There are a few Latin American shows that have transcended generations the way El Chavo del 8 has. The show, created in Mexico back in 1972, quickly gained popularity and by the end of the 70s was watched by over 350 million viewers worldwide. El Chavo del 8 (literally translated as The Kid from the 8th) shows the many adventures of its main character, El Chavo, a poor, orphan, homeless kid living in a barrel within a housing complex called La Vecindad.
Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños, who also stars in the show, created El Chavo, which aired 1,300 episodes for 24 years, and has continue its popularity long after it was cancelled in 1980. One of the things that made El Chavo successful was the many idiomatic expressions and catchphrases that still remain in the memories of viewers.
Four decades after its release, El Chavo continues to be the leading sitcom for children between the ages of 6-11 and adults 18-49 here in the US through a Spanish language channels as well as in many other countries worldwide. I have fond memories of watching El Chavo; it is one of those cultural phenomena’s that I want my children to learn about.
I was excited to learn this year that El Chavo’s merchandise hit US stores. Having a chance to buy toys for my children and tell them about the series will be a fun way to talk about culture and telling them about my childhood in a way they can relate. Since there are not many things around from when I was a kid, I’m glad that I can connect with them through this series.
El Chavo is still very popular in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and the rest of Latin America, as well as in many other countries of the world, and has developed a large cult following by generation Y. Since today is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month 2013, I want to honor El Chavo for providing Latinos all around the world with endless memories and innocent wisdom.
Here are a few images and some of the most famous phrases from our beloved Chavo: