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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:
Ana Duato ...  Mercedes Fernández López / ... 369 episodes, 2001-2019
Imanol Arias ...  Antonio Alcántara Barbadillo / ... 368 episodes, 2001-2019
María Galiana ...  Herminia López / ... 368 episodes, 2001-2019
Pablo Rivero ...  Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... 367 episodes, 2001-2019
Carlos Hipólito ...  Carlos adulto / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2019
Ricardo Gómez ...  Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2018
Santiago Crespo Santiago Crespo ...  Josete / ... 286 episodes, 2001-2019
Lluvia Rojo ...  Pili / ... 275 episodes, 2001-2017
Ana Arias Ana Arias ...  Paquita / ... 264 episodes, 2004-2019
Manolo Cal Manolo Cal ...  Ramón / ... 265 episodes, 2001-2019
Roberto Cairo Roberto Cairo ...  Desi / ... 250 episodes, 2001-2015
Silvia Espigado Silvia Espigado ...  Clara 220 episodes, 2001-2019
Irene Visedo ...  Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... 215 episodes, 2001-2019
Juan Echanove ...  Miguel Alcántara Barbadillo / ... 209 episodes, 2001-2017
Alicia Hermida ...  Valentina Rojas / ... 195 episodes, 2001-2013
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 / ... 165 episodes, 2002-2019
Enrique San Francisco ...  Tinín / ... 162 episodes, 2001-2011
Pepa Sarsa Pepa Sarsa ...  Josefina 150 episodes, 2002-2019
Rosario Pardo Rosario Pardo ...  Nieves / ... 148 episodes, 2001-2018


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


Written by José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Miguel Ríos
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time and family
31 July 2002 | by EK72See all my reviews

There's no accounting for tastes of course ... but I would give a opposite review to the one you've just read. I don't live in Spain so I don't know what the Spanish think of this show, but to me it fills a big question mark in my mind. I grew up studying Spanish and all through highschool, college, and graduate school I heard stories of Spain under Franco, but didn't really understand what it was like. "Cuéntame", as the other review mentioned, is set in the last decade of Franco's rule. If it's accurate, this show gives the "taste" of a very particular and very important period that has a lot to do with the way Spain is now (even though there is in many ways very little resemblance).

The show can be a little too earnest sometimes, and sometimes it's obvious that they are trying to touch (even though lightly) on all the major issues of the day and come out on the right side in each of them. But I think there is also an interesting balance between the outrage of the kids who are just realising what's going on in their society and the parents & grandmother who have seen it all and are cautious about getting involved in politics. And lots of arguing about things that matter, the kind of getting-things-out-in-the-open that I would expect from the Spanish families I know. Not a kind of arguing that tears families apart, but one that is a natural part of living together and getting to understand what makes the other person tick. And even if you never understand them, they're still Family. That's the other nice part of this show, apart from the "historical" value: there's lots of qualities in the Alcántara family that reminds you of the best in Spanish family life.

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