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Al Fondo Hay Sitio (There Is Room At The Back) is a 2009 Peruvian TV series, created by by Efraín Aguilar. It is a Comedic Slice of Life that deals with the problems of social differences and economic status.

One of the most exclusive areas of Lima, "Las Lomas", is shaken up by the arrival of the Gonzales family from Huamanga. The family settled in a half-built house they inherited. Their peasant traditions infuriate the neighbors, especially the family living opposite them, the Maldinis. The Maldinis are the richest family in all of Las Lomas, who decide to get rid of the newcomers. Hilarity Ensues combined with a secret that has involved both families for years...

The original run lasted eight seasons from 2009 to 2016, with a grand total of 1583 40 or so minute episodes, which made for an hour of programming considering ad breaks (with the exception of the 90-minutes long series finale). While a continuation seemed impossible for a long time due to all of them moving to other projects (and some behind the scenes issues), a good part of the cast and writers reunited to make a ninth season, currently on air since June 23, 2022.


This show provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: The characters of the show just NEVER learn of their mistakes just to do it again and make things worse.
  • Affably Evil: Francesca's actions during the course of the series are questionable, but she is so damn polite about it.
  • All There in the Manual: A great deal of information from the characters is left out in the series, such as backstories, motivations, vague ages and so on. For example, we don't learn much about Nelly's past, Isabella's true age and Tito's background but in the sticker album of the series.
  • Alpha Bitch: Reyna Pachas. Also Isabella, but it's Played for Laughs.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The half American pilots, Patrick Redhead and Richard Battleship.
  • The Atoner: Francesca's motivation for adopting and caring for Isabella as if she were her true daughter was because she stole her from her true parents when she was still a baby. The reason? Francesca's father held a preference towards Nelly (at that time just a family friend) which increased after she declared she was pregnant. To get attention as well, she claimed she was pregnant as well and faked it until she couldn't hide it no more and stole a baby from the hospital that coincidentally belonged to another family friend.
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  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: As part of Character Development for Shirley and her relationship with Grace, her half-sister. Also, Jhonny seems to genuinely love his half-siblings.
  • Becoming the Mask: Leonardo's decision to stay as Isabella's husband in the Maldini family.
  • Bedmate Reveal: Teresita and Tito in the end of Season 4.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Claudia, the competent and flirty secretary, turns out to have been the mastermind behind the plan to ruin Francesca's life. She had been planning it for several years and she even involucred her brother in her plan. He might be one as well, but luckily he is a Minion with an F in Evil.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • Hiro is a mayor Nice Guy , has Shrinking Violet tendencies and even some Funny Foreigner moments, but he is also a skilled karate artist, has ninja training and is even allude to know how to use nunchuks and sais.
    • Felix spend a good chunk of time being a comic relief character, having a goofy accent and being slightly dim witted, that makes people forgets that he is a trainned guard and have a extensive (in his own words) capoeira training.
    • Benito, Franchesca s bodyguard is a Friend to All Children, soft spoken guy (in spite of his huge height) and a big animal lover, but he is still a huge guy with a lot of Stout Strength and is show to be skilled in summision holds
  • Big Bad: Claudia.
  • Big "NO!": Don Gilberto gives a disturbing one when Nelly dies.
  • Big Fancy House: The Maldini house.
    • The Gonzales one becomes this in Season Four after Pepe receives the Constructora De Las Casas' actions from Claudia, but quickly lose it due to Nelly wasting the money in less than a season.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Reina, during her debut. She later decides to take off the facade and becomes an Alpha Bitch. In later season she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Efraín Aguilar, the producer of the series, appears as Nelly's deceased first husband as a photograph.
    • Leonardo admires Marco Zunino (his actor) and looks up to him. Same things goes to Teresita admiring Magdyel Ugaz. Raúl says that he thinks Christian Thorsen is a bad actor. And Joel claims that he dislikes Erick Elera's songs. Ironically, he is who plays him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pollo Gordo, Joel's so-called best friend. Nothing goes right for him and even Jhonny disrespects him.
  • Catchphrase: Loads and loads of them.
    Reyna: Basura! (You piece of trash!)
    Monserrat: Soy bien buena! (I'm a nice girl!)
    Raul: Me muero! (No way!)
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Jhonny. Hilarity Ensues when Pollo Gordo and Joel make him drunk. It ends up when he ends up singing Justin Bieber's “Baby” and insulting Pollo Gordo, saying straight in his face that he is more of a Butt-Monkey than him.
