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It is often cited as a 'spin-off' of the film, although the TV show contains none of the characters from the film and is generally a less violent and more light-hearted affair. However, the two do share some common aspects: the directors, some of the actors, and the setting of the Brazilian favela (slum) with its background of gangsters and poverty.

 

Each season of the program aired roughly one year after the previous one, and the characters, as it happens with the actors who portray them, are shown to age from one season to the next. As a result, the stories of each season reflect the struggles of poor kids from Rio de Janeiro in the appropriate age group: in Season 1, the characters are about 13 years old, that is, barely out of childhood and into adolescence; in Season 4 (the final season), they are 17, on the verge of adulthood, and their dilemmas vary accordingly. A movie is reportedly in production with Laranjinha and Acerola turning 18.

 

It's really cool. So far IFC has only shown the first and is midway through the second season (and they're pretty short too..maybe five or six episodes).

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