Trials and tribulations of family Popadic, a typical family of five with their everyday problems.




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Series cast summary:
Marko Nikolic ...  Dragisa 'Giga' Popadic 82 episodes, 1987-1991
Svetlana Bojkovic ...  Emilija 'Ema' Popadic 79 episodes, 1987-1991
Dragan Bjelogrlic ...  Slobodan 'Boba' Popadic 78 episodes, 1987-1991
Boris Komnenic ...  Aleksandar 'Sasa' Popadic 73 episodes, 1987-1991
Lidija Vukicevic ...  Violeta 'Viki' Popadic 73 episodes, 1987-1991
Jelica Sretenovic ...  Koviljka Koka Stankovic 62 episodes, 1987-1991
Josif Tatic ...  Bozidar Soldatovic 'Jataganac' 52 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Stevan Kurcubic 50 episodes, 1987-1991
Aljosa Vuckovic ...  Dr. Ivo Luksic 49 episodes, 1987-1991
...  Dusan Markovic 'Terminator' 37 episodes, 1987-1988
Vlasta Velisavljevic ...  Mg Vlastimir Djordjevic 36 episodes, 1987-1991
Gorica Popovic ...  Dara Zavisic / ... 33 episodes, 1987-1991
Olivera Markovic ...  Buba Radovic-Djordjevic 33 episodes, 1987-1991


Trials and tribulations of family Popadic, a typical family of five with their everyday problems.

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6 January 1987 (Yugoslavia)  »

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A milestone for Sinisa Pavic... Unfortunately
8 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Sinisa Pavic happened to write some of the most popular Yugoslavian (Serbian) films and TV series during the 1970s and the early 1980s. "Otpisani", "Vruc vetar", "Tesna koza", to mention a few. Some of the characteristics of his work were good stories, lively characters, dialogs full of wit and most of all good humor. "Bolji zivot" marked a milestone in his career, being the largest TV production in Yugoslavia at the time, but it was unfortunately more of a bad thing. In order to achieve the comical effects, Pavic had to expand the familiar setting of a middle-class family struggling to get through the hard times (so similar to some of his earlier works) with countless supporting characters and impossible situations which resulted in a real mess of tangled story lines all over the place, and somewhere along the way the humor was lost. However, the series has proved to be such a success that it spawned numerous other carbon-copy productions by Pavic that could only be compared to Latin American telenovelas in the terms of quality. "Bolji zivot", being the first in line, was a cut above the rest of the pack, but it didn't necessarily make it good, and endless reruns on national TV had proved that it didn't age well either. In short, it's childish, cheap, way too boring when it tries to be funny and way too ridiculous when it tries to be serious. Unless you're a hardcore Yugonostalgic or simply want to see a telenovela done in a late 1980s Yugoslavian way, best avoid it.

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