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"¡Tulio, ya estamos al aire!"note 

"He doesn't know that puppet shows are out of date. He will waste his money! Have you ever seen anything more boring than a puppet?"
Tulio Triviño, host of 31 Minutos, to Bodoque about Clavito's idea of making a puppet show. They're both puppets.
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31 Minutosnote  is a Chilean TV series created by Álvaro Díaz and Pedro Peirano. The show is a satire of news shows' formats, hosted by puppets. The idea behind the show is showing how disastrous things can get on-air and off-air, usually through main host Tulio Triviño getting himself and the rest of the cast in trouble and Juanín trying to get everyone to do their job.

The program has a couple of recurring segments, such as the "Top-top-top-top-top music ranking" (where music critic Policarpo Avendaño airs the show's original music and music videos), the "Nota Verdenote " (hosted by Juan Carlos Bodoque, a red rabbit who educates the audience in topics related to nature and the environment), and "The Adventures of Calcetín-con-rombos-mannote " (a superhero parody that normally ends with an aesop related to children's rights emphasized in the plot of its episode).

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31 minutos was originally aired from 2003 through 2005 on state broadcaster TVN, spawning three seasons, with a movie released in 2008. Nickelodeon (until 2007) and Cartoon Network (since 2015) aired the show for the rest of Latin America, expanding its popularity. The show was a cultural phenomenon in its country of origin due to its witty comedy, catchy songs, and accurate portrayal of Chilean and Latinamerican culture.

The series took a production hiatus of seven years with some live shows done in between (outstanding musical live presentations in Lollapalooza Chile 2012, Festival Internacional de la Canción Viña del Mar 2013 and Lollapalooza Chile 2014). A fourth season was announced to be in the works since 2012 and it eventually started airing in October 2014.

In addition to all of the above, several stage shows have been produced. They usually involve the crew trying to put on a special of some sort with all the shenanigans that are to be expected, and a generous helping of live performances of the songs featured in the Ranking Top.

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The official site of the series can be found here (only in Spanish).

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This show provides examples of:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: At the end of the song "Mundo Interior".
  • Adaptation Decay: In-Universe example. In one episode the characters wanted to give an edutainment turn to the show and tried to put on stage their take on Don Quijote de la Mancha. It didn't work:
    Juanín (Sancho Panza): Oh, Don Quixote. I see a threat in the distance.
    Tulio (Don Quixote): Don't worry, my loyal secretary. No enemy poses a threat to me.
    Bodoque (The Narrator): What they didn't know is that their archenemies are coming... the vampire windmills blocked their passage!
    Tulio: The vampire windmills?! Are you sure Don Quixote goes like this?
    Bodoque: More or less, Tulio. I'm sure about the vampires, but I came up with the windmills thing. Just go with it.
    Tulio: These evil windmills won't defeat us, Sancho!
    Juanín: It's a sign of our progress, Don Quixote!
    Tulio: They defeated us! Run! Run, Sancho!
    Bodoque: Go back to the stage, you cowards!
    Vampire Windmills: Yeah, come back.
  • Afraid of Needles: Tulio in 'La invasión de los Tramoyas'.
  • Alliterative Name: Tulio Triviño, Mico el Micofono, Juanín Juan Harry, Balón Von Bola
  • All Just a Dream: In 'El funeral de Tulio'.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Mario Hugo is in love with Patana, something that was confirmed in The Movie (see Can't Spit It Out below).
  • All There in the Manual: Several stuff like the backstory of the characters or the name of some unnamed characters are only given in merchandising or interviews that the characters do in magazines, but never in the show.
  • Always Someone Better: Patana upstages Tulio in "La co-animadora" to the point Tulio decides to quit before finding out Patana had been offered a better job in another newscast.
  • Art Shift: The little bumpers that open and close Policarpo's Ranking Top are in 3D.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • In 'La amenaza siluria II', the clip of the first Tulio interview is a parody of 'Super Taldo', a Chilean viral video of an old unaired news report about a boy with Tourette's Syndrome.
    • In 'El video', the last blooper shown is a parody of an infamous leaked blooper reel of the Chilean TV show 'El mundo del Profesor Rossa'.
  • Automobile Opening: The intro features Tulio driving into the studio.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The cast's interaction to each other usually vary from abrasive to abusive, but in the episode "Bodoque Deprimido", Tulio's attempts to cheer up his friend include giving him his own new and expensive clothes, paying off Bodoque's enormous gambling debts out of his own pocket and allowing him to be take his place as the show's anchor. In the end, the cas of the show ends up quitting TV altogether to go work with Bodoque on the radio
  • Big Bad: Cachirula in The Movie, with sentient doll Estrella de Lana as her Dragon.
