La familia P. Luche

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Quirky family gets by in irreverent Mexican comedy classic.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family is important, even if it is dysfunctional. Some sexist behavior, stereotyping.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ludovico and Federica don't always respect each other, make bad choices. 

Violence

Lots of arguments, yelling, insult hurling; occasional pushing, slapping. Guns, exaggerated bruises occasionally visible. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo. 

Language

Idiot, moron, "a--hole"; some Spanish insults muted. Bathroom humor. 

Consumerism

Campechan, other Mexican bands sometimes referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional drinking (beer, mixed drinks), drunken behavior, cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Mexican comedy series La familia P. Luche contains some edgy humor, strong sexual innuendo, and lots of bickering and name-calling. Some Spanish vernacular is muted, but the English subtitles contain words such as "a--hole." There's occasional drinking and smoking, and in at least one episode a gun is visible. There's some stereotyping and sexist behavior, and adults don't always make great choices. Kids may be drawn to the show's colorful craziness, but it's not meant for younger viewers.

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What's the story?

LA FAMILIA P. LUCHE (20022012) is a Mexican sitcom starring Eugenio Derbez as Ludovico P. Luche, the head of a loving but dysfunctional family who always wears plush fur (a pun on the Spanish word for plush, "peluche"). He has a contentious relationship with his domineering wife, Federica (Consuelo Duval). Life in Peluche City is lively with their children: Bibi (Regina Blandón), who spent her formative years in a psychiatric hospital despite being completely sane to everyone else outside of her family; Ludoviquito; and their adult son, Junior (Luis Manuel Ávila), who became convinced that he is their young adopted son after Federica accidentally ran over him with her car. Also joining them is Exelsa (Barbara Torres), the family's Argentinian maid. 

Is it any good?

This irreverent Mexican hit combines live-action, bright colors, and animation to create a unique comedy experience. There's lots of slapstick but also some very clever writing and good comedic timing. Unfortunately, some of the best jokes get lost in the English subtitles. 

It's easier for Spanish speakers to understand (and appreciate) La familia P. Luche's outrageous humor. Viewers familiar with Mexican TV will also recognize many of the celebrity cameos and series crossover moments throughout its 10-year run. Nonetheless, if you like creative, colorful shows from other countries, you'll want to check it out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes a TV show such as La familia P. Luche funny?  Are there things that U.S. viewers find humorous in the U.S. but that may be seen as offensive abroad (and vice versa)?

  • Are stereotypes ever appropriate to use in comedies? What if the show is from a different culture or country? 

TV details

For kids who love quirky families

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