The Brazilian television industry is not only about the series Clone and Slave Isaura. Now you can choose any genre from documentary to science fiction. To make it easier for you we have specially selected the best TV series of recent years.
“Aruanas” is a TV series produced by Globo and released exclusively on the Globoplay platform on July 2, 2019. The first season was released on TV on April 28, 2020.
The main theme of the series is the preservation of the environment and illegal activities in the Indian territories. Journalist Natalie (Débora Falabella), activist Louise (Leandra Leal), and lawyer Veronica (Taís Araújo) are three friends and three directors of the environmental NGO Aruana. After receiving news about the conflicts and attacks on the Indians, they travel to the Amazon in an attempt to end the avalanche of environmental crimes. They discover a complex scheme of what is happening in the region. And its center is Olga (Camila Pitanga), the powerful owner of one of the largest mines in the country, who will not allow outsiders to destroy her illegal business. On their way, they meet a huge number of obstacles, trying to help local people.
The series was named after one of the Indian tribes (Aruaná), who lives on the banks of the Zhurua River, the right tributary of the Amazon.
The genre of the series is drama. The number of seasons is 1. The number of episodes in a season is 10. The duration of an episode is 40 minutes.
Santos Dumont is a mini-series about the life of the famous inventor and aviator Albert Santos Dumont, the man after whom Rio de Janeiro Airport is named. The series was released by HBO on November 10, 2019.
The story begins with Dumont’s early childhood, spent on the coffee plantations of his family in the hinterland of the state of Minas Gerais, right up to the Parisian flying club, where he won fame and prestigious world awards.
The pre-production of the series took four years, during which scriptwriters Pedro Mota Gueiros and Gabriel Mariani Flaksman did a huge archival work, studying the biography and notes of Dumont himself. Lead actor João Pedro Zappa spent five months actively studying French in preparation for filming.
Series genre – drama, biography. The Number of seasons – 1. The number of episodes – 6. Episode duration – 60 minutes.
Under Pressure is a medical drama released by the Globo Network on June 25, 2017. This series is a derivative of the film of the same name, released a year earlier and based on the book Under Pressure: The Routine of War by a Brazilian Doctor.
At the center of the show is the everyday life of workers at a municipal hospital in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, which cannot be called simple. And two more people, tormented by the ghosts of the past, who find one in the other healing for their sick souls. On the one hand, Dr. Júlio Andrade, the skeptic and chief surgeon of the hospital, on the other, his colleague, the religious Dr. Carolina (Marjoire Estiano), a vascular surgeon who seeks in faith an antidote to the poverty that surrounds her day by day. They have a common goal of saving lives. And in order to overcome all the difficulties of working “under pressure”, in the most chaotic atmosphere of a suburban hospital in a dangerous area, the heroes are forced to maintain a delicate balance between the complexities of the craft and personal relationships.
The genre of the series is drama. The number of seasons is three, the release of the fourth season is announced for 2021. The number of episodes per season is from 9 to 14. The episode duration is 45 minutes.
Tudo ou nada – Seleção Brasileira
All or Nothing – Brazil National Team is a mini-series as if specially created for football fans by Amazon Prime in conjunction with the Brazilian Football Confederation. It gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what was happening outside of the cameras outside the soccer field during the 2019 America’s Cup, which made Brazil the champion.
The series became the Brazilian chapter of the All or Nothing anthology, which tells about the national teams of different countries. It was unveiled on January 30 at a major event in Rio de Janeiro and released on January 31, 2020, exclusively to Prime Video subscribers.
The premiere of the series at the exhibition in Rio was opened by the CEO of the Brazilian Football Confederation Walter Feldman and the head of Amazon Malu Miranda. Brazilian midfielder Filipe Luís revealed after the screening that he was eager to learn a little more than what he experienced during the title win.
For football fans, and especially for Brazilian football fans, this series will be a chance to look at the 2019 Copa America from a slightly different angle.
Series genre – documentary
Coisa Mais Linda
The late 50s, bossa nova, freedom, feminism. But Maria Luisa, a conservative girl from São Paulo, lives a very different life, completely dependent on two men: her father Ademar and her husband Pedro. However, her life abruptly changes course when Pedro disappears. Following in her husband’s footsteps, Maria Louise discovers a new world for herself, diving headlong into the universe of the newborn bossa nova.
She meets Adelia, a black girl from the favela, and together they open a nightclub, soon realizing that they have to face many challenges every day in an era of ubiquitous male dominance. Their roads intersect with Lizia and Teresa. The first dreams of becoming a professional singer, but faces misunderstanding from the husband of a conservative politician. The second is a journalist who fights for the rights of women in the labor market and is in an open relationship with her husband, with many casualties on the side.
