Aída

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Aída
Created by Nacho García Velilla
Opening theme "Que Nadie Me Levante la Voz"
by Bebe
Country of origin Spain
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 223
Production
Running time 45 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel Telecinco
Original run January 16, 2005 – June 8, 2014
Chronology
Preceded by 7 Vidas (1999–2006)

Aída is a Spanish comedy sitcom set in Madrid, a spin off from another sitcom called 7 Vidas. The show was broadcast from January 16, 2005 to June 8, 2014[1] by the Spanish network Telecinco and was produced by Globomedia.

The show stars Carmen Machi as the title character, Aída García, a working, single mother with two teenage children, forced to move in with her mother and brother to make ends meet.

The show has received favorable criticism from the audience and has been the most viewed show in Spain since 2007. It has also received several awards like the Ondas Award for Best Spanish Sitcom.

The Polish remake of the series began airing in March 2012 on TVP2 channel.

Plot[edit]

The show follows the life of Aída García (Carmen Machi), who has to move to a somewhat seedy neighbourhood with her mother, Eugenia (Marisol Ayuso), and brother, Luisma (Paco León). Together with Aída come her two teenage children, Jonathan and Lorena (David Castillo and Ana María Polvorosa).

Other than her family, Aída spends time with her best friend/prostitute, Paz (Melanie Olivares); Chema, a smart store-owner (Pepe Viyuela), and his effeminate son, Fidel (Eduardo Casanova); and Mauricio, a chauvinist bar-owner (Mariano Peña).

Life without Aída[edit]

Changes were made in Season 6. Aída has been written out of the series (the character is now supposed to be in prison), as Carmen Machi has left the show to pursue new projects. Soraya and her daughter Aída Jr. have been introduced. Mauricio has changed and toned down his chauvinistic rhetoric and fallen for Soraya. Jonathan has been made "dumber" as a result of going through puberty. Wenceslao has been given more presence.

Location[edit]

The show is located in a fictional neighbourhood called Esperanza Sur. However, it can be inferred that it is located in the district of Carabanchel, in the south part of Madrid. This can be demonstrated by the inclusion of the Urgel subway entrance, which is located in Carabanchel, as well as from the appearance of the 2-3 story buildings with green windows, common sights in that district.

Characters[edit]

García García Family[edit]

  • Aída García García (Carmen Machi) - A 45 year old, divorced woman. She's short, with a high-pitched voice. She has three children and works mostly as a cleaning lady. She got pregnant of her first daughter, Soraya, when she was 17, so she eloped with her fiance, Manolo. However, they got divorced several years later when she found out he spent the money in prostitutes. Before divorcing, they had their other two children: Lorena and Jonathan. Aída lives with her mother, Eugenia, and her brother Luis Mariano, best known as Luisma, and her two younger children (Soraya moved when she turned 18). Aída usually has several jobs to make ends meet. She wanted to finish her studies, but couldn't. She is an alcoholic, although she no longer drinks.
  • Luis Mariano "Luisma" García García (Paco León) - A 35 year old, ex-junkie, rehabilitated after going through Proyecto Hombre. He has a good heart, but is somewhat dimwitted. He is Aída's younger brother, and Eugenia's son. Ever since he was 13, he has tried to have sex with Paz, his childhood friend.
  • Eugenia García (Marisol Ayuso) - A 65 year old overweight widow. She is the mother of Aída and Luisma. When her husband died, she had to accept her daughter and grandchildren moving to her house. Eugenia thinks she's famous because she used to sing at a club. She was known by the name "La Bim Bam Bum".
  • Soraya García García (Miren Ibarguren) - Aída's oldest daughter. She moved out of her home when she turned 18 due to her mother's constant alcoholism. She joined the cast in the sixth season. She returned home with her only daughter, Aída Jr., fleeing from her abusive husband. He comes to "Esperanza Sur" looking for her and finds her with Aida, who accidentally kills him with an iron, trying to defend her daughter from his abuses.[2]
  • Lorena García García (Ana María Polvorosa) - Aída's second daughter. She is known for her red hair and her endless string of boyfriends. She enjoys playing pranks on Luisma and Eugenia, along with her brother Jonathan.
  • Jonathan García García (David Castillo) - Aída's youngest child. Far from being an ideal son, Jonathan has long hair, wears an earring, is disrespectful, steals, and has had several run-ins with the law. However, he still remains noble at heart.
  • Aída "Aidita" Padilla García - Soraya's daughter. She has great passion for food.