  • Big Eater: Dylan Manguera, but thanks to Juan Carlos Bodoque, he knows better and gets better.
  • Big "NO!": In 'Enfermosis', by Calcetín con Rombos Man when his long-lost brother reveals his identity, followed by a Big "YES!" from his part.
  • Brick Joke: In 'Estiércol', in a "Toilet Throwing Contest", Sasquatch throws a toilet who doesn't fall (and he complains about not getting his prize because of that). Later in that episode, the toilet hits Tulio, and Sasquatch comes to claim his prize.
  • Broken Record: One song per season ("Lala", "Boing Boing Boing", "Guácala" and "Arwrarwrirwrarwro").
  • Betty and Veronica: Guaripolo´s Veronica to Mario Hugo´s Betty and Patana´s Archie.
  • Bland-Name Product: Tulio who got a Relox watch, it's made of gold, covered in supergold with diamond adornments and gears of plastirubber.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Juan Pablo Sopa, the lawyer that "talks like an idiot" is a subversion to this trope. He does speak like an idiot (only winning his case representing Mr. Manguera because the judge also talked like one), but he charges his fees like a genius.
  • Cain and Abel: Calcetín con Ramones Man wanted to kill his brother Calcetín con Rombos Man for abandoning him. Lampshaded when the first claims "Who am I, my brother's keeper?"
  • Can't Spit It Out: In The Movie, Mario Hugo never really gets to confess his love for Patana until the climax. Even then, his feelings are instantly rejected.
    • Except he offhandedly told her but she just doesn't care.
    • He does confess it in "El secreto" just to get rejected by an "And I don't care"
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Tulio attempts to in "Risotron", only getting boos from the eponymous machine.
  • Carnivore Confusion: A hilarious example; during the first episode, Mico the Micófono's segment had him asking the "people" on the street what they thought about food. At one point, a group of pieces of meat said that they were vegetarians... and then the scene cuts to a group of vegetables chanting "Meat! Meat! Meat!".
  • Cartoon Creature: Most notably Tulio and Juanín.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: The puppets vary greatly in color, shape, material and movements, making them higly identifiable, this is exploited for comedy in "Lulo Serrucho" where a saw impersonates several people by copying colors and materials but remains in the very recognizable saw shape, with the characters somehow being unable to tell him apart from the real thing.
  • Catchphrase: Almost every character has at least one, but the closest there is to a collective one is "disimula" ("pretend") which they tell to each other when they need to keep a charade towards the audience, which hapens very often.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A Boy Band made of five muscular men from The Movie. They first appear at the start singing a song for Tulio's birthday, and reappear during the final battle, successfully defeating Cachirula's giant robots though the Power of Hotness.
  • Christmas Episode: Every cliche is used, lampshaded and crushed during it. Plus, it was made against the character's will, they had to improvise it at the last second and everyone, except for Policarpo, hated being part of it because they were missing spending the holiday with their families and relatives.
  • Christmas Miracle: Invoked at the end of the Christmas Episode): after forgiving Juan Carlos Bodoque for losing everyone's gifts at the horse races, everyone expected to be rewarded with more free gifts. After claiming to "have learned their lesson" and asking "Hey, where are our gifts?" a few times, everyone gets crushed under a rain of gifts, which culminated with Santa Claus himself popping out from nowhere to fall over the characters.
  • Clip Show: The penultimate episodes of seasons 1-3 are this.
  • Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: Tio Horacio promoted a "Panashiva" color TV on his show.
    • "Panashiva" was an actual brand of cheap and shoddy electronics sold in Chile during the early 2000's.
  • The Collector of the Strange: Huachimingo collecting fluffs.
    • In "Enfermosis", Je-Jin unleashed his collection in the channel, of what exactly? Diseases (weird virus, bacteria and germs).
  • Commuting on a Bus: Carla Rubio was a reporter of the 'Ranting Club' segment in the first few episodes until it was said to had taken "vacations against her will" and was replaced by Rosario Central. She only appears briefly in two later episodes, where is clearly stated that she was fired.
  • Costume-Test Montage: To Tulio, in the opening credits.
