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Created byPedro Aguilera
Directed by
Country of originBrazil
Original language(s)Portuguese
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • César Charlone
  • Tiago Mello
Production location(s)
Running time38–49 minutes
Production company(s)Boutique Filmes
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25) –

3% is a Brazilian dystopian thriller web television series created by Pedro Aguilera, starring João Miguel and Bianca Comparato.[2] Developed from a 2009 independent pilot episode, it is the first Portuguese-language Netflix original series and the second non-English production, after the Spanish-language series Club de Cuervos.

The series is set in an unspecified future when 20-year-old individuals of the impoverished "Inland" have the single opportunity to complete "The Process" and advance to the affluence of the distant "Offshore" society. While most of the unsuccessful candidates are simply eliminated, some fail to survive, leading to only 3% of the candidates succeeding.[3]

The first season, consisting of 8 episodes, became available on Netflix worldwide on November 25, 2016. In December 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which was released on April 27, 2018, consisting of 10 episodes.[4][5] In June 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, consisting of 8 episodes, which was released on June 7, 2019.[6][7] In August, 2019 it was announced that the series had been renewed for a fourth and final season.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • João Miguel as Ezequiel, the head of the Process. He is intense, mysterious, short-tempered, and conflicted by ideal extremes. (seasons 1–2)
  • Bianca Comparato as Michele Santana, a smart and sly young woman who has a very strong sense of justice. She has no family and was raised by her brother, who did not return after being sent to the Process.
  • Michel Gomes as Fernando Carvalho, raised by his father, who fostered in him the singular purpose of passing the Process. A wheelchair user, Fernando is disdained by some candidates who do not believe in his chances to successfully complete the Process. (seasons 1–2)
  • Rodolfo Valente as Rafael Moreira, egocentric, selfish, sarcastic, and willing to do anything to pass, even cheat. He hides his mysteries and believes the ends justify the means.
  • Vaneza Oliveira as Joana Coelho, an orphan who survived on her own at the margins of society, on the streets of the Inland. Intelligent and capable, she interacts with few other candidates and shows little interest in the Process.
  • Rafael Lozano as Marco Álvares, from a family known to always pass the Process and who are waiting for him in the Offshore. (seasons 1, 3; recurring season 2)
  • Viviane Porto as Aline, a young and ambitious employee of the Council, with the mission to overthrow Ezequiel and become the next head of the Process. (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Samuel de Assis as Silas, a compassionate Inland doctor, but also a member of the Cause. (season 2)
  • Cynthia Senek as Glória, Fernando's close childhood friend. (seasons 2–3)
  • Laila Garin as Marcela Álvares, the new head of security, and later, the head of the Process. (seasons 2–3)
  • Bruno Fagundes as André Santana, Michele's brother and the first Offshore citizen to commit a murder. (seasons 2–3)
  • Thais Lago as Elisa, a doctor in the Offshore and Rafael's girlfriend. (seasons 2–3)
  • Amanda Magalhães as Natália (season 3; recurring season 2)
  • Léo Belmonte as Arthur Moreira, Rafael's younger brother. (season 3)
  • Fernando Rubro as Xavier (season 3)


  • Mel Fronckowiak as Júlia, Ezequiel's wife and an employee of the Process, who ends up being depressed and in doubt about her actions. (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Sérgio Mamberti as Matheus, a member of the Council. (season 1)
  • Zezé Motta as Nair, a member of the Council who serves as a friend to Ezequiel.
