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"¡Familia P.Luche somos! Toda la familia muy unida está."
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La familia P. Luche (also known as La familia Peluche) is a Mexican television comedy series, created by Eugenio Derbez and produced by Televisa, ran for 10 years from 2002 to 2012. It's a sequel of sorts of Derbez's sketch show Derbez en cuando and XHDRBZ; it was originally one of the sketches on the show, but due to its big popularity, it was given its own space as a weekly series; it aired as a section of XHDRBZ from 2002 to 2004, while the seasons produced and aired in 2007 and 2012 were made independently. The series was written, directed and produced by Eugenio Derbez.

The show is about the daily life of a dysfunctional family and whose plot is set on a fictional city named Ciudad Peluche, where ridiculous and comical situations are common.


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La Familia P. Luche provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Backwards Я: Given it started off as a sketch from XHDЯBZ, one can expect to see every writing sign have this letter in place of the actual R.
  • The Beard: One episode has Excelsa pretend to be Ludovico's wife when her parents come to visit, having told them that she was successful and had a family. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ludovico.
  • Cheating with the Milkman: Federica is implied to have frequently cheated on Ludovico with the Milkman, the opening of the third season highlights it for laughs.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: A common staple of the series. The most glaring examples are Federica's abusive treatment of Ludovico and how they (and everyone else) treat their daughter Bibi.
  • Cousin Oliver: Maradonio in the third season.
  • Domestic Abuse: Played for Laughs, when Federica assaults her husband Ludovico (it's that kind of show).
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Excelsa is the most deadpan in the cast.
  • Deserted Island: At the start of the second season, it's revealed that the plane the family was traveling in had crashed and they spent the last few years stranded on a deserted island. Very soon Subverted as it turns out they were actually in Cancún, and they were just a short walk away from civilization but didn't found out until then. They never let Ludovico live that one down afterwards.
  • Dysfunctional Family: In spades.
  • Easy Amnesia: Junior loses his memory after being run over by Federica. Every time he recovers his memory, the couple smacks him in the head to revert him back into "Junior" and keep him from spilling the beans on the incident.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Ludoviquito is know for being very friendly with other's possessions.
  • Gag Nose: Excelsa's big nose is frequent noted in derisive manner since she is Argentine.note 
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The abuse Bibi goes through makes Meg's childhood look tame.
  • Henpecked Husband: Ludovico P. Luche. His wife Federica always finds a way to abuse him.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Federica in one episode. In one episode Ludovico disguises as a bellhop and Federica dates a thief, in the end she gets arrested alongside the thief while Ludovico is acclaimed like a hero. This is one of the few episodes where Federica receives a comeuppance.
  • Lazy Bum: Excelsa, despite being the maid, is a lazy slacker.
  • Literal-Minded: When Bibi tries to cheer everyone up with her metaphor-filled speeches, everyone chastises her for saying "dumb things" and always ends with her Phrase Catcher.
  • Mall Santa: Ludovico had to work as one after wasting the family's christmas money.
  • Manchild: Junior, who is obviously a grown man, acts like he is the youngest child, but this is because he genuinely thinks he is one. The reason for this is that he was actually an undercover police officer who got run over by Federica, causing him to lose his memory. Then he was adopted into the family to avoid arrest for harming a cop.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: At the start of the third season everyone thinks that Ludovico cheated on Federica with Excelsa, and Federica kicks him out of the house (despite her having cheated on Ludovico several times before). It's not until several years later, that they find out that he never cheated even though Excelsa's son is his. She got a donor at a clinic and it happened to be Ludovico's.
  • Nice Girl: Bibi. She is the only member of her family (and possibly, the whole city) who is kindhearted, smart, beautiful, and the only one in the entire city who doesn't wear plush clothes. She gets ostracized for all this.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • "Bibi, ¿por qué no eres una niña normal?" (Bibi, why aren't you a normal girl?) Whenever she says something others don't consider "Normal" (Read: Anything nice.).
    • Ludovico calling Federica "¡Golosa!" whenever she seems horny (Usually at someone else).
  • Put on a Bus: Martina, the family's neighbor and Federica's best friend, leaves her husband in the third season, not standing Federico living with them during the Time Skip.
  • Singing in the Shower: Junior turns out to be a good Baritone singer while in the shower so his parents make him enter a singing competition, while showering.
  • Swapped Roles: One episode had Ludovico and Federica swapping jobs after daring to do the other's.
  • The Un-Favourite: Bibi, and they barely try to conceal it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Ludovico gets one in one episode. There's one episode in which Ludovico disguises as a bellhop, while Federica hangs with a thief. At the end, the thief is arrested and Federica is arrested with him as well, while Ludovico is acclaimed like a hero. This is noticeably for being one of the few episodes where Ludovico gets a happy ending, while Federica receives a karma.
  • Time Skip: Several years between each season to account for production time differences and the cast growing up.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: One episode had Bibi hit her head and become "Normal", to the increasing irritation of everyone except Federica. At the end they manage to hit her again to get her become herself again. Then Federico shares a moment with Bibi and even stops himself from wishing she was "normal", but still gets increasingly annoyed at her for her nice behavior, and ends undecided if he really prefers the regular Bibi after all.
  • White Sheep: Bibi. She is the only kind member of her family.
  • Written Sound Effect: A common feature of the series.
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