Greetings from Tucson

Greetings from Tucson is an American sitcom television series created by Peter Murrieta, which aired on The WB from September 20, 2002 to May 9, 2003, during the 2002-2003 season. The series was executive produced by Rob LaZebnik, Peter Murrieta, Howard Klein and David Miner.

Greetings from Tucson
Also known asJust Like You
This Time
Created byPeter Murrieta
Written byMichael Begler
Jeff Bye
Directed byMark Cendrowski
Dana De Vally Piazza
StarringPablo Santos
Aimee Garcia
Rebecca Creskoff
Bobby Chavez
Julio Oscar Mechoso
Composer(s)Los Lobos
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Bang.
3 Arts Entertainment
Big Ticket Television
Original networkThe WB
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20) 
May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09)

Though reviews were mixed, critics applauded the abilities of the mostly-Latino cast, calling the show "a welcome addition to TV's largely white landscape," [1] and compared its premise to I Love Lucy, The Jeffersons and the thought-provoking 1970s comedies of Norman Lear.


The show's title was meant to imitate the caption of a postcard, and the title sequence displayed the cast and credits on a series of postcards. The same visual device was used to transition between scenes. The exterior shot of the daughter's apartment building is a photograph of a real Tucson apartment complex, Casa Royale. The show's theme song was performed by Los Lobos.

Greetings from Tucson was based on the life of series creator Peter Murrieta. The stories were seen through the eyes of 15-year-old David Tiant (Pablo Santos), the oldest son in an ethnically-mixed, upwardly mobile family. His father Joaquin (Julio Oscar Mechoso) was a proud, pragmatic Mexican-American; his mother was a feisty Irish-American. His older sister (Aimee Garcia) was a socially-active cheerleader who rejected her Mexican roots and insisted she was Spanish.

In the pilot episode, the audience was told that Joaquin was awarded a major promotion at the copper mine, enabling him to move his family to a better neighborhood. The Tiants' last house was in such an impoverished area that it had bars on the windows and was subject to frequent police helicopter flyovers. The pilot episode took place six months after the Tiants moved.

Greetings from Tucson attempted to examine the themes of cultural identity, family and class. For example, in one scene, a Caucasian neighbor tells Ms. Tiant, "We were thinking of getting some work done in our yard, and I saw those Mexicans building a wall for you. I hear they're really good, and those guys look trustworthy. Maybe I could get their number from you." "Those guys," in fact, are Joaquin and his brother. The series lampooned stereotypes of Mexican culture and used them self-deprecatingly. In one episode, young David enters a clothing store, family in tow, and proclaims, "Of all the parts of my Mexican heritage that I'm most proud of, taking the extended family to the mall in one car to buy one item is probably my favorite." When Ms. Tiant hears that her daughter has been telling people that her family is Spanish, she replies, "She lies like a Spaniard."



No.TitleDirected by[2]Original air dateProd.
1"Pilot"TBASeptember 20, 2002 (2002-09-20)1
2"My Two Padres"TBASeptember 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)TBA
3"Driving"TBAOctober 4, 2002 (2002-10-04)TBA
4"Work Ethic"TBAOctober 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)TBA
5"Popularity"TBAOctober 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)6
6"Spiteful Dating"TBANovember 1, 2002 (2002-11-01)TBA
7"Working Mothers of America"TBANovember 8, 2002 (2002-11-08)5
8"Strike"TBANovember 22, 2002 (2002-11-22)9
9"Christmas"TBADecember 13, 2002 (2002-12-13)11
10"Ball and Chain"Joe RegalbutoJanuary 10, 2003 (2003-01-10)10
11"A Brand New Car"TBAJanuary 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)TBA
12"Counseling"TBAJanuary 24, 2003 (2003-01-24)TBA
13"Family Honor"Joe RegalbutoJanuary 31, 2003 (2003-01-31)14
14"Maria's Boyfriend"TBAFebruary 7, 2003 (2003-02-07)15
15"Student Council"TBAFebruary 14, 2003 (2003-02-14)16
16"Coffee"Joe RegalbutoFebruary 21, 2003 (2003-02-21)17
17"Breakup"Joe RegalbutoApril 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)18
18"Home Sweet Home"Joe RegalbutoApril 11, 2003 (2003-04-11)19
19"My Friend Mom"Joe RegalbutoApril 18, 2003 (2003-04-18)20
20"The First Time"TBAApril 25, 2003 (2003-04-25)21
21"Sibling Rivalry"Tony PlanaMay 2, 2003 (2003-05-02)22
22"Eegee's vs. Hardee's"TBAMay 8, 2003 (2003-05-08)8


  1. Greetings from Tucson | PopMatters Television Review
  2. From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Greetings from Tucson"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
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