Series / Aquí no hay quien viva

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And this is only the cast from the third season.

Aquí no hay quien viva (roughly, "No one can live in peace here"). Spanish dramedy/Sitcom taking place in an apartment building, calle Desengaño 21 ("disillusionment street"), in Madrid. The series focuses on the entire community: three apartment floors, with two apartments each. Plus, the doorkeeper's lodge in the ground floor and the business locale (Most of the time a video rental club). Eventually, they add the attic as well. As the cast's lives crash with each other, Hilarity Ensues.

The show won numerous awards in its home country and was the third most watched show in Spain during the early years of the Turn of the Millennium. The popularity warranted 8 different versions across the globe, with an US version greenlighted for 2011. Though the original is still considered the best.

The show ran for five seasons, from 2001 to 2007, totalling at 90 episodes (Though the third season was so long, the DVD release split it in two and some consider the show to have six seasons). However, it was victim of some serious Executive Meddling that provoked very big changes in the cast by the third season and, eventually, canceling the show to move it to a different TV channel as a Sequel Series called La que se avecina (A Pun that means "What's coming", albeit the word "avecina" is almost identical to "vecina", which means "female neighbor").

Characters include:

  • Emilio and Mariano in the doorkeeper's lodge: Emilio is the overworked doorkeeper, often taken for granted and abused by the community. He has an on-again-off-again relationship with Belén. His father, Mariano, recurring in season 1, moved in after his wife kicked him out, much to Emilio's dismay.
  • Marisa, Vicenta and Concha in Apartment 1-A: A.K.A. "Radio-Patio", this nosy trio is not only in charge of finding out everyone's dirty laundry, but also putting it out for the entire building to see. Vicenta, aloof and has been a virgin forever; Marisa, her older sister and polar opposite: raunchy, alcoholic and a smoker; and Concha, and old grouch and obnoxiously loud woman make up this elderly but deadly trio.
  • Mauri and Fernando in apartment 1-B: A gay couple. At first they try to hide their relationship due to Fernando's unwillingness to come out of the closet. At first they claim to be friends, much to Mauri's discomfort, but eventually Fernando decides to make his homosexuality public for his sake. After Fernando comes out, he gets a job offer in London and is briefly absent. Meanwhile, Mauri has a short relationship with Lucía's brother, Diego, and has a baby through artificial insemination with lesbian friend Bea. When Fernando comes back they get back together and eventually marry.
  • The Cuesta Family in apartment 2-A: Juan Cuesta is the president of the community, a position he takes too seriously. His wife, Paloma, is loud and outspoken. After she falls into a coma, Juan begins a relationship with a nurse, Isabel, who was living in 2-B, and she moves in. His two children, Jose Miguel, average but gifted kid with a quick wit, and Natalia, sarcastic and deceivingly sweet, who has the looks to bribe guys by seducing them.
  • Various owners in apartment 2-B: The apartment is inhabited by Armando, Concha's son who lives there with her and his children in season 1, then the Ruiz family in season 2, when Isabel moved in with her husband, a sleazy man that went from riches to rags. It is then rented by Nieves, Juan's sister, after she moved out of Juan's apartment, and she begins a relationship with Andrés to try to make Isabel mad and jealous. It is also rented by Carmen and Bea, Diego and Roberto, and the Heredia family afterwards.
  • Lucía in apartment 3-A: Lucía moves in with then boyfriend Roberto. Even though they got engaged, they decide to postpone it and the relationship becomes on-and-off, further complicated by another suitor (and ex-boyfriend), Carlos, who turns the relationship into a Love Triangle. Both boyfriends lived with her at one time or another. She also had a relationship with a man called Yago, an ecologist, whom she cheats on with Roberto, ending the relationship. She eventually leaves, and never chooses between any of the men in her life. Her father moves in during the last season while they reform his household.
  • Belén, Alicia and other housemates in apartment 3-B: Concha is the owner of the apartment, but she rents it to Alicia and Belén, who often struggle to pay the rent. Belén often works crappy jobs and Alicia is an aspiring actress. After Alicia leaves for New York, Belén has several housemates, including Bea, Mauri's lesbian friend; Carmen, university professor and Emilio's ex; Lola, police officer; Ana, flight attendant and Bea's girlfriend; and Maria Jesús, Belén's mother, who moves in after her husband kicked her out.
  • The Attic: During the first season it was sort of a deposit, then it was rented by Roberto and later by Pablo and his father, Andrés. After he moved out, Paco lived there with Pablo.
  • Video club Paco, a struggling filmmaker, works here. It is later bought by Carlos, and he retools it so it's also a karaoke by night and Natalia starts working here too. When Lucía's father moved into her apartment, he bought the video club.