  • Celso Frateschi as the Old Man, the founder of the Cause. (seasons 1–2)
  • Luciana Paes as Cássia, head of security for the Process. She is extremely loyal to Ezequiel. (seasons 1–2)
  • Dárcio de Oliveira as Antônio, a spiritual leader and Fernando's father. (seasons 1–2; guest season 3)
  • Luana Tanaka as Ágata, a candidate in Michele's group. (season 1)
  • Roberta Calza as Ivana (seasons 1–2; guest season 3)
  • Rita Batata as Denise (season 1)
  • Leonardo Garcez as Daniel (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Clarissa Kiste as Luciana (season 1)
  • Júlio Silvério as Otávio (season 1)
  • Thiago Amaral as Álvaro (season 1; guest season 2)
  • César Gouvêa as César (season 1)
  • Geraldo Rodrigues as Geraldo (season 1)
  • Ediana Souza as Camila (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Fernanda Vasconcellos as Laís (season 2; guest season 3)
  • Maria Flor as Samira (season 2)
  • Silvio Guindane as Vítor (season 2; guest season 3)
  • Marina Matheus as Ariel (season 2; guest season 3)
  • Guilherme Zanella as Tadeu (season 3)
  • Kaique de Jesus as Ricardo (season 3)
  • Rafael Losso as Otávio Bernardes (season 3)
  • Ney Matogrosso as Leonardo (season 3)


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
210April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
38June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Chapter 01: Cubes"César CharlonePedro AguileraNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Far in the future, the majority of the population lives in poverty (the Inland), while those in the Offshore live in virtual paradise. Every year, each 20 year old has a chance of getting to the Offshore through a series of tests called "the Process", but only 3% make it. Michele is one of them, entering with her best friend Bruna. The head of the Process, Ezequiel, is observed by an Offshore woman named Aline. The first test is an interview, after which one candidate commits suicide out of frustration for failing. Fernando wonders if he will pass because he is in a wheelchair, but he does. After being placed into groups, a candidate named Joana notices another candidate, Rafael, has faked his registration. The second test is for each person to assemble nine cubes out of a collection of complex blocks. Rafael cheats, stealing a cube from another, but Ezequiel allows him to pass. Michele only has eight, but Fernando puts them all together to make a ninth, allowing them both to pass. Joana makes eleven cubes. Later Michele and Bruna are led to the back, as the Offshore suspects one of them is an infiltrated mole for a revolutionary group known as "the Cause". Michele convinces Bruna to attack the interrogator and Bruna is killed. The testers then assume that Bruna was the mole, although in fact it was Michele, who breaks down in tears for having caused her friend's death.
22"Chapter 02: Coins"Daina Giannecchini & Jotagá CremaCássio Koshikumo & Denis NielsenNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
When physically examined, Fernando is told that his legs can be healed at the Offshore, but he tells Michele he wishes to remain in his wheelchair, as his life would not be the same without it. The third test is a fake crime scene set in the Offshore. The group must figure out what happened here. At first it appears that the dummy woman is simply choking, but Fernando believes the choking woman was poisoned. The group agrees, but Rafael points out the clues are misleading, and the woman is actually having an allergic reaction to silver. Fernando eventually agrees, and they pass with Rafael's theory. Aline tracks down Ezequiel, who disappears for the fourth test. The next test involves voting who in the group will be kicked out; the winners take a coin to prove that they are moving on. Despite arguments, Marco suggests they draw scarf lengths to remain the most fair. Joana draws the shortest scarf but never returned her coin to the bag, stealing what should have been Lucas' spot.
33"Chapter 03: Corridor"Dani LibardiIvan Nakamura & Denis NielsenNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
The group must walk down a dark corridor together, but a gas is released that causes hallucinations. Everyone sees something different, but Joana is able to escort them all to the other side, passing the test. After being shown to their dorms for the night, Fernando and Michele share a kiss. Despite the effects being meant to wear off, Ágata continues to hallucinate, and tries to kill Joana, but Rafael intervenes. Meanwhile, Ezequiel is shown to have been sneaking out to see a young boy named Augusto who lives in the Inland. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Joana accidentally killed a gangster's son, which prompted her to fake a registration as well in order to be allowed in the process and evade retaliation. Rafael notices her fake registration, and the two blackmail each other. When Augusto sneaks in and is almost caught by Aline, Ezequiel tells him to never come back. When they all wake up the next morning, Joana realizes the exits have been blocked, trapping the candidates inside the dorms.
44"Chapter 04: Gateway"Jotagá CremaCássio Koshikumo, Ivan Nakamura & Jotagá CremaNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
The candidates begin trapped in the dorms still. While looking for a way out, Marco reflects on his family history, as each of them have successfully passed the Process and made it to the Offshore. He organizes everyone to get food and pass the test, and the group succeeds with ease. Ezequiel is displeased that they all have passed, and he decides to modify the test, no longer sending food to see how the candidates react. Eventually, Marco and some other men fashion weapons out of the beds to pry open the gate, and when they realize that there's no way out, they (notably Marco) assume that the test will be a survival of the fittest type with limited supplies. The group of men then attack the others who sat around rather than trying to pry the gate, stealing their food and taking them prisoner. Marco loses it as the candidates try to hide food, killing a girl. Meanwhile Michele and friends build a barricade to keep Marco's group out, while Joana escapes from the test by climbing a vent. Ezequiel meets her and explains that only she can stop the test, as he will not. Joana returns, freeing the people whom Marco subjected. Everyone violently attacks Marco's group, beating and presumably killing a few. The gates open and the prisoners escape, minus everyone in Marco's group. Marco attempts to flee, but the door catches him, presumably killing him or seriously maiming him; either way, he is eliminated. Meanwhile, Aline is caught snooping through Ezequiel's things, and it is revealed that Rafael attempted the Process last year and failed, before stealing the registry of his unconscious brother to take the Process for a second time. He also reveals to Michele that he is a mole for the Cause as well.
