By Annie Barrett
June 19, 2009 at 07:24 PM EDT

I suppose we should give the George Lopez TV movie Mr. Troop Mom (premiering tonight at 8 ET on Nickelodeon) a free pass for completely ripping off the inimitable 1990 Shelley Long literally-camp classic Troop Beverly Hills. But only because it’s Father’s Day weekend. Trailer below.

I’m guessing the target demo will never have heard of Troop Beverly Hills, so even pointing out the striking similarities between the two may be pointless. Still: Jane Lynch’s hardass khaki enthusiast = TBH‘s Velda Plendor, who never met a skunk she didn’t want to immediately turn into a hat. George Lopez wears an argyle sweater vest in the mountains; Phyllis Neffler (Long) has a designer transform her Wilderness Girls uni into a “complete look” featuring a silk beige cape. Also, this thing looks like that thing, and don’t even get me started on the identical “newly brave parent steps out on a precarious log” climax. Sadly, I see no Craig T. Nelson in the Mr. Troop Mom trailer. He better swoop in to save the day if George Lopez would like to eat a pickle is all I’m sayin’.

This all makes me a bit sad, but that’s not to say there isn’t room for both. Seriously — parents! — if your tweens enjoy Mr. Troop Mom, go out and rent them Troop Beverly Hills. Am I wrong, P-Dubs? Does TBH hold up today?

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