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Created by Andrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
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 4978 (31/10/14)
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Running time 30 minutes (1995-2013)
40 minutes 2014-present)
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 (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʎa'sɐ̃w], Workout in English) is a Brazilian soap-opera 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 remained the same, it was set in the Múltipla Escolha (English: Multiple Choice) High School for nine seasons. In the twenty-second season, the location returned to be a gym, the Gael's Martial Arts Gym, placed within the art school Ribalta.

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.

The shrewish lady Miss Vilma, performed by Bia Montez, and the biology teacher Afrânio, performed by Charles Paraventi, were the characters who remained in the series for the longest time. Both stayed in the soap from 2001 to 2007.

Protagonists of the seasons[edit]

Season Protagonists
Héricles (Danton Mello) and Isabella (Juliana Martins)
Dado (Cláudio Heinrich) and Luiza (Fernanda Rodrigues)
Vudu (Pedro Vasconcellos) and Patrícia (Luana Piovani)
Bruno (Rodrigo Faro) and Alice (Cássia Linhares)
Mocotó (André Marques) and Cacau (Juliana Baroni)
Rodrigo (Mário Frias) and Tati (Priscila Fantin)
Marcelo (Fábio Azevedo) and Joana (Ludmila Dayer)
Gui (Iran Malfitano) and Nanda (Rafaela Mandelli)
Pedro (Henri Castelli) and Júlia (Juliana Silveira)
Victor (Sérgio Marone) and Luísa (Manuela do Monte)
Gustavo (Guilherme Berenguer) and Letícia (Juliana Didone)
Bernardo (Thiago Rodrigues) and Betina (Fernanda Vasconcellos)
Cauã (Bernardo Melo Barreto) and Manuela (Luiza Valdetaro)
André (Rômulo Arantes Neto) and Marcela (Thaila Ayala)
Gustavo (Rafael Almeida) and Angelina (Sophie Charlotte)
Luciano (Micael Borges) and Marina (Bianca Bin)
Caio (Humberto Carrão) and Marina (Bianca Bin)
Bernardo (Fiuk) and Cristiana (Cristiana Peres)
Pedro (Bruno Gissoni) and Catarina (Daniela Carvalho)
Gabriel (Caio Paduan) and Cristal (Thaís Melchior)
Gabriel (Caio Paduan) and Alexia (Bia Arantes)
Dinho (Guilherme Prates) and Lia (Alice Wegmann)
Vitor (Guilherme Leicam) and Lia (Alice Wegmann)
Ben (Gabriel Falcão) and Anita (Bianca Salgueiro)
Duca (Arthur Aguiar) and Bianca (Bruna Hamu)


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