55"Chapter 05: Water"César CharlonePedro AguileraNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Five years prior to the start of the series, Ezequiel becomes the head proctor for the 99th Process and onward. He is married to a proctor, Júlia, who assists with the first test, the interview stage. During his first time in charge, she disqualifies a candidate who had done no wrong—the candidate simply admitted to having a child. Later, she and Ezequiel monitor a raid, where a young boy is seen in the footage. Júlia breaks down in tears at the sight of the boy, and she later reveals to Ezequiel he is Augusto, the son she abandoned when she passed the Process. Throughout Ezequiel's time as head proctor, Júlia's behavior becomes more and more erratic until she attempts to escape to the Inland to see Augusto. Ezequiel stops her and has her committed to the Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, where she drowns herself in the ocean, committing the first suicide in the history of the Offshore. Ezequiel breaks down and goes to see Augusto himself, secretly beginning a relationship with the boy that continues today. Throughout the flashbacks, the candidates relax in the grass of the testing facility before being led to their individual rooms.
66"Chapter 06: Glass"Daina Giannecchini & Dani LibardiCássio Koshikumo, Denis Nielsen, Ivan Nakamura & Jotagá CremaNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Each given their own rooms, the families of each candidate are brought in, giving the candidates an option: continue with the Process, or give up and take an outstanding amount of money to take for their family. Michele and Rafael pass; Joana is confronted by a henchmen sent by the father of the boy she killed who entered her room posing as her father. He tells her she can either stay there and be killed or walk out with him and live, since the Process is offering more money than the price put on her head. She decides to stay and the man reveals himself to be a citizen of the Offshore, who tells her that she passed. Fernando goes through a reverse experience as his father tries to convince him to stay while he is willing to go back. He decides to carry on when his father tells him he will have nowhere to go if he returns. The remaining candidates head for their final, individual tests: Michele must tell Bruna's parents she is dead and convince them to allow their younger daughter to take part of the Process; Fernando must design a new test for the Process; and Rafael must seek help from another candidate in order to press two buttons at the same time. They all pass; Rafael made it with Fernando's help after revealing to him that he and Michele are both with the Cause. Ezequiel goes to tell Augusto he cannot see him anymore, and Aline agrees to keep Ezequiel's secret. Michele digs out a small capsule from under her skin.
77"Chapter 07: Capsule"Daina GiannecchiniCássio KoshikumoNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
A celebratory dinner is held for the candidates before the final step, the "purification" ritual. Michele poisons Ezequiel's drink using the poison from the capsule she removed from her hip, but he and César inadvertently exchange their cups, resulting in César being killed instead. Knowing he was the real target, Ezequiel interrogates all candidates individually and Rafael, who saw Michele's actions, drops the empty capsule over a railing. Ezequiel and Cássia stage a fake confession from the captured Cause member they hold in which he names Aline as a fellow member, and she is arrested, suspected of the murder. In a final attempt to prove her innocence, she tries to send the Council some files incriminating Ezequiel, but Nair interferes and has her send them a positive report on him. Michele returns to her room, only to find Ezequiel waiting for her, capsule in hand.
88"Chapter 08: Button"César CharloneDenis Nielsen & Pedro AguileraNovember 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
Ezequiel tells Fernando that Michele has been eliminated and he decides to quit in order to find her. Meanwhile, Michele is actually being tortured by drowning and with a pau de arara. Ezequiel reveals to her the only reason he hasn't killed her yet is because he was also a member of the Cause and knows what is like to be in her shoes. He also shows her footage of her brother alive and well and says she has been fooled. Michele finally reveals where she was supposed to meet the Cause leader and he is arrested, while she is still allowed to the Offshore. The "purification" ritual is revealed to be a sterilization procedure so that heritability is completely replaced by meritocracy. Rafael is shocked at first, but hesitantly proceeds anyway. Joana quits the Process when Ezequiel offers her to earn a position among his élite by murdering a member of the gang which is after her. She meets Fernando as she leaves and they both express their frustration with the Process. Joana is last seen staring at some Cause graffiti and Fernando watches his father from afar. The successful candidates are last seen en route to the Offshore.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Chapter 01: Mirror"Philippe BarcinskiDenis Nielsen & Pedro AguileraApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
In a flashback, the existence of a Founding Trio is revealed. Inland, Joana joins the Cause. She and another recruit are given a challenge to each create three suicide capsules from poisonous frogs; both fail as a result of Joana's refusal to help her partner. However, Joana helps Silas to find a secret note from the Old Man about what to do in the event of his death. The plan involves stealing fertilizer from Gerson. They are successful, though Joana is shot and they trigger a surveillance warning in doing so. In the Offshore, Michele's brother is prisoner as the first murderer in the history of the Offshore. Ezequiel offers to secure her brother's freedom if she works on his plan and creates a new test for the Process. The test is a maze of clear walls that move in unpredictable patterns. Marcela gets additional power to use military forces to protect the Process.
