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All-American Girl 

Based around the stand-up routines of comedian Margaret Cho, this series looked at the culture clashes that occured between a traditional Korean mother and her fully Americanized daughter. ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
Margaret Cho ...  Margaret Kim 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Amy Hill ...  Yung-hee 'Grandma' Kim 19 episodes, 1994-1995
Jodi Long ...  Katherine Kim 18 episodes, 1994-1995
Clyde Kusatsu ...  Benny Kim 18 episodes, 1994-1995
Maddie Corman ...  Ruthie Latham 18 episodes, 1994-1995
Judy Gold ...  Gloria Schechter 18 episodes, 1994-1995
J.B. Quon J.B. Quon ...  Eric Kim 18 episodes, 1994-1995
BD Wong ...  Dr. Stuart Kim 18 episodes, 1994-1995
Ashley Johnson ...  Casey Emmerson 12 episodes, 1994
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Based around the stand-up routines of comedian Margaret Cho, this series looked at the culture clashes that occured between a traditional Korean mother and her fully Americanized daughter. Mom just wants Margaret to marry 'respectable' men: doctors, lawyers, scientists (always Korean), while her daughter is more interested in white bikers, musicians, and any other type that her mother is bound to hate. Through all of this, Dad knows better than to interfere, and just keeps out of the fray. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All American Girl See more »

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Runtime:

(19 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This show became famous for Margaret Cho's battle with ABC executives which ended in the show's cancellation and her subsequent health problems. Cho used her own material but executives kept making changes in an effort to boost ratings but resulted in bad critical reviews which commented on the show's constant shift in tone and characters. Cho later said that she was approached by the network to drop a great deal of weight in a very short time. She was also told that she was not acting Asian enough which resulted in the hiring of an Asian consultant. All the Asian characters were dropped from the show in order to make Cho stand out but then Cho was accused of acting too Asian. These constant changes led to the show being canceled after only one season. After the show was canceled Cho suffered kidney failure due to the rapid weight loss and spiraled into drug and alcohol addiction. She eventually got clean and her problems with the show has become material for her stand-up act. See more »

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Flawed, but recommended.
30 April 2005 | by pandathinksSee all my reviews

I want to see this again! I'm still sad today that it was so short. There were a lot of problems at the studio, which only aggravated Margaret Cho's personal problems. I know the studio told her it was "not Asian enough" and also "too Asian." Not having seen it in a decade, I can't say how culturally accurate it was -- I've read some complaints about Cho's character (shallow, and unlike herself), and about how appropriate it is to cast Chinese and Japanese actors as Koreans -- but I know enjoyed it very much. I really like Margaret's stand-up, I have a crush on B.D. Wong, and know Amy Hill is hilarious -- so it should have been good, and I blame the studio if it wasn't. If you can find it anywhere, I highly recommend it, despite it's flaws. I'm very sad to have so little access to Asian culture (including Asians raised western) in the media.


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