El Chapulín Colorado (lost episodes; 1973-1979)


El Chapulín Colorado
"Aventuras en Venus", one of the undistributed episodes.
"Aventuras en Venus", one of the undistributed episodes.
Status 0/30 episodes found

El Chapulín Colorado is one of the most familiar characters of the Mexican culture. First conceived by Roberto "Chespirito" Bolaños in 1970 as part of his solo effort Los Supergenios de la Mesa Cuadrada, "El Chapulín Colorado" is a response to the typical American superhero: he is clever as one would expect, but not without overcoming his own silliness first. Despite this, "El Chapulín" is always willing to help his summoners no matter the situation, even if this means helping his enemies.

As an independent series, around 280 episodes of El Chapulín Colorado were aired between 1973 and 1979, from which about 30 are absent from Televisa's current distribution pack, certainly for the same reason as many El Chavo del Ocho episodes.

Missing Episodes

Below is a complete list of all episodes whose existence is proven through information gathered by fans.

Green - Found episodes available in Spanish.
Gold - Found episodes not available in Spanish.
Orange - Partially available episodes/excerpts.
Red - Completely missing episodes.

Note: the episode titles used in here are not official, since the actual titles are unknown due to the episodes' missing nature. Titles from previous/later versions of the episodes are used instead (For example: the missing 1973 episode "Las caricaturas me hacen llorar" is named after its common 1976 remake).

Season 1 (1973)

Title Original Airdate
"R.S.E." March 07, 1973
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[1] Includes a Doctor Chapatín segment. A remake, made in 1975, is also missing.
"Las caricaturas me hacen llorar" Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía. Includes a Doctor Chapatín segment.
"En las guerras médicas, la bayoneta se llamaba bisturí" Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.
"Aventuras en Venus" Unknown
Found through a tape recording from early 90's. Only available in Brazilian Portuguese, rendering the original audio missing.
"Cuento de brujas" August 24, 1973
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[2]
"El encuentro del siglo" Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía. A remake, made in 1975, is also missing.

Season 2 (1974)

Title Original Airdate
"La bella durmiente era un señor muy feo - parte 1" January 25, 1974
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[3] First episode of a two-episode saga. Remade in 1976 as a three-episode saga, whose first episode is also missing. Coincidence or not, another remake - made in 1982 as part of Programa Chespirito - is also missing its first episode.
"Más vale cien fantasmas volando que uno en la mano" Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.
"Colección de rateros" Unknown
Footage of this episode is used on "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín", an episode that served the purpose of introducing the series to the viewers of Canal 2, after it moved from Canal 8 in 1974.
"Los valientes mueren pandeados" Unknown
Footage of this episode is used on "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín".
"El bandido del hospital" Unknown
Footage of this episode is used on "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín".
"Más vale una mujer joven, rica y bonita que una vieja, pobre y fea" Unknown
Footage of this episode is used on "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín".
Unknown Episode May 17, 1974
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[4]
"Aristócratas vemos, rateros no sabemos" June 29, 1974
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.
"El vampiro" September 28, 1974
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.
Unknown Episode Unknown
Footage of this episode is used on "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín". Thought to be an early version of "Los muertos son obedientes".

Season 3 (1975)

Title Original Airdate
"R.S.E." Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[5] Remake of a 1973 episode, which is also missing.
Unknown Episode Unknown
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[6]
"El encuentro del siglo" December 11, 1975
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[7] Remake of a 1973 episode, which is also missing.

Season 4 (1976/1977)

Title Original Airdate
"Bebé de carne sin hueso" June 24, 1976
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[8]
"El robot" August 12, 1976
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[9]
"El bandido del hospital" September 16, 1976
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.
"La bella durmiente era un señor muy feo - parte 1" Unknown
A brief summary of this episode is present in the beginning of "La bella durmiente era un señor muy feo - parte 2". First episode of a three-episode saga. Remake of a two-episode saga from 1973, whose first episode is also missing.
"El caso de dos hombres que eran tán parecidos, que eran idénticos, sobretodo uno de ellos" Unknown
Footage of this episode was used during a tribute to Chespirito.
"Los muertos son obedientes" Unknown
Footage of this episode was used by Chilean TV network TVN during an interview with Chespirito. Includes a Doctor Chapatín segment.
"El hombre invisible es tan antipático que nadie lo puede ver" December 11, 1976
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[10]
Unknown Episode January 1, 1977
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[11] Not much is known about this episode, but its synopsis suggests that it may follow the same concept as the 1974 episode "Conferencia sobre un Chapulín", featuring excerpts of episodes from the 1976 season.

