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'Chico and the Man'
Premise: The show followed the unlikely friendship that forms between a grouchy white widower (Jack Albertson) and the young Latino man (Freddie Prinze) who asks him for a job.
Original airdates: 1974-78
Why a reboot: As the first television set in a Mexican-American neighborhood (East Los Angeles), it was also a top ten hit -- until Prinze committed suicide in the midst of shooting the third season. While his death casts a pall over the legacy of the show, the bond between the two main characters was both ground-breaking and good television. Almost forty years later, Latino actors are still sorely underrepresented in prime time -- isn't it about time to try this again?
- Liane Bonin