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Format Drama, Comedy, Family, Romance / television series
Created by Paula Amaral
Izabel de Oliveira
Patrícia Moretzsohn
Andrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
Cláudio Lisboa
Celso Taddei
Márcio Wilson
Directed by Mário Márcio Bandarra
Opening theme Agora só falta você, Pitty
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 22
No. of episodes 4657 (31/05/13)
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel Brazil:
Globo Network
Globo International
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original run April 24, 1995 – present
External links

Malhação (Workout in English) is a Brazilian television series for the teenage audience. The soap started in 1995, and was set in a fictional Gym Club called Malhação on Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro. Through the years the location varied slightly. Although the name of the soap remains the same, it is now set in the Múltipla Escolha (English: Multiple Choice) High School. In the sixteenth season, the location became a High School placed within a Shopping mall.

By the end of the fourteenth season, each episode of Malhação began with a cold open technique, preceded by a retrospective of the previous episodes, continuing the narrative that follows. This technique was a brand of serial, used since the first season, but was abolished from the beginning of the fifteenth season.

Malhação reached its peak in the eleventh season, with Guilherme Berenguer, Juliana Didone and Marjorie Estiano as the leads, and the ratings decreased from this season on reach an incredible 42 million viewers. The series is displayed in several countries by Globo Internacional, including displays by SIC (between 1995 and 2007, airing with the name "New Wave") in Portugal and by ABC Family in Canada.

The show inspired others soaps, like Portuguese channel TVI's Morangos com Açúcar, which is strongly based on the Malhação format, and Brazilian channel Rede Record's, Alta Estação.


The plot of Malhação tells stories of everyday life of teenagers, as his daily conflicts, including school, friends, families, and especially their relationships, which occupy the central focus of all the seasons. Every season, a different couple of protagonists occupies the core of the whole story.


Like American soap operas, cast and characters change from year to year, but actors and characters who have stayed for long in the soap are, among others, Alexandre Slaviero whose character "Kiko" has experienced changes (he has gone from student, to bad boy, to steroid addict, to model) and Sérgio Hondjakoff, whose character Cabeção, was in the story from seventh to twelfth season.

Protagonists of the seasons[edit]


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This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the Portuguese Wikipedia.