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Los protegidos
Created by
  • Darío Madrona
  • Ruth García
Theme music composerCesar Benito
Opening theme"Los protegidos"
ComposerCesar Benito
Country of originSpain
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes41
Executive producers
  • Emilio A. Pina
  • Iñaki Mercero
Production companyBoomerang TV
Original release
NetworkAntena 3
Release12 January 2010 (2010-01-12) –
13 June 2012 (2012-06-13)
Los protegidos: El regreso

Los Protegidos is a Spanish fantasy television series created by Darío Madrona and Ruth García that originally aired on Antena 3 from 2010 to 2012.[1][2] The plot follows the story of the "family" Castillo Rey, a group of people that are actually unrelated to each other but must pose as that because they have one secret: the children have special powers, and there is a group of people that are going after them. It was produced by Boomerang TV.[3]

A continuation of the series, Los protegidos: El regreso, premiered on 19 September 2021.[4]


Everything starts in a calm neighbourhood in an unnamed city. Jimena (Angie Cepeda), a married woman, is with her daughter Blanca, preparing her for bed. The girl tells her mother that she had a nightmare: two men took her in the middle of the night, and the latter could only run after the van they had taken her in. Jimena calms her worries, tells her to sleep and goes to her own bed, with her husband... and that same night, a van comes. Two men take Blanca in the middle of the night, while Jimena can only do something other than run after the van.

Nine months later, Mario (Antonio Garrido), a widower, works in a police station and takes care of his only son, Carlos (Daniel Avilés), a socially awkward boy who wears glasses and likes books. However, this is not the only problem he has: when Mario starts to talk with him, after having gotten into a fight with some kids at his school, Carlos unexpectedly reveals that he has Telekinesis, which he demonstrates by throwing a pair of scissors into the wall.

In the last nine months, Jimena has divorced, and now spends her free time looking for her missing daughter. However, it's only recently that she has started to tell the people about the dream her daughter had. When Mario hears this, he decides that maybe he could talk with Jimena in order to ascertain what to do, but Jimena, although initially spooked by his awkward manners, finally tells him that she can't do anything. The next day, Jimena also meets Silvestre Patxi López, a man who apparently knows what happened to Blanca. Silvestre brings her to meet his adopted daughter, Lucía (Priscilla Delgado), a girl that can apparently read minds, as well as a teenager he knows that lives on the street, nicknamed "Culebra" (Lucho Fernandez), meaning "Snake", who can become invisible and uses his power to steal money and support himself. Apparently, there is a group of people that are kidnapping children and teenagers that have special powers, and want to use them for unknown but clearly nefarious purposes. "Culebra" is the only one Silvestre knows that has managed to escape. Silvestre still remembers a boy he had taken in until a pair of "policemen" arrived and took him away, and is now working to find the children and free them, while at the same time preventing the knowledge of the special children from spreading into the main populace.

Meanwhile, Sandra (Ana Fernández), a teenager, gets into a fight with her younger sister and accidentally electrocutes her, knocking her out. Scared, she runs away to avoid having to face her family, and that night, while attempting to sleep in a metro station, she meets "Culebra", who, after discovering her power, takes her to see Silvestre. At the same moment, Jimena decides to call Mario, and both of them with Carlos go visit Silvestre at the same moment.

However, a pair of men from the group that looks for the special children has arrived to Silvestre's house, looking for Lucía. It is only through Lucía's power that Silvestre manages to get his daughter to leave the house. Mario, Jimena, "Culebra", Sandra and Carlos find Lucía in the park, and then they find Silvestre dead. The six are then forced to run away from the men that killed Silvestre, and find they can't go to Mario's house because the bad guys know where it is. Using a series of clues Silvestre had in a journal and that Jimena took, the six go to Valle Perdido, a suburb. There, they rent a house, posing as the "Castillo Rey" family, while they attempt to why was Valle Perdido so important, as well as hiding from those that wish to kidnap the children.

Characters and actors


Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3
Antonio Garrido Mario Montero / Mario Castillo Main
Angie Cepeda Jimena Garcia / Jimena Rey Main

Ana Fernández García

Sandra Olaiz / Sandra Castillo Rey Main
Lucho Fernandez Culebra / Poli Castillo Rey Main
Daniel Avilés Carlitos Montero / Carlitos Castillo Rey Main
Priscilla Delgado [es] Lucía Expósito / Lucía Castillo Rey Main
Gracia Olayo Rosa Ruano Main
Esmeralda Moya Claudia Ruano Main Absent
Mario Marzo [es] Lucas López / Lucas Castillo Main
Javier Mendo [es] Borja Ruano Main
Raúl Mérida [es] Leo Main
María Cotiello Nuria Main Absent
Roger Coma [es] Andrés Soria Main Absent
Óscar Ladoire [es] Antonio Ruano Main2 Main
Maxi Iglesias Ángel Absent Main Absent
Alicia González Laá [es] Ana Aroca Rueda Absent Recurring Main
Marta Torné Julia Redondo Absent Main
Marta Calvó [es] Madre Absent Main
Javier Mora [es] Martín Absent Main
Natalia Rodríguez [es] Michelle Absent Main


  1. ^ "'Los protegidos' vuelven a la televisión". Las Provincias. 17 November 2020. Archived from the original on 23 March 2022. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ García, Víctor Eduardo (29 December 2020). "Los protegidos: actores que estuvieron en lo más alto y cayeron en picado". Qué!. Archived from the original on 9 September 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ "'Los Protegidos: el origen' se enfrenta a 'Gran Hermano' en su regreso". Europa Press. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  4. ^ "El preestreno de "Los Protegidos", uno de los eventos del año". La Razón. 6 September 2021. Archived from the original on 9 September 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.