102"Chapter 02: Toaster"Daina GiannecchiniIvan NakamuraApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
After his arrival in the Offshore, Rafael attempts to build a radio to contact the Cause, but fails because the parts from Offshore are too advanced for what he needs. At a hookup party, Rafael seems uninterested in anyone, even rejecting a lady who is a "87% match", but hooks up with nurse Elisa, a 1.4% match. Rafael uses parts from Elisa's antique toaster and successfully builds the radio, but still fails to contact the Cause. Elisa catches Rafael using the radio but decides to let him off, informing him about the frequency block in the area. Rafael trains to become a soldier for the Process, and succeeds in passing the training mission at the last minute. Inland, Joana and Silas argue over a plan to bomb the Process, which involves killing the young candidates. Fernando works as the radio technician for his father's preachings, and helps candidates train for the Process. His friend Glória is turning 20 this year and plans to take part in the upcoming process. In a practice test involving building paper cubes, Glória's friend Ariel spills water to ruin Glória's cubes, only for Fernando to advise the crowd that playing dirty will have its rewards. Later, Joana attempts to seek Fernando's help to find a better plan to disrupt the Process.
113"Chapter 03: Static"Daina GiannecchiniAndré SirangeloApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Fernando has a dream about Glória being the bomb carrier at the Process. Ezequiel instructs Michele to keep pretending to be a Cause infiltrator so as to locate the leaders and to get information on their bombing plan. During the registration for the upcoming Process, Fernando tries to warn Glória and pleads for her not to join the Process, to which Glória stomps off in anger, saying she rather die than be a quitter like him. At the Cause quarters, the members receive radio signals from Michele but Silas and Ivana fight over the credibility of the infiltrator. Meanwhile, Fernando comes up with a plan to stop the Process by wiping all data stored there. Rafael gets posted to build the Process and dopes his fellow comrade to take his ACU post, where he spots Michele undercover. Rafael then feigns being attacked to destroy his camera and tail Michele. Glória spots Fernando working together with Joana and ends her friendship with Fernando. Fernando meets up with Michele after decoding her radio signals, and run away together when Silas tries to kill Michele. They run to an abandoned warehouse, where Joana, Ivana and Rafael are at, and they hold one another at gunpoint, unbeknownst to them that Ezequiel is listening to their conversation and their identities as Cause members are now exposed.
124"Chapter 04: Napkin"Philippe BarcinskiAndré SirangeloApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Held at gunpoint, Michele and Rafael start pointing fingers at each other, labeling the other is the real traitor. Ivana and Joana tie them up in different rooms to interrogate them, making them inhale gas that causes hallucinations. Under the guidance of Ezequiel, Michele successfully avoids exposing herself as the traitor under the influence of the gas and makes Joana and Fernando believe in her, although Ivana still trusts Rafael over her. Marcela, believing that Rafael was attacked and abducted by the Cause, soon arrives with her armed forces to rescue Rafael. Michele and Joana escape through a secret passageway while Ivana makes Rafael kill her in order for Rafael to keep up with his pretense as a loyal Offshore member. Back at the Process quarters, Cássia notices Ezequiel's contact with Michele and decides to inform Marcela about it. Joana witnesses Rafael kill Ivana and her misunderstanding about Rafael deepens.
