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Welcome to the Family is a Catalan-language Spanish comedy series created by Pau Friexas and Ivan Mèrcadé.

Àngela is the single mother of three kids: the nerdy Fransisc "Fran", the young Sara and the rule breaker David, but is helped by her ex-husband's brother Fernando "Nando". When their house gets taken by the bank, she needs to pay €150,000 to get it back, forcing her to go and ask her father that kicked her out of the house as a teenager, Eduardo, for the money. Upon meeting his new family: his new air head wife Victoria and her bratty daughter Alex, Àngela's meeting with her father goes sideways and he has a heart attack, dying right there. Before announcing his death, the family realizes that they won't get anything out of his will, as Eduardo left everything for his son. Àngela convinces the family to keep his death a secret until they manage to find some way to get the money they need.

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  • Abusive Parents: Eduardo, to Àngela. He never allowed her any agency as a teenager, and when she gets pregnant, he refuses to support her and forces her to choose between aborting the child or leaving.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Fransisc is only called Fran and Fernando is only called Nando.
  • Amoral Attorney: Raul, which is even willing to use spy pens to keep tabs on people.
  • Artistic License – Economics: In real life, banks do not allow movement of big amounts of money through the internet and require for those transactions to be made in person. Lola, in a vengeful moment against Nando, takes all of the 400.000 euros in money laundering he got through the internet, from the account through the internet.
  • Betty and Veronica: Nando is a the reliable if a little kooky Betty who has stayed to help Àngela with the kids, while Miguel is a handsome and high class police officer Veronica that, while dating another woman, falls for Àngela.
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  • Black Comedy: The series focus on a group of well meaning people that got screwed enough to have to resource to some illegal stuff to get whatever money they can.
  • Blackmail: When Àngela and Manu have to take Teresa back to her father in Crakozia in season two, lest a recording of David admitting to the family having changed Eduardo's will and covered up his death be released.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Alex. This is somewhat justified by living with the Jerkass Eduardo and her insufferably ditzy mother. She still manages to be more useful than her mother.
  • Cassandra Truth: Adela is correct that something is going on in Eduardo's state and something happened to him, but she is so crazy and acts like she is so delusional that nobody takes her seriously.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Victoria.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Angela and Manu in the flashback episode. Manu is working-class, uneducated and proud of it, whereas Eduardo pours scorn on his life choices and demands that Angela attend business school instead of being with Manu.
  • Dead Man's Chest: Eduardo's body is hidden in a stolen freezer for most of the first season.
  • Foreshadowing: Episode three reveals that Eduardo's book haven't been good for quite a while, with his editor mentioning that it's been 20 years since he made anything good. Episode four reveals that he is actually broke because of the low quality of his works.
  • Disappeared Dad: Manu, who is absent for all of season one. The role of the children's father has been mostly taken up by Nando.
  • Drama Queen: Victoria.
  • Egg Sitting: Season two has Victoria give Raul a baby doll so he can practice being a parent. He ends up taking its head off, stuffing it full of euros and trying to run away to Hawaii rather than be the father to Victoria's baby.
  • Emergency Impersonation: The family finds an actor to pretend to be Eduardo so that they can change the will.
  • Family Disunion: When Àngela returns to Les Punjoles in episode one to ask Eduardo for help, not only does she discover he has a new wife, but the afternoon ends in him passing away from a heart attack.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: Teresa in the first episode of season two.
  • Funny Answering Machine: Manu's in season two.
    Manu: This is Manu Garcia's answering machine. If I didn't pick up, it's because I'm busy, or it's because we're not in the nineties, nobody calls anybody anymore, dammit!
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: The reason why Àngela ran away, when she got pregnant, her father gave her an ultimatum: she'd either get an abortion or had to leave his house.
  • Hate Sink: Lola, Nando's Old Flame. She keeps trying to make him think that the family is not his place just so he would run away with her. Sara visibly hates her for it. By the end of her introduction episode, she screws the family out of the money they finally got.
  • Happily Adopted: David.
  • How Did That Get in There?: Raul, when he drops a doll containing several thousand euros in cash in front of a police officer.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Àngela and Manu in the flashback episode when Eduardo walks in.
  • Kafka Comedy: No matter what the main characters do, at the end of the day, they're screwed over. Whenever there's a light at the end of the tunnel, it soon goes dim.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: Adela, despite being in a relationship, has a Celebrity Crush for Eduardo and is a long time fan of his books. When asked to write a chapter, she quickly turns it into a sort of Fifty Shades of Grey-esque Self-Insert Fic where she has an affair with Eduardo.
  • The Load: Victoria is a fairly dumb person and tends to overreact to everything, causing her to be mostly useless whenever the group cracks up a plan. David is only narrowly more useful than her, being both Out of Focus and mostly used to carry stuff.
    • Season two has Victoria spend most of her time not involved in the criminal activity of the family and appears to be mostly unaware when the entire family, save Alex, disappear off to Crakozia for a few days. When Nando decides to follow Angela and Manu out of jealousy, she refuses to offer any consolation or advice and instead screeches at him for not helping her.
  • Nephewism: After Manu left, his brother Nando took on the role of looking after the kids with Angela. He and Angela end up falling in love.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Adela. She acts like she is in an investigation about Eduardo's disappearance, and is hell bent in proving something is happening.
  • The Reveal: Victoria and Eduardo's marriage was illegal. They married on Hawaii so he could make her shut up about wanting to get married, but it was not legally binding and she is entitled to nothing.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Àngela in the flashback episode. Made worse by the fact that her father is threatening to kick her out of the house if she has the baby, as well as paying off her boyfriend to leave her so that she has an abortion.
  • Trash Can Band: Sara's makeshift drum kit in episode three.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Subverted. It seems that the group lost everything at the end of "The Painting", but they manage to find a lot of money hidden in the false painting. Double Subverted when the next episode reveals that they can't use the money and need to start money laundering.
  • Virgin-Shaming: David pokes fun at Fran for being a 24 year old virgin.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Manu. He returns at the start of season two, brandishing an enormous sack of cash, and is shortly followed by a young woman called Teresa, wearing a wedding dress and crying that he'd left her at the altar. Naturally, this turns out to be a ploy: Manu is looking to hide the sack of cash, as well as a precious ring called the Blue Dream, and Teresa has a gun packed under her bridal gown and fully intends to kill Manu to get the Blue Dream.
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