You may recognize the opening credits of CHICO AND THE MAN, still one of only a handful of U.S. television shows to include a Mexican American lead. The series, which ran from 1974 through 1978, was set in East Los Angeles and was clearly influenced by the networks’ success with other “socially relevant” programming. The ways in which it in fact broke with any attempt at verisimilitude are striking, however, and arguably demarcate the limits on how Latinidad and Mexican American experience in particular could be represented on prime time. While viewer complaints often focused on the casting of Puerto Rican and German-Hungarian Freddie Prinze as Mexican American lead Francisco "Chico" Rodriguez, other elements of the show that contributed to a lack of what might be described as Mexican American sensibility included a narrative premise that kept Chico an underdeveloped character and a lack of integration with its East LA setting. The credit sequence, on the other hand, is distinct from the series in that it highlights the diversity of individuals that might be found in a Mexican American community and the many universal stories that could be told about them as both ordinary and unique. It even changed slightly from week to week, illustrating that we may never know as much about a community as we think. What if the show’s producers had allowed Chico and Ed to interact in this world? Would we have different expectations for Latina/o television representation today?