Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (usually shortened as just Un, dos, tres) was a Spanish game show that first aired on TVE in 1972 and quickly became pants-crappingly popular among Spaniards. The show lasted ten seasons, and, not counting skips between seasons, was on the airwaves for a whopping 20 years, having a grand total of 411 episodes (so far, as it just won't stay dead).The show followed a basic structure: In every episode, three (four in the first and second seasons) pairings, two being new to the show, the third being the winners of the last broadcast (the "champions"), had to pass three "rounds":
- The first "round" was a classic timed trivia quiz, in which every question asked correctly would be worth a randomly-picked sum of money.
- The second "round" was the eliminatory "round", which usually consisted in doing silly physical tasks, such as cracking eggs open with your head while screaming "LA TIERRA ES REDONDA Y SE DEMUESTRA ASÍ" until somebody found the lone boiled egg and won. The winning pair would pass on to the third "round".
- The consolation game, where the losing pairs would get a second chance to win at least a little more money. It usually was panel-based, and sometimes featured really blatant Product Placement.
- The third "round" was the fun part. The winners of the second round would participate in an "auction", which followed mechanics similar to those of Lets Make A Deal.
This show provides examples of:
- Catch Phrase: Numerous, although the most notable is possibly 'Hasta aquí puedo leer', which has found it's way in to day-to-day converstion among Spaniards.
- Cartoon Creature: The fans are still out on just what the hell El Chollo and El Antichollo are supposed to be. Same with El Boom and El Crack.
- Cut Short: The 2004 revival. It only lasted 19 episodes, but it was meant to last more. The staff apparently didn't know until midway through the last episode.
- Fishing for Sole: One of the mascots of the programme, Botilde, was a river boot.
- Edutainment Show: The 2004 revival. Though it really was much more entertainment than education.
- Grumpy Old Man: The ultra-conservative Don Cicuta, who constantly complained about the secretaries' skimpy suits.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Oh sweet merciful gods... The programme was intended for families, but it could get really risqué at times. The secretaries' suits were infamously skimpy (which was lampshaded through and through by the negative characters). During the third season there was a recurring character called "La Loli" who was a prostitute. There were even at least two episodes dedicated to "eroticism", and one of them featured exposed breasts. The show's cretor, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, actually admitted that he strived to make the ninth season "whiter", because the eighth had been "too dirty".
- Jekyll & Hyde: El Chollo and El Antichollo were modeled after this. There would always be a Chollo in the auction round, but it could be El Chollo, who allowed the contestants to pick any prize, or El Antichollo, who made them leave with nothing.
- Laughably Evil: The negative characters were all this, which is what made them so popular.
- Ms. Fanservice: The secretaries.
- Nerd Glasses: The secretaries wore them. It became sort of a symbol for them.
- Widget Series: Undeniably has some elements of this.
- Zonk: Constantly.