  • Couch Gag / Logo Joke: From season 2 onwards, a little pig-esque finger puppet named Carlitos Lechuga attemps to tell an Aesop under the Aplaplac logo after the closing credits, only for the logo or something else to hurt him badly. He gets his revenge during a (surprisingly long) Matrix-esque montage, where the Aplaplac logo transforms into a humanoid mecha, but Carlitos dodges every attack, kicks the mecha in the shins and sends him running away, crying.
    • Season 4 features Carlitos Lechuga doing the Weather Report at the end of the episode, only to be victim of the weather he's informing.
  • Crazy Memory: Balón Von Bola
    Balon: Back when I was little, depression did not exist, neither did friends nor the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Credits Gag:
    • In 'La gotera', the credits mimics the ones from El Chavo del ocho and all the crew members listed in them has the name of a Chespirito character as nickname.
    • In 'Asesor de imagen', the episode ends with Cossimo Gianni firing all the crew and them quitting himself. All that happens with the credits still rolling. At some point Cossimo complains about the font of the credits and he asks to change it.
  • Crossover Punchline: 'La Coanimadora' with TVN's actual late news program, Medianoche.
  • Curse Cut Short: A clear one happens to Bodoque before meeting Amapola Polar in the season 2 premiere episode, "Vacaciones" (Vacations).
  • Darker and Edgier: Season 3 from the rest of the series. Damn, just the premiere is so dark even blind people would distinguish it from the usual level of darkness, starting with a Does This Remind You of Anything? of disabled children being kidnapped, and ending with a Karma Houdini. This being 31 Minutos, this is all Played for Laughs.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone except for Tulio, especial mention to Bodoque and Policarpo.
  • Deal with the Devil: The song 'Parque de diversiones' (Amusement Park) where a kid wins a whole park for himself, but then discovers he cannot invite his friends, and also cannot leave the park and he's forever locked inside... with a demon, who's chasing the kid to kill him. It's just a nightmare.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: In "Ahorrando", in the sports segment, Balón Von Bola and Raúl Guantecillo appear completely in black and white. This is because, as part of the plan to save money to hire Dennis Dannis, the crew decided to use for that segment, the oldest camera available. In contrast, the graphics on screen and Tulio are still colored.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In a segment of the show of Tio Horacio (supposedly broadcasted decades before 31 minutos), the aforementioned host tells a kid that being left handed is a disease. When Tulio reprimands him in the present, Tio Horacio responds that back in the day it really was a disease, and so were things like having long hair or speaking English.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The "Maligna Máquina del Mal"Translation  from "La Liga del Mal"Translation .
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: Tío Horacio to dangerous extremes, although he's the same on and off stage.
  • Deus ex Machina: Provided by the literal God, who shows up out of nowhere in "La Amenaza Siluria Parte 3" to solve both the main plot and the story of Calcetín Con Rombos Man. And then just to top it off, he performs the greatest miracle of them all: Give the whole cast beautiful blond hair.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas: Parodied in 'Calurosa Navidad' (Hot Christmas) where a group of hot, tired and uncomfortable people disguised as Santa Claus sings about the problem of celebrating Christmas during summer.
  • Driven to Suicide: Parodied in 'Patana Enamorada' (Patana in love) where Mario Hugo takes a hangman´s noose upon discovering Patana is not in love with him... And he uses said noose as a swing.
    Mario Hugo: It´s too late, Tulio! I'm gonna swing here for months and years until I die of boredom!
  • Drunk on Milk: During his depression, Bodoque starts drinking powdered juice, claiming that he'll drown his sorrows by drinking until all the chemicals in it make him pass out. Tulio and the rest get worried as if he was drinking rubbing alcohol.
  • Drunk with Power: Raul Guantecillo after substituting Tulio in "El video", relegating the main characters to the newsroom.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Mario Hugo, apparently, as seen in 'Patana Enamorada' (Patana in love). She is in love with Guaripolo, so he makes a scheme to break them up...which involves him dressing into drag and pretending to be Patana's friend Tootsie. It works too well since Guaripolo breaks up with Patana, preferring Tootsie over her. When poor Mario Hugo says that it's actually him on drag, Guaripolo doesn't care at all and hugs him tightly. Mario Hugo is understably shocked by this.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Juanín and Balón made cameos on the background of the studio one episode before their formal appearances.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The puppets' designs were quite different. Also, the voices weren't fully developed, particularly in the case of Tulio, whose voice is deeper and calmer than in later seasons.
    • Early episodes are more of a Sketch Show with the "news" as the skits and the studio scenes serving merely as a Framing Device, without any actual plot happening besides some kind of Running Gag (the first and third episodes don't even have any of these, actually). Tulio isn't a jerk at all and various main characters weren't introduced yet, most notably Juanín Juan Harry. Word of God considers "El Señor Amable" (S1, E07) as the true first episode, as it marks Juanín's first appearance, has Tulio adopt his "schmuck" personality and does have an actual plot carried throughout the whole half-hour.
    • Two segments present in the first handful of episodes, "El club de los reclamones" and the telenovela spoof "Los Titeres" were dropped for being "too boring", as recognized by the characters themselves.
  • Edutainment Show: Heavily zigzagged. While she show's main objective is comedy, Juan Carlos Bodoque's Nota Verde gives real information on environmental and archeological themes, and Calcetín Con Rombos Man usually delivers an aesop about children's rights. But the news segment more often than not deal with the trope in a mercilessly parodic way
    • Parodied in 'Educativio': The "educativional" segment begins with a parade of nubers a la Sesame Street, only for the number "5" coming before "4", leading to an all-out fight.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: In 'Un ratoncito duro de cazar'
  • Empty Quiver: The plot of the "Nota verde" segment of the episode "La liga del mal", dedicated to nuclear energy, is about Tío Pelado stealing an atomic bomb.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: In 'El fin del mundo', 'Maguito Explosivo' and the three-part 'La amenaza siluria".
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: According to Bodoque, while telling a bedtime story to his niece and nephew, cowboys are a Hollywood invention.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Most of the characters are selfish, lazy, greedy and rude, but still are morally outraged by the things Tio Pelado tries to pull off.
    • Tulio seems genuinely shocked about how incompetent Guaripolo is when he replaces Juan Carlos in his ecology report. In short, Guaripolo advises children to burn tires.
  • Everything Talks: It's assumed that all the objects in the show are sentient, save when the plot requires otherwise. This is particularly so in the first episode, when, at a certain point, a toilet seat asks for a roll of toilet paper to bring him juice.
  • Exact Words: The studio spends the whole duration of an episode cutting costs so they can hire Denis Danis, the fastest painter in the world. Turns out, he is the fastest... But as a result his portraits are terrible, and they barely resemble the people they're supposed to portray. They said he was the fastest, they never said he was fast and good.
  • Executive Meddling: Cosimo Gianni, the show's image consultant, shows up every once in a while to make intrusive changes that usually result in little more than the suffering of the cast.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: In the Calcetín Con Rombos Man segment of 'Lulo Serrucho', and the beginning of 'Lo recuerdo muy bien' (I remember it very well).
  • Face–Heel Turn: In 'La Liga del mal' (The Evil League) Patana fakes one to stop said team.
  • Faking the Dead: In 'El estiércol' and in 'El funeral de Tulio'.
  • Female Empowerment Song: The song 'Minilolas' is about a trio of girls who are together doing good and taking on any man who offends them. The song was made in conjunction with UN Women Chile for Women's Day.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: In 'Maguito explosivo', when they want Maguito to lose his 'addiction' to explosions.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: In 'Alcancía'.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Most of the characters with fingers note , including the ones where the puppeteer wears the hand as a glove like Tulio and Patana, not unlike The Muppets.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Their take of Pinocchio has the fairy marrying Geppetto and becoming negligent parents.
    • Damn they also become drunkards and only pay attention to him because he is inside a broken T.V.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Season 4 has TONS of these.
    • A particularly good example of this are the names of the bottles that appear in "Oestelandia". Some may be considered very common names like "Botella de la Abuela"Translation  , "Leche de burra"Translation , but also there are some subtle ones like "Aguarrás" or "Pájaro verde" note . At some point of that episode there's even a bottle of "Fitupo Jugoso"Translation .
    • In one episode of season 4 after Tulio ditches a date with his on-and-off girlfriend Cindy (who is apparently Japanese), after returning with her, after breaking up with her, for ditching her in a date the credits roll with scenes drawn in Ukiyo-e style of her torturing him one of these including using the Death Note on him.
    • A particularly horrifying one is the one in the commonly mentioned episode 1 of season 3, in this episode a mutekid or electric fan is kidnapped and it turns out Mr. Manguera was the kidnapper, when he's arrested he's surrounded with other kidnapped kids and just below the focus of the camera you can barely see he's with the kid, under a blanket, to confirm the worst, the police call him a "pervert".
  • Full-Name Basis: Played with. Whenever someone says Calcetin con Rombos Man's full name, his Leitmotif plays in the background while everyone turns to the camara.
  • Funny Background Event: Anything the tramoyas do at the background of the set.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
  • Furry Confusion:
    • Mario Hugo is a chihuahua but seems to have truckloads of pet dogs.
