Cuéntame cómo pasó

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This article is about the TV show known as Cuéntame. For the Lucero album, see Cuéntame.
Cuéntame cómo pasó
Also known as Cuéntame
Genre Drama, Historical, Comedy
Created by Miguel Ángel Bernardeau
Written by Alberto Macías & Eduardo Ladrón de Guevara
Starring Imanol Arias
Ana Duato
Ricardo Gómez
María Galiana
Pablo Rivero
Esmeralda García
José Sancho
Juan Echanove
Ana Arias
Narrated by Carlos Hipólito
Opening theme Cuéntame
Country of origin Spain
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 253
Executive producer(s) Miguel Ángel Bernardeau
Location(s) Madrid
Running time 60-90 mins
Production company(s) Grupo Ganga Producciones
Original channel La 1, TVE Internacional
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original run September 13, 2001 – present
External links
Production website

Cuéntame cómo pasó (English: Tell me how it happened), also known as Cuéntame, is a Spanish television series which has been broadcast by the Spanish public TV channel TVE1 since 2001. Its original name (Tell me) had to be changed for copyright reasons.

The series recounts the experiences of a middle-class family, the Alcántaras (in Spanish Los Alcántara), during the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco and the beginning of the Spanish Transition to democracy. Its name comes from a famous song by the Spanish 1960s pop group Fórmula V, titled Tell Me. The producer of the series is Miguel Ángel Bernardeau.

The series was created to celebrate the first 25 years since Spain's transition to democracy, and its didactic spirit is clearly evident in some of the episodes. It includes documentary interviews with historical figures of the era, such as people concerned with the assassination of then prime minister Carrero Blanco and the death of Franco.

The first episode was broadcast on September 13, 2001. The series begins in April 1968 with the victory in the Eurovision song contest of the singer Massiel. The story reflects changes in Spain beginning in that year.

In December 2008, TVE and Ganga Group announced that the series, in its 10th season, had achieved very good audience levels, and would be renewed for up to 3 more seasons, with the storyline moving firmly into the 1980s and the "Movida madrileña".

Through situations, characters, and attitudes of the era, the series evokes a wistful reminiscence of those times. In this respect it can be compared to the series The Wonder Years, which did the same thing for US history.

This series influenced the Portuguese series Conta-me como foi, which starts the same year (1968) and goes to 1974, the year of the 25 de Abril. It has the participation of Portuguese actors such as Rita Blanco and Miguel Guilherme.


•Series 1 (1968-1969) - First Aired: 2001

  1. "El retorno del fugitivo" (The return of fugitive. April 1968)
  2. "un cielo lleno de futbolines" (a sky full of footballs. May 1968)
  3. "A lo lejos el mar" (In the distance the sea. June 1968)
  4. "Las invasoras" (invasive. August 1968)

•Series 2 (1969) - First Aired: 2002

•Series 3 (1970) - First Aired: 2003 Episode 1: "A las puertas del edén" (At the gates of Eden. Spring 1970)

•Series 4 (1970) - First Aired: 2003-2004

•Series 5 (1971) - First Aired: 2004

•Series 6 (1972-1973) - First Aired: 2004-2005

•Series 7 (1973-1974) - First Aired: 2005-2006

•Series 8 (1974-1975) - First Aired: 2006-2007

  1. "Lisboa era una fiesta" (Lisbon was a party. April 1974)
  2. "Apertura ma non troppo" (Opening ma non troppo. Spring 1974)
  3. "Por el humo se sabe dónde esta el fuego" (Smoke one knows where this fire. June 1974)

•Series 9 (1975-1976) - First Aired: 2007-2008

•Series 10 (1976) - First Aired: 2008

  1. "y llegó el destape" (and reached the uncovering. Spring 1976)

•Series 11 (1977) - First Aired: 2009

•Series 12 (1978-1979) - First Aired: 2010-2011

•Series 13 (1979-1981) - First Aired: 2011-2012

•Series 14 (1981) - First Aired: 2013

•Series 15 (1982-1983) - First Aired: 2014

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