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Subject: Eugenio Derbez, Octavio Ocaña, Mayrín Villanueva, Television series by Televisa, List of programs broadcast by Televisa networks
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Genre Sitcom = psychological thriller
Created by Eugenio Derbez
Starring Eduardo España
Cesar Bono
Mayrín Villanueva
Ana Bertha Espín
Danny Perea
Octavio Ocaña
Opening theme "Vecinos"
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 64 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Elias Solorio
Eugenio Derbez
Gustavo Rodriguez
Running time 22 min.
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas (Mexico)
Univision (United States)
Original release July 10, 2005 - September 25, 2010

Vecinos (English: Neighbors) is a Mexican TV series adapted in 2005 by actor Eugenio Derbez from Spanish TV series Aquí no hay quien viva. The series portrays the life of everyday people in Mexican barrios, where anything can be found — the jealous housewife, the spinster, the strange family, etc. Each episode features the interactions between these peculiar neighbors, where they deal with problems both real and imagined, such as ghosts, treasures, ripoffs, fights, etc.


  • History 1
  • Third Season 2
  • Characters 3
    • The Doorkeeper 3.1
    • The Balboas 3.2
    • The Olvera 3.3
    • The Rivers/Rios 3.4
    • The Lopez 3.5
    • The Friends 3.6
    • Other Characters 3.7
  • Cast 4
  • Episodes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


When Eugenio Derbez traveled to Spain in 2005, he saw a TV series named Aquí no hay quien viva, which features the same kind of problems that people have in the barrios. He thought a Mexican remake would be a good idea, so he created Vecinos.

Third Season

The third season premiered on January 20 on Televisa, presenting the conclusion of the cliffhanger of the second season aired on September 12, 2007.


The Doorkeeper

Germán Martínez
The building's doorman. He is lazy, but he tries to pretend the opposite in front of the neighbors. He almost always wears a backwards baseball cap, sagging jeans, and a too-small, too-tight, belly-exposing T-shirt.[1][2]

German is portrayed by Eduardo España.

The Balboas

Don Roque Balboa
An elderly retired soldier. His neurotic character makes him intolerant and he lives in eternal disagreement with his neighbors. He has a teddy bear named Rambo.[3][4]

Don Roque is portrayed by Polo Ortín.

Vanessa Balboa
She is a veterinarian and a hardcore pet lover. She lives with her grandfather, Don Roque Balboa.[5]

Vanessa is portrayed by Roxana Castellanos.

Vecinos' Cast

The Olvera

Silvia Olvera
Desperate woman dealing with internal conflicts of not yet having found her soul mate. She teaches ethics in high school and is going through a mid-thirties crisis.[6][3][6]

Silvia is portrayed by Mayrín Villanueva.

The Rivers/Rios

Frankie Rivers (Rios)
A failed actor who lives in the past, reinventing every moment of that distant time when he appeared in the film "La Toalla del Mojado". Attempting to return to the world of acting, he often writes movie scripts—but always winds up plagiarizing an existing one.[7][8]

Frankie is portrayed by César Bono

Lorena Rivers (Rios)
Frankie's wife, a vicious gossip from a wealthy family.[9][10]

Lorena is portrayed by Ana Bertha Espín

Benito Rivers (Rios)
Lorena and Frankie's son, an innocent, focus, studious boy who wants to be a doctor. He also enjoys fighting games and frequently meets with Germán and Pedro to play or watch them on television. He feels embarrassed every time his mother forces him to wear costumes for his several (involuntary) auditions—which always fail.[11][12]

Benito is portrayed by Octavio Ocaña

The Lopez

Arturo López
A mature man who tries to get ahead and earn the respect of his family and their neighbors, but it is no secret that his wife dominates him. He often tries to use slang to relate to his children, but only sounds and looks foolish.[13][14]

Arturo is portrayed by Moisés Suárez

Magdalena Pérez Lopez
Arturo's wife, a presumptuous woman obsessed with what others may think of her; she will seem to have what she hasn't and be what she isn't. She hates living in the building and categorizes everyone as "nacos." She thinks she deserves to live somewhere else more appropriate to her class, although she did not even finish middle school.[15][16]

Magdalena is portrayed by Macaria

Alejandra López
Arturo and Magdalena's 16-year-old daughter: rebellious, lazy, and messy. She backtalks every time her parents lecture her, which causes Magadalena to berate Arturo. She finds her brother a decerebrated "Fresa" and lives in constant friction with him. She loves hard rock and grunge.[17][18]

Alejandra is portrayed by Danny Perea

Marco López
Magdalena and Arturo's son, Alejandra's older brother. At 17 he's barely scraping by in his junior year of High School after having had to repeat several school terms because of his laziness. In trying to give him everything, his mother has made him a parasite. He's ashamed of both parents and their social status.[19]

Marco is portrayed by Vadhir Derbez

The Friends

Luis San Román
Neurotic and apprehensive; everything goes wrong for him. He's looking for a woman, but whenever he likes one, she ends up preferring his friend Pedro.[20][21]

Luis is portrayed by Darío Ripoll

Pedro Medina
The careless and irresponsible but good-natured type of guy but that takes life lightly. Like Luis, he sells all kinds of goods in a trading company. Despite not being very smart, his charm and luck always make him succeed. He takes advantage of situations but isn't ill-intentioned. Often wins business and sales to Luis. He likes soccer and can spend the day lying on his couch watching TV and eating junk food.[22][23]

Pedro is portrayed by Pablo Valentín

Other Characters

A homeless, but nonetheless clever, man. Jorjais uses pathos to manipulate others into giving him food, money, jobs, etc. His skill, or rather, willingness, to work often overshadows German, leading to conflict between both characters.

Jorjais is portrayed by Manuel 'Flaco' Ibáñez

Young troublemaking girl; after the Rivers sent Benito to boarding school, the school sent her to them in exchange. She acts innocent but loves nothing more than causing mischief everywhere she goes; her school had finally had enough and got rid of her the moment a chance arose, using her innocent looks to win over the Rivers.


Actor Character
César Bono Frankie Rivers
Eduardo España Germán Martínez
Macaria Magdalena Pérez
Polo Ortín Don Roque Balboa
Mayrín Villanueva Silvia Olvera
Manuel "Flaco" Ibáñez Jorjais
Ana Bertha Espín Lorena de Rivers
Moisés Suárez Arturo López
Darío Ripoll Luis San Román
Pablo Valentín Pedro Medina
Octavio Ocaña Benito Rivers
Danny Perea Alejandra López Pérez
Vadhir Derbez Marco López
Roxanna Castellanos Vanessa Balboa


1st Season

Season 1, Episode 1: Aquí Si Hay Quién Viva Original Air Date: 10 July 2005

Season 1, Episode 2: La pintura del edificio Original Air Date: 17 July 2005

Season 1, Episode 3: Vecinas desesperadas Original Air Date: 24 July 2005

Season 1, Episode 4: Sin H2O Original Air Date: 31 July 2005

Season 1, Episode 5: Luces, cámara, acción... Original Air Date: 7 August 2005

Season 1, Episode 6: El bueno, el malo y el enmascarado Original Air Date: 14 August 2005

Season 1, Episode 7: La chacha más deseada Original Air Date: 21 August 2005

Season 1, Episode 8: De millonario a mendigo Original Air Date: 28 August 2005

Season 1, Episode 9: ¿Y dónde esta el basurero? Original Air Date: 31 August 2005

Season 1, Episode 10: En el tiempo de los mariposos Original Air Date: 7 September 2005

Season 1, Episode 11: Mejor no celebremos México Original Air Date: 14 September 2005

Season 1, Episode 12: No nos dejen colgados Original Air Date: 21 September 2005

Season 1, Episode 13: America vs Chivas Original Air Date: 28 September 2005

Season 1, Episode 14: Furia de cuatro ruedas Original Air Date: 5 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 15: El ataque de las cucarachas Original Air Date: 12 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 16: Con zapatos de tacón Original Air Date: 19 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 17: Venta de garage Original Air Date: 26 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 18: Noche de Halloween Original Air Date: 2 November 2005

Season 1, Episode 19: Con el portón cerrado Original Air Date: 16 November 2005

Season 1, Episode 20: El dilema del jacuzzi Original Air Date: 23 November 2005

Season 1, Episode 21: Como vender un departamento Original Air Date: 30 November 2005

Season 1, Episode 22: El nuevo administrador Original Air Date: 7 December 2005

Season 1, Episode 23: El nacimiento viviente Original Air Date: 14 December 2005

2nd Season

Season 2, Episode 1: Aguas turbias Original Air Date: 18 January 2006

Season 2, Episode 2: Fuga de gas Original Air Date: 24 January 2006

Season 2, Episode 3: Mercado sobre ruedas Original Air Date: 31 January 2006

Season 2, Episode 4: American Party Original Air Date: 7 February 2006

Season 2, Episode 5: Día de San Valentín Original Air Date: 14 February 2006

Season 2, Episode 6: Rento mi departamento Original Air Date: 21 February 2006

Season 2, Episode 7: Con el apagón Original Air Date: 28 February 2006

Season 2, Episode 8: La toalla del mojado II Original Air Date: 7 March 2006

Season 2, Episode 9: Primer amor... Benito a mil por hora Original Air Date: 14 March 2006

Season 2, Episode 10: Batidora, computadora y secadora Original Air Date: 21 March 2006

Season 2, Episode 11: Ascendiendo a Arturo Original Air Date: 28 March 2006

Season 2, Episode 12: ¿Quién es el padre? Original Air Date: 4 April 2006

Season 2, Episode 13: Martes vecinal Original Air Date: 22 April 2006

Season 2, Episode 14: Mis pobres diablillos Original Air Date: 29 April 2006

Season 2, Episode 15: Competencia de Hot Dogs Original Air Date: 6 May 2006

Season 2, Episode 16: Viaje a Canada: Parte 1 Original Air Date: 20 May 2006

Season 2, Episode 17: Viaje a Canada: Parte 2 Original Air Date: 27 May 2006

Season 2, Episode 18: Cursos sin superación Original Air Date: 3 June 2006

Season 2, Episode 19: Los López en Canada Original Air Date: 10 June 2006

Season 2, Episode 20: La verdad de Luis & Pedro Original Air Date: 17 June 2006

Season 2, Episode 21: Embargo a los pobres ricos Original Air Date: 24 June 2006

Season 2, Episode 22: Silvia en Canada Original Air Date: 1 July 2006

3rd Season

Season 3, Episode 1: Aviso de desalojo Original Air Date: 22 July 2006

Season 3, Episode 2: La jaula de las vecinas Original Air Date: 29 July 2006

Season 3, Episode 3: Un tatuaje para Alejandra Original Air Date: 5 August 2006

Season 3, Episode 4: Tesoro no perdido Original Air Date: 12 August 2006

Season 3, Episode 5: Cartas que asustan Original Air Date: 19 August 2006

Season 3, Episode 6: Sin ton ni Silvia Original Air Date: 26 August 2006

Season 3, Episode 7: Truco o trato Original Air Date: 2 September 2006

Season 3, Episode 8: Otro Robo Original Air Date: 9 September 2006

Season 3, Episode 9: Buscando al portero Original Air Date: 16 September 2006

Season 3, Episode 10: Un intruso en la familia Original Air Date: 23 September 2006

Season 3, Episode 11: El nuevo conserje Original Air Date: 7 October 2006

Season 3, Episode 12: Volver al futuro Original Air Date: 14 October 2006

Season 3, Episode 13: Intercambio escolar Original Air Date: 21 October 2006

Season 3, Episode 14: Fantasmas del más acá Original Air Date: 28 October 2006

Season 3, Episode 15: Video descompuesta Original Air Date: 4 November 2006

Season 3, Episode 16: Un nuevo casting Original Air Date: 11 November 2006

Season 3, Episode 17: Sesiones espiritistas Original Air Date: 18 November 2006

Season 3, Episode 18: Reta de Ping Pong Original Air Date: 25 November 2006

Season 3, Episode 19: Maratón del Barrio Original Air Date: 10 December 2006


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