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GenreSoap opera
Created by Andrea Maltarolli
Emanuel Jacobina
Directed byMário Márcio Bandarra
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons27
No. of episodes6,152 (as of 8 September 2019)
Running time30 minutes (1995–2013, 2016–present)
40 minutes (2014–2016)
Original network Rede Globo
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release24 April 1994 (1994-04-24) 
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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. 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, [2] 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.

Season list

Malhação180 [note 1] Isabella (Juliana Martins) and Héricles (Danton Mello)
195Luiza (Fernanda Rodrigues) and Dado (Cláudio Heinrich)
200Patrícia (Luana Piovani) and Vudu (Pedro Vasconcellos)
110Alice (Cássia Linhares) and Bruno (Rodrigo Faro)
Malhação.com270 [note 2] Cacau (Juliana Baroni) and Mocotó (André Marques)
Malhação125Tati (Priscila Fantin) and Rodrigo (Mário Frias)
277Joana (Ludmila Dayer) and Marcelo (Fábio Azevedo)
248 [note 3] Nanda (Rafaela Mandelli) and Gui (Iran Malfitano)
263Júlia (Juliana Silveira) and Pedro (Henri Castelli)
188Luísa (Manuela do Monte) and Victor (Sérgio Marone)
250Letícia (Juliana Didone) and Gustavo (Guilherme Berenguer)
258Betina (Fernanda Vasconcellos) and Bernardo (Thiago Rodrigues)
262Manuela (Luiza Valdetaro) and Cauã (Bernardo Melo Barreto)
193Marcela (Thaila Ayala), Vivian (Fiorella Mattheis) and Ciça (Maria Eduarda Machado)
324Angelina (Sophie Charlotte) and Gustavo (Rafael Almeida)
215Marina (Bianca Bin), Luciano (Micael Borges) and Caio (Humberto Carrão)
Malhação ID199Cristiana (Cristiana Peres) and Bernardo (Fiuk)
Malhação265Catarina (Daniela Carvalho) and Pedro (Bruno Gissoni)
Malhação Conectados249Cristal (Thaís Melchior), Alexia (Bia Arantes) and Gabriel (Caio Paduan)
Malhação: Intensa Como a Vida228Lia (Alice Wegmann), Ju (Agatha Moreira), Dinho (Guilherme Prates) and Vitor (Guilherme Leicam)
Malhação Casa Chieda241Anita (Bianca Salgueiro) and Ben (Gabriel Falcão)
Malhação Sonhos280Bianca (Bruna Hamú), Duca (Arthur Aguiar), Karina (Isabella Santoni) and Pedro (Rafael Vitti)
Malhação: Seu Lugar no Mundo250Luciana (Marina Moschen) and Rodrigo (Nicolas Prattes)
Malhação: Pro Dia Nascer Feliz180 [note 4] Joana (Aline Dias), Bárbara (Barbara França), Gabriel (Felipe Roque) and Giovane (Ricardo Vianna)
Malhação: Viva a Diferença213Tina (Ana Hikari), Benê (Daphne Bozaski), Keyla (Gabriela Medvedovski), Ellen (Heslaine Vieira) and Lica (Manoela Aliperti)
Malhação: Vidas Brasileiras288Gabi (Camila Morgado)
Malhação: Toda Forma de Amar253 [note 5] Rita (Alanis Guillen) and Filipe (Pedro Novaes)
Malhação TransformaçãoTBD [note 6] TBD

Theme songs

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 199931 March 2006
3"Lutar Pelo Que é Meu"Charlie Brown Jr.3 April 200612 October 2007
4"Paraíso Proibido"Strike15 October 20071 August 2008
5"Daqui pra Frente" Nx Zero 4 August 20089 January 2009
6"Bem ou Mal"NX Zero & Túlio Dek 12 January 20096 November 2009
7"Quem eu sou?"Hori9 November 200920 August 2010
8"Lourinha Bombril" Bangalafumenga 23 August 201026 August 2011
9"Todos" Marcelo D2 ft. Macaco29 August 201110 August 2012
10"Tempos Modernos" Jota Quest 13 August 20125 July 2013
11"Família" Nando Reis 8 July 201311 July 2014
12"Agora Só Falta Você" Pitty 14 July 201414 August 2015
13"Vida Inteira (Meu Lugar)" Raimundos 17 August 20152 August 2016
14"Pro Dia Nascer Feliz"Titãs22 August 20163 May 2017
15"Bate a Poeira - Parte II" Karol Conká 8 May 20175 March 2018
16"Põe fé que já é" Arnaldo Antunes 7 March 201815 April 2019
17"Paula e Bebeto" Milton Nascimento e IZA 16 April 20193 April 2020


  1. For the first four seasons of the program, there was a hiatus of approximately three months in between every season.
  2. Beginning with the fifth season and continuing until the end of the twenty-seventh season, new episodes were broadcast continuously.
  3. No episode aired on 11 September 2001 due to the network's coverage of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
  4. There was a three-week hiatus of the program during August 2016 in order to accommodate Globo's daytime coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  5. A total of 288 episodes were set to be produced for the twenty-seventh season of the program. The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the season's production ending early; the remaining 25 episodes were not filmed.
  6. The twenty-eighth season of the program was expected to enter production in March 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic resulted in production of that season being delayed to late 2020, with an expected premiere date of early 2021. This season is expected to teach viewers about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on global society.

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