    • Also, although the main characters are shown in different clothes several times and Juanin spends a good portion of The Movie naked, the first episode showcases a nude photoshoot, with the nudity being that the puppets involved remove their "skin" revealing the hands controlling them.
  • Gilligan Cut: In "El funeral de Tulio", Patana tells Juanin that the news of Tulio's death have reached Juan Carlos Bodoque and she assumes that Juan Carlos must be mourning Tulio and regretting that they ended their friendship, the next scene has Juan Carlos Bodoque laughing and being happy at the news that Tulio had died.
  • God in Puppet Form: And a very ugly one, with — according to Tulio — a terrible taste on music.
  • Gratuitous English: "They Cut Wrong My Hair"
  • Green Aesop: On the 'Nota verde' segments.
  • Hand Puppet: Taken to its Logical Extreme by using socks (or whatever object) without even putting a minimal effort to convert them into sock puppets. In particular concerning the Calcetín con Rombos Man sketches.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: A version With Lyrics called 'Yo nunca vi televisión' is used in-show.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tulio, especially in The Movie.
  • Kaiju: The Sasquatch. He is actually average human size, though.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: During the episode 'El Secreto', Tulio paid for hearing a secret about Policarpo, and once he heard it he got in shock to the point of not being able to work. He literally got sick from keeping it and the doctor who saw him literally said the only cure would be for him to reveal it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: At the beginning 'Maguito Explosivo' Tulio is worried because at any moment he's going to be interrupted, like in all previous episodes.
  • Laugh Track:
    • Parodied in the episode 'Risotrón' (Laugh-a-Tron), with a device that makes everything funnier (Except Tulio) by laughing.
    • Played straight in the Calcetin con Rombos Man segment of 'Patana', which is a spoof of an skit of the Chilean sketch show Jappening con Ja.
  • Last of His Kind: Juanín in The Movie. Huachimingo was believed to be this until said movie.
  • Leitmotif:
    • ¡Calcetín con Rombos Man! Da-dara-dara! (characters look at the camera while this plays)
    • Every presentation of Patana as her alter ego "La Sombra" (The Shadow) is accompanied by mystery music.
  • Lemony Narrator / Interactive Narrator: On Calcetín con Rombos Man segments.
  • Lie Detector:
    • In the scientific convention reported in "La coanimadora", was presented a "Truth Machine", invented by Huachimingo, who presents the machine disguised as a scientist. In response of something said by the user, this machine yells "True" or "False". It doesn't works as Huachimingo expected when Mario Hugo interviews him...
      Mario Hugo: Hello, from 31 Minutos. In what consists your invention?
      Huachimingo: Well, this is the machine who tells the truth.
      Truth Machine: ¡False!
    • As part of her investigation in "Relox", Patana, disguised as "La Sombra" (The Shadow), uses a "Truth Machine" on Policarpo. When the user is lying, he receives an electric shock from the machine. When Patana asked if he took Tulio's Relox watch, Policarpo answers "No", and the machine doesn't do anything. Then Policarpo declares that he, as an entertainment journalist, never lied, and the machine gives him an electric shock.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The whole cast most of the time, but averted with Tulio.
  • Living Dinosaurs: Anacleto is the only remaning dinosaur, and he feels quite lonely.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Mario Hugo's mom in 'La mamá'.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: In The Movie, Cachirula is incredibly obsessed with taking endangered animal species away to her zoo-island so they can be her pets and, by extension, her friends. If one refuses to escape, she beheads them and places their heads on her wall, something Juanin finds out the hard way.
  • Made of Explodium: Maguito.
    • More like drank a can of explodium and is regularily exploding ever since.
    • For instance, his titular episode ("Maguito Explosivo") has, without counting footage form previous episodes, 79 explosions. 44 of them happen in his own Theme Tune.
    • As of season 4, Tio Pelado and Cossimo Gianni explode in two different episodes.
  • Meat-O-Vision: In the beginning of "La amenaza siluria III". After a week trapped into the space, and inside the malfunctioning spaceship, the crew started to become hungry. The episode starts with Tulio seeing Juanín as a roast chicken, then Tulio became aware that Bodoque started seeing him as a roast chicken, then Policarpo does the same with Bodoque, then Patana with Policarpo, then Mario Hugo with Patana, ending with an actual chicken seeing Mario Hugo as a roast chicken.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Tulio and Bodoque at the end of "El Funeral De Tulio"
  • Mind Screw: Parodied with one of the Japanese “News segments” in ‘Japonés’, which consists of a group of real children with boxes decorated like faces over their heads, dancing and moving randomly, while some sad music and a lot of Japanese-like gibberish (including some random stats) fly through the screen, ending with a white drawing of one of the decorated boxes with a sad face over a black background (with a white text and a weird voiceover that say mere gibberish). After the segment is over, we get to see Tulio staring at the camera, as if what he he just saw had fried his brain.
