Episode 20: All-American Girl


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This week Val and Rachel and Special Guest Bennett Madison discuss the pilot episode of All-American Girl, a 1994 American sitcom starring Margaret Cho. The series aired on ABC from September 14, 1994, to March 15, 1995. Cho starred as Margaret Kim, the rebellious daughter of Korean American bookstore owners in San Francisco, whose American attitude often comes into conflict with her more traditional parents (Jodi Long and Clyde Kusatsu). Among her co-stars were BD Wong as Cho's brother, and Amy Hill as her eccentric grandmother. The series is notable for being both groundbreaking and infamous. The series was the first prime time sitcom to feature an Asian American family as its focus; however, it received criticism for its stereotypical characters. ABC's attempts to reform the show resulted in the show having a lack of direction and led viewers away from the series. After the first season, ABC wished to revamp All-American Girl into an ensemble series, but these plans were unrealized.

Hot topics include: 1.) Don't put away wet dishes! 2.) What do Judy Gold, Quentin Tarantino, and Jack Black have in common? 3.) Failures and controversies surrounding the show 4.) Grandma is the Urkel of this show 5.) Our final thoughts on Mare of Easttown Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-American_Girl_(TV_series)

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