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






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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)
 Joe Peña (28 episodes, 1977-1979)


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 <>

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1 May 1977 (USA)  »

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(39 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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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I remember it as being hilarious
6 October 2006 | by (Hoboken, NJ) – See all my reviews

Like most things, the show tarnished a bit with age, but what I remember most was that this show could be watched by people who only spoke one or the other of English and Spanish, and still be enjoyed and understood.

I was in high school when this show was on PBS in the NYC area, and my father's mother was living with us. My grandmother and I were watching the show and laughing till we choked, some slapstick scene with the grandmother and the dishwasher is all I remember now, 30 yrs later. What I remember most vividly is my father walking into the TV room to find his youngest kid and his mother laughing themselves sick, over a Spanish language TV show when neither of us spoke or understood Spanish. He talked about it for days, told everyone he knew at work about it. All we could tell him was, "it was FUNNY!"

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