The series' main plot line revolves around a group of students forming a band. The actors who play the members of this band are also a real-life band, called Erreway. Erreway performs most of the music used on the show, and has been extremely successful in its own right, becoming one of the highest-grossing acts in Argentina and touring internationally.
The format was sold for various countries across the globe. In 2003, the Spanish public broadcaster TVE bought the rights to adapt the show. It did not go into production because of disagreements between the executives and Cris Morena Group. Also in 2003, Destiny, an independent company in Brazil, bought the rights and produced a pilot but it was not picked up by any network.
One of the first remakes to be made was Remix in India. Produced by Rose Audio Visuals, it was broadcast on the Star One channel. A hit among teenagers, it has returned on the same channel. In 2008, a Portuguese version of the same name was made by the SIC channel. Its first season started in September, but the second season was cancelled due to poor ratings. Corazón Rebelde is the Chilean remake of the show that was broadcast from August 2009 on Canal 13 with the name of S.O.S. and "Corazón Rebelde" as the slogan. Two weeks after the start of the show the name was changed to its previous title. It has had a good reception since it was released.
Rebelde was the Mexican remake of the show, initially broadcast in Mexico on Televisa. Although the school had the same name, the band around whom the show's storyline revolved was renamed RBD. Rebelde was also internationally successful, and has been shown in Philippines, Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Poland and other Latin American countries. It was one of the most successful and most popular novelas in Televisa history. It lasted three seasons (440 episodes) from 2004 to 2006. The band RBD was also extremely successful, releasing more than five albums, and touring Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Europe and Asia. The band announced its split in 2009.
Γ4 is the Greek remake of the series. Its broadcast began in September 2008, by Alpha TV, and ended on June 17, 2009. It refers to the problems and the concerns of modern-day youth, though it is not exactly the same as Rebelde Way. The protagonists of Γ4 also formed a music group, called "Τα παιδιά του Γ4" ("Ta peadia tou G4", "The children of the class of C4"), which released only one single, "Wasn't me or wasn't you". The group is no longer active.