The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.




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Series cast summary:
 Carlos adulto / ... 325 episodes, 2001-2017
Santiago Crespo ...
Roberto Cairo ...
Ana Arias ...
 Paquita / ... 243 episodes, 2004-2017
Manolo Cal ...
 Ramón / ... 244 episodes, 2001-2017
Silvia Espigado ...
 Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo 181 episodes, 2001-2011
 Cervan / ... 181 episodes, 2001-2011
 Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... 174 episodes, 2001-2017
Manuel Dios ...
Elena Rivera ...
 Tinín / ... 162 episodes, 2001-2011
Antonio Canal ...
 Padre Froilán / ... 157 episodes, 2002-2017
Pepa Sarsa ...
Pere Ponce ...
Rosario Pardo ...
 Nieves / ... 140 episodes, 2001-2017


The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.

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13 September 2001 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Referenced in Aída: Bajo el peso de la ley (2005) See more »


Written by José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Pitingo
Arrangements by Juan Carmona
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remake of "the wonder years" but in Spain
26 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

First "Cuéntame", then "Cuéntame cómo pasó", this series interestingly started 2 days after 9-11. It follows more or less the same format of "The Wonder years" TV series, but in Spanish.

It narrates the life of a working class Spanish family from Madrid, with the background of the latter days of the Franco dictatorship in Spain, as seen by the eyes of a little boy.

The family is made up of Antonio and Mercedes, who emigrated from a rural village, with the maternal grandmother, Toni and Inés, the teenage kids, and Carlos, the youngest (and the narrator).

And while it does have some clichés (the hardworking father who does not want to see reality -something not too unfamiliar in these times-, the respectful mother, the revolutionary son, the proletarian priest, etc), it does try to depict the life of a particular family in which the traditional point of views of the parents/grandparents collide against the younger generation, influenced by the university, the cultural scene, and the preponderance of fascism, genocidal wars and the overthrowing of governments in the name of "democracy".

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