The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.
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 Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (328 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Mercedes Fernández López / ... (328 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... (327 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Carlos adulto / ... (325 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... (327 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Herminia López / ... (326 episodes, 2001-2017)
Santiago Crespo ...
 Josete / ... (274 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Pili / ... (275 episodes, 2001-2017)
Roberto Cairo ...
 Desi / ... (250 episodes, 2001-2015)
Ana Arias ...
 Paquita / ... (243 episodes, 2004-2017)
Manolo Cal ...
 Ramón / ... (244 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... (209 episodes, 2001-2017)
Silvia Espigado ...
 Clara (200 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Valentina Rojas / ... (195 episodes, 2001-2013)
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 Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Cervan / ... (181 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... (174 episodes, 2001-2017)
Manuel Dios ...
 Luis / ... (168 episodes, 2001-2017)
Elena Rivera ...
 Karina (163 episodes, 2005-2017)
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 Tinín / ... (162 episodes, 2001-2011)
Antonio Canal ...
 Padre Froilán / ... (157 episodes, 2002-2017)
Pepa Sarsa ...
 Josefina (143 episodes, 2002-2017)
Pere Ponce ...
 Eugenio / ... (141 episodes, 2001-2014)
Rosario Pardo ...
 Nieves / ... (140 episodes, 2001-2017)
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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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Trivia

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

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Cuéntame
Written by José Luis Armenteros
Adapted and Performed by Alejo Stivel
(2010-2011)
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A TV drama about life through the views of a middle class family
24 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great value of "Cuéntame cómo pasó" is not the story itself, but how is it told to viewers. With simplicity, honesty, at times comical, at times tragic, without exaggerating characters or situations, this is the most enjoyable and the best TV series I have ever seen.

It is a true family show, with the added value of stating deep social, moral and ethical questions, which avoids completely "cheap philosophical clichés" presenting realistic circumstances where the different choices often lead to opposite consequences. Furthermore, as in real-life, the characters make the choices influenced by individual emotional feelings frequently contrary to reason and good sense. We see all this happen and understand each character's realistic situation, never knowing what to expect.

There are no good or bad individuals; they are people just like any one of us. Their interactions are not predictable and they don't always act the way they should, making mistakes leading the plot to unexpected outcomes.

Although it is set in a specific time and place, and yes, historical events are carefully embroidered within the plot, the main story is about the human being, jealousy, greed, lust, pride, drive for performance and improvement; and the interactions of every-day individuals within and without the family circle, their double standards in the judgments of others compared to their own; it exposes the weaknesses and strengths of our culture, transcending beyond Spain to all Western cultures and beyond Spanish to non-Spanish speaking audiences.


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