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Watching TV In Argentina

It’s easy to talk about the movies in Argentina, the nightlife or the music—all of which have a lot to say for themselves. The movies have their ups and downs, the nightlife never ends and the music is very diverse. But what about the television? Let’s imagine that you have some free time in Buenos Aires. You turn on the TV and what do you see? My first few times watching the television here—or tele as they say—it seemed filled with a lot of fast-talking game-shows and voiced-over movies but I have come to like some of the programs (see #2!). I have never been a huge fan of watching TV in my spare time but I think we can all agree that it is good Spanish practice!

So what are the hip programs to view and do as the porteños do? The following top programs are all part of a channel called El Trece (Channel 13). Turn to El Trece for some quintessential Argentine television.

Showmatch 2014: A TV show very similar to Dancing With the Stars. It’s a huge hit often just called Tinelli after the name of the host and producer. Give this show a chance to see Argentinean culture, celebrities, fashion, and dancing.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 22:45 to 00:15

A Todo o Nada + Los 8 Escalones: These two shows are Argentinean game shows at their best and are hosted by the same guy. A Todo o Nada is a day-time draining-your-daily-worries-away game show that spitfires new contestants playing to win a new car, iPad or money in many different and often silly situations. Los 8 Escalones is a nighttime game show much like an easier and quicker version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Contestants must answer 8 questions correctly to get to the final showdown against a very intelligent celebrity.

(A Todo o Nada) Monday through Friday from 18:45 to 20:00 and Friday from 21:15 to 22:45

(Los 8 Escalones) Saturday from 20:15 to 22:00 and Sunday from 20:30 to 22:15

Guapas: Sex & the City meets New Girl with this hit TV show for the ladies. Watch this show to see the Argentinean lifestyle acted out on screen with tears and laughter.

Monday through Wednesday from 21:00 to 21:45 and Thursday from 21:15 to 22:45