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31 minutos (Spanish for 31 minutes) is a Chilean television show which takes the form of a mock news broadcast, and is fronted by puppets who present various items. The program was devised by Álvaro Díaz and Pedro Peirano and is produced by their own company, APLAPLAC. It was first aired in March 2003 on the TVN channel in Chile.

31 minutos has achieved considerable success in Chilean television, captivating adult viewers as well as children. The sarcastic and carefree humor along with the producers' reputation in Chile of being the essential part of the extinct cult show Plan Z (aired about a decade before) earned the series immediate acceptance among the public (specially among Plan Z's wide and loyal fan base) and helped boost its popularity, being considered a spiritual successor of sorts of that earlier show. When the first season had its debut, it occupied the morning time slot on Saturdays. But its orientation toward children was somewhat questioned because of the enthusiastic response from adult audiences; therefore the second season was moved to the time slot after the night time news at 10:00 pm on Fridays. Its almost explosive commercial success is reflected in the range and quantity of products spawned by the show, including an audio CD with the songs from its first season. In 2004, Nickelodeon started airing the first season across Latin America, being particularly popular in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, and a second CD was released with music from the second season. In 2005, a third album was released, with the season music and some extras.

Part of the show's success with more adult audiences is due to its use of double entendres and parody. The puppets are ironic imitations of famous television personalities and there are many references to incidents or television events which characterized Chile in the 1980s and 90s.

A movie version entitled 31 minutos, la película, that was shot in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro, premiered in Chilean theatres on March 27, 2008.

On October 2, 2014 the first episode of the fourth season was aired on TVN (Chile), 8 years after their last episode featuring not only the same characters from the previous seasons, but also a 1080p HD image format. 12 episodes were part of this season which was mainly focused on the kids that grew up with the series, but still has the educative point for the newer generations. The sections like the "Green Note" by Juan Carlos Bodoque and the "TOP ranking" by Policarpo Avendaño are being kept on each episode, and included are new sections such as Patana's reality show "Patana's Fridge".

Until December 27, 2014, 31 minutos has had a total of 70 episodes in four seasons; counting the Christmas special and the Telethon in 2003.

The first season had a total of 21 episodes that were broadcast every Saturday at 1:30 pm by TVN, with repeats the following Sunday and Saturday of next week at 9:00 am. The season aired from March 15, 2003 to August 9 of that same year. As of July 18, due to the success, episodes began to air on Fridays at 11:15 pm, hours after being changed were broadcast at 10:00 pm.

The second season only had 20 episodes, which were broadcast every Saturday at 10:00 am, and the same episode was broadcast again on the following day at 12:00 pm. This started on March 20, 2004 until September 11 of the same year.

The third season was only 15 episodes, but unlike the first two seasons, it was broadcast on Sundays at 10:15 am. All except the last episode, which was broadcast at 7:00 am. The season aired on June 19, 2005 until October 2 of that year.

The recordings for the fourth season began on October 11, 2013 and was released on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:05 am. This season went on every Saturday until December 27, 2014 (except on November 29, because that day was the Telethon 2014).

The special Christmas episode was aired on December 24, 2003 at 8:30 and repeated on the same date in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and the 2003 Telethon aired on November 22 the same year.
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