  • Cassandra Truth: Reyna, upon noticing that Monserrat (who has a crush on Reyna's husband) has put her entire family against her, tries to warn Charo and the Gonzales family about it. Nobody believes her since she is an Alpha Bitch.
  • Character Development: After Nelly´s death , Teresa begins to finally grow up and take his own decision, becoming less whinny and lazzy, even becoming a Cool Big Sister to Grace and givin her actually valuable advices .Is heavily implied that his mother was a toxic influence that had him stuck with the actitud of a bratty teenager.
    • Fernanda and Nicola went from spoiled brats to responsible professionals at the head of promising start-up .
  • Chick Magnet: Nicolas, combined with Played for Laughs.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy / Clingy Jealous Girl: Pretty much all the characters who are in a relationship.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kevin is a regular character in the first few season ; being Joel best friend and side-kick and having his own plots here and there, but as season went on ,he start being less and less involved in the plot and became kind of a satellite character toward Joel. Once Jhonny took his role as Joel sidekick and Nicholas became closer to Joel,taking the role of his best friend; Kevin basically became a living prop in his last few appereances before being Put on a Bus. He at least make a cameo in the last episode.
    • Once Raul and Charo broke up for good and he got engaged with another women; His involvement in the main store got greatly reduce, usually having his own sub-plot separate from the main story. He was latter Put On Abus too, moving out with his new wife to rise their newborn.
    • While he never was much more than the youngest Gonzales; Jaimito got some small plot in season one and in early season two; but once Jhonny join the main cast, Jaimito basically became a living prop. He couldnt get his own subplot again until the last season.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The psychologist Sergio Estrada at first seems like a nice guy who flirts with Isabella and Charo. Then it's revealed that he only dated them out of pettiness because he was bullied as a child by Miguel Ignacio and Raul (Isabella and Charo were Miguel Ignacio and Raul's ex-wives). After his farce is revealed, he teams up with the Big Bad Claudia, because he "doesn't want to lose to those two anymore".
  • Evil Matriarch: Nelly seems to be one for the first seasons. She treats her family members badly, especially Charo. But when the Maldinis are in confrontations with the Gonzales, she stands out for them. It is actually revealed that she is not evil, just hardened by the harsh circumstances.
    • Francesca as well, but she is a mild Manipulative Matriarch.
    • And Reyna as well, but her family is used to it.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Kevin, a.k.a Pollo Gordo (Fat Chicken), the Butt-Monkey.
    • Also to Raul a.k.a Platanazo (Big Banana). Or Joel, a.k.a Cara de Pez (Fishface).
  • Evil Plan: You learn in Season Three that Claudia is The Chessmaster for the whole plot and she manipulated pretty much everyone in the Maldini and Gonzales families, ever since she started working as a secretary in the Constructora De Las Casas. And the most horrible part is that she did on revenge for Francesca being responsible for her father's suicide.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Reyna believes she is pregnant and starts giving her family extra work to do. Turns out that she is just menopausic, but after she finds out rather than confessing the truth, she says anything, believing that Charo will make fun of her.
  • Flanderization: Most characters after being introduced to the series, but the maid Monserrat takes the cake. When she is introduced, she is a sweet Love Freak, but after she becomes a recurrent characters, she becomes gossipy and obnoxious.
  • Forceful Kiss: Grace does this to Nicolas and Gustavo Adolfo. They reciprocated.
  • Henpecked Husband: Lucho and Raul in varying degrees. Lampshaded after Lucho mocks Raul for falling into this trope.
    Raul: You are the last person I want to hear that from!
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: After a entire season being a Shrinking Violet around Nicolas, Grace is positively puzzled when he starts paying attention to her. To her surprise many good looking guys (besides Nicolas, we haveGian Franco and Gustavo Adolfo) seem to have a sweet spot for her. To her disappointment, it causes lots of conflict later, even with her stepsister.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: A Running Gag. Everytime something happens because of the Gonzales family' antics, Francesca orders Peter to bring her a glass of cognac.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Nelly towards Francesca.
    • Also, Reina towards Charo. Justified, since she is Lucho's second wive and when he was two-timing with them, he spent more time with Charo than her.
  • Like Brother and Sister: In later season, Charo and Pepe show a great trust in each other, hearing each other out and trying their best to help the other, this relationship is strictly platonic and not even once the thought of romantic feeling beetwen the two is brought out.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: No matter how Alpha Bitch Reyna is, she has a point: Charo can be really annoying and hypocrite at times.
  • Karma Houdini: Francesca, or at least after she is arrested in the Season Finale of Season Four.
    • Also, Miguel Ignacio, after he ruins Joel and Fernanda's wedding and puts the blame on Joel. At least until Season 5.
