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Created by Andrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
Directed by Mário Márcio Bandarra
Opening theme "Pro Dia Nascer Feliz" - Titãs
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 25
No. of episodes 5,688 as of November 3, 2017
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Running time 30 minutes (1995-2013)
40 minutes (2014-2016)
Original network Brazil:
Rede Globo
Globo TV International
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release April 24, 1995 (1995-04-24) – present
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Malhação (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʎa'sɐ̃w], Young Hearts in English)[1] is a Brazilian soap-opera for the teenage audience. The series is being broadcast in several countries by Globo Internacional, including SIC (between 1995 and 2007, airing with the name "New Wave") in Portugal and by ABC Spark in Canada. The series has inspired the creation of other series, such as Portuguese channel TVI's Morangos com Açúcar, which is strongly based on the Malhação format, and Brazilian channel Rede Record's Alta Estação.

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. The following season brought the school back. In the later the Academy setting back to "Academia Form".

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, with the following season starring Fernanda Vasconcellos, Thiago Rodrigues and Joana Balaguer as the leads, and the ratings decreased from this season on reach an incredible 42 million viewers.


The plot of Malhação tells stories of the everyday life of teenagers, their 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.


Similarly to the American soap operas and long-running TV Series, cast and characters change from year to year, but actors and characters who have stayed for long in the soap are, among others, Gustavo Goulart,[2] whose characters Juninho and Bad Boy simply did transcend seasons with their lots of troubles throughout the Series in both 90's and 2000's, until the present moment. 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 the seventh to twelfth seasons.

Protagonists of the seasons[edit]

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


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