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Caiga Quien Caiga, also known as CQC, is an Argentine television show. Under the format of the production company Cuatro Cabezas, and led by Mario Pergolini, CQC has also been adapted in Spain, France, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, The Netherlands and briefly in Israel.


CQC is a weekly news roundup that takes a humorous and ironic approach to reporting current affairs, show business and sports. CQC's reporters are known for asking politically incorrect questions to celebrities, which in some cases leads to visible discomfort in the interviewees.

One of the trademarks of the show is the heavy editing of the interviews to add cartoons and sound effects with the goal of highlighting (by ridicule) the interviewee's reactions. Reporters sometimes give controversial gifts to celebrities.

Hosts and reporters all dress in black suits and wear black glasses, inspired by the characters in Quentin Tarantinos movie Reservoir Dogs.

The name of the show in Spanish is a commonly used phrase meaning "whatever it takes" , as a reference to the unorthodox interviewing methodology.

A recurring segment is "Proteste Ya" (Protest Now), which involves the people of a certain neighborhood or home area sending an e-mail to an e-mail address especially reserved for Proteste Ya, complaining about government negligence in their neighborhood. The CQC journalists then go to that neighborhood, find out about the problem and try to force the person responsible to make a commitment to improve the situation, often taking something from their office as a "warranty".

CQC in the world


The Argentine edition of CQC was hosted by Mario Pergolini, Eduardo de la Puente and Juan di Natale until 2009. Di Natale is the only original member that still hosts the show. The new anchors are Ernestina Pais and Gonzalo Rodriguez.

It started broadcasting in Canal 2 (currently known as America TV), in 1995. This first stage ended in 1999, with a special show transmitted live from the Gran Rex Theatre in Buenos Aires. In 2001, there was a special show (made in the same theatre) to announce the new season of the show for the next year, this time in Canal 13. In 2005, Canal 13 hired Marcelo Tinelli, who is frequently argumented in the programme and has been a long time rival of Mario Pergolini. This resulted in CQC (and all of the shows produced by Cuatro Cabezas) moving to Telefe. The show went on the air every Monday at 10:30 pm (local hour). On 15 December 2008, Pergolini officially retired from the show [*].

The journalist cast in Canal 2 were Clemente Cancela, Andy Kusnetzoff, Guillermo Lopez, Daniel Malnatti, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Daniel Tognetti. The cast in Canal 13 were Clemente Cancela, Diego Della Salla, Guillermo Lopez, Daniel Malnatti and Gonzalo Rodriguez.


The Chilean edition started broadcasting in 2002, it is currently transmitting in Mega on Sundays at 10:00 pm. The hosts are Nicolas Larrain, Gonzalo Feito and Ivan Guerrero. The journalist cast is composed of Sebastian Eyzaguirre, Jean Philippe Cretton and Pamela Le Roy, as well as the hosts Feito and Guerrero. Previously in the show were reporter Marcelo Arismendi, Fernando Lasalvia and hosts Felipe Bianchi and Pablo Mackenna. With the show being broadcast on a Christian channel, they are restricted from talking to people related to the church. The show is produced with the support of the Chilean production company Edu. Some of their most popular memes is El Hombre de Trabajo Trabajo y Trabajo and Eduardo Bonvallet.


The Spanish version has been broadcasted by Telecinco from 1996 to 2008 (except in 2003 and 2004 when the show was cancelled) and by La Sexta since May 2008. The first period (1996 to 2002) was produced by GloboMedia, while Cuatro Cabezas has been in charge since 2002.

In their first stage, the show was hosted by El Gran Wyoming. Some of the reporters (like Pablo Carbonell) were already experienced TV journalists, while the rest started their television careers in CQC such as Javier Martin and Arturo Valls. Despite enjoying a high rating and the numerous awards given to the programme and its presenter, Telecinco decided to cancel the show at the end of 2002 alleging business reasons. On the weeks after the cancellation was announced, the program experienced a rise in its audience rating. The announcement was made after the reporters suggested to include a section about Ana Botella, wife of the former Spanish prime minister, though Telecinco denied that the cancellation had any connection to that.

In 2005 the programme returned to Telecinco, this time hosted by Manel Fuentes, Arturo Valls, Eduardo Aldan and Deborah Ombres as the first woman in the cast. The good ratings made the show renew their contracts for a second season, hosted by Arturo Valls, Manel Fuentes and Juan Ramon Bonet (Juanra) with the reporter cast of Toni Garrido, Fernando Gonzalez (Gonzo) and Christian Galvez, having also Arturo Valls as reporter. In the third season, Toni Garrido was replaced by Eugeni Alemany and Francisco Rodriguez was introduced after winning a contests of reporters; later Christian Galvez left the programme for another projects in Telecinco and Maldo made his appearance in the team of reporters. The fourth season, which began in Autumn 2007, had Manel Fuentes, Juan Ramon Bonet and Leandro Rivera as hosts, the latter in replacement of Arturo Valls.

In 2008, La Sexta bought the rights of the programme from rival channel Telecinco. This new period of the programme began on the 14th of May 2008 with many new faces, as some of the old hosts and reporters had a contract with Telecinco (like Manel Fuentes) or decided to leave for another projects (like Gonzo). The current host is Frank Blanco, who comes from the radio, accompanied by Juan Ramon Bonet and Toni Garrido, who comes back to the show after two seasons. Estibaliz Gabilondo, the comical duo Nino y Fox and Miguel Martin are the new reporters.


The Italian version is called Le Iene, which is the Italian title of Tarantino's movie Reservoir Dogs. It started in 1996, currently transmitting on Italia 1.


There has been an edition of CQC in France.


The Israeli edition of CQC aired in 2001, but was cancelled after one season for low ratings. The lack of success is attributed to the heavy competition by other satirical shows already established.


The Brazilian edition of CQC is called Custe o Que Custar and is aired on Rede Bandeirantes (Band) on Monday nights and reprised on Saturdays since March 17, 2008. The show is hosted by Marcelo Tas, Marco Luque and Rafinha Bastos, and its journalist crew is also comprised by Danilo Gentili (formerly known as "the unexperienced reporter"), Felipe Andreoli, Oscar Filho , Rafael Cortez and Monica Iozzi, who won the contest "Quem quer ser o 8 integrante do CQC?" (Who Wants To Be The 8th Member Of CQC?).


Cuatro Cabezas is planning to export the show to the United States, and has already shot a pilot in Argentina with hosts Dominic Monaghan, Zach Selwyn and Greg Giraldo. Clips of the pilot and interviews to the hosts (and Monaghan's girlfriend Evangeline Lilly) aired in the June 23, 2008 edition of the Argentine show.


The Portuguese version of the show, Caia Quem Caia, premiered on TVI on October 25, 2008. The show is fronted by Pedro Fernandes, Jose Pedro Vasconcelos, and Joana Cruz. Additional field reporting is done by Joao Santos, Miguel Rocha, and Filipe Cardoso. The show's regular slot is Saturday nights, although it occasionally gets bumped to the following evening. The first series ended on January 17, 2009.

The Netherlands

A Dutch adaptation of CQC is being broadcast since August 2009 on Veronica, and is presented by Dutch TV presenters Beau van Erven Dorens, Pieter Jouke and Daan Nieber. Additional field reporting is done by Tom Roes and Jelte Sondij.

External links

Official Argentine site

Official Italian version site

Official Spanish version site

Formerly official Spanish version site

Official Chilean version site

Official Brazilian version site

Official Portuguese version site

CQC Monography

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Official Dutch site

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