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




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Series cast summary:
...  Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Mercedes Fernández López / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... 346 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Carlos adulto / ... 344 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... 346 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Herminia López / ... 345 episodes, 2001-2018
Santiago Crespo ...  Josete / ... 279 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Pili / ... 275 episodes, 2001-2017
Ana Arias ...  Paquita / ... 262 episodes, 2004-2018
Manolo Cal ...  Ramón / ... 251 episodes, 2001-2018
Roberto Cairo ...  Desi / ... 250 episodes, 2001-2015
...  Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... 209 episodes, 2001-2017
Silvia Espigado ...  Clara 208 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Valentina Rojas / ... 195 episodes, 2001-2013
...  Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... 193 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Karina 182 episodes, 2005-2018
...  Don Pablo Ramírez Sañudo 181 episodes, 2001-2011
...  Cervan / ... 181 episodes, 2001-2011
Manuel Dios ...  Luis / ... 171 episodes, 2001-2018
...  Tinín / ... 162 episodes, 2001-2011
Antonio Canal ...  Padre Froilán / ... 160 episodes, 2002-2018
Pepa Sarsa ...  Josefina 147 episodes, 2002-2018
Rosario Pardo ...  Nieves / ... 147 episodes, 2001-2018
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)  »

Also Known As:

Cuéntame cómo pasó  »

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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 Pitingo
Arrangements by Juan Carmona
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22 December 2001 | by 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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