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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 / ... 368 episodes, 2001-2019
Ana Duato ...  Mercedes Fernández López / ... 368 episodes, 2001-2019
María Galiana ...  Herminia López / ... 367 episodes, 2001-2019
Pablo Rivero ...  Toni Alcántara Fernández / ... 367 episodes, 2001-2019
Carlos Hipólito ...  Carlos adulto / ... 354 episodes, 2001-2019
Ricardo Gómez ...  Carlos Alcántara Fernández / ... 347 episodes, 2001-2018
Santiago Crespo Santiago Crespo ...  Josete / ... 288 episodes, 2001-2019
Lluvia Rojo ...  Pili / ... 275 episodes, 2001-2017
Ana Arias Ana Arias ...  Paquita / ... 270 episodes, 2004-2019
Manolo Cal Manolo Cal ...  Ramón / ... 271 episodes, 2001-2019
Roberto Cairo ...  Desi / ... 250 episodes, 2001-2015
Silvia Espigado Silvia Espigado ...  Clara 226 episodes, 2001-2019
Irene Visedo ...  Inés Alcántara Fernández / ... 214 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 / ... 176 episodes, 2001-2019
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
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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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Spanish | English | Swedish

Release Date:

13 September 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuéntame cómo pasó See more »

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José Sancho left the show because he didn't like how the writers were portraying the Spanish history, arguing they had started to fable too much. See more »

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Referenced in Aída: Mi madre se ha comido a mi compañero de piso (2007) See more »

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Cuéntame
Written by José Luis Armenteros
Performed by Estrella Morente and José Miguel Carmona (as Josemi Carmona)
(2011-2012)
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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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