Series: Aquí no hay quien viva
Aquí no hay quien viva
. (Roughly, "No one can live in peace here") Spanish dramedy
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
that means "What's coming", albeit the word "avecina" is almost identical to "vecina", which means "female neighbor").
- 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
- All Lesbians Want Kids: Bea, a lesbian, is inseminated with Mauri's sperm.
- All the Good Men Are Gay: Thought about Fernando and Mauri.
- Armoured Closet Gay: Fernando, during season 1.
- Ascended Extra: Emilio's dad, Mariano.
- Bad Dreams
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Born in an Elevator: Natalia's daughter.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Natalia Cuesta.
- Butt Monkey: More or less every character at least once, but Juan Cuesta, Emilio and Paco are the main examples.
- Call Back: Very recurrent throughout the series.
- Catch Phrase: Emilio's "¡Un poquito de por favor!" ("A little bit of please!") and Concha's "¡Váyase señor Cuesta, váyase!" ("Leave Mr. Cuesta, leave!") among many others.
- Parodied: On one episode, when they needed passwords, they used their catch phrases.
- Cat Fight: Lucia and Natalia.
- Character Development
- Closet Key: Mauri to Diego, Bea to Ana.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Vicenta, sometimes Isabel and Mariano.
- Coming-Out Story: Most of the homosexual characters in the show go through this at some point.
- Continuity Nod
- The Couch
- Crowded Cast Shot: The neighbor community meetings, specially the emergency ones. Only property owners are allowed; they still get pretty loud and hectic though.
- The Danza: Isabel Ordaz playing Isabel Ruiz and Daniel Rubio playing Daniel Cortés.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone at some or other point.
- Did You Just Have Sex?: Constantly invoked in the video club by the guys.
- 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. 
- Elevator Failure
- Erotic Dream
- 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.
- Gratuitous English: From time to time.
- Groin Attack
- Has Two Mommies: Ezequiel (2 Mommies and 2 Daddies)
- 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 late twenties, so it's not THAT unappropriated).
- Incompatible Orientation: Very often when the homosexual characters are involved.
- I'm a Man, I Can't Help It
- Jerkass: Mariano and Concha.
- Lipstick Lesbian
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Local Hangout: The video rental club.
- Love Letter Lunacy
- 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.
- Maintain The Lie
- Make Up or Break Up
- Naked People Are Funny
- 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.
- No Bisexuals
- No Periods, Period: Averted.
- Nosy Neighbor: Pretty much the whole building!
- Only Sane Man: Mauri is the only one who thinks that Superagus is a stupid story.
- Parental Substitute: Juan Cuesta to Emilio.
- 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.
- Running Gag: Tons of them!
- Sorry, I'm Gay
- Stalker with a Crush: Carlos at his worst.
- Title Drop: Done in jest during the first season, but heartbreakingly delivered by Marisa in the final episode.
- Tsundere: Belén and Carmen.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Might dwell into Third Line, Some Waiting.
- Vacation Episode: Also doubles as both a Beach Episode and a Pool Episode
- Yandere: Vicenta, to Andres Guerra.
- Your Cheating Heart
- 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.