The BEST Episodes of Chico and the Man

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022

Network: NBC

Ed Brown, a hard-drinking, curmudgeonly mechanic and bigot in a Los Angeles barrio, hires Chico Rodriguez, a young Chicano from the neighborhood. Over time, Ed warms to the young man and a father-son type of relationship develops.

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Ms. Liz

#1 - Ms. Liz

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 31, 1975

Chico falls head over heels for a woman named Liz, in fact he likes her so much that he decides to marry her.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Jack Mendelsohn, Lynn Roth
The Strike

#2 - The Strike

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 1975

Chico joins a union for mechanics, but is forced to picket Ed's Garage.

star 8.50
2 votes
No Room in the Garage

#3 - No Room in the Garage

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 1974

A pregnant Spanish woman comes in the garage and Ed thinks that she is looking for him because he thinks that Chico may be the father of the unborn child.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Bill Dana
Chico and the Van

#4 - Chico and the Van

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1975

A city ""Truent Officer"" let's say tells Chico that his van is illegal in the states, so Chico moves in with Ed.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Ann Gibbs, Joel Kimmel
Bird in a Gilded Cage

#5 - Bird in a Gilded Cage

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1975

Ed has stirred emotions when he sees his favorite silent film actress waiting tables at a local cafe.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Bernard M. Kahn
The Invention

#6 - The Invention

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1975

Ed creates a new invention. He decides to design training wheels for motorcycles. While trying to get the idea patented, they get swindled out of five hundred bucks for the patent process.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Jay Moriarty, Mike Milligan
Veterans

#7 - Veterans

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 1974

Chico and Ed try getting Veterans financing from the Government.

star 8.22
9 votes
Writers: Bud Wiser, Michael Morris, Robert Hilliard
Natural Causes

#8 - Natural Causes

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 1974

When Ed hears about a death of an friend, he begins to think that he may be the next one to meet his maker.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Steve Gordon
Lifestyle

#9 - Lifestyle

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 1974

Ed thinks that something kinky was going on between Chico and his girlfriend when he caught them in the back seat of Chico's van.....but was Ed just jumping to conclusions?

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ron Friedman
New Suit

#10 - New Suit

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1974

Ed does not want to attend his former Army reunion.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: James Komack
Borrowed Trouble

#11 - Borrowed Trouble

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1974

Chico tries to persuade Ed to take a loan from the bank to improve conditions of customer service.

star 8.07
15 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Carroll Moore, Norman Barasch
Pilot

#12 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1974

Conservative elderly man Ed Brown meets a Chicano man who rides in Ed's garage on a bike, looking for a job. After a day of persuasion, Ed agrees to give Chico a job as his mechanic.

star 8.00
38 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Bernie West, Don Nicholl, James Komack, Michael Ross
E Pluribus Used Car

#13 - E Pluribus Used Car

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 1974

Louis gives Ed and Chico his used car to sell which gives Chico the idea of selling used cars as a part of Ed's business.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Larry Markes, Norman Liebmann
Ed Steps Out

#14 - Ed Steps Out

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 7, 1975

A widowed baker buys a bakery in the area and has her dibbs on Ed.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Jerry Ross
Louie's Retirement

#15 - Louie's Retirement

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 7, 1975

Louie, who has retired, wants to spend his remaining years haning around the garage.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: James Komack
Writers: Art Baer, Ben Joelson
Long Live the Man

#16 - Long Live the Man

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 14, 1975

Everyone thinks that Ed had died, and when Ed finds out about it, he gets upset because nobody had cried for him when they heard the misleading news.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Michael Morris
Paint Job

#17 - Paint Job

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 1975

Ed and Chico clash over the wall of their alley for an art competition.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Ron Friedman
Auntie Connie

#18 - Auntie Connie

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1975

Ed develops the hots for Chico's visiting Aunt Connie.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Howard Albrecht, Sol Weinstein
Mister Butterfly

#19 - Mister Butterfly

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1975

A Japenese man visits the garage claiming to be Ed's long lost son.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Ron Friedman
Misfortune Teller

#20 - Misfortune Teller

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 14, 1975

Ed tries to prevent the bank from foreclosing the mortgage on his garage by visiting a fortune teller.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Sandy Krinski
The Juror

#21 - The Juror

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 19, 1975

Chico is assigned Jury duty, and he finds out that the defendant on his jury is actually a good friend of Ed's.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Sandy Krinski
Return of Aunt Connie

#22 - Return of Aunt Connie

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 18, 1976

Chico's Aunt Connie visits and when she does, Chico and Ed realize that she is a con artist.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Iris Rainer, Mort Scharfman
Too Many Crooks

#23 - Too Many Crooks

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 25, 1976

Ed, not knowing that he gave a handout to a crook, eventually Ed has all kinds of crooks from the neigborhood coming to him for a handout as well. Of course it is money they are after.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Arthur Phillips, John L. Greene
Second Thoughts

#24 - Second Thoughts

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1974

Ed has second thoughts about hiring Chico and tries as best as he can to get rid of him.

star 7.92
24 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Adele Styler, Burt Styler
Sammy Steps In

#25 - Sammy Steps In

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 14, 1975

When his car acts up, Sammy Davis, Jr. pulls into the garage to get it fixed. However, he quickly learns that this is just no ordinary garage, with Sammy Davis, Jr. fans crawling out of the woodwork.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: James Komack
Writers: Martin Donovan, Michael Morris, Robert Hilliard