La que se avecina (seasons 1-7)
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La que se avecina is a Spanish television situation comedy created by Alberto Caballero, Laura Caballero and Daniel Deorador. The show is set in Mirador de Montepinar, a condominium located in the suburbs of Madrid. The show is an indirect successor to the Antena 3 comedy Aquí no hay quien viva. The name is a pun on the verb "avecinarse", which means both "become neighbour to" and "approach", and is used in expression la que se avecina meaning "the trouble that is approaching", so it alludes both to being neighbours and the friction that exists between the characters.
La que se avecina debuted on Telecinco, and was later rerun by the same network as well as cable/satellite channels FDF and Comedy Central España. The series debuted on 22 April 2007, the show began to become much more prominent in its third season, becoming one of the most widely watched shows in Spain. Most characters in the show are stereotypical representations of different groups in Spanish society and occasionally pokes fun at Spanish politics. In 2013 started airing on the Bulgarian Pay Television channel 'BTV Comedy' where in studio 'MediaLink' is voice overed up to season 4 and dubbed from season 5 and up.
As of 2015, La que se avecina is one of the few Spanish television series (along with its predecessor Aquí no hay quien viva) to have an openly transgender character.
The story takes place in a block of relatively luxurious flats. Common themes in the story are the problems faced by people sharing apartments in Spain, the Spanish property bubble, and the hardships faced by young people trying to find a place to live. The block of flats itself is in the outskirts of the city, around 15 minutes from the centre. There are 3 floors, with a total of 10 flats. The residential area also contains a car park, the caretaker's office, commercial spaces and some communal areas.
Why These Seasons Rock
- The humor, while it's hard to watch for some people, it's awesome and clever. As it combines drama, black humor, and relatable situations.
- A lot of likeable and/or funny characters, such as Maxi, Javier, Amador (depending on your point of view), Vicente, Enrique, Fermín, and many more!
- A bunch of references to Aquí no hay quien viva, such as when in the episode "Un onanista, un niño robado y una antorcha humana", when Fermín comes to Mirador de Montepinar, he sees all the old actors he acted along with in Aquí no hay quien viva, making him confused and ask "why does everyone here look familiar to me?"
- Very funny and/or memorable quotes from the episodes, such as:
- "¡Qué bueno soy y qué culito tengo!"
- Antonio saying "oof!" whenever he's horny.
- "Enrique Pastor, concejal de Juventud y Tiempo Libre"
- "¡Ah! ¡Qué ataque más gratuito!"
- "¡Ah, mai!"
- "¿Quieres salami?"
- The show makes fun of terrible Spanish shows such as Mujeres y hombres y viceversa, and the awful mid-2010's reality shows.
- Very heartwarming moments, such as when Javier and Vicente play a football game in Javier's PlayStation 2, Antonio saying while holding tears "You want to make me cry, right? Well, I'm not gonna cry." And probably the most heartwarming moment, even though it's from Season 8: When Vicente eats Gregoria's croquettes, he remembers her and runs to his room crying, and later Fermín dresses up like Gregoria, and Vicente says that the time goes so slow without her.
- When Mariví Bilbao, the potrayer of Izaskun died, the show made a lot of tributes to her, such as when in the first episode of Season 7, Antonio and Enrique are sitting outside Mirador de Montepinar, and they hear voice footage from Mariví Bilbao insulting them.
- Related to the above, the cast and crew, as well the creators themselves, are really likeable. They almost don't get mad at all. And they have no problem with being saluted in public or in social media.
- The series started going downhill since Season 8, with the retirement of several actors and being replaced with new ones.
- For some reason, the catchy theme song from seasons 1-6 was replaced with a bland and dull song in season 7.
- The humor can be really over-the-top sometimes, such as showing on-screen sex and blood.
- The show sometimes can get really racist, specially against the Arabs and Colombians.
- Some unlikeable characters, such as Judith, Estela (depending on your point of view), Maite, Sergio and Raquel.