The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.
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Series cast summary:
Imanol Arias ...
 Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (309 episodes, 2001-2016)
Ana Duato ...
 Mercedes Fernández López / ... (309 episodes, 2001-2016)
Ricardo Gómez ...
 Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... (308 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... (308 episodes, 2001-2016)
María Galiana ...
 Herminia López / ... (307 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Carlos adulto / ... (306 episodes, 2001-2016)
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 Pili / ... (263 episodes, 2001-2016)
Santiago Crespo ...
 Josete / ... (261 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)
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 Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... (155 episodes, 2001-2016)
Elena Rivera ...
 Karina (150 episodes, 2005-2016)
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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By getting the renewal for season 17, it became the longest running weekly Spanish drama, with a total of 311 episodes. 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
Performed by Miguel Bosé
Produced and Arranged by Fernando Ortí Salvador (as Fernando Ortí)
(2013)
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Cuéntame is a great depiction of how history is lived by ordinary people.
9 November 2007 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Cuéntame is a great depiction of how history is lived by ordinary people. You don't have to have been there to appreciate it, it informs you with a wealth of everyday detail in the sets, characters and conversations. I had seen odd episodes on previous visits to Spain and now I'm here for the year, I'm watching it religiously! And luckily now we're in the fall of 1975 at the end of Francoism and the beginning of the exciting period of the Transition (to democracy). It's fascinating to see all the aspects of society brought out in the different episodes, from the sexual revolution or pop culture to the Communist underground or the many ways people saw the coming political and social changes. Arguments in the local bar or around the dinner table are fascinating. Other aspects include the transformation of Spanish women (and recovery of the rights they lost under Franco), as we see the mother of the house go to university and confront new ideas. As an older woman who has struggled to reach a comfortable status, she is seen as bourgeoise and worse by the other students. The series is full of such revealing details, and the actors all perform very convincingly.

Sometimes Cuéntame hits a nerve, as in the latest episode shown on Nov 8th 2007 on TVE. The Alcántara brothers go to visit their father's grave and talk about how he was killed and where he was buried- a prime example of the importance of the Law of Historical Memory just passed by the Spanish government after long, grinding debate. Antonio- the marvellous Imanol Arias who gives him all his interesting tics and his honesty- once again manages to express the perfect middle ground, slippery as it may be.

I wish there were more series of this kind, and in other countries. An example to be followed!


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