135"Chapter 05: Lamp"Philippe BarcinskiIvan Nakamura, Juliana Rojas & Pedro AguileraApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Michele decides to betray Ezequiel, lying to him over the audio surveillance bug while relaying messages to Joana by writing on papers, without realising that Ezequiel has found out what she is doing. Rafael decides to rat Michele out to Marcela, seeing how she was ready to betray him during the interrogation. Silas abruptly arrives at the hideout where Joana and Michele are, and is about to kill Michele when Ezequiel appears, claiming that he is here to save the Cause. Flashing back, a younger Ezequiel is ambitious and eager to infiltrate Offshore. When he is told by the Old Man that he is not selected, Ezequiel becomes mad that the Cause questions his loyalty, throws a burning lamp at the Old Man and runs off. Back to the present, Cássia and Marcela break into Ezequiel's station and listen into his conversation with the Cause members in the hideout. Ezequiel reveals that he wants to bring the Process and Council members down, creating a New World where there is no division. Ezequiel also reveals that he had switched the Old Man's note, meaning that bombing the Process is his idea, and that the flask that Michele carries is not to detonate the bomb, but to conceal it from security scanners. Joana and Michele are strongly against the idea of hurting masses of innocents but Silas agrees with Ezequiel. As Ezequiel and Michele head back to the Process quarters, Marcela has already sent troops out to capture the Cause members. Ezequiel is killed by Marcela, who proceeds to frame the Cause for it, and takes over Ezequiel's role as the Process Leader.
146"Chapter 06: Bottles"Dani LibardiGuilherme FreitasApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Following Ezequiel's death, Inland citizens are encouraged to send in tips about the Cause and participants of the Process will be given an advantage for doing so. This causes unrest among the citizens. Among the hatred and fear for the Cause, Joana notes that the Cause is probably not to be blamed for Ezequiel's death, and Fernando suggests to reveal the sterilisation process to the citizens in hopes to make them reconsider joining the Process while Joana and Michele discuss about ways to stop the bombing. Meanwhile, Glória has jitters about the upcoming Process. Using the device he stole from the registration booth, Fernando announces the truth about the sterilisation process to the public as they celebrate the day of the Process, and this creates confusion and doubt among the Inland people. An Offshore soldier approaches Glória to goad her into betraying Fernando in exchange for an advantage in the Process. Meanwhile, Joana and Michele successfully steals the bomb from Silas but Michele betrays the Cause for her brother by giving the bomb to Marcela. Glória meets Fernando in secret and argues with him, eventually coming to an agreement and they kiss. It is revealed that Fernando lost the ability to walk from falling off a building as he played with Glória when they were children. The Offshore soldiers find Fernando and he is locked up, thinking that Glória sold him out. In charge of searching Fernando, Rafael allows him to pass the security check with a hidden radio.
157"Chapter 07: Fog"Jotagá CremaTeodoro PoppovicApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Elisa asks Rafael to return to the Offshore with her, out of concern regarding the recent "kidnap" incident but Rafael turns it down. As Fernando remains locked in a cell, Rafael approaches him and insists that he did not betray the Cause, even though all of the Cause members have already strongly believe otherwise. Michele returns to Offshore and is forced to take a simulation test to wipe her memories regarding the truth of Ezequiel's death. Inside her head, she's shown struggling to resist it to "take revenge for her brother's imprisonment", as well as walking up to Marcela and saying she'll never forget it was Marcela who killed Ezequiel. She then manages to wake herself up, knocking Cássia unconscious. At the registration booth, Elisa tends to a man who refuses to cooperate and is taken aback when she sees his face. It turns out that Elisa has long ago found out about Rafael's fake identity and when she confronted him, Rafael ultimately still withheld the truth about the Cause from her. She recognises this man, the real Rafael, Tiago's brother, and clears him, who is now assuming a fake identity. When Rafael goes to the registration booth to learn about the data storage process from Elisa, she gets upset at him and it is revealed that his brother, the real Rafael, had stolen the identity of their another younger brother. A Cause member suddenly appears and tries to kill Rafael to seek revenge for Ivana, but Rafael kills him first, not without injuring Elisa. Elisa survives and she begs Rafael to follow her and return to Offshore, to which he agrees only to leave her at the very end. Joana manages to free herself from captivity while Michele escapes with her brother. While trying to escape the militia compound, Joana bumps into a familiar face, Marco.
