La familia P. Luche

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La familia P. Luche
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Also known asThe Plush Family
GenreBlack comedy
Created byEugenio Derbez, Marco Lagarde, Ricardo Álvarez
Developed byPepe Sierra, Gus Rodríguez
Written byDavid Hernandez, Pepe Sierra, Fran Hevia, Juan Carlos Garzón, Larissa Andrade, Enrique “Pointer” Gonzáles, Jesús Perrusquía, Alejandro Güemes, Marco Lagarde
Directed byEugenio Derbez, David Hernández
StarringEugenio Derbez,
Consuelo Duval,
Luis Manuel Ávila,
Regina Blandón,
Miguel Pérez,
Bárbara Torres,
[Brayan Gibrán Mateo
Theme music composerAleks Syntek
Opening theme"La familia P. Luche"
Country of originMexico
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Eugenio Derbez
Producer(s)Elías Solorio Lara
Running time30 minutes with commercials
Production company(s)Televisa
Release
Original networkLas Estrellas
Picture format
  • Seasons 1; SDTV 4:3 480i
  • Season 2–3; HDTV 16:9 1080i
Original releaseNovember 29, 2002 (2002-11-29) – December 24, 2012 (2012-12-24)
Chronology
Related showsXHDRBZ
External links
Website

La familia P. Luche (English: The Plush Family) is a Mexican family sitcom created by Eugenio Derbez. The series aired from August 7, 2002 to September 16, 2012 on the channel Canal de las Estrellas.[1] It is a spin-off of a regular sketch on the XHDRBZ comedy-sketch program.

In the series, the characters live in a fictional city called "Ciudad P. Luche" where clothes and other objects are wrapped in plush. The word P. Luche, is a pun to the word plush in Spanish: peluche. The show is similar in style to the American sitcom Married...With Children, in that it depicts a comically dysfunctional family. La familia P. Luche, however, plays more like a live-action cartoon, complete with colorful sets and comic sound effects. The sitcom won a TVyNovelas Award for "Best Comedy Program" in 2008.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ludovico P. Luche (Eugenio Derbez) is the father and leader of La Familia P.Luche. He is known for his laziness and low intelligence. He often shows that he is not happy with his life including his wife and kids; he is a terrible father and employee. He always wears blue clothes—mostly suits and ties—made of plush, and is a fan of Cruz Azul.
  • Federica de P. Luche (née Dávalos) (Consuelo Duval) is the mother of La Familia P.Luche. She is known for being aggressive and overdramatic with her kids and husband. She's very promiscuous, frequently flirting with other men, and is described as "golosa" (literally "greedy," i.e. "slutty"). In one episode it is revealed that she cheated on her husband with the milkman and that he is the father of one of her kids. She always wears pink clothes made of plush, mostly very provocative tops and skirts. She is a fan of Club América.
  • Junior P. Luche (Luis Manuel Ávila) is actually a policeman whom Federica ran over with her car; when he awoke with amnesia, they managed to keep Federica out of jail by convincing him that he was one of their kids. They went on to treat him like a 12-year-old until he developed a childish personality and they decided to adopt him. Although he is nearly middle-aged and has a beard, everybody treats him like a child; he even goes to school. He always wears orange and yellow clothes made of plush and is a fan of Cruz Azul.
  • Bibi P. Luche (Regina Blandón) is considered "la rara" (the weird one) of the family, similar to Marilyn Munster from The Munsters. Bibi is the only "real" child of Ludovico and Federica. Bibi is polite and correct, and has developed a great knowledge from studying, to her parents' despair as they beg her to act "normal." She's very smart and gets good grades; she loves her family but dislikes that they object to her studiousness. She is the only one in the family with common sense, with exception of Maradonio. She is also the most understanding, but her family thinks otherwise, but as it turns out it is not just her family who object her common sense it is everyone. She always rolls her eyes when they deliver their phrase "Por Que No Eres Una Niña Normal?" (Why Can't You Be a Normal Girl?) She always wears purple clothes, and is the only family member and character who doesn't wear clothes made of plush. She also hates association football.
  • Ludoviquito P. Luche (Miguel Pérez) is the youngest child of the family, Federica's second son with Ludovico. The real Ludoviquito, however, is actually not seen after the first episode, in which he hypnotizes a rich boy at summer camp into believing that he is Ludoviquito. During the entire show we don't know his real name or who his real parents are; he identifies himself as the real Ludoviquito and believes Los P.Luche are his real family. He is a troublemaker, known for pulling pranks and stealing. He always wears green clothes made of plush, including tiny hats, and is a fan of Cruz Azul.
  • Excelsa (Bárbara Torres) is the family's maid, although she's known for being lazy and hating to work, preferring to sleep or watch TV; Federica does the housework and even waits on her because she doesn't want her to leave. When asked to clean the house, she responds "Yo Solo Soy La Sirvienta" (But I'm Only The Maid). She is from Argentina. She always wears a turquoise maid uniform made from plush. She is fanatic of Boca Juniors.
  • Maradonio P. Luche (Brayan Gibrán Mateo) is Ludovico's illegitimate son (And very often referred as such by Federica); mothered by Exelsa, who unknowingly impregnated herself with the sample Ludovico sold to pay for Bibi's Quinceañera party. Maradonio is a very precocious toddler who often points out the mistakes in Ludovico's logic, he's an expert gambler and is able to recite long poems without missing a beat. The family always carries him around carelessly. He always wears yellow and lime green clothes made of plush.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Martina (Dalilah Polanco) is the wife of Flavio, and the P. Luches' next-door neighbor.
  • Flavio (Pierre Angelo) is the husband of Martina, and the P. Luches' next-door neighbor.
  • Chela (Silvia Eugenia Derbez) is the somewhat nosy and bitter apartment manager. "Chela" is both a nickname for Graciela and slang for beer, and Chela's surnames are based on Mexican brands. Silvia Eugenia Derbez is also Eugenio Derbez's real-life niece.
  • Cristy (Catalina López) is the P. Luches' blind neighbor and wife of Rigo.
  • Rigo (Pablo Valentín) is the P. Luches' blind neighbor and husband of Cristi.
  • Lucrecia Dávalos (Mercedes Vaughan) is Federica's sister, the girlfriend of Don Camerino.
  • Don Camerino (Juan Verduzco) is Ludovico's boss and Lucrecia's boyfriend. He owns half of P.Luche City, which everybody always says after his name in question form ("Don Camerino, owner of half P.Luche City?").
  • Abuela Francisca de Dávalos (Nora Velázquez) is the mother of Federica and Lucrecia.
  • Abuelo Lauro Dávalos (Sergio Ramos) Francisca's husband and the father of Federica and Lucrecia.
  • "Gober" is the P. Luches' family dog.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
138August 7, 2002 (2002-08-07)March 8, 2004 (2004-03-08)
224March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19)August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
318July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08)September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16)

