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|Created by|| Andrea Maltarolli |
|Directed by||Mário Márcio Bandarra|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of seasons||27|
|No. of episodes||6,152 (as of 8 September 2019)|
|Running time||30 minutes (1995–2013, 2016–present)|
40 minutes (2014–2016)
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Picture format|| 480i 4:3 (SDTV)|
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
|Original release||24 April 1994 –|
Malhação (Brazilian Portuguese: [maʎa'sɐ̃w], Young Hearts in English) 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. From the twenty-fourth season onwards, the setting was changed back to the "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 from a high of 42 million viewers per week.
Since the program began, a total of 27 seasons have aired; a twenty-eighth season is currently in production.
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,whose characters Juninho and Bad Boy transcended the seasons with their many troubles throughout the Series in both the 1990s and 2000s, 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.
|Malhação||180||Isabella (Juliana Martins) and Héricles (Danton Mello)|
|195||Luiza (Fernanda Rodrigues) and Dado (Cláudio Heinrich)|
|200||Patrícia (Luana Piovani) and Vudu (Pedro Vasconcellos)|
|110||Alice (Cássia Linhares) and Bruno (Rodrigo Faro)|
|Malhação.com||270||Cacau (Juliana Baroni) and Mocotó (André Marques)|
|Malhação||125||Tati (Priscila Fantin) and Rodrigo (Mário Frias)|
|277||Joana (Ludmila Dayer) and Marcelo (Fábio Azevedo)|
|248||Nanda (Rafaela Mandelli) and Gui (Iran Malfitano)|
|263||Júlia (Juliana Silveira) and Pedro (Henri Castelli)|
|188||Luísa (Manuela do Monte) and Victor (Sérgio Marone)|
|250||Letícia (Juliana Didone) and Gustavo (Guilherme Berenguer)|
|258||Betina (Fernanda Vasconcellos) and Bernardo (Thiago Rodrigues)|
|262||Manuela (Luiza Valdetaro) and Cauã (Bernardo Melo Barreto)|
|193||Marcela (Thaila Ayala), Vivian (Fiorella Mattheis) and Ciça (Maria Eduarda Machado)|
|324||Angelina (Sophie Charlotte) and Gustavo (Rafael Almeida)|
|215||Marina (Bianca Bin), Luciano (Micael Borges) and Caio (Humberto Carrão)|
|Malhação ID||199||Cristiana (Cristiana Peres) and Bernardo (Fiuk)|
|Malhação||265||Catarina (Daniela Carvalho) and Pedro (Bruno Gissoni)|
|Malhação Conectados||249||Cristal (Thaís Melchior), Alexia (Bia Arantes) and Gabriel (Caio Paduan)|
|Malhação: Intensa Como a Vida||228||Lia (Alice Wegmann), Ju (Agatha Moreira), Dinho (Guilherme Prates) and Vitor (Guilherme Leicam)|
|Malhação Casa Chieda||241||Anita (Bianca Salgueiro) and Ben (Gabriel Falcão)|
|Malhação Sonhos||280||Bianca (Bruna Hamú), Duca (Arthur Aguiar), Karina (Isabella Santoni) and Pedro (Rafael Vitti)|
|Malhação: Seu Lugar no Mundo||250||Luciana (Marina Moschen) and Rodrigo (Nicolas Prattes)|
|Malhação: Pro Dia Nascer Feliz||180||Joana (Aline Dias), Bárbara (Barbara França), Gabriel (Felipe Roque) and Giovane (Ricardo Vianna)|
|Malhação: Viva a Diferença||213||Tina (Ana Hikari), Benê (Daphne Bozaski), Keyla (Gabriela Medvedovski), Ellen (Heslaine Vieira) and Lica (Manoela Aliperti)|
|Malhação: Vidas Brasileiras||288||Gabi (Camila Morgado)|
|Malhação: Toda Forma de Amar||253||Rita (Alanis Guillen) and Filipe (Pedro Novaes)|
Malhação has had 16 different theme songs:
|1||"Assim Caminha a Humanidade"||Lulu Santos||24 April 1995 (original)|
24 April 2015 (special)
|15 October 1999 (original)|
1 May 2015 (special)
|2||"Te Levar"||Charlie Brown Jr.||18 October 1999||31 March 2006|
|3||"Lutar Pelo Que é Meu"||Charlie Brown Jr.||3 April 2006||12 October 2007|
|4||"Paraíso Proibido"||Strike||15 October 2007||1 August 2008|
|5||"Daqui pra Frente"||Nx Zero||4 August 2008||9 January 2009|
|6||"Bem ou Mal"||NX Zero & Túlio Dek||12 January 2009||6 November 2009|
|7||"Quem eu sou?"||Hori||9 November 2009||20 August 2010|
|8||"Lourinha Bombril"||Bangalafumenga||23 August 2010||26 August 2011|
|9||"Todos"||Marcelo D2 ft. Macaco||29 August 2011||10 August 2012|
|10||"Tempos Modernos"||Jota Quest||13 August 2012||5 July 2013|
|11||"Família"||Nando Reis||8 July 2013||11 July 2014|
|12||"Agora Só Falta Você"||Pitty||14 July 2014||14 August 2015|
|13||"Vida Inteira (Meu Lugar)"||Raimundos||17 August 2015||2 August 2016|
|14||"Pro Dia Nascer Feliz"||Titãs||22 August 2016||3 May 2017|
|15||"Bate a Poeira - Parte II"||Karol Conká||8 May 2017||5 March 2018|
|16||"Põe fé que já é"||Arnaldo Antunes||7 March 2018||15 April 2019|
|17||"Paula e Bebeto"||Milton Nascimento e IZA||16 April 2019||3 April 2020|
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