  • Mooks: Cachirula's dolls in The Movie.
  • Mood Whiplash: In one episode, Calcetín Con Rombos Man discovers that some products with his image are being sold without his consent (and at very expensive prices, to boot) so he decides to track the source and discovers they are being manufacturated on a ship anchored on international waters, by one of the show's recurrent villains, who claims to have reformed and decided to make merchandise out of admiration for the man who showed him the light. Calcetín Con Rombos Man is initially flattered and happy to see an old foe reforming, until he discovers that his products are being manufacturated by children. Slave children, forced to work in inhuman conditions, being fed just once a week and forced to drink alcohol to keep them quiet and obedient. He promptly releases the children and takes them to an Orphanage of Love.
    • Done In-Universe in the episode '¡Qué lástima!', where Cossimo wants to keep it as pitiful as possible in order to raise the ratings, yet the characters can't stop doing "funny" stuff instead.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Several songs featured in the show. The best example probably is "Mi equilibrio espiritual" ("My spiritual balance") by Freddy Turbina, a song about how awesome and admired he has become since he finally learned to ride a bike without training wheels.
  • Musical Episode: Last episode of each season, although they are actually clip shows of all the music videos of the season, and usually a new song.
  • Never Learned to Read: The Calcetín con Rombos Man segment of the episode "Día libre" features a pencil artist in his art exposition, who avoids any instance of read or write something, like giving a speech or signing an autograph. When Calcetín con Rombos Man arrives to the exposition, the artist confess to him that he never learned to read and write. He focused so much on drawing, that he thought reading and writing had no importance. After he confesses, a teacher among the visitors offers him personal lessons.
  • News Parody: Faux News variation.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Several characters share traits with analogous Chilean media personalities, although the creators deny they were intended as parodies.
  • No Ending: 'Mugre' does have an ending, but it was so ambiguous and short that much people don't get it. The fact that it was simply removed in syndication by seemingly no reason doesn't help.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Juanin, Cossimo, Bodoque and Policarpo give one to Tulio off-screen during the credits of "La Co-animadora"
  • Non-Indicative Name: The song 'Papá, te quiero'; its title literally means 'Dad, I love you', but in the lyrics is told in the sense of "Dad, I want you [to do me favors]".
  • No Title: The episodes were officially untitled until they were released to DVD.
    • Ascended Fanon: The titles of the first two seasons were taken from a fan website.
  • Off with His Head!: This is the fate for whoever attempts to escape Cachirula's tyranny in The Movie, though we never get to see any actual beheading, and the only two people that go through this are the Blonde Buffalo and Cachirula's right-hand doll Estrella de Lana, although the latter gets better just by sewing herself back together.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite that Status Quo Is God time does pass including the hiatus. Thus meaning that Patana is in her early thirties by the end of season 4 considering that she entered the channel in her mid-late teens. Despite that, her puppet hasn't changed
  • Once per Episode: "¿Qué te pasa, Policarpo?", which translates to "What's happening to you, Policarpo?".
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe, all songs featured on the 'Ranking Top' are this.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: It never cared for Policarpo how bad things were, whenever he started on his Verbal Tic Tulio would ask him if he's OK and Policarpo would tell him why he was in such state. In an episode Policarpo gets mayorly offended and starts his Verbal Tic and when Tulio ask him he yells at him: Don't touch me.
  • Our Cryptids Are More Mysterious: In Universe, El Huachimingo, a rare, rabbit-like animal that supposedly went extinct 1500 years ago... That promptly gets found almost immediately, and then becomes a regular on the show.
  • Overly Long Gag: In 'El secreto', about one minute of the characters astounded staring silent after discovering Policarpo's secret. He's bald, his hair is actually a wig.
  • Overly Long Name: "Bailan Sin Cesar" is performed by Latidos Latinos Urbanos Emergentes Hiphop Hermano Brother, usually shortened to "LLUEHHB"
  • Pals with Jesus: Not even friends.
