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Not to be confused with Fantastico (variety show).
Fantástico logo.jpg
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Poliana Abritta and Tadeu Schmidt, hosts of Fantástico.
Also known as Fantástico —
O Show da Vida
Created by José Bonifácio de Oliveira Sobrinho
Directed by Luiz Nascimento
Presented by Poliana Abritta
Tadeu Schmidt
Narrated by Cid Moreira
Berto Filho
Theme music composer Guto Graça Melo
Opening theme "Fantástico"
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 41
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 2 hours
(including commercials)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 5, 1973 – present
External links

Fantástico (Portuguese for Fantastic —The Show of the Life) is a Brazilian weekly television newsmagazine broadcast on Sundays on Rede Globo.


Fantástico debuted on August 5, 1973 in black-and-white and began as a variety show featuring music, dance numbers, teletheater,[clarification needed] humorous sketches, and some news. The following year, it began transmission in color.

In 1988 the show began live broadcasts; in 1993 the format changed to a television newsmagazine.

Scenographer Cyro Del Nero worked as the show's art director, designing much of the look[clarification needed] of the series.[1]


Fantástico is an open-ended newscast with hosts introducing and reporting stories. Some segments include the work of other reporters: This typically happens when going live to a location.

Its hosts stand in front of a backdrop that changes according to the story presented. The hosts undertake original reporting and investigations led by national newspapers, sourcing typically from O Globo.

Topics for each show vary, some are political, some involve scandal, the environment, crime, science, health, sports, religion, international news, or a combination. Occasionally, stories develop into specials that span over a period of a few weeks. These stories are thematic, with hosts travelling the country to find their topic in Brazilian society. Past topics have included psychics, indigenous religions, São Paulo's crime wave[when?], and Afro-Brazilian tribal customs.

In 1995, was shown the original Mr. Bean series (starring Rowan Atkinson), in 1996 was shown the illusionist famous David Copperfield, and in 1998, also exhibited the controversial magician Val Valentino, known as Mr. M, became famous thanks to narration by Cid Moreira in Brazil.

In 2011, The Brazilian actors Otávio Muller and Heloísa Périssé play "Lolô" and "Tavinho", and Ingrid Guimarães presents the fictional supermodel "Leandra Borges".

Now, the "Fantástico" also brings musical acts in live from stage at the new and big studio program since April 27, 2014. Among them, the actress and singer Demi Lovato performed on stage with some hits acoustically as "Really Don't Care" and "Neon Lights", aired on May 4, 2014. The Colombian singer, Shakira was also present in July, 2014.

The Brazilian singer, Michel Teló introduced his segment called "Bem Sertanejo", he invites country artists for a chat and live music.

Opening credits[edit]

The opening had a traditional ballet, but in different seasons: In 1973, they had a style similar to the spectacle musical Pippin, the following years, a Moulin Rouge style. In the 1980s, the program was updated with 3D graphics, inserting a real-ballet,[clarification needed] with special costumes. In 1987, a contemporary ballet was performed in landscapes as varied as a lagoon mono lake, the landscapes of Turkey, Egypt, Scotland and United States.

In the 1990s, all of the shows openings were made entirely in 3D, and then, the traditional ballet were replaced by simple vignettes.

Since 2010, the opening sequences were altered to run for 30 seconds: In 2010 brings images of DNA, stars, waterfalls, schools, plant, among others. And in 2014 with performance from frenchwoman model and dancer Cathy Ematchoua.


There is a special TV program in 10 minutes called O Show da Vida É Fantástico. Even being an allusion to the original title, this program brings memorable music videos from the 1980s and 1990s, and now is reprising the following "Destino Fantástico" (Fantastic Destiny) of 2005/06, they show the scenery and interesting things of the Brazilian territory.

Initially, presented the following "Clipes do Fantástico" (Fantastic Clips), Brazilian singers as Marina Lima, Paulo Ricardo (RPM band leader), Biafra, Sidney Magal, among others are present beside the former presenter of the Fantástico, Valéria Monteiro.

The program is broadcast since May 19, 2014 on Brazilian channel called Viva, property by Globosat.


Patrícia Poeta and Zeca Camargo, former hosts.

The show has no fixed set of hosts. They have included:

  • Pedro Bial (1996–2007)
  • Glória Maria (1986–2007)
  • Cid Moreira (1973–1988)
  • William Bonner (1988–1993)
  • Sérgio Chapelin (1973–1992)
  • William Monteiro (1988–1993)
  • Valéria Monteiro (1987–1992)
  • Fátima Bernardes (1993–1996)
  • Celso Freitas (1991–1996 and the special in 2003)
  • Sandra Annenberg (1991–1996)
  • Eva Byte (virtual hostess) (2004–2005)
  • Patrícia Poeta (2008–2011)
  • Zeca Camargo (2007–2013)[2][3]
  • Renata Ceribelli (2007-2013)[4][5]
  • Renata Vasconcellos (2013-2014)[6][7]

Ratings and recognition[edit]


Fantastico is the most watched show on Brazilian television on Sunday since its debut. While maintaining the lead, the ratings had a significant drop, as well as other programs of TV Globo. Since 2003, the program has lost about 55% of the public, losing 17 rating points.[8] This was also mainly because of the growing popularity of Rede Record's Domingo Espetacular.

A survey by TV Globo in 2012 pointed out that the program was watched by 13 million views, with 23 rating points,[9] considering the national measurement Ibope, where a point is equivalent to 569 259 people.[10]


Fantástico was nominated for Best Web Hit in the 2010 MTV Video Music Brazil, due to host Zeca Camargo being filmed yawning live when the show returned from commercials on June 6, 2010. The video of this incident was one of the most viewed on Internet in 2010. It lost however to the parody of Justin Bieber's "Baby", titled Justin Biba ("Little Gay Justin"), made by Galo Frito.


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