The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.
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Imanol Arias ...
 Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (309 episodes, 2001-2016)
Ana Duato ...
 Mercedes Fernández López / ... (309 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... (308 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Carlos adulto / ... (306 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... (308 episodes, 2001-2016)
María Galiana ...
 Herminia López / ... (307 episodes, 2001-2016)
Santiago Crespo ...
 Josete / ... (261 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Pili / ... (263 episodes, 2001-2016)
Roberto Cairo ...
 Desi / ... (250 episodes, 2001-2015)
Manolo Cal ...
 Ramón / ... (229 episodes, 2001-2016)
Ana Arias ...
 Paquita / ... (224 episodes, 2004-2016)
Alicia Hermida ...
 Valentina Rojas / ... (195 episodes, 2001-2013)
Juan Echanove ...
 Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (190 episodes, 2001-2016)
Silvia Espigado ...
 Clara (189 episodes, 2001-2016)
José Sancho ...
 Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
Tony Leblanc ...
 Cervan / ... (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
Enrique San Francisco ...
 Tinín / ... (162 episodes, 2001-2011)
Manuel Dios ...
 Luis / ... (157 episodes, 2001-2016)
Elena Rivera ...
 Karina (150 episodes, 2005-2016)
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 Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... (155 episodes, 2001-2016)
Antonio Canal ...
 Padre Froilán / ... (148 episodes, 2002-2016)
Pere Ponce ...
 Eugenio / ... (141 episodes, 2001-2014)
Pepa Sarsa ...
 Josefina (138 episodes, 2002-2016)
Rosario Pardo ...
 Nieves / ... (125 episodes, 2001-2016)
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The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.

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Cuéntame cómo pasó  »

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The show was set to last until the death of dictator Franco, but the huge success made the producers keep doing more seasons. In a recent interview (2010), Imanol Arias told they would continue until the 1981 coup d'état. See more »

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Referenced in El ministerio del tiempo: Cualquier tiempo pasado (2015) See more »

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Cuéntame
Written by José Luis Armenteros
Adapted and Performed by Alejo Stivel
(2010-2011)
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22 December 2001 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

This series, made for Televisión Española (TVE) is basically a series of chapters in the life of an ordinary family in 1968, primarily as seen through the eyes of the youngest son.

Based on a background of historical events, such as the May 1968 student uprising in France, the decaying Franco regime, the war in Viet-Nam, the rise of imperialism, and others specifically related to Spanish life at that particular moment, one might regard this series as a simple compilation of characteristic foibles which make themselves so apparent in this kind of entertainment.

Generally treated in a lightweight vein though not lacking in certain moments which might be called dramatic, the series would seem to be aimed at people of around fifty who can rember those times, as, it should be stated, anyone younger either chooses to ignore such happenings or is busily occupied in other things.

The best thing that can be said of this series is Ana Duato's rôle as mother of three children: she plays the part of the total housewife of the times really well, manifesting that peculiar Spanish penchant, especially noticeable among women, of letting all her thinking and her doings be carried forward by the impetus of her heart, without any resorting to the use of the brain. As we say in Spain, common sense is one of the least common senses. Imanol Arias offers very little, apart from not being his usual stereotyped hard policeman as in other television series. Indeed, as an actor, he should not be trusted in anything which is not a TV series. His resources are too limited; however, his part as father of the working-class household is not at all bad.

Not really recommendable for other audiences, even Spanish-speakers in Latin America: the themes are all too parochially related to a specific spot in contemporary Spanish history, such that if the viewer was not living here at that time he will miss most of the references. It is even probable that certain situations which cause a few Spanish smiles would not mean anything to other viewers.


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