Que Pasa U.S.A. used to be legendary in Hispanic households. This PBS backed sitcom was the first bilingual sitcom ever created and had 39 episodes that aired from 1977-1980. The show circled around the PeÃ±a family in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood as they experienced life as Cuban immigrants. What people loved and still love about the show, is that it portrayed the Cuban American lifestyle almost exactly to what it actually was.
The show was bilingual, meaning, they would flip between speaking English and Spanish in between scenes and different conversations. Essentially, this show was the epitome of the “Spanglish” hybrid of talking that many Hispanics adopted through the last few decades.
Steven Bauer (who played Joe), might be better known for his role as “Manolo”, opposite of Al Pacino in the 1983 legendary film Scarface.
Que Pasa U.S.A.was produced and taped in front of a live studio audience at the Miami, Florida PBSÂ station WPBT. It actually aired on PBS stations all over the country.
A DVD collection of all 39 episodes is available for purchase at the PBS online store. Click below to purchase the DVD.