Season 1 (2002–04)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
11"Recuerdos"August 7, 2002 (2002-08-07)
22"La sirventa"August 14, 2002 (2002-08-14)
33"El cumpleaños de Ludoviquito"August 21, 2002 (2002-08-21)
44"Las cenizas"August 28, 2002 (2002-08-28)
55"La bomba"September 4, 2002 (2002-09-04)
66"Una novia para Don Camerino"September 11, 2002 (2002-09-11)
77"Ludovico en la escuela"September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)
88"El primo de oro"October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09)
99"Brad Pittin"October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16)
1010"Manifestación gay"October 22, 2002 (2002-10-22)
1111"La mascota"October 23, 2002 (2002-10-23)
1212"El concurso de reclamos"November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20)
1313"Seminario de celosas"December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04)
1414"El video de las cochinadas"December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11)
1515"Regalo de aniversario"December 18, 2002 (2002-12-18)
1616"Especial navideño de bloopers"December 24, 2002 (2002-12-24)
1717"Federica desaparece"January 22, 2003 (2003-01-22)
1818"Comandante Aligheri"February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12)
1919"El Novio de Bibi"February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19)
2020"El reto"March 5, 2003 (2003-03-05)
2121"Viaje a Cancún"April 2, 2003 (2003-04-02)
2222"Comentarista"April 30, 2003 (2003-04-30)
2323"Regalos de navidad"May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
2424"El embarazo de Federica"May 28, 2003 (2003-05-28)
2525"Bibi es normal"July 9, 2003 (2003-07-09)
2626"No estamos casados"July 23, 2003 (2003-07-23)
2727"Un día de vida"August 6, 2003 (2003-08-06)
2828"El ex"September 3, 2003 (2003-09-03)
2929"La novia de Ludoviquito"September 10, 2003 (2003-09-10)
3030"Consejos de matrimonio"September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
3131"El represetante de Ludoviquito"October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
3232"Vigilante"October 15, 2003 (2003-10-15)
3333"Buenos Padres"November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05)
3434"Reality show"December 3, 2003 (2003-12-03)
3535"Primer periodo feliz de Bibi"December 17, 2003 (2003-12-17)
3636"Recompensa"January 14, 2004 (2004-01-14)
3737"La tele"January 28, 2004 (2004-01-28)
3838"El premio"March 8, 2004 (2004-03-08)

