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

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A retrospective on the popular bilingual sitcom featuring a Cuban-American family. The complete pilot episode is included, in addition to clips from subsequent shows. Generation magazine editor Bill Teck is the host.

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Series cast summary:
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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This was the very first sitcom exclusively for PBS. It was produced and taped in front of a live audience at the studios for Miami's PBS member station WPBT and carried on other PBS stations nationwide. See more »

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Great Show!
21 June 2003 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Actually, this show was intended to help newly-arrived Cubans learn how to speak English. The show was in Englsih and Spanish musch like Cuban-American households. The children on the show spoke mostly English and the parents mostly Spanish. The older characters spoke as much Enmglish as they could and _wanted_ to learn English, but as we all know it is easier to learn a language when you are younger than when you are older. The fun of the show was in the way the older characters tried to deal with the younger characters in a new land and everyone's attempts at becoming American while remaining Cuban.


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