Aída is a very funny Spanish comedy series set in Madrid that spun off from another popular sitcom called “7 Vidas”. Aída first aired on January 16th, 2005 and is produced by Globomedia for the Spanish TV network Telecinco. The first few seasons now seem a little bit slow and sedate in comparison with more recent episodes, but the show has always received huge viewing figures in Spain and quickly secured prime time billing. Aída has also received several awards such as the Ondas Award for Best Spanish TV Sitcom.
Aída follows the life of single working mother Aída García (Carmen Machi) who has to move to a new neighbourhood with her mother, Eugenia (Marisol Ayuso), brother, Luisma (Paco León) and two teenage children, Jonathan and Lorena (David Castillo and Ana María Polvorosa). Aída spends time with her best friend Paz (Melanie Oliveras) who is a local prostitute, Chema (Pepe Viyuela) a convenience store owner, his effeminate son Fidel (Eduardo Casanova) and Mauricio (Mariano Peña) a francoist, racist, male chauvinist bar owner.
The show is located in a fictional neighbourhood called Esperanza Sur. However, it can be inferred that it is located in the district of Carabanchel, in the south part of Madrid. This can be demonstrated by the inclusion of the Urgel subway entrance, which is located in Carabanchel, as well as from the appearance of the 2-3 story buildings with green windows which are common sights in the district.
Changes were made in Season 6 when Aída was written out of the series, as Carmen Machi left the show to pursue new projects and Soraya and her daughter Aida were introduced. With the show named after this particular character you might think this would be a big change and possibly a big problem, but the writers were clever enough to maintain the momentum in such a way that Aída really wasn’t even missed. This Spanish comedy series has just got better and better throughout the years. It really started to come into its own somewhere around Season 5, as the scripts improved and all of the regular actors and actresses gelled and excelled. Now it can only be described as genius Spanish TV. There are a few great Spanish comedy series and this is definitely one of them.