Que Pasa, USA?

PBS (ended 1980)



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Que Pasa, USA?

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Welcome to the ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? guide at TV.com. ¿Qué Pasa, USA? was and still is America's first bilingual situation comedy. The program explored the trials and tribulations faced by a Cuban family, named Peña,in Miami as they struggled to cope with a new country and a new language. The series focused on the identity crisis of the teenage members of the family as they are pulled in one direction by their elders who want to maintain Cuban values and traditions - and pulled in other directions by the pressures of living in a predominantly Anglo society. The series is bilingual, reflecting the mix of language often heard in Cuban-American neighborhoods from Spanish in the home and English at the supermarket to the inevitable combining of both into "Spanglish."

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  • I get a funny feeling whenever I watch Que Pasa, USA? on tv. It sends a chill up my spine in a way that I can't quite describe.

    I get a funny feeling whenever I watch Que Pasa, USA? on tv. It sends a chill up my spine in a way that I can't quite describe. This time, it's no exception. When I picked this up during my visit to Blockbuster, I knew I was in for a treat as I have been so many times felt before. I was right! If you haven't gotten this yet, beg, steal, buy or do whatever you need to get it. You won't regret it.moreless
  • Definitely AHEAD of its time!!

    I LOVE this show!!! I remember in the late 70's, my aunts who were teens at the time and I who was about 5 or 6 would watch this on an old black and white tv here in Miami. I loved it then and I love it now. To me this show is like I LOVE LUCY, a show I can watch over and over again and not get bored and even laugh out loud even though I know exactly what's gonna happen. I love the 3 generations under one roof angle. The abuelos with their very old customed Cuban ways, the kids with there hip 70's new ways, the dad being a male chauvenist and the mom trying to be an independent woman. I loved it all. Violeta (Carmen's friend) stole every scene. As well as, Marta the gossipy cheap trick next door who lusted after Pepe, the dad. Mrs. Allen, the long suffering Anglo next door neighbor was a riot too and Carmen's Best Friend Sharon was an adorable little white girl. The whole show was outstanding...too bad so much of the orignal cast has past on. It would have been great to see a reunion special.moreless
  • Whoever it was, is a genious.

    It's been so long since I've seen this but I remember as a kid watching it with my mother and laughing. I didn't speak Spanish but it was written in such a way that you didn't need to, and if you didn't now English, that was fine too. It was probably my first Spanish lesson. It was a very funny show and is definitely a must see if it's on. It was a sitcom about a family, parents, two teenage kids and grandparents, struggling with the generation gap. If I remember correctly the grandparents didn't speak any English at all. They wanted to hold on to the old ways which caused conflicts with the teenagers. Just a great show and don't worry if you don't speak Spanish, you'll learn and it's written so you can understand.moreless
  • The program explores the trials and tribulations faced by the Peña family of [1970's] Miami as they struggle to cope with a new country and a new language. (From show description)moreless

    Probably one of the funniest sitcoms to ever grace a television. Even though it was America's first bilingual situation comedy, it was written cleverly enough that anyone who only spoke one of the languages could still get the comedy.

    Though scratch beneath the surface and you find much more than humor, you find a real story of immigrants' crisis of identity. Family members are urged by the elders to maintain Cuban values and traditions while trying to fit in a predominantly Anglo society.

    Take "Everybody Loves Raymond" and add the best parts of the "Cosby Show," "Perfect Strangers," and "Full House" - and then you get an idea of what the show was like.

    Funny, poignant, and ahead of its time.

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Comedy, Educational