Chespirito is a sketch-comedy series named after Roberto Gómez Bolaños, known as "Chespirito"(little Shakespeare") the Mexican comedian who wrote and starred in almost every sketch on the show. It's most famous for the skits ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', in which Chespirito and others play small children who get into various mischief, and ElChapulinColorado, a parody of comic-book super-heroes, who exhibits the opposite of all typical superhero traits, save for having good intentions. Both of these spun off into independent sitcoms for several years. Other popular sketches on the show were Dr. Chapatín (a rude, money-grubbing doctor who went a little berserk any time someone mentioned his age), Los Chifladitos (the surreal adventures of two suburban lunatics), and Los Caquitos (sketches about two small-time thieves, who eventually reform and try a series of odd jobs).

Chespirito ran for twenty-plus years, in one form or another, with most of the cast remaining for the entire time. Unfortunately, two cast members--Ramón Valdés and Carlos Villagrán-- dropped out after having disagreements with the star. Many fans regard this as a JumpTheShark moment, since they played some of the best-loved characters on the show. Still, the show managed to go on for more than a decade without them, gradually relying more on sketches that didn't feature them.

Although the sitcoms are probably more fondly remembered than the sketch-comedy hour, the show is a major piece of Latin American pop-culture, and is still widely syndicated today.

!!This show as a whole provides examples of:

* MissingEpisode: The '70s version of the show has been rarely rerun and currently is not syndicated, although the recent surfacing of a [[http://tycoon.mx/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=104&Itemid=28&lang=mx&vmcchk=1&Itemid=28 clip from a rare skit of The Chifladitos on the website of a DVD distribuitor]] gives some hope.
* {{Spinoff}}: ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' and ElChapulinColorado. The show itself spun-off from the VarietyShow ''Sábados de la fortuna''.

!!The skit "Dr. Chapatín" provides examples of:

* BerserkButton: Any time somebody makes fun of Dr. Chapatín's apparent age.
* GrumpyOldMan: Dr. Chapatín.
* ShoutOut: to the old man from "LaughIn".
* {{Squick}}: In-universe. "¡Me da cosa!"
* TheUnreveal: The doctor always carried a paper bag which would never play any part whatsoever in the plot, except to punch whoever dared to say that he was old (this happened '''at least''' OncePerEpisode). But once, his nurse and one patient asked him directly about the paper bag and he finally answered: "Tengo queles." "¿Queles?" "¡¿Qué les importa?!" (that could be translated as [[WhatsAHenway "I have nonoy." "Nonoy?" "None o'your business!"]]).

!!The skit "Los Chifladitos" ("The Little Crazies") provides examples of:

* AntiHero: Sometimes bordering on VillainProtagonist.
* CharacterTics: Chaparrón suffers a literal version called "chiripiolcas", in which he'll involuntarily stop what he's doing and do a repetitive dance in place until Lucas whacks him on the back to bring him out of it. Accompanied by bizarre sound effects.
** [[RunningGag Lucas approaches Chaparrón, pointing up and sideways with both hands before saying his Catchphase]].
* Catchphrase:
** "Óyeme. Chaparrón. ¿Sabías que la gente sigue diciendo que tú y yo estamos locos?" (Hey Chaparrón, did you know people are still saying you and me are crazy?).
** "¿Que tú y yo estamos locos, Lucas?" (That you and I are crazy??)
** "Oye Lucas. Dígame Licenciado." ''Licenciado''. "Gracias, muchas gracias. No hay de qué. (The phrase evolved into "No hay de queso, no más de papa.")" (Hey Lucas. Tell me Licenciado. ''Licenciado.'' Thank you! Thank you very much! Don't mention it. (or Fresh out of cheese, still got potato.))
** "¿Ya se vá?" (Are you leaving already?)
** ¡Estás en lo cierto!" (You're right!)
* CrypticConversation: Chaparrón and Lucas are fond of them.
* CloudCuckooLander: Both of them. And their neighbor.
* DisproportionateRetribution: One time they tied up a man, made him stand trial, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and hit him in the stomach]] [[KungFoley several times]] because [[ItMakesSenseInContext he "killed" a coconut]].
** [[DontExplainTheJoke Chaparrón had married a palm tree that day, and the coconut reminded him of the children they could have]].
* TheDitz: The neighbor, complete with a whiny nasally voice.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Chaparrón had NoIndoorVoice.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: A census worker once asks them if they're married. They look at each other for a moment and say "No, just good friends."
* MadlibsCatchphrase:
** "No hagas caso. (Insert pun.)" Example: "No hagas caso. En la gente reina la envidia, y en Inglaterra reina Isabel." (Ignore them. Envy reigns over people, and Elizabeth reigns over England.)
** "A propósito de..., sabías que la gente sigue diciendo..." (Speaking of...did you know people are still saying...)
*** The beginning phrase could be used in ''any'' conversation, in any context.
* MeaningfulName: Chaparrón Bonaparte is named after NapoleonBonaparte, [[NapoleonDelusion whose character is often related to lunatics]]. Lucas Tañeda is named after ''La Castañeda'', an old Mexican mental hospital.
* NoSocialSkills.
* MayIBorrowACupOfSugar: The female neighbor of Los Chifladitos always appear asking this.
* RepeatAfterMe: RunningGag, which goes something like this:
--> '''Chaparrón: '''Oye Lucas\\
'''Lucas: '''Dígame, Licenciado (Tell me, Licenciado)[[note]]"Licenciado" is a title used in Hispanic countries (particularly for law degrees), more or less equivalent to an MA. Or Esq.[[/note]]\\
'''Chaparrón: '''Licenciado[[note]]"Dígame" can both mean "tell me," and "call me/address me as."[[/note]]
** Lucas then thanks him, as if he had done him a favor.

!!The skit "Los Caquitos" ("The Little Thieves") show provides examples of:

* AntiVillain
* ArtifactTitle: They stopped being "Caquitos" (Little thieves) by the second half of their run, yet the skit was still being refereed by that name.
* BreakoutCharacter: The skit itself pretty much took over the show in later years.Also, La Chimultrufia (played by Florinda Meza) was an incidental character that began gaining a lot of prominence and finally became a key part of it. In fact, when Meza left the show for a season to do a telenovela, the show stopped running Caquitos skits until she returned. Meanwhile, when actor Edgar Vivar left the series for several months for health reasons, the skits just continued without Botija, originally the star character.
* CriminalDoppelganger: Chómpiras, although a small-time criminal himself, ended up under threat by a much more powerful criminal doppelganger, who wanted to kill Chómpiras and use the body to fake his own death.
* DarkerAndEdgier: By the late years, contrasting by the usual Chespirito skits.
* TheGhost: La señora de la farmacia (The Drugstore Lady).
* HeelFaceTurn: In the infamous episode where they watch a [[TearJerker particulary sad]] episode of ''Series/ElChavodelOcho'', they regret being thieves and start doing odd jobs afterwards.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Marujita.
* FatAndSkinny: El Chómpiras and El Botija.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: They were this to ElChapulinColorado,
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: In an episode Botija bets with Chómpiras in a poker game based on the "good luck" that his horoscope predicted, yet it ends backfiring. The episode ends with a disclaimer saying that the horoscopes used through the episode were not made up by the writer, but taken verbatim from an actual Mexican newspaper.
* {{Retool}}
* StupidCrooks: The original basis of the skit.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Botija (Edgar Vivar) replacing Peterete (Ramón Valdés) in the '80s version of the show, although their physical appearances were polar opposites.
** Later, They start working on a hotel owned by Don Lucho (Carlos Pouliot); that hotel shuts down, and they start working on a similar one owned by Don Cecilio (Moisés Suárez).
* VillainDecay: Botija. In his appearances in the chapulin colorado, he was a true threat.
* VillainProtagonist
* YouLookFamiliar: During the first few years of Caquitos sketches, there wasn't much concern over using the actors who already had recurring roles to play other characters. This even included Florinda Meza, who would sometimes play a random passerby if she wasn't being used as Chimultrufia. Gradually, the supporting characters developed enough importance that this stopped happening.
** After the supporting characters developed their importance, other actors outside of Chespirito's ensemble were needed for one-time characters; many of these actors and actresses appeared in multiple episodes in different roles.
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