31 Minutos

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For the album, see 31 Minutos (album).
31 minutos
Logo of 31 Minutos
Logo of 31 Minutos
Created by Álvaro Díaz
Pedro Peirano
Starring Álvaro Díaz
Pedro Peirano
Rodrigo Salinas
Daniel Castro
Patricio Díaz
Alejandra Dueñas
Francisco Schultz
Fernando Solis
Country of origin  Chile
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 68
Running time 0:31
Original channel TVN (Chile) (2003-2005)
Original release March 15, 2003
March 27, 2008 and October 2, 2014
External links
(Official Spanish Site) Website

31 minutos (Spanish for 31 minutes) is a Chilean television show which takes the form of a mock news broadcast, and is fronted by puppets who present various items. The program was devised by Álvaro Díaz and Pedro Peirano and is produced by their own company, APLAPLAC. It was first aired in March 2003 on the TVN channel in Chile.

31 minutos has achieved considerable success in Chilean television, captivating adult viewers as well as children. The sarcastic and carefree humor along with the producers' reputation in Chile of being the essential part of the extinct cult show Plan Z (aired about a decade before) earned the series immediate acceptance among the public (specially among Plan Z's wide and loyal fan base) and helped boost its popularity, being considered a spiritual successor of sorts of that earlier show. When the first season had its debut, it occupied the morning time slot on Saturdays. But its orientation toward children was somewhat questioned because of the enthusiastic response from adult audiences; therefore the second season was moved to the time slot after the night time news at 10:00 pm on Fridays. Its almost explosive commercial success is reflected in the range and quantity of products spawned by the show, including an audio CD with the songs from its first season. In 2004, Nickelodeon started airing the first season across Latin America, being particularly popular in Brazil and Argentina, and a second CD was released with music from the second season. In 2005, a third album was released, with the third season's music and some extras.

Part of the show's success with more adult audiences is due to its use of double entendres and parody. The puppets are ironic imitations of famous television personalities and there are many references to incidents or television events which characterized Chile in the 1980s and 90s.

A movie version entitled 31 minutos, la película, that was shot in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro, premiered in Chilean theatres on March 27, 2008.

On October 2, 2014 the first episode of the fourth season was aired on TVN (Chile), 8 years after their last episode featuring not only the same characters from the previous seasons, but also a 1080p HD image format. 12 episodes were part of this season which was mainly focused on the kids that grew up with the series, but still has the educative point for the newer generations. The sections like the "Green Note" by Juan Carlos Bodoque and the "TOP ranking" by Policarpo Avendaño are being kept on each episode, and included are new sections such as Patana's reality show "Patana's Fridge".[clarification needed]


Much of the characters of the show are parodying (or are just inspired after) chilean TV personalities or famous local journalists, especially those asociated with the mainstream chilean press, hence the 'news program' premise of the show.


Most of the songs were composed by Pablo Ilabaca and Felipe Ilabaca of Chancho en Piedra and group collaboration in the series.

Season 1[edit]

Song Artist Director(s)
Lala Lolo Peter Peldaño (Pedro Peirano)
Tangananica, Tangananá Los Hermanos Guarennes Rod Buey (Rodrigo Toro)
Me cortaron mal el pelo (They cut Wrong my Hair) Chascoberto Peter Peldaño (Pedro Peirano)
Bailan sin César (Dance Without Cesar) LLUEHHHB (Latidos Latinos Urbanos Emergentes Hip Hop Hermanos Brother) Rod Salainas (Rodrigo Salinas)
Señora, devuélvame la pelota o si no no sé que haré (Miss, return my ball or I don't know what I'll do) Pepe Lota Daniel Castor (Daniel Castro)
Mi muñeca me habló (My Doll Spoke To Me) Flor Bovina Karla Strado (Karla Estrada)
Yo opino (I Think) Joe Pino & The Maniacodepresivos Mathew Church (Matías Iglesis)
Mi equilibrio espiritual (My Spiritual Balance) Freddy Turbina Pancho Estulz (Francisco Schultz)
Diente blanco, no te vayas (White Tooth, Don't Go) John Quijada Juan Engaña (Juan Egaña)

Note: The names of the directors are parodied in the series by members of the program output (in parentheses are the real names and their names parodied).

Season 2[edit]

Song Artist Director(s)
Severlá Otto y los sarcófagos del ritmo Le Rotcerid
Boing, Boing, Boing Tío Horacio y sus queridos personajes Tío Pelado
El dinosaurio Anacleto (The Anacleto Dinosaur) Dinosaurio Roberto Roberto
Rin Raja Juan Tástico Joe Pino
Nunca me he sacado un siete (I've never got an A) Michael Astudillo Jr. Michael Astudillo I
Señora interesante (Interesting lady) Cucky César Mendeka (César Mondaca)
Objeción denegada (Objection overruled) Juan Pablo Sopa Samuel Pitutino
Doggy Style El perro Duque Tepo-Tepo
Papá te quiero (Dad i love you) Exequiel Tapia y los Tapia Octapio Tapia

Note: The names of the characters of the program directors are either not refer to anyone in particular (Objeción denegada and Papá te quiero). Exceptions are Ms. Interesting, that parodies a member of the production of the program and severla, which is "Director" backwards.

Season 3[edit]

Song Artist Director(s)
Ríe (Laugh) Cucho Lambretta Los Hermanos Siameses
Guácala (Yuck) Carmencita Chavela Larvas (Chavela Vargas)
Mi castillo de blanca arena con vista al mar (My white sand castle with sea view) Gary González Juan Carlos Castillo
Parque de diversiones (Amusement park) Milton Ludovico Leo Barrera
Mr. Guantecillo Hermanos computadores de Paine Flaco Van (Roberto Araya)
La regla primordial (The primary rule) Retrete Navarrete y los Bulliciosos Tamy Goldfish (Tamara Goldschmied)
Ratoncitos (The Little Mouse) Ratoncitos Sopapiglobo

Note: The names of the directors are parodies of the members of the program output (La regla primordial, Mr. Guantecillo) real people (Guácala and Parque de diversiones), characters from the show (Ríe and Ratoncitos) or do referring to anyone in particular (Mi castillo de blanca arena con vista al mar).

Season 4[edit]

Song Artist Director(s)
Mi mamá me lo teje todo (My mom knit me all) Lino y Lana Chaleco López
Drácula, Calígula, Tarántula Coágula Espátulo Sergio Reisenbergenstein
Son pololos (They are couples) La Corchetis Marello Mazzorca
El huerfadrino (The Hodfather) Percy Mamani Brains
Mundo interior (Inner world) Cápara Sonia Julia y su banda
Amurrao Eustaquio Renato Cata Gato
Arwrarwrirwrarwro Bombi Bombi

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