  • Painting the Medium: Every mention of Calcetí­n Con Rombos Man is followed by everyone turning to the camera while a snippet from Calcetín con Rombos Man's Leitmotif is played. In one episode his leimotif is played so many times that Calcetín Con Rombos Man yells at the musics to stop playing it, and the musicians themselves grab their instruments and walk away, offended.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Lulo Serrucho in his episode.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Maguito, in his second episode. When you can blow up a huge asteroid by yourself, you can officialy consider yourself a WMD.
  • Photo Montage: The credits of 'No te vayas, Juanín', with photos of a party at Juanín's house.
  • Piggy Bank: Patana tries to break one until the piggy bank start running.
  • Pokémon Speak:
    • Juanín when he was little, as revealed in The Movie, prompting Tulio and Bodoque to name him.
    • "El diario de Juanín" gave us the cat known as "El gato que empuja"note . DISEÑAU!
  • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Calcetin con Rombos Man speaks in a high-pitched voice when posing as his Secret Identity Cesar Quintanilla.
  • Power Incontinence: Maguito had to take some self-control classesto avoid blowing up at the drop of a hat. Referenced in his Theme Tune (which replaces the usual ending theme) at the end of 'Maguito explosivo', where he is said to be more unstable than a volcano.
  • Product Placement: Parodied in 'Cebollas', where at first they are forced to shill a brand of musical glasses and then a brand of onions, making the whole show around them and having to do such things as drinking onion juice and wearing onion-scented deodorant, failing miserably at pretending they aren't disgusted.
    • The segments of the show of Tio Horacio present the show as little more than a big, blatant, irresponsible and highly manipulative comercial.
  • Protest Song:
    • Parodied with Guaripolo's 'Mala'.
      Guaripolo: "No more trucks, no more whales, no more revolving doors, no more batucadas, no more forests, no more carpets, no more remote controls, no more school vans and no more schoolkids."
    • Also parodied in 'Amurrao', where a toddler complains about long road trips.
  • Punny Name: Joe Pino. His name is pronounced the same way as "yo opino" ("I think that..."), and he's the guy who's always giving his opinion on anything.
  • Puppet Permutation / Humanity Ensues: Naturally inverted in 'La amenaza Siluria III" where the main crew are turned briefly into their voice actors.
    Tulio: "That was the worst thing that had happened in my life. I even had a nose!"
  • Rage Quit: At the end of "La Mona Lisa" after the late-late-late-late night show only draws the attention of an obnoxious presidential candidate, Juan Carlos and Juanin leave Tulio alone talking with him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Huachimingo says to have been hidden for 1.500 years.
  • Retool: The third season is vastly different from the first two, as most episodes deal with the misadventures of the core characters instead of featuring news. This was remedied in the fourth season, however.
  • Retcon: In the episode "El despido" Mico reveals that the show is recorded in a truck, but in other episodes after this, we see clearly that is recorded in a studio.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Tulio is the only member of the cast that doesn't idolize Tío Horacio. As the episode goes on we find out Tio Horacio is an irresponsible, abusive and manipulative host, but then we learn that the reason Tulio hates him is not because of that, but because Tulio himself was a victim of his cruel mockery on national TV.
  • Rule of Funny: Makes the news show either one of the most respected of the world or the dumbest.
  • Running Time in the Title: Subverted. The "31" was chosen arbitrarily and in fact, only a handful of episodes run 31 minutes.
  • Saving the World: In 'Maguito explosivo' and the 'La Amenaza Siluria' Story Arc.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: In 'Maguito explosivo':
    Cirilo Pila: "The only way to avoid the colission would be we make the asteroid explode."
    Jackson Aceituno: "And how do you know that?"
    Cirilo Pila: "Because I saw it in a movie once..."
  • Scout-Out: In The Movie, it's explained, by flashback, that Tulio and Bodoque were hiking through the woods as Boy Scouts when they met Juanin.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Everyone in Tulio's family yawns this way.
  • Self Promotion Disguised As News: In-Universe with the coverage of the network's telenovela, as noted above.
  • Self-Titled Album: The soundtrack for the first season, unintentionally also a case of Running Time in the Title.
  • Sliding Scale of Living Toys: Estrella de Lana from The Movie is quite obviously a sentient doll. This is particularly so near the end, when she manages to recover from being beheaded by just sewing her head and body back together.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Maguito, in his first appearance. None of his tricks went right, and even when he almost drowned in a Houdini-esque trap, he insisted he was doing it right.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: "Son Pololos"note , a Season Four song about two high school lovers. And how.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Besides Carla Rubio from the earlier episodes and her replacement Rosario Central, Patana is the only female character in the main cast.
