A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It’s a comedy, but briefly addresses social issues as they relate to poverty, loneliness, and children. The importance of community is also highlighted.
Positive Role Models
El Chavo isn’t perfect, but he’s often misunderstood. The adults aren’t bad people, but sometimes do silly or thoughtless things.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick-type pushing, hitting, and falling is frequent. There's some mild name calling and insult hurling, too.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo between the cast members, but it is often presented within a comedic context.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There’s some occasional references to tequila drinking; cigar smoking is sometimes visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that El Chavo (also known as El Chavo del Ocho) is a classic Spanish-language situation comedy created and produced in Mexico. It features lots of slapstick humor and runnings gags, some of which include hitting or punching. It also has bathroom humor, sexual innuendo, and other off-color comments that are generally considered more culturally acceptable in Latin America. It also touches on social issues like poverty, homelessness, loneliness, as well as the importance of community. There's some occasional drinking and cigar smoking.
Is It Any Good?
This quirky situation comedy, which was extremely popular among international Spanish-speaking audiences in its heyday, features lots of physical, slapstick-style humor that remains fresh over the years. While these antics were designed to generate laughs, they were also used to introduce important social issues, including poverty and homelessness into the story. Nonetheless, most of the show's fans will nostalgically remember the series for its running gags, sexual innuendo, and often-indelicate jokes, which were more acceptable in Latin America at that time. But El Chavo also serves as a visual document of Mexican television history, and is but one example of what makes Roberto Gómez Bolaños one of the most important Spanish-language humorists of all time.
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