168"Chapter 08: Frogs"Dani LibardiDenis NielsenApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Marco chains Joana up, spewing words of hatred towards her as he feels that Joana is the one who brought the misery upon him. In a flashback, Marco is shown being treated by the Offshore medical team after he was maimed by heavy doors during the Process. He was sent back to the Inland after being set up with prosthetic legs but he was too ashamed to return to his family and joins the militia instead. In present day, Rafael learns about Joana's predicament and looks for ways to save her. Meanwhile, Michele and André are running to a hideout to avoid Cássia's pursuit. André experiences hallucinations and cannot remember the passcode to the hideout and Michele suggests that his memory was most probably wiped and altered to frame him for the murder. They figure out the code as Cássia and her guards close in and the hideout is revealed to be built by the Founding Couple, which André claims they used to hide from "the other one". Back at the Inland, Rafael approaches Gerson under the pretense of carrying out official business but finds out that Joana has already escaped with Marco's help. Joana goes to the frog basement to meet Rafael but she sees Silas and it is revealed that Silas sold Joana out to obtain more fertiliser. Rafael arrives and Silas was about to shoot him when Joana pushes Silas away into the pond of frogs, and he dies from the poison. Gerson confronts Marco and is killed by him. Marco assumes the position of the militia leader and requests for an audience with Marcela. It is revealed that Marco is Marcela's son. Marco strikes a deal with Marcela that he will stop the Cause's plan to disrupt the Process in return for a second chance at the Process.
179"Chapter 09: Necklace"Jotagá CremaJuliana RojasApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
In flashbacks, the Founding Trio, Laís, Vítor, Samira, were working on a project to create a utopia for everyone to live in, sponsored by the rich and powerful. The rest of the population live in dire states and are on the brink of a civil war. Samira's father is one of the sponsors and he asks the Trio to expedite the migration even though the Offshore is not ready to sustain the large population yet. He suggests to make the scientists currently on the island to leave and the Trio refuses to comply, saying the Offshore is for competent people and not for rich morons to manipulate their way in. By blocking access to the island, Samira negotiates and requests the sponsors to build an Offshore unit in the Inland. However, Laís and Vítor are unwilling to go back to the Inland and start everything from scratch again and they suggest to blow up the Inland power plant to destroy the banking data, making the rich to lose their status. They argue and Samira gets killed. Laís and Vítor proceed their plan, forming the present day of Founding Couple and way of governance. In the present, Michele learns of the Founding Trio and André recovers his memory — he knew of the Founding Trio but stands by the Founding Couple's ideology hence, he murdered his mentor when he wanted to inform the Council about the truth. Rafael smuggles Joana into the Process facility and passes a ring to Fernando to break out and destroy the power supply, shutting down security cameras so that Joana can destroy the data while Rafael destroys the backup. Michele hears Rafael's plan over the comm and leaves the hideout with Samira's necklace.
1810"Chapter 10: Blood"Philippe BarcinskiGuilherme FreitasApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Marcela tightens up security but Fernando manages to carry out his part successfully without being detected. However, Joana gets chased by Marco and Fernando has to take over her role. Fernando cuts himself to let his blood contaminate the data and becomes very weak from losing too much blood. Joana arrives soon after and gets Fernando into hiding. Meanwhile, Rafael has trouble accessing the backup data room, but Michele appears and claims that she wants to help them, opening the doors with the necklace. However, as they are in the room, Michele catches Rafael off guard and knocks him unconscious. She then proceed to move the backup data to another storage device. At the same time, Marcela manages to restore the power supply, but all the data has already been wiped. Discontent begins to rise among the Process participants as they are denied entry due to the data loss and they break into the facility, clashing with the Process division agents. Joana and Fernando take the opportunity to escape among the chaos. Michele goes to meet Councilor Nair to make a deal for the backup data. Unaware that Michele sabotaged their plan, Joana and Fernando celebrate with the Cause. Rafael regains consciousness and contacts Joana, informing her about the sabotage and that the Process will be carrying on. After an argument of making hurtful jabs at each other, Rafael seems to have enough of everything and goes back to seek a reunion with Elisa. Back at the Process facility, the protesters are about to get gunned down when Councilor Nair announces the start of Process 105. It is revealed that Michele had made a deal to hold onto the data and only releasing it once a year during the Process, in exchange for Offshore supplies for the Inland. Marcela cruelly mocks Marco for failing once again. The Process candidates take their tests. Joana burns Silas' body. Rafael comes clean to Elisa. Meanwhile, Michele reveals her plans to use the supplies to build a utopia in another place, and asks Fernando to join her.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
191"Chapter 01: Sand"Daina GiannecchiniDenis Nielsen & Pedro AguileraJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
The inland has been destroyed by an EMP. Joana visits The Shell, an utopian community in the desert created by Michele. Later, the Shell is severely damaged by a sandstorm, and after that the supplies are stolen by unknown people. After the storm, Michele is seen crying while filling up a sink with water, leading to believe she'd try the "drowning therapy" Ezequiel once taught her; shortly after, however, the water comes out dirty because of the sandstorm. Marcela offers to rebuild the Shell if Michele accepts control by the Offshore. Michele decides to start a selection process to save the Shell by reducing people to 10%. Those who stay should help rebuild it so that, later, everyone can be welcome again. As the selection's first test, people are told to remove their implant.