    • Mabel William, the recurrent scam artist and his family never got captured , they even appear in the last episode to scam the gonzales one last time .What´s worst, she make some appearance in "De vuelta al Barrio" ,the next series by the same studio (and set in the same universe of Al fondo hay sitio) and scam the cast of that show too.
  • Kavorka Man: No, seriously, what does every girl see in Lucho?
  • Kick the Dog: Miguel Ignacio, Isabela and Reina have their moments.
  • Knight of Cerebus:The series is mostly comedic and with low stakes , except if Claudia or his family are involved, because they dont fair killing people for their goals.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Most of Claudia's gambits rely on providing someone with disinformation, or revealing a real piece of information at the right moment.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Poor Raul, being more known by his infamous nickname.
  • The Napoleon: Nelly.
  • Nice Girl: Monserrat. It's even her Catchphrase.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Hiro, Franchesca new buttler and peter stand-in, has "Morobochi" as his last name, he even mention his uncle "Dan" once.
    • During one scene, Joel, wearing a cheap iron man mask says "we will avenge pichon" with pepe (with a trash can lid) and tito (with a hammer) behind him.
  • Overused Running Gag: Marrying at the Season Finale is NOT a good idea. And poor Charo went throught it twice.* Sudden Death: Nelly dies of a sudden heart-attack at the beginning of Season Six.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Poor Grace dies in a car crash after reconcling with Nicolas. Or did she?
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Milagros, the humble sandwich girl is one to Grace. Nicolas also hooks up with her inmediately.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Raul and Miguel Ignacio.
  • Wham Episode: All the final episodes of each Season Finale. And it gets worse in each season:
    • Season 1 ends up with Isabella discovering that Miguel Ignacio is cheating on her with his secretary. Meanwhile Claudia finds out the old secret between Francesca and Nelly and plans to use it in her revenge.
    • Season 2 ends with Charo about to marry Raul only to be ruined by a unexpected and longtime-believed-to-be-dead Lucho arriving at the Gonzales' house, leaving everyone in shock and making Charo faint. Leonardo is revealed to be Claudia's brother and Francesca reveals to Peter that Isabella is not her daughter.
    • Season 3 ends up with Gladys giving birth to her son, only for Claudia to kidnap the baby. Mariano decides not to marry Teresa and elopes with Francesca. Rafaella abandons Pepe, afraid of the idea of matrimony and the identity of Isabella's biologic parents is revealed.
    • Season 4 ends up with the Gonzales family losing everything because of debts and being more poor that before. Nelly becomes depressed and unable to accept it. Reina finds out that Lucho is cheating on her with a third love interest. Gladys discovers that Miguel Ignacio is cheating on her and leaves with her mother and son. Grace is pregnant from Nicolas and Fernanda agrees to marry Mike, much to Joel's horror. The Pampañaupa family denounces Francesca for kidnapping their long-lost daughter and she is taken to prison. Claudia kills Mariano before he could tell the Maldini family that Leonardo is Claudia's brother. She is then captured and taken to prison, where she mocks Francesca.
    • Season 6 ends with Grace and Nicolas reconciling after the Gonzales family reveals Rubi's true colors. They go on a romantic vacation together, but the car crashes and everything goes dark....Then, next season reveals that Grace died.
    • Season 8 ends with the benevolent mafia boss Angel being captured by the police, and Joel is captured as well because he worked for him. Teresa and Shrirley's boyfriends, Richard and Patrick die in a plane crash. Francesca kills Claudia for once and for all, but not before Claudia reveals her an Awful Truth: Grace was alive all along, but is anmesiac.
  • Tsundere: Fernanda.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Cayetana, that Rich Bitch who often humilliated Grace, eventually gets Character Development and ends up dating Joel, of all people, for a while.
  • Yandere: Andrea, for Joel. She even blackmails to commit suicide if he doesn't marry her. Luckily it is not taken seriously and she is treated as a Butt-Monkey. She also ends up with Fernanada's ex, Mike.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: A Running Gag in the show.
    • Nelly wins the lottery. When she is about to brag it to Francesca, she has a heart attack and dies. Also, the winning ticket flies away.
    • Shirley is after Anything That Moves, but settles with Patrick, a nice Lonely Rich Kid. After some drama, they end up together....only for Patrick to die in a plane crash at the end of Season 8.
  • You Killed My Father: Claudia and Leonardo's motivation for attempting to ruin Francesca's life. Francesca fired their father from her company, causing him to hang himself in despair. While Leonardo gets over it, Claudia never does.