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
No. of episodes 56
Running time 0:27
Original channel TVN (Chile), UCV Televisión (2013)
Original run March 15, 2003 – March 27, 2008

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.


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