Season 2 (2007)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
391"Perdidos"March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19)
402"Hogar, dulce hogar"March 26, 2007 (2007-03-26)
413"Amigos por conveniencia"April 2, 2007 (2007-04-02)
424"De regreso al trabajo"April 9, 2007 (2007-04-09)
435"Haciéndole al muertito"April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16)
446"Regalo de aniversario"April 23, 2007 (2007-04-23)
457"Lucha de empleos"April 30, 2007 (2007-04-30)
468"Cita a ciegas"May 7, 2007 (2007-05-07)
479"Gran confusión"May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
4810"Carrera de perros"May 21, 2007 (2007-05-21)
4911"Regresen a mis hijos"May 28, 2007 (2007-05-28)
5012"Vamos al cine"June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04)
5113"Pequeños ladrones"June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
5214"Reunión escolar"June 18, 2007 (2007-06-18)
5315"Secretos de un secuestro"June 25, 2007 (2007-06-25)
5416"Los padres de Excelsa"July 2, 2007 (2007-07-02)
5517"Cartuchos de esposos"July 9, 2007 (2007-07-09)
5618"Identidad falsa"July 16, 2007 (2007-07-16)
5719"Día de campo"July 23, 2007 (2007-07-23)
5820"El novio de Bibi"July 30, 2007 (2007-07-30)
5921"Quinceañera"August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)
6022"Niños de oro"August 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)
6123"Sueño de telenovela"August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
6224"Se busca un padre"August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)

Season 3 (2012)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
631"Hasta en la más mejores familias"July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08)
642"Viva el domingo"July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15)
653"Qué partida de dominó"July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)
664"Federica enferma"July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)
675"El atraco"July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)
686"El súper episodio del súper"July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)
697"Juego de roles"August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)
708"Valle del Nabo"August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)
719"Día de las madres"August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)
7210"Reparaciones"August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)
7311"El cumpleaños atrasado de Ludovico"August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)
7412"Bibi maneja"August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)
7513"El funeral de Merengues"August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)
7614"Federica ardiente"August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)
7715"La boda de Régulo"September 2, 2012 (2012-09-02)
7816"El loco corte de pelo"September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09)
7917"El genio bursátil"September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09)
8018"La Navidad perfecta"September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16)

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

The series first started as a short skit in Derbez's previous shows, "Al Derecho y al Derbez" and "Derbez en Cuando" showing Ludovico, Federica, and an Asian kid starring as Ludoviquito, but when it aired it showed the change of Ludoviquito's actors and the other two kids. The explanation behind the change in actors for Ludoviquito was that he was not really Ludovico's son, but rather the product of a tryst between Federica and the milkman. While at summer camp, Ludoviquito manages to hypnotize the richest kid in camp to switch places with him. Ludovico and Federica don't even notice the difference, and not even the fact that he continually repeats "Yo soy Ludoviquito P.Luche (I am Ludoviquito P.Luche)" like a zombie makes them curious. Ludovico accidentally snaps Ludoviquito out of his trance, and the poor child begins to cry once he realizes the fate in which he is stuck.

Seasons 1-2[edit]

The first season aired from 2002 to 2004 with frequent reruns of the episodes. The season finale stated that soon the second season would be produced (with the actors leaving a "goodbye" message like in the promotional commercial). The second season marked the show return at the end of the first quarter of 2007 (continuing with the plot that had ended the first season years ago, in which a plane where they were traveling crashing in an island and the family having passed around 5 years living there, to compensate the years that had passed after the first season.), with the show now produced in a 16:9 (HDTV format) and airing constantly new episodes, using the same actors as in the first season (including the fact that the kids starring on it had grown up a lot).

Season 3[edit]

A third season was announced to be in production in December 2010. Eugenio Derbez, the producer of the series, admitted that the new season will introduce a new character to the sitcom.[3]

The series began on July 8, 2012 and ended on September 16th of the same year.[4]

Setting[edit]

  • The sitcom is centered on a plush-wearing family who lives in a city called "Ciudad P. Luche" (P. Luche City). However in the "Perdidos" episode, when the family lived mistakenly in Cancun for five years, Cancun's residents did not wear plush. So it can be assumed that only in Ciudad P. Luche, people wear and use plush-related objects.
  • The P. Luche apartment is the setting most of the time. It is an apartment in a tall building where its exterior appears in an animation piece. Inside, the sofa and rug are made of plush, and the home's walls are covered in brightly colored wallpaper.

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2004 TVyNovelas Award "Best Comedy Program" Won
2008 Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canal de las Estrellas - La familia P. Luche Archived 2010-07-14 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Hoy - Noticias, La familia P. Luche ganó el premio al Mejor Programa de Comedia, Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  3. ^ en el SHOW - La Familia de P. Luche vuelve el 2011 Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish), Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  4. ^ - Eugenio Derbez revela fecha de estreno de la tercera temporada de La Familia P. Luche (in Spanish), Retrieved April 5, 2012 via Derbez's official Twitter.

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