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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.

Created byAndrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
Directed byMário Márcio Bandarra
Country of originBrazil
Original language(s)Portuguese
No. of seasons26
No. of episodes6,612 as of February 1, 2019
Production location(s)Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Running time30 minutes (1995-2013)
40 minutes (2014-2016)
Original networkBrazil:
Rede Globo
Globo TV International
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 24, 1995 (1995-04-24) –
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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 seasonsEdit

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 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), Lica (Manoela Aliperti), Benê (Daphne Bozaski), Tina (Ana Hikari) and Ellen (Heslaine Vieira)
17 protagonists

Theme songsEdit

Malhação has had 16 different theme songs:

# Song Artist From To
1 "Assim Caminha a Humanidade" Lulu Santos April 24, 1995 (original)
April 24, 2015 (special)
October 15, 1999 (original)
May 1, 2015 (special)
2 "Te Levar" Charlie Brown Jr. October 18, 1999 March 31, 2006
3 "Lutar Pelo Que é Meu" Charlie Brown Jr. April 3, 2006 October 12, 2007
4 "Paraíso Proibido" Strike October 15, 2007 August 1, 2008
5 "Daqui pra Frente" Nx Zero August 4, 2008 January 9, 2009
6 "Bem ou Mal" NX Zero & Túlio Dek January 12, 2009 November 6, 2009
7 "Quem eu sou?" Hori November 9, 2009 August 20, 2010
8 "Lourinha Bombril" Bangalafumenga August 23, 2010 August 26, 2011
9 "Todos" Marcelo D2 ft. Macaco August 29, 2011 August 10, 2012
10 "Tempos Modernos" Jota Quest August 13, 2012 July 5, 2013
11 "Família" Nando Reis July 8, 2013 July 11, 2014
12 "Agora Só Falta Você" Pitty July 14, 2014 August 14, 2015
13 "Vida Inteira (Meu Lugar)" Raimundos August 17, 2015 August 2, 2016
14 "Pro Dia Nascer Feliz" Titãs August 22, 2016 May 3, 2017
15 "Bate a Poeira - Parte II" Karol Conká May 8, 2017 March 5, 2018
16 "Põe fé que já é" Arnaldo Antunes March 7, 2018 present


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