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
Lluvia Rojo
Narrated by Carlos Hipólito
Opening theme Cuéntame
Country of origin Spain
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 17
No. of episodes 310
Executive producer(s) Miguel Ángel Bernardeau
Location(s) Madrid, Arahuetes
Running time 60–90 mins
Production company(s) Grupo Ganga Producciones
Original network La 1, TVE Internacional
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original release 13 September 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 13 September 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.


SEASON 1 (1968–69)—First Aired: 2001

  1. "El retorno del fugitivo" (The return of fugitive. April 1968)
  2. "un cielo lleno de futbolines" (A sky full of football tables. May 1968)
  3. "A lo lejos, el mar" (In the distance, the sea. June 1968)
  4. "Las invasoras" (The invaders. August 1968)
  5. "Paz, amor y fantasía" (Peace, Love and Dreams. September 1968)
  6. "Fiesta Nacional" (Spain's National Day. October 1968)
  7. "Amistades peligrosas" (Dangerous Liaisons. October 1968)
  8. "Las mejores huelgas de nuestra vida" (Best strikes in our life. November 1968)
  9. "Non plus ultra" (Non plus ultra. Autumn 1968)
  10. "Un hombre sin corazón" (A man without a heart. Autumn 1968)

SEASON 2 (1969)—First Aired: 2002

SEASON 3 (1970)—First Aired: 2003

  1. "A las puertas del Edén" (At the gates of Eden. Spring 1970)

SEASON 4 (1970)—First Aired: 2003–04

SEASON 5 (1971)—First Aired: 2004

SEASON 6 (1972–73)—First Aired: 2004–05

SEASON 7 (1973–74)—First Aired: 2005–06

SEASON 8 (1974–75)—First Aired: 2006–07

  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 está el fuego" (By the smoke one knows where the fire is. June 1974)

SEASON 9 (1975–76)—First Aired: 2007–08

SEASON 10 (1976)—First Aired: 2008

  1. "Y llegó el destape" (and reached the uncovering. Spring 1976)
  2. "La cigüeña dijo si" (Stork said yes . Summer 1976)
  3. "Fifty fifty" (Fifty fifty. Summer 1976)
  4. "Por un puñado de fotos" (For a handful of photos. Summer 1976)

SEASON 11 (1977)—First Aired: 2009

SEASON 12 (1978–79)—First Aired: 2010–11

Episodio 198 "Las dos comuniones de María Alcántara" (Episode 198. The two communions of Maria Alcantara. Summer 1978)

Episodio 199 "El regreso" (Episode 199. Return. Summer 1978)

Episodio 200 "A la fiesta hemos de ir" (Episode 200. At the party we go. Summer 1978)

Episodio 201 "Calores de agosto" (Episode 201. August heat. Summer 1978)

Episodio 202 "Carlos tiró su fusil" (Episode 202. Carlos shot his rifle. September 1978)

Episodio 203 "El empujoncito" (Episode 203. The push. September 1978)

Episodio 204 "Adiós imprenta adiós" (Episode 204. Bye bye printing. September 1978)

Episodio 205 "Esos locos bajitos" (Episode 205. Those crazy little ones. December 1978)

Episodio 210 "El desencanto" (Episode 210. The disenchantment. March 1979)

SEASON 13 (1979–81)—First Aired: 2011–12

Episodio 218 "Hoy empieza todo" (Episode 218. Everything starts tday. Mid-September 1979)

Episodio 219 "Una venta con freno y marcha atrás" (Episode 219. A sale and brake and reverse. Late September 1979)

Episodio 220 "Gajes del oficio" (Episode 220. Occupational hazards. October 1979)

Episodio 222 "Ni exclusivo ni excluyente " (Episode 222. Exclusive or exclusionary. November 1979)

Episodio 224 "Una mujer de bandera" (Episode 224. A woman flag. February 1980)

Episodio 225 "La última batalla de macho montés" (Episode 225. The last battle of male wild. March 1980)

Episodio 226 "La mujer y la tierra" (Episode 226. Women and land. March 1980)

Episodio 233 "Siempre amanece" (Episode 233. Always dawns. Late January 1981)

SEASON 14 (1981)—First Aired: 2013

Episodio 234 "La movida y mucho más" (Episode 234. The "movida" and more. February 1981)

Episodio 235 "Larga noche de transistores y teléfonos" (Episode 235. Long night of transistors and phones. 23 February 1981)

Episodio 236 "El hombre de la casa" (Episode 236. The man of the house. 23 February 1981)

Episodio 239 "Las lágrimas de Santa Rita" (Episode 239. Tears of Santa Rita. Late April 1981)

Episodio 240 "El final del camino" (Episode 240. End of the Road. May 1981)

Episodio 244 "Descansen en paz" (Episode 244. Rest in peace. Summer 1981)

Episodio 245 "Los amos de la tierra" (Episode 245. The masters of the earth. September 1981)

Episodio 253 "La vida ante tus ojos" (Episode 253. The life before your eyes. January 1982)

SEASON 15 (1982–83)—First Aired: 2014

Episodio 254 "Vuelta a casa" (Episode 254. Homecoming. July 1982)

Episodio 255 "Dos días en París" (Episode 255. Two Days in Paris. Summer 1982)

Episodio 256 "Amores que matan" (Episode 256. Love that kills. Summer 1982)

Episodio 260 "¿Qué hace una banda como tú en un sitio como éste?" (Episode 260. What is a band like you doing in a place like this?. October 1982)

Episodio 266 "Noche de paz" (Episode 266. Silent Night. 24 December 1982)

Episodio 267 "Gracias por las flores" (Episode 267. Thanks for the flowers. 15 January 1983)

Episodio 268 "Siniestro total" (Episode 268. Total wreckage.)

Episodio 269 "57 años y un día" (Episode 269. 57 years and one day.)

Episodio 270 "En la boca del lobo" (Episode 270. In the lion's den.)

Episodio 271 "Aviones de papel" (Episode 271. Paper planes.)

Episodio 272 "Tus brazos arroparon mi insomnio" (Episode 272. Your arms clothed my insomnia.)

SEASON 16 (1983)—First Aired: 2015

Episodio 273 "Poco a poco" (ch Episode apter 273. Gently.)

Episodio 274 "De aquellos polvos estos lodos" (Episode 274. Of those powders these muds.)

Episodio 275 "Volver a empezar" (Episode 275. Start again.)

Episodio 276 "El último minuto de nuestra vida" (Episode 276. The last minute of our life.)

Episodio 277 "Unidos" (Episode 277. United.)

Episodio 278 "El amor es una droga blanda" (Episode 278. Love is a soft drug.)

Episodio 279 "Amo la vida, amo el amor" (Episode 279. I love life, I love love.)

Episodio 280 "Polvo al polvo" (Episode 280. Dust to dust.)

Episodio 281 "Memento mori" (Episode 281. Remember death.)

Episodio 282 "Misa de diez" (Episode 282. Ten o'clock mass.)

Episodio 283 "Muchos fantasmas, varios zombis y un Spectrum" (Episode 283. Many ghosts, several zombies and a Spectrum.)

Episodio 284 "Paraíso Perdido" (Episode 284. Lost paradise.)

Episodio 285 "El café" (Episode 285. Coffee.)

Episodio 286 "Los amigos de Luis" (Episode 286. Luis' friends.)

Episodio 287 "El enemigo en casa" (Episode 287. The enemy within.)

Episodio 288 "Por lo que fuimos" (Episode 288. For what we were.)

Episodio 289 "Punto límite" (Episode 289. Breaking point.)

Episodio 290 "Una vida interesante" (Episode 290. An interesting life.)

Episodio 291 "La noche no es para mí" (Episode 291. Nightlife is not for me.)

SEASON 17 (1984)—First Aired: 2016

Episodio 292 "El futuro es nuestro" (Episode 292. The future is ours.)

Episodio 293 "Sin dinero ya no hay rock and roll" (Episode 293. Without money there is no rock and roll.)

Episodio 294 "Lo que aprendí" (Episode 294. What I learned.)

Episodio 295 "El último ferry" (Episode 295. The last ferry.)

Episodio 296 "Un asunto de familia" (Episode 296. A family affair.)

Episodio 297 "Territorios" (Episode 297. Territories.)

Episodio 298 "Sagrillas Kid" (Episode 298. Sagrillas Kid.)

Episodio 299 "Gira el mundo gira" (Episode 299. Turn the world turn.)

Episodio 300 "Un milagro" (Episode 300. A miracle.)

Episodio 301 "La vida es una carretera de doble sentido" (Episode 301. Life is a two-way road.)

Episodio 302 "Mala uva" (Episode 302. Bad grape [Bad intention].)

Episodio 303 "Pachín" (Episode 303. Pachín.)

Episodio 304 "Momentos malos y momentos buenos" (Episode 304. Good times and bad times

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