Cuéntame cómo pasó is a Spanish television series set during the last years of Francoist rule, and the transition to democracy in Spain. It has been broadcast by the Spanish public TV channel TVE1, since 2001.
Relying on a combination of micro and macrohistory, the series recounts the experiences of a middle class family, the Alcántara, during the last years of Francisco Franco and the beginning of the Spanish Transition, and is both a chronology and a socio-political drama of the time.
The series was created to celebrate the first 25 years since the transition and its didactic spirit is clearly evident in some of the episodes. It includes documentary interviews with historical figures of the era, such as those concerned by the assassination of the then Prime Minister Carrero Blanco or the death of Franco.
From its first episode, broadcast on September 13, 2001, Cuéntame has reflected changes in Spain since 1968 (it starts in April 1968.) In December 2008, TVE and Ganga Group announced that the series, in its 10th season, had achieved very good audience levels, and would be renewed for up to 3 more seasons, with the storyline moving firmly into the 80s and the “Movida madrileña”.
The Alcántara's are a middle class family who live in Madrid, Antonio (the father), Mercedes (the mother), Ines, Toni, Carlos and Maria, are the members of that family, who live with the grandmother, called Herminia. Other Characters like Cervan (a man who sells the newspaper in a little shop) or Desi (who is the best friend of Antonio) represent the typical Spanish society in the last years of Franco and the beginning of the Spanish Transition (1975). (source: partly wikipedia)
And you can still watch all the old episodes on RTVE.ES