202"Chapter 02: Scalpel"Dani LibardiCarol RodriguesJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Joana gathers all former Cause members and reveals that she wants to use the generator to destroy the Offshore with an EMP. Joana, Marco and Rafael pass their next test as a trio where they have to help each other despite temporary disabilities. The next test eliminates people based on how they react to failure. Michele tells Joana about Marcelas offer and that she had refused it, and that the selection is the solution to save the Shell. Otávio gets angry about failing the test and almost kills Michele, then kills himself.
213"Chapter 03: Medicine"Daina GiannecchiniIvan NakamuraJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Rafael and Elisa are shown running away from the Division (military) after getting ratted out by his adult brother. The next test is about finding north after being led blindfolded into a closed room. Artur, the child brother of Rafael has an infection because he inserted a used implant into his arm, in the hope of getting to the offshore. Elisa removes it. The next test asks trios to decide on a rule to expel the trio in the next room, but there is a twist. Joana must leave, and so must Artur, because Elisa told Michele.
224"Chapter 04: Duck"Dani LibardiAndréa Midori SimãoJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Only 100 people are left, rationing of meals is getting extreme. Michele intends to reduce the population by a half as a last selection. Duos are to presents ideas of a test and Michele chooses one. For Rafael and Marco, the test is a coin toss, and Marco loses. Another of the losers, Gloria, meets with Marcela, who suggests to her that she invades the Shell. In a flashback, it is shown how the early rulers decided on their sterilization and returned their children to the inland, forcing them to go through The Process. The daughter of the founding couple fails. It turns out that she was one of the creators of The Cause.
235"Chapter 05: Lever"Dani LibardiDenis NielsenJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Michele and Rafael manage to start the generator. Marco goes back to the family home and drops off his son. Marcelas father is dying, and he is heartbroken that so many people ripped out their implants, including his great-grandson (Marco's son). Gloria fantasizes about becoming a new "founding couple" together with Marco, but he isn't interested. She and her group march to the Shell and try to get in. As Michele prepares the defense system, everybody retreats, except the reappeared Marco who steps forward and gets an electric shock, but survives. Rafael disables the security system to avoid any deaths and everybody gets in and they hunt for Michele, who flees through a secret trapdoor. Joana and another woman also flee, but the other woman goes away over a dispute. Marcela announces that Division troops will take over the Shell in 24 hours.
246"Chapter 06: Trapdoor"Jotagá CremaIvan NakamuraJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
The woman who was with Joana goes back to the Shell and gets locked up. Michele arrives at the spot where Joana is (an old bus). Joana tells her to go away. Rafael has a broken leg and is hiding within the Shell and Elisa helps him. A flashback shows that Elisa isn't really Process material, and that one interviewer let her pass despite her shortcomings (that she cared for the Inland). Joana leaves the bus and finds Michele dying in the desert. She gives her water. Joana tells Michele that a cable holding the water collector didn't rip, but was cut off during the storm. They decide to get back into the Shell. Rafael (who has been in radio contact with Michele) asks Elisa to open the trapdoor from inside to let them back in. Andre (Marcela's henchman) offers Elisa a deal: Michele, Joana and Rafael. It is also shown that Elisa once helped Andre win the Process, hurting her boyfriend. Michele and Joana fail to enter the Shell and Michele lets herself get caught. Elisa opens the trapdoor and lets Joana in.
257"Chapter 07: Gardrone"Jotagá CremaRicardo GonçalvesJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Gloria is running a "court" on Michele; Michele tries to make her understand that Marcela isn't trustworthy, she's a traitor, and they all should stop blindly believing what she promises. However, the people declare Michele to be guilty. Gloria decides that the sentence will be to send Michele back to the Offshore so that her brain will be erased. Joana, Rafael and Elisa are wondering who the saboteur is. They first suspect Marco, then Gloria, then Xavier. Xavier is kidnapped and during interrogation, he suggests that they look at the recording of the Gardrone. After Joana has "kidnapped" the drone, she witnesses a conversation between Gloria and Tadeu: "we did it". When they look at the Gardrone footage, they see Rafael with the saw, who is surprised.