The series was announced by Netflix back in November 2017 and officially released on March 22, 2019. The title of the series is an excerpt from the famous song by Thomas Jobim “Garota de Ipanema”.
The genre is drama. The number of seasons – 1 (the second season is announced). The number of episodes per season – 7. Episode duration – 50 minutes
The Chosen One was co-produced by Netflix with Mixer Filmes and officially launched on June 28, 2019. Based on the original Mexican TV series Holy Son, scriptwriters Raphael Draccon and Carolina Munhóz adapted it for the Brazilian audience.
Sent to a godforsaken village in the Pantanal, a swampy region of Brazil, three young doctors are tasked to vaccinate the local population against the mutated Zika virus. But the population refuses medical assistance. The Trinity is imprisoned in a commune full of secrets, whose devout inhabitants follow a mysterious leader with the gift of supernatural healing.
Ninguém Tá Olhando
Nobody Watches, another series produced by Netflix, launched on November 22, 2019, and officially closed on March 3, 2020, after its first season.
Uli is an angel and is not satisfied with the unfair orders he receives on a daily basis. He decides to rebel and experience himself where the boundaries of good and evil lie. On the other hand, there is an earthly resident Miriam – a young girl who believes in everything from Buddhism to astrology. And all these beliefs confuse her life more than help.
Marielle – o Documentário
Politician, human rights activist, and feminist Marielle Franco was shot and killed along with her driver Anderson Gomes on the afternoon of March 14, 2018, in the northern part of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The murder took place less than a week after she was elected to the city’s municipal council. It was a great shock for the whole of Brazil. Despite the demands to capture and punish the murderers, the crime has not yet been solved, and the perpetrators have not been punished.
The first season of the series was released on television on March 12, 2020. It tells about the biography of the politician, and in addition to archival photographs, interviews with family members, police, and journalists are shown. The season ends with a story about the circumstances of the crime that shocked Brazil.
For several decades, every resident of São Paulo has been controlled by a personal drone, which evaluates every action by means of the Omniscient artificial intelligence 24 hours a day. The drone reports all violations, reducing crime to almost zero. Arriving at her home, Nina, a programmer who works for Omniscience, finds her father murdered. However, no crime has been reported, and everyone around it seems to be going to hide this fact so as not to demonstrate the imperfection of the system. With the help of her brother Daniel and a mysterious ally, Jude, she devises a plan to gain access to the drone images of her murdered father. But the truth may be unexpected.
The All-Knowing series was launched by Netflix on January 29, 2020. The genre is science fiction. The number of seasons – 1. The number of episodes per season – 6. The duration of the episode – 50 minutes.
Filhos da Pátria
Children of the Fatherland is another series produced by the Globo network and released on August 3, 2017, on the Globo Play platform. The plot of the series is a chronicle of Brazil in the 19th and 20th centuries, shown through the prism of a typical Brazilian middle-class family: people and events that are not written about in history books. The stories shaped the essence of Brazilians, reflecting who they are today.
The first season tells the story of the Bulhosa family during the early years of Brazil’s independence. The story begins in 1822. Geraldo is an official from Rio de Janeiro who resorts to corruption schemes to maintain the social status of the family, primarily because his wife Maria Teresa persistently wants to become a part of the high society of Rio.
The second season takes us to 1930 – the time when President Getulio Vargas came to power. At the center of the story is the same family, but as if not many years had passed, as if it were an alternative history.
The genre of the series is comedy. The number of seasons – 2. The number of episodes: 12 – first season, 10 – second season. The duration of the episode is 40 minutes.
Cidade dos Homens
A separate place should be taken out of the series “City of Men”, which, despite the fact that it is not new, is a must-see for everyone interested in Brazilian culture. The four seasons of the series, released from 2002 to 2005 by the Globo network, chronicle the lives of two teenagers from Rio de Janeiro. The heroes, nicknamed Laranginha performed by Darlan Cunha and Aserola performed by Douglas Silva, face both universal and specific problems of growing up, associated with living in a special society of Brazilian favelas. The series raises the eternal questions of inequality between the poor and the rich, the problem of parallel power established in the favelas by drug dealers, and urban crime.
The series was created by Brazilian producers Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, who directed the legendary film City of God. Both of the main characters of the series can also be found in supporting roles in this film.
The genre of the series is drama. The number of seasons is 4. The number of episodes per season is from 4 to 5. The duration of the episodes is 30 minutes.