Malhação

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Malhação
Created by Andrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
Directed by Mário Márcio Bandarra
Opening theme "Vitória Pra Comemorar (Meu Lugar)", Raimundos
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 23
No. of episodes 5.183 (09/10/15)
Production
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Running time 30 minutes (1995-2013)
40 minutes (2014-present)
Release
Original network Brazil:
Globo Network
USA:
Globo International
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release April 24, 1995 – present
External links
Website

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

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

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, portrayed by Bia Montez, and the biology teacher Afrânio, portrayed 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
Bella (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)
10ª
Luísa (Manuela do Monte) and Victor (Sérgio Marone)
11ª
Letícia (Juliana Didone) and Gustavo (Guilherme Berenguer)
12ª
Betina (Fernanda Vasconcellos) and Bernardo (Thiago Rodrigues)
13ª
Manuela (Luiza Valdetaro) and Cauã (Bernardo Melo Barreto)
14ª
Marcela (Thaila Ayala) and André (Rômulo Arantes Neto)
15ª
Angelina (Sophie Charlotte) and Gustavo (Rafael Almeida)
16ª
Marina (Bianca Bin) and Luciano (Micael Borges)
Marina (Bianca Bin) and Caio (Humberto Carrão)
17ª
Cristiana (Cristiana Peres) and Bernardo (Fiuk)
18ª
Catarina (Daniela Carvalho) and Pedro (Bruno Gissoni)
19ª
Cristal (Thaís Melchior) and Gabriel (Caio Paduan)
Alexia (Bia Arantes) and Gabriel (Caio Paduan)
20ª
Lia (Alice Wegmann) and Dinho (Guilherme Prates)
Lia (Alice Wegmann) and Vitor (Guilherme Leicam)
21ª
Anita (Bianca Salgueiro) and Ben (Gabriel Falcão)
22ª
Bianca (Bruna Hamú) and Duca (Arthur Aguiar)
23ª
Luciana (Marina Moschen) and Rodrigo (Nicolas Prattes)

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