268"Chapter 08: Wave"Jotagá CremaAndréa Midori Simão & Pedro AguileraJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Rafael disputes being the saboteur. Because at that time the implants were still active, he has a theory that maybe he was remote-controlled. Records show that there was indeed a transmission at that time. When the (inaudible) transmission is replayed, Rafael gets up. After changing the speed of the recording, they hear "get up, find a saw, cut the reeling cable". The Division arrives with food and water. Rafael and Joana show the recording to Marco and Gloria, but Gloria doesn't care, and Marco orders that they be locked up, and later tells that he destroyed the recording. Elisa frees everybody. While they run, Joana meets Marco who hands her back the recording. After Joana plays the recording for all the listen, the Division leave in a hurry, except Marcela, who wants to retrieve her grandson. Marco and the others intercept her, and Marco tells his mother: "Memorize his face. He'll never go to the Offshore". Marcela is locked up. The Shell people make plans to blow up the Offshore.


Creator and writer Pedro Aguilera developed 3% from a 2009 independent pilot episode.[9] Netflix gave the series an 8-episode order for the first season.[10][11] It is the first Portuguese-language Netflix original series and the second non-English production, after the Spanish-language series Club de Cuervos.[12]

Academy Award-nominated cinematographer César Charlone, known for City of God and Blindness, served as director alongside Daina Giannecchini, Dani Libardi, and Jotagá Crema. Charlone also serves as an executive producer, alongside Tiago Mello.[2] The first season became available on Netflix worldwide on November 25, 2016.[10][11] In December 2016, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, which was released on April 27, 2018.[4][5] On June 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, which was released on June 7, 2019.[6][7]


Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 85%, based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10. The critical consensus reads: "Despite comparisons to other teen-centric dystopian thrillers, 3% separates itself from the pack by focusing on characters with complicated backstories and personalities."[13] Liz Shannon Miller gave the first season a B+ in her review for IndieWire, saying that the series left her "surprised and impressed."[14] Calum Henderson of the New Zealand Herald said in his review "The characters are the show's strongest point, though, and it skilfully introduces the six core candidates throughout the Process' preliminary challenges in the first episode."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Fénix Awards Television: Best Drama Series 3% Nominated [15]
2019 Rio2C (Rio Creative Conference) Global Audience Award 3% Won [16]

Other media[edit]

The 3% Challenge[edit]

Doppio Games, in association with Netflix, developed a free-to-play voice-based game based on the series, released to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The game features a prequel storyline written in collaboration with Pedro Aguilerra, showrunner and writer of the series.[17][18]


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  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (August 5, 2015). "Netflix Orders Brazilian Drama Series '3%'". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Miller, Liz Shannon (December 7, 2016). "Netflix's '3%' Gets Renewed for Season 2 — See How the Cast Reacted". IndieWire. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Miller, Liz Shannon (March 19, 2018). "'3%' Season 2 Teaser: We Finally Get a Look at Paradise as Netflix Reveals Premiere Date — Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Olin, Bryce (June 4, 2018). "3% renewed for season 3 at Netflix: Updated release date". FanSided. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "The Third Season of "3%" Will Be Launched Globally on June 7th". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Primeira série original brasileira da Netflix, "3%" foi renovada para a última temporada - Séries". NaTelinha (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  9. ^ Mesquita, Marcelo. "Ministério da Cultura - MinC " Resultado do FICTV/Mais Cultura". thacker.diraol.eng.br. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Netflix Brasil Facebook page.
  11. ^ a b Vaquer, Gabriel (September 5, 2016). "Netflix anuncia estreia de série brasileira "3%" para novembro". NaTelinha (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Archived from the original on 2016-09-06. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Cox, Jamieson (August 5, 2015). "Netflix's newest original series is a dystopian thriller in Brazil". The Verge. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "3%: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Miler, Liz Shannon (November 25, 2016). "Netflix's '3%' Review: Season 1 of Brazil's 'Hunger Games' Finds Its Own Voice". IndieWire.
  15. ^ Domínguez, Daniel (October 9, 2017). "Anuncian los nominados a los premios Fénix 2017". La Prensa (in Spanish). Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Levin, Teresa (April 24, 2019). ""Audiovisual não morreu, mas respiramos por aparelhos"". Meio & Mensagem (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  17. ^ England, Rachel (October 8, 2019). "Netflix's '3%' gets its own voice game on Alexa and Google Assistant". Engadget. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  18. ^ Takahashi, Dean (October 8, 2019). "Netflix and Doppio Games partner to create voice-controlled game The 3% Challenge". VentureBeat. Retrieved October 11, 2019.

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