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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in El ministerio del tiempo: Cualquier tiempo pasado (2015) See more »


Written by José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Rosario Flores
Arrangements by Fernando Illán, Nacho Lesko and Ricardo Marín
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A TV drama about life through the views of a middle class family

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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