The Neighbours[edit]

  • José María "Chema" Martínez (Pepe Viyuela) - A 45 year old bald, divorced man. He is the owner of the market store "La Colonial". Chema is an intelligent, educated man, but although he has a degree in Hispanic philology, he hasn't been able to find an according job. This makes him - at times - the butt of jokes in the neighbourhood. He has been friend of Aída and Luisma since childhood. When he was 18, he was Aída's date to their prom. He has a 16 year old son called Fidel, but he's divorced since his ex-wife cheated on him.
  • Fidel Martínez (Eduardo Casanova) - Chema's 16 year old son. He is somewhat of an outcast in the neighbourhood for his intelligence, his knowledge about almost anything, his hobbies (dancing and painting), and for being very effeminate. He has few friends, but Jonathan is one of them. He is openly gay.
  • Paz Bermejo (Melani Olivares) - Aída's 34 year old best friend. They've known each other since childhood. She is a sweet and good woman, despite working as a prostitute for 10 years for lack of a better job. She dislikes her job and keeps it mostly secret, and only her close friends (Aída, Chema, Luisma, and Fidel) know about it. She pretends to be a nurse in front of Aída's children, and a flight attendant to the neighbourhood.
  • Mauricio Colmenero (Mariano Peña) - A 50 year old man. Bearer of some of the most unwanted traits in a man: chauvinist, fascist, exploiter, perverted, xenophobe, and homophobe. He is a bullfight aficionado and a fan of Burt Reynolds. That's why he named his bar after him (Bar Reinols) and has several pictures of the actor on a wall. He enjoys making fun of other people, especially Chema. He is also noted for disrespectfully treating one of his employees, Oswaldo Wenceslao, whom he calls "Macchu Picchu".
  • Oswaldo Wenceslao Huitalcoche de Todos los Santos, better known as "Machu-Pichu" (Oscar Reyes) - Ecuadorian waiter from the Bar Reinols. Mauricio constantly mocks him.
  • Barajas (real name Víctor Francisco Antolín Marín) (Canco Rodríguez) - Luisma's best friend, and ex-junkie. He is more silly than Luisma.
  • Inmaculada "Macu" Colmenero (Pepa Rus) - Niece of Mauricio. She is an stereotype of the "Palette people".
  • Antonio "Toni" Comenero (Secun de la Rosa) - Mauricio's homosexual brother. He is lawyer.

Awards[edit]

Ondas Awards
  • 2008 - Best Female Actress (Carmen Machi)
  • 2006 - Best National Show
ATV Awards
  • 2007 - Best Actress (Carmen Machi)
  • 2007 - Best Actor (Paco León)
  • 2007 - Best Script
  • 2005 - Best Actor (Paco León)
TP de Oro
Fotogramas de Plata
  • 2007 - Best TV Actress (Carmen Machi)
  • 2007 - Best TV Actor (Paco León)
  • 2005 - Best TV Actress (Carmen Machi)
  • 2005 - Best TV Actor (Paco León)
Screen Actors Guild Awards

Episodes[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Migelez, Xabier (26 May, 2014). Fórmula TV (ed.): «Telecinco repondrá el primer episodio de 'Aída' el próximo 1 de junio y emitirá su final definitivo el día 8». Madrid: Noxvo Editorial.
  2. ^ "Miren Ibarguren será Soraya en 'Aída', la hija perdida de Carmen Machi" (in Spanish). FórmulaTV. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 

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