Seasons 5-7 (1977-1979)

Title Original Airdate
"A pistola regalada no le mires agujero - parte 1" Unknown, 1977
A brief summary of this episode is present in the beginning of "A pistola regalada no le mires agujero - parte 2".
"Todo sube, hasta los aviones - parte 2" Unknown, 1977
Announced in the end of "Todo sube, hasta los aviones - parte 1".
"Las pulgas" Unknown, 1978
Aired regularly through Brazilian network SBT. Only available in Brazilian Portuguese, rendering the original audio missing. Includes the Doctor Chapatín segment "El contrabando".
"Los fantasmas del Viejo Oeste" February 7, 1979
Discovered through a synopsis from Tele-Guía.[12]

References

Special thanks to Cássio Ferreira, Guilherme Leão and several other members of Fórum Chaves (a complete name list is available on the "Guia de episódios..." link below), for their priceless contributions on the finding of synopses related to missing episodes.

  1. Tele-Guía #1073: “"El Chapulín Colorado" se enfrenta a un poderoso ratón que utiliza la última novedad en armas secretas. Entremés de "El Doctor Chapatín".”
  2. Tele-Guía #1098: “"El Chapulin Colorado" tiene que enfrentarse a una bruja que se dedica a convertir a las personas en rana, árboles, cosas etc.”
  3. Tele-Guía #1120: “"El Chapulín Colorado" se enfrenta al hombre de las cavernas que ha permanecido 20.000 años bajo de la nieve.”
  4. Tele-Guía #1136: “'El Chapulín Colorado' interviene para salvar de la cárcel a un inocente que ha sido detenido por la policía.”
  5. Tele-Guía #1276: “'El Chapulin Colorado' ayuda a un cientifico a localizar un importante ratón.”
  6. Tele-Guía #1277: “"El Chapulín Colorado" tiene que combatir al "Hombre de La Mancha."”
  7. Tele-Guía #1218: “"El Chapulín Colorado" combate en la II Guerra Mundial contra Hitler, utilizando su muy personal estrategia.”
  8. Tele-Guía #1246: “"El Chapulín Colorado" trabaja como niñera.”
  9. Tele-Guía #1253: “"El Chapulín Colorado" tiene que ayudar a un científico que se ve amenazado por un robot.”
  10. Tele-Guía #1270: “"El Chapulín Colorado" combate al "Hombre Invisible" que se dedica a desaparecer objetos.”
  11. Tele-Guía #1273: “Resumen de los mejores programas de "El Chapulín Colorado" en 1976.”
  12. Tele-Guía #1382: “Los Fantasmas. Un pueblo del Oeste está habitado por fantasmas.”

External Links

Lista CH - Fan-fueled episode guides to Chespirito's works. (in Portuguese and Spanish)
Guia de episódios e esquetes mundialmente perdidos - Discussion on the topic of 'Missing episodes' from Chespirito's works. (in Portuguese)

Comments


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MajinMadaraUchiha

8 months ago
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Wow, poor chapulin
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RamiroAuditore

7 months ago
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Aristócratas Vemos, Rateros No Sabemos is not missing, I don't know why is marked as such, I used to watch it as a little boy (I'm 17 years old, from Mexico) here's the full episode in youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVUWi5wAgHo
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SenaUW

7 months ago
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The version mentioned in the article is the 1974 version. The version you refer to is the 1978 version that's still distributed by Televisa ;)
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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Guys, i think they recently aired Aventuras en Venus in Canal de las Estrellas. (Im from Mexico)
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SenaUW

1 months ago
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Are you sure it wasn't the 1975 version?

This is the common version from 1975: https://youtu.be/s3yRkVTwaYY

This is the lost version mentioned in the article, from 1973: https://youtu.be/PmCLcPRX9fs
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