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¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.? 

In the Peña household, language barriers arise, cultures clash... and hilarity ensues!


Manny Mendoza




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Series cast summary:
Velia Martinez Velia Martinez ...  Abuela Adela 39 episodes, 1977-1980
Ana Margarita Martínez Casado Ana Margarita Martínez Casado ...  Juana Peña 39 episodes, 1977-1980
Luis G. Oquendo ...  Abuelo Antonio 39 episodes, 1977-1980
Manolo Villaverde Manolo Villaverde ...  Pepe Peña 39 episodes, 1977-1980
Ana Margo Ana Margo ...  Carmen Peña 39 episodes, 1977-1980
Connie Ramirez Connie Ramirez ...  Violeta 32 episodes, 1977-1980
Barbara Ann Martin Barbara Ann Martin ...  Sharon Robinson 30 episodes, 1977-1980
Steven Bauer ...  Joe Peña 28 episodes, 1977-1979


Pepe Peña is a proud man who emigrated from his native Cuba in the early 1960s. With him came his young son Joe, his wife Juana, and her parents Adela and Antonio; daughter Carmen was born to the couple in their new home: Miami. Pepe has his hands full coping with his Americanized teenagers, newly independent-minded wife, and Spanish-only speaking in-laws. Adding Carmen's wacky girlfriends and lusty next-door neighbor Marta to the mix is almost too much for Pepe to bear! Written by Ken Oswald <@UncleGeorge@Cliffhanger.com>

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

WPBT2 See more »
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Technical Specs


(39 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This series was America's first bilingual sit-com. See more »

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You don't have to know Spanish to enjoy
11 April 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

I do not speak Spanish but I enjoyed watching this show about a close knit family living in Miami. The great thing, for me at least, is that half the language spoken here was English and Half Spanish. This meant a wider viewing audience, but it also was a lesson in learning. The young latin kids (who were born in America) who wanted to speak English. Their Parents had to speak both languages and their elders who only knew (and wanted to only speak) Spanish. Just by watching (with your eyes) and listening (with your head), you could understand what was going on, even if you could not understand what was being said.

The storylines were interesting and funny. The whole cast was great, especially the one who played the Grandmother! I was happy to see that Steven Bauer made it big time. I wish I could see these shows again. I use to watch them on the Public Television station from Orlando, back in the '70's. If TV could be as good as this now a days!

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