Produced by Sandra Bullock (who has a recurring role in the early going) and produced by Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show"), "The George Lopez Show" stars the comedian of the title as a hard-working father who works at a factory job (he's promoted to mid-level management in the opening episode, where he is faced with having to fire his own mother.)
At home, George must try to raise his family with the help of wife Angie (Constance Marie) and the difficulty to having exceptionally difficult mother Benny (Belita Moreno) around all the time. There's also the couple's two children, Carmen (Masiela Lusha) and Max (Luis Armand Garcia), who get into the kind of normal troubles that kids often do.
I've never watched "George Lopez" consistently so far during its run, but I think the series does have a lot of appeal. Co-producer and writer Helford seems to have given the series some of the flavor of "Drew Carey Show"'s take on office politics. While a different business, the assembly line that Lopez works on is mined for a lot of the same humor, taking on the absurdity that often results in at work, no matter where you work.
The family aspect of the series doesn't really reinvent the wheel, going over a lot of the same ground that many other, similar sitcoms have over the years. However, aspects of the series - the addition of a little edge at times (although good intentions and heart) in the way that Lopez tries to stay at the helm of his family and the character's search for his father who abandoned him years ago - do add to the show. Overall, I really found myself liking the series a lot more having had the chance to sit down with this first pair of seasons - it's another show that I've come to appreciate more thanks to the back-to-back, commerical-free viewing experience of DVD.
Due to rights issues, the show's theme song has been replaced here with a rather odd new theme (you have to hear it for yourself) recorded by Lopez.
VIDEO: "George Lopez" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation quality here is similar to broadcast quality, with sharpness and detail that, while not outstanding, are at least consistently fine. The presentation did show a couple of minor instances of artifacting, but these were hardly noticable. Otherwise, the show looked crisp and clean, with no edge enhancement or other issues. Colors looked bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other concerns.
SOUND: The show's stereo soundtrack offered clean, undistorted dialogue.
EXTRAS: Lengthy (and occasionally pretty funny) 10-minute gag reel and the 14-minute "Inside the Comic Mind" featurette, where Lopez, cast and the show's crew discuss the development of the series, working with each other and other aspects of the production. It doesn't go into too much depth, but provides a pretty good overview of the show.
Final Thoughts: Although the issues that the characters go through are familiar, the "George Lopez" show does still manage to get laughs thanks to an excellent ensemble and above-average writing. The DVD set offers fine audio/video quality, but limited extras. Recommended.