Girls from Ipanema

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Girls from Ipanema
GenrePeriod drama
Created by
  • Heather Roth
  • Giuliano Cedroni
Written by
  • Heather Roth
  • Luna Grimberg
  • Patricia Corso
  • Leonardo Moreira
Directed by
  • Caíto Ortiz
  • Julia Rezende
  • Hugo Prata
Opening theme"The Girl from Ipanema" by Amy Winehouse
Country of originBrazil
Original language(s)Portuguese
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)
  • Giuliano Cedroni
  • Heather Roth
  • Maria Angela de Jesus
  • Camila Groch
  • Francesco Civita
  • Caíto Ortiz
  • Beto Gauss
  • Beto Gauss
  • Francesco Civita
Production location(s)Rio de Janeiro
Camera setupMultiple-camera
Running time34–56 minutes
Production company(s)Prodigo Films
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22) –
External links
Production website

Girls from Ipanema (Portuguese: Coisa Mais Linda), previously titled Most Beautiful Thing,[1] is a Brazilian period drama web television series created by Giuliano Cedroni and Heather Roth. Produced by Prodigo Films, the series had as producers Francesco Civita and Beto Gauss, and Caíto Ortiz as showrunner. It stars Maria Casadevall, Pathy Dejesus, Fernanda Vasconcellos, Mel Lisboa, Leandro Lima and Ícaro Silva. The first season, consisting of seven episodes, premiered on Netflix worldwide on March 22, 2019. On May 13, 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[2] The second season consists of 6 episodes and was released June 19, 2020.[3]


Girls from Ipanema follows the story of Malu (Maria Casadevall), a young and wealthy woman from São Paulo who moves to Rio de Janeiro to open a restaurant with her husband. Upon arriving, she discovers that he has abandoned her and fled with all the money. Malu then leaves in search of a new dream amid the emergence of bossa nova in the city with a new love, the musician Chico.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]



  • Thaila Ayala as Helô
  • João Bourbonnais as Ademar Carone
  • Ondina Clais Castilho as Ester Carone
  • Esther Góes as Eleonora Soares
  • Sarah Vitória as Conceição Araújo
  • Maiara Walsh as Sarah (Chico's Fiance)


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
17March 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
26[3]June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Welcome to Rio"
"Bem-vinda ao Rio"
Caito OrtizHeather RothMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
22"Girls Are Not Welcome"
"Garotas não são bem-vindas"
Caito OrtizPatrícia CorsoMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
33"Waters of August"
"Águas de agosto"
Hugo PrataLeonardo MoreiraMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
44"The Dreamers"
"Os Sonhadores"
Julia RezendeLuna Grimberg & Giuliano CedroniMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
Caito OrtizPatrícia CorsoMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
66"Letting Go"
Julia RezendeHeather Roth, Leonardo Moreira & Luna GrimbergMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
77"Ghosts of Past Christmas"
"Fantasmas do Natal passado"
Hugo PrataHeather RothMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
81"I Will Survive"
"Sobre viver"
TBAHeather RothJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
TBAPatricia CorsoJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
103"The Carioca Way"
"Jeitinho carioca"
TBAMariana TeschJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
114"All Female"
"Só as mulheres"
TBAPatricia CorsoJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
125"Second Chance"
"Segunda chance"
TBAMariana TeschJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
TBAHeather Roth and Patricia CorsoJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)


On November 6, 2017, Netflix announced the production of a new Brazilian series which would be set in the 1950s with the rise of bossa nova as a backdrop. The series was titled "Coