El Chavo del Ocho (The Boy From No.8) is a Mexican TV show created by a comedian named Chespirito, which ran from 1973 to 1980. It continued as a sketch series in the program Chespirito from 1980 to 1992.
The show follows the adventures of El Chavo (which a Spanish term "The young kid"), an orphan kid who lives inside a barrel on a neighborhood where he has friends.
Why It Rocks
- Top cast. Ramón Valdez is brother of Tin Tan, the most famous comedian in LA.
- The kid characters are portrayed by adults. Despite this is kinda awkward, at least they are experienced and avoid cringeworthy acting (a common problem with kid actors). Plus, you get used to it once you start watching it.
- Funny recurrent gags, like Chavo freezing when he gets scared, and Sr. Barriga (Mr. Belly) being hit when entering the neighborhood
- Crossover with El Chapulín Colorado (The Red Grasshopper), another Mexican show. Also had a crossover with Monica Toy (a Brazilian cartoon).
- Decent comedy.
- It doesn't fears to show the sad reality about orphans and poor people. Chavo lives in harsh conditions and eats little to no food.
- Good morals, such as "Bad people always can find redemption" and "A true friend is not defined by economical level".
- Before it was a TV show, it aired on another program named Chespirito, as a sketch series from 1971 to 1973. This sketches were also good, but unfortunately, they disappeared from air and is very hard to see them on TV.
- Likeable characters.
- The most popular Latin American show, especially in Mexico and Brazil.
- It ended on 1980 with 7 seasons, but continued as sketch series from 1980 to 1992. The series went downhill, some of the actors left the cast and became repetitive.
- Never had a proper ending.