Gonzales
Martha Gonzales
Beto Lavota
Michelle Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Norman Lear
Rick Mitz
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 2224 minutes
Production company(s) Embassy Television
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release March 6 (1984-03-06) – April 10, 1984 (1984-04-10)

a.k.a. Pablo is an American sitcom starring Paul Rodriguez that aired on ABC from March 6 to April 10, 1984.


Produced by Norman Lear, it focuses on struggling Hispanic stand-up comic Paul Rivera and his large Mexican American family, who still called him by his given name Pablo. While they supported his career and longed for his success, his traditionalist parents were offended by the ethnic humor he incorporated into his act and urged him to be more respectful of his heritage. Rounding out the boisterous family were his sister Lucia and know-it-all brother-in-law Hector and their five children, his "stuffed shirt" brother Manuel and flirty sister-in-law Carmen and their two children, and his very-anxious-to-wed spinster sister Sylvia. José was Paul/Pablo's slick but inexperienced agent.[1]

The cast included Paul Rodriguez, Joe Santos, Katy Jurado, Héctor Elizondo and Mario Lopez.

The first episode of the ABC series aired on Tuesday, March 6, 1984 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times. The show was quite controversial, because of its use of "Latin slang" and offended many members of the Latin and Hispanic community. The show was cancelled after six broadcasts.

In 2002 TV Guide ranked the series number 45 on its "50 Worst TV Shows of All Time" list.[2]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot March 6, 1984
1-2 "The Big Mouth" March 13, 1984
1-3 "My Son, the Gringo" March 20, 1984
1-4 "The Presidential Joke Teller" March 27, 1984
1-5 "The Whole Enchilada" April 3, 1984
1-6 "The Woman Who Came to Dinner" April 10, 1984


  1. Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  2. TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 228. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.

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