Children’s Programming for Adults

Chile’s 31 Minutos is the kind of children’s television show I would’ve loved as a kid—and as an adult, too. Unlike Sesame Street, its content was built on double entendres and sarcastic humor. On TV from 2003 to 2008, it educated kids while addressing social problems.

It was such a phenomenon throughout Latin America, that some of our favorite musicians have collaborated on a compilation album of quirky tracks from the show. Titled, Yo Nunca Vi Television, the CD features Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Francisca Valenzuela and others singing tunes with names like “Mi Muñeca Me Habló” and “Diente Blanco.”

A YouTube search will unearth a bunch of these songs in their original format. I found one called “Doggy Style” about a bunch of pooches who tear up the house when their master goes off to work. It totally made my day. Check it out and let me know what you think:



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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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