  • Snap Back: Several episodes end with the cast fired or working at something completely different.
  • Soap Within a Show: The mock-soap opera Los Títeres (The Puppets) announced by Policarpo during the first season.
    • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Los Títeres was the name of an actual Chilean soap-opera from the 80's, where the main theme was that fate controlled everyone's actions, like a puppet's strings. They even use the same theme song.
  • Something Person:
    • Calcetín Con Rombos Man (Argyle Sock Man). Oddly, he's an actual sock and not a man.
    • One-shot examples are 'Hombre de plumavit' (Styrofoam man) and '1/2 Hombre' (Half-man).
  • Species Surname: Raul Guantecillo. Tenison Salinas has a given name and Balón Von Bola has both.
    • Don't forget Mico el Micófono!
    • Meanwhile, Juanin appears to have a Species First Name.
  • Spin-Off: It generated two spinoffs:
    • Micos y Pericos (Monkeys and Parrots), made exclusively for Guatemala.
    • Las vacaciones de Tulio, Patana y el pequeño Tim (Tulio, Patana and Little Tim's vacations). All 12 episodes are available on the show's official YouTube channel.
  • Straw Fan / Meta Guy: In 'Un ratoncito duro de cazar', Ratón del water makes fun of a fan website that had a section with a list full of the show inconsistencies.
  • Strictly Formula: Calcetín Con Rombos Man segments, although they loosen up a bit on the ones with an Story Arc.
  • Stylistic Suck: 'Guaripolo And Sopapiglobo versus Vampire Chaplin'
  • Superhero Episode: 'La Liga del Mal'
  • Take a Number: In the "Calcetín Con Rombos Man" segment of the episode 'El árbol furioso', in order to be attended by a medic of her problem, Perfectina Gómez took a number. Perfectina's number was 109000, and immediately after, a nurse called the patient with the number 14.
  • Unreadably Fast Text:
    • In "Huachimingo sin hogar", the special programming done to inform about the earthquake begins with a news-ticker at the bottom of the screen, that moves extremely fast. Among the news items, a movie actor helps those affected with free DVDs of his movies and a benefit soccer match ends in a riot leading to further destruction.
    • Also, the credits for the "Ballet Boxing" fight in "Oestelandia". If you pause the screen to see them, you'll notice that both Balón Von Bola and Raúl Guantecillo are just the hosts, all the rest of the credits are for Tenison Salinas.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The main cast (save for Juanin) range from annoying to selfish to downright abusive to each other, so it's funny when terrible things happen to them.
  • Vacation Episode: 'Vacaciones', which behaves like an ordinary episode but showing Busman's Holiday clips of the characters instead of news.
  • Verbal Tic: Policarpo’s “Top Top Top...”
  • Villain Song: Cachirula attempts to sing one in The Movie, but is unable to because her flying chair malfunctions. The complete version was done later for an advertisement.
  • Villain Team-Up: "La Liga del Mal" (The Evil League) in the episode of the same name, formed by Tío Pelado, Calcetín con Hongos Man and Chancho Irarrázabal.
  • Visual Pun:
  • Vocal Evolution
  • Voiceover Letter:
    • In "Ahorrando", when Tulio tells to Juan Carlos about the plan to save in everything to hire Dennis Dannis, Juan Carlos stops to talk, and to present the "Nota verde" segment, he starts to give Tulio some papers which content are voiced by Bodoque, to "save words". The segment finishes when Tulio receives a letter, and the content is the traditional "Esta fue la nota verde. Soy Juan Carlos Bodoque" ending, voiced by Bodoque himself.
    • At the beginning of "31 minutos educativio", Tulio tells Juanín he will read in silence the letter who Cindy sent to him. While he's reading, we hear Cindy voicing her letter. Lampshaded by Juanín who tells that voice is being heard.
  • Vox Pops: The “Encuesta” segment.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: For Guaripolo aka "Professor Guaripolus" in 'Oestelandia'.
  • War Is Hell: The updates about the war of "Salsacia" and "Conservia".
  • Widget Series:
  • Workaholic: Juanín Juan Harry hates vacations. His friends take advantage of this and overload him with their own to-do things when the cast goes on vacation, and Juanin actually thanks them for it. In The Movie, when he becomes one of Cachirula's "pets", he pities the fact that she doesn't make them work in order for them to retain their value.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Invoked in episode 1; in it, the "Ranting Club" segment was about a kid (a real kid rather than a puppet) who wanted to dye his hair blue.

Alternative Title(s): Thirty One Minutos

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