a.k.a. Pablo

a.k.a. Pablo is an American sitcom starring Paul Rodriguez that aired on ABC from March 6 to April 10, 1984. It was executive produced by Norman Lear.

a.k.a. Pablo
Created byNorman Lear
Rick Mitz
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)Norman Lear
Rick Mitz
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time2224 minutes
Production company(s)Embassy Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 6 (1984-03-06) 
April 10, 1984 (1984-04-10)


The series 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 cancelled after six broadcasts.

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


  • Paul Rodriguez as "Paul" Pablo Rivera
  • Joe Santos as Domingo Rivera
  • Katy Jurado as Rosa Maria Rivera
  • Alma Cuervo as Sylvia Rivera
  • Martha Velez as Lucia Rivera Del Gato
  • Arnaldo Santana as Hector Del Gato
  • Bert Rosario as Manuel Rivera
  • Maria Richwine as Carmen Rivera
  • Hector Elizondo as José Sanchez/Shapiro
  • Edie Marie Rubio as Linda Rivera
  • Antonio Torres as Nicholas Rivera
  • Claudia Gonzales as Anna Maria Del Gato
  • Martha Gonzales as Susana Del Gato
  • Mario Lopez as Tomas Del Gato
  • Beto Lovato as Mario Del Gato
  • Michelle Smith as Elena Del Gato

US television ratings

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[3] Tied With
1983-84 6 March 6, 1984 April 10, 1984 56 14.8 N/A


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Pilot"March 6, 1984 (1984-03-06)
2"The Big Mouth"March 13, 1984 (1984-03-13)
3"My Son, the Gringo"March 20, 1984 (1984-03-20)
4"The Presidential Joke Teller"March 27, 1984 (1984-03-27)
5"The Whole Enchilada"April 3, 1984 (1984-04-03)
6"The Woman Who Came to Dinner"April 10, 1984 (1984-04-10)


  1. Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "a.k.a. Pablo (Situation Comedy)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 228. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.
  3. "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps". Archived from the original on 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-04-05.

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