5 Best Brazilian Soap Operas

Wednesday, January 19 by Annette Smith

Soap operas are very popular in Brazil and here is a list of 5 best Brazilian soap operas. If you are traveling in Brazil, you will probably come across some of these soaps on television networks like Rede Record, Globo or SBT.

You can also view many of these programs online. To search for video links and downloads, type the soap opera name into the search bar of your favorite search engine. Use quotation marks around the title to narrow your search. an alternative is to visit Brazilian television network websites to see if they offer online viewing. For five of the best soap operas on Brazilian television, here is an alphabetical list:

  1. “Amor e Intrigas” First on the list of best Brazilian soap operas is “Amor e Intrigas,” translated into English as “Love and Intrigue.” The popular drama aired on Brazilian television between 2007 and 2008. Starring Vanessa Gerbelli, Renate Dominguez, Heitor Martinez Mello and Luciano Szafir, the story centers on the rivalry of two very different sisters living in Rio de Janeiro.
  2. “Caminho das Indias” “Caminho das Indias” is a Brazilian Emmy-winning soap opera that aired from 2007 to 2009. The title literally means “Road To India,” although it is translated internationally as “India: A Love Story.” The drama examines the various values and beliefs of the Eastern and Western worlds through forbidden love. The soap opera stars Juliana Paes, Laura Cordoso and Christiane Torloni.
  3. “Caminhos do Coracao” “Caminhos do Coracao” or “Pathways of the Heart,” is a Brazilian soap opera that aired in 2007. A spin-off, “Os Mutantes: Caminhos do Coracao” (“The Mutants: Pathways of the Heart”), replaced the drama in 2008. The plot revolves around a woman accused of killing a doctor responsible for creating human mutants with superpowers. The drama stars Bianca Rinaldi, Leonardo Vieira and Tuca Andrada.
  4. “Malhacao” “Malhacao” or “Work Out,” is a Brazilian soap opera for teens. Set in a fictiona high school in Rio de Janeiro, the drama has received criticism for portraying Brazilian teens in an unrealistic manner. Introduced in 1995, the show peaked in 2004 with Guilherme Berenguer and Juliana Didone Nascimento in the lead roles. Despite a drop in ratings since then, the show still appeals to many viewers, particularly fans of the Mexican soap opera, “Rebelde.”
  5. “Mulheres Apaixonadas” “Mulheres Apaixonadas,” translated “Women In Love,” is a Brazilian soap opera that aired in 2003. It focuses on the lives of several passionate Brazilian women and their families. It also tackles a number of important (often taboo) social issues such as alcoholism, domestic violence, teenage lesbianism and other topics. The soap opera stars Christiane Torloni, Jose Mayer and Tony Ramos.

COMMENTS

  1. January 19, 2011 11:00 pm

    gisele

    Not by far these are the best or classic soap operas elected by brazilians. I can understand this list is based on the short sample of ” novelas” that the author of this article had opportunity to watch, not even a poll have been made to testify and make sure the information for more idiot it seems, be real… not the case so far.