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)
Enrique San Francisco ...
 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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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 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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Retrospections
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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