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"Simplemente Rita" (Simply Rita) was a very unusual combination of a telenovela (Latin American Soap Opera) and a cartoon show. A scathing parody of Telenovela clichés (as well as of the life of immigrants in the United States), it was produced by a Colombian animation company for the International Telemundo network from 2001 to 2003. It was in Spanish and ran for 30 episodes. It still reruns on some Telemundo affiliates.
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The story was about a young woman named Rita who goes to New York City to try to achieve her dream of becoming a famous singer. She falls in love with a clueless former rich brat named José Gabriel who is also an immigrant, and her musical career is manipulated by Pete Duke, a candidate for city mayor who is desperately trying to earn the votes of the Hispanic community. Hilarity Ensues.

You can watch it online (in Spanish) here [1].


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Tropes in Simplemente Rita:

  • Gonk: The Narrator, in an intentional contrast to his Wicked Cultured personality (he's broadcasting from a booth while wearing an undershirt and smoking a cigar.)
    • Subverted in that he had surgery to look handsome for the woman he loved, only to discover she was ugly too.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters occasionally mention the fact that they are on a TV show.
  • Radio Drama: This is what the show is implied to be; we see the narrator broadcasting from a booth. He claims the events actually happened, but he's not exactly trustworthy.
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  • Serious Business: Latin food, drink and songs. To ridiculous levels.
    • Not to mention their votes, which Duke is willing to do anything to get, including murder!
  • Shout-Out: Several, to both Hispanic and American pop cultures. Most notably, Rita sings at the "Mala Vista Social Club", a reference to the famous Buena Vista Social Club. (Buena Vista meaning Good Sight, Mala Vista meaning Bad Sight.)
  • Super Senses: José Gabriel has a superhuman sense of taste; it's his only employable skill.

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