This show provides examples of:

  • A Cappella: The show's entire soundtrack.
  • Aesop Amnesia: When Bea first moves in with Mauri, Fernando is working abroad in London, so Marisa, Concha and Vicenta immediately think Mauri's cheating on him with her. They manage to sneak into apartment 1-B and take Mauri's cellphone to call Fernando... but they somehow end up taking a picture of themselves. Mauri immediately finds out and storms into their house to give them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and tell them to stay out of his life. Their reaction proves they're just not into aesops:
    Marisa: They're involved!
    Vicenta: Of course, why else would he be so angry?
  • All Lesbians Want Kids: Bea, a lesbian, is inseminated with Mauri's sperm. Later on, Ana tries to do the same with Fernando, but Mariano learns about it and steals Fernando's sperm to replace it with his own, hoping to get a child that has "her Nordic beauty and his metrosexual intellect." It doesn't work, as Mariano's sperm is pretty much sterile, and Ana decides to forget about pregnancy when learning about the whole thing.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Thought about Fernando and Mauri.
  • All There in the Script: The name of Jaime Ordóñez's character (more about him below in New Job as the Plot Demands) is unbeknownst to the rest of the characters. According to Word of God, he's called Gerardo.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Fernando, during season 1.
  • As Himself: At different points of the show, newscaster Susanna Griso, talk show host Agustín Bravo, singer Manuel Carrasco and fashion designers Victorio & Lucchino made cameos playing themselves.
  • Book Dumb: When Emilio decides to take a shot at studying in college, he starts with José Miguel's school books and is puzzled by the fact that the unknown quantities in equations are represented with letters: that's mixing Language and Maths to him! He only passes the access test by cheating so blatantly that he has to capitalize on the professor not knowing his name to get in, and unsurprisingly ends up flunking out.
  • Born in an Elevator: When Natalia is pregnant, influenced by the father of her child, Yago, she insists that she wants to give birth at home. Juan Cuesta and Isabel eventually manage to talk her out of it... only for the elevator to get stuck when they were about to take her to the hospital.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Natalia Cuesta.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • Emilio's "¡Un poquito de por favor!" ("A little bit of please!").
    • Concha's "¡Váyase, señor Cuesta, váyase!" ("Leave, Mr. Cuesta, leave!").
    • Juan Cuesta's "This, our... [whatever he was talking about]".
    • On one episode, when they needed passwords, they used their catch phrases.
    • In the final season, when Higinio Heredia was named president of the community, Concha shouts in a neighbors meeting "Leave Mr. Heredia, leave!", promptly excusing herself saying that she only wanted to test how it sounded. Marisa and Vicenta quickly point out that it sounded much better with Cuesta.
  • Cat Fight: Lucia and Natalia engage in one over the former suspecting the latter's trying to seduce her boyfriend.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Carmen has a tendency to become obsessively jealous over her partner for no real reason... and she will go on a rampage and wreck your entire house if you ditch her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Marisa takes this role for her sister Vicenta when she starts to wander too far from reality.
  • Coming-Out Story: Most of the homosexual characters in the show go through this at some point.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Discussed at a point of the series when Emilio has to fake his death and asks his friends for a death story the people around him can tell to the insurance company specialists. Paco comes up with a ridiculously elaborate one, which José Miguel quickly points out that no one would buy.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lucia's father, owner of a real estate agency. He almost deprives the neighbours of their homes twice in order to make money; unsurprisingly, they suspect him in the Grand Finale even when for once it's not his fault.
  • Crowded Cast Shot: The neighbor community meetings, specially the emergency ones. Only property owners are allowed; they still get pretty loud and hectic though.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Constantly invoked in the video club by the guys.
  • Dragged into Drag: When Fernando's Drag Queen father can't do a performance due to illness, he asks him and Mauri to fill in for him. Neither of them is exactly brimming with enthusiasm over it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Paloma, who falls from her apartment window and is put in a coma. After negotiations with the actress completely failed, she was killed off for real.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening sequence has the characters parodying this, lip synching the a cappella theme. Dancing included. [1]
  • Erotic Dream: Lucia has these about Juan Cuesta, and they are so traumatic that they make the main plot of the episode.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Subverted. Carmen is straight and finds really annoying that girls want her, but boys don't.
  • Finale Title Drop: Heartbreakingly delivered by Marisa:
    Marisa: Vámonos, que aquí ya no hay quien viva.Translation 
  • Floorboard Failure: There's one in the series finale. Justified since the main plot of the episode is that the building has been badly damaged by termites and it might have to be demolished.
  • Flying Under the Gaydar: Mauri isn't actually very flamboyant, but during the first season, he is constantly told by Fernando to watch out for his mannerisms, for fear of being outed. The couple also tried to pass as football fans so Armando (who already knew they were gay, as their bedroom is below his) wouldn't suspect.
  • Foreign Remake: The show has been remade in France, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Effectively making it a Multinational Show. A US version was just greenlighted by ABC, with Ben Silverman and Sofía Vergara as executive producers.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Averted with Belén and Alicia.
  • Gilligan Cut: Used a bazillion times, and more than half are with Emilio and Belén. One says "We are not going to have sex again! Never!" Cut to both sighing satisfied in bed.
  • Girl Posse: Lucía, Belén and whoever she's rooming with. Also, Radio-Patio: Marisa, Vicenta and Concha.
  • Good Old Ways: Community president, Juan Cuesta, insists on running the building with the good old ways, and opposes any changes to the community agreements, even if they are years old.
  • Has Two Mommies: Ezequiel. His biological parents, by way of artificial insemination, are lesbian woman Bea and gay man Mauri, so by the end of the series he has two mommies (Bea and Ana) and two daddies (Mauri and Fernando).
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Lucía's favorite method of dealing with breakups.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Juan with Andrés and Emilio. Lucía and Belén. Roberto and Josemi, too, although they have more of an Odd Friendship due to the age gap.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Paco's girlfriend, Lourdes. Of The Ghost variety.
  • Hot for Student: Carmen for Emilio, when he goes to college (although Emilio is in his thirties, so it's not THAT unappropriated).
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of EVERY episode starts with "Érase..." ("Once upon...")
  • In-Series Nickname: The Radio Patio trio could come up with nicknames for pretty much any other character. For instance, they referred to Carlos and Roberto as the "Baby Gays" the time they lived together in apartment 2-B.
  • In Vino Veritas: On an episode, Juan Cuesta arrives home very late, drunk, and meets Concha and Marisa on his way up the stairs:
    Concha: Cuesta, this stairwell isn't big enough for both of us.
    Concha: Hey!
    Marisa: Come on, you handed that one to him.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Very often when the homosexual characters are involved.
  • Local Hangout: The video rental club.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: When the video club gang learns that José Miguel has a crush on a classmate, they start sending him fake love letters pretending to be her. When she learns about the incident, she agrees to pose as José Miguel's girlfriend in front of them.
  • Love Triangle: The main one is Lucía/Carlos/Roberto; once, Lucía was even engaged to both of them (later, also Yago). Juan/Isabel/Andrés, Mauri/Abel/Diego and Belén/Carlos/Emilio are other examples. Also, Belén/Emilio/Rocío and Belén/Emilio/Carmen; in both relationships he cheats on his girlfriend with Belén.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Juan Cuesta's "This, our [often the word here is community, but admits plenty of variations]" and Andrés Guerra's "[whatever the conversation was about] is crap". The former was parodied in a The Lord of the Rings-inspired Dream Sequence by Roberto:
    Gandalf!Juan Cuesta: In this our Fellowship of the Ring, there is no place for stupid disputes.note 
  • May–December Romance: At a point of the series, Belén falls for an entrepreneur called Pedro Peñafiel, much older than her. They end up marrying... only for him to die on their wedding night.
  • Metaphorgotten: Before her wedding with Roberto, Lucía discusses with her friends how Carlos kissed her the night before and she's now in doubt. Belén tries to explain her situation with a soccer simile that breaks down very quickly.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Specially Mariano.
  • Never Win the Lottery: Rare example in that the ticket is legit and it gets cashed. The prize money is later stolen though, but, even more surprisingly, the police catch the thief.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: The man who talks really fast keeps changing jobs; this is what allows him to be one of the most memorable Running Gags.
  • No Bisexuals: And Mauri says so.
    • Aside from Mauri, the other four major queer characters (Fernando, Diego, Bea and Ana) all used to be hetero before their coming-out and afterwards are constantly referred to as either gay or lesbian, with any possibility of them hooking up with someone of the opposite sex being treated as returning to the hetero camp and not a case of them being attracted to both genders.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Pretty much the whole building, but the most prominent ones are Marisa, Concha and Vicenta, who spend most of the series living together in apartment 1-Anote  and ended up having three spyholes on their door.
  • Only Sane Man: Mauri is the only one who thinks that Superagus is a stupid story.
  • Operation: Jealousy: A variation on the first season: Alicia, tired of fruitlessly chasing Fernando, attempts to seduce Mauri instead to make Fernando jealous. It doesn't work, but Mauri and Fernando do end up having a verbal confrontation over the incident.
  • Primal Scene: At a point of the series, Belén starts giving private lessons to make some extra cash. Cue one of the kids arriving early and catching her mid-lovemaking with Emilio.
    Emilio: No one ever taught you to knock on the door?
  • Race for Your Love: Well, sort of. Carlos races to Lucía's and Roberto's wedding to tell her Roberto cheated on her the night before.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After years taking a lot of crap from almost every neighbor as president of the community, Juan Cuesta finally snaps on the last season when the neighbors vote against allowing him to finish the already overdue remodelling of his house and gives them a short, but scathing, "The Reason You Suck" Speech before storming out of the room.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: At a point of the series Emilio temporarily stops being the doorkeeper and as his replacement comes Amador, an old, soft-spoken man. Vicenta, Concha and Marisa all show interest in him, and the latter is the one who takes it the farthest: entering the doorkeeper's lodge (it doesn't even have a door, after all) and sneaking into Amador's bed in lingerie. The poor fellow quickly resigns and leaves the building, never to be seen again.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Paloma's secret lover tries to sell a vacuum-cleaner to Paloma's husband after telling him about Her Cheating Heart (it doesn't work).
  • Shout-Out:
    • This exchange:
    Lucía: Alba, woman to woman, tell me that there isn't morbidity to being with a guy that was gay!
    Alba: I don't know... is there?
    Lucía: A lot! You brought him back from the dark side. Only Luke Skywalker ever pulled that off with his father, and it took him three movies!
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: When Bea and Ana first get together, they start constantly making out and saying how much they love each other, which annoys Belén, Ana's roommate, to no end.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Rosa, one of Bea's girlfriends, is this to Mauri.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Emilio and Belén are seen like this after most of their Gilligan Cuts. It even gets lampshaded on an episode when smoking is banned in the building and Emilio claims to miss the post-sex cigarette.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Carlos at his worst. At a point, the guy grew so obsessed with seeing Lucía again that he crawled from his apartment to hers — he was living at the 2-B at the time —, which landed him a restraining order.
  • The Stoic: Moisés, Rafael's butler. A Running Gag comes out of this, with Rafael telling him jokes in vain attempts to make him laugh.
    Moisés: (dead serious) I got it, sir. Another pun.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Emilio sings a brief bit of the theme song on an occasion.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Yago's introduction as Lucía's new crush was the beginning of the end of her Love Triangle arc with Carlos and Roberto. They stayed together until she left the building and he moved on with Natalia.
  • Title Drop: Done in jest during the first season.
  • Two-Timer Date: Mauri messes up with his new phone and sends a date text message to Diego that was instead meant for Fernando. Too embarrassed over the mishap to cancel, he ends up meeting both of them simultaneously at the same restaurant... and, unsurprisingly, getting caught.
  • Vacation Episode: Also doubles as both a Beach Episode and a Pool Episode.
  • Welcome Episode: The first episode is when Lucía and Roberto move into their new apartment.
  • Wedding Day: And how! There have been many wedding episodes, although they mostly end in disaster.
  • World of Snark: Everyone delivers some snark at some or other point. Isabel is a particularly notable example.
  • You Make Me Sic: Juan Cuesta reduces the grade of one of his students in an exam because the kid spelled his own name wrong. Also, he once got arrested because a policeman caught him correcting the typos of a graffito.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Paloma and Isabel. Emilio and Belén are recurring examples.

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