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 / ... 349 episodes, 2001-2019
Ana Duato ...  Mercedes Fernández López / ... 349 episodes, 2001-2019
Ricardo Gómez ...  Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2018
Pablo Rivero ...  Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... 348 episodes, 2001-2019
Carlos Hipólito ...  Carlos adulto / ... 345 episodes, 2001-2018
María Galiana ...  Herminia López / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2019
Santiago Crespo Santiago Crespo ...  Josete / ... 284 episodes, 2001-2018
Lluvia Rojo ...  Pili / ... 275 episodes, 2001-2017
Ana Arias Ana Arias ...  Paquita / ... 264 episodes, 2004-2019
Manolo Cal Manolo Cal ...  Ramón / ... 262 episodes, 2001-2018
Roberto Cairo Roberto Cairo ...  Desi / ... 250 episodes, 2001-2015
Silvia Espigado Silvia Espigado ...  Clara 218 episodes, 2001-2018
Juan Echanove ...  Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... 209 episodes, 2001-2017
Alicia Hermida ...  Valentina Rojas / ... 195 episodes, 2001-2013
Irene Visedo ...  Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... 195 episodes, 2001-2019
Elena Rivera ...  Karina / ... 183 episodes, 2005-2018
José Sancho ...  Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo 181 episodes, 2001-2011
Tony Leblanc ...  Cervan / ... 181 episodes, 2001-2011
Manuel Dios Manuel Dios ...  Luis / ... 175 episodes, 2001-2018
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal ...  Padre Froilán / ... 164 episodes, 2002-2018
Enrique San Francisco ...  Tinín / ... 162 episodes, 2001-2011
Pepa Sarsa Pepa Sarsa ...  Josefina 148 episodes, 2002-2018
Rosario Pardo Rosario Pardo ...  Nieves / ... 148 episodes, 2001-2018
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ...  Eugenio / ... 141 episodes, 2001-2014


The evolution of a family from the last days of the Franquist dictatorship to the early 80s.

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Release Date:

13 September 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuéntame cómo pasó See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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


Written by José Luis Armenteros
Adapted and Performed by Alejo Stivel
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22 December 2001 | by khatcher-2See 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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