In the Peña household, language barriers arise, cultures clash... and hilarity ensues!

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Velia Martinez ...
 Abuela Adela (39 episodes, 1977-1980)
Ana Margarita Martínez Casado ...
 Juana Peña (39 episodes, 1977-1980)
Luis G. Oquendo ...
 Abuelo Antonio (39 episodes, 1977-1980)
Manolo Villaverde ...
 Pepe Peña (39 episodes, 1977-1980)
Ana Margo ...
 Carmen Peña (39 episodes, 1977-1980)
Connie Ramirez ...
 Violeta (32 episodes, 1977-1980)
Barbara Ann Martin ...
 Sharon Robinson (30 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 Joe Peña (28 episodes, 1977-1979)
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Pepe Peña is a proud man who emigrated from his native Cuba in the early 1960s. With him came his young son Joe, his wife Juana, and her parents Adela and Antonio; daughter Carmen was born to the couple in their new home: Miami. Pepe has his hands full coping with his Americanized teenagers, newly independent-minded wife, and Spanish-only speaking in-laws. Adding Carmen's wacky girlfriends and lusty next-door neighbor Marta to the mix is almost too much for Pepe to bear! Written by Ken Oswald <@UncleGeorge@Cliffhanger.com>

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After the third season, Steven Bauer left the series to pursue a career in Hollywood. It was explained on the show that Joe left to attend Miami University in Ohio. See more »

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What a show! If only more people knew about it!
20 January 2001 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

I have to tell you that growing up in Miami when this show was new was kind of freaky as elements of character and certain episodes could have been plucked right out of my life or the life of those around me. Even being Puerto Rican (not Cuban), I felt such a kinship with the Peñas, I felt Cuban by osmosis. If it wasn't the drama of the kids' identity crisis of being American and Hispanic at the same time, it was the insane drama Papa Peña went through when they thought Joe might be gay mirrored my own coming out trauma. Still one of my favorite shows, holding its own alongside some all-time classics, despite its miniscule budget and supposedly limited appeal. I've turned on many a non-Spanish speaker onto the bilingual show and hope that more people outside of South Florida will learn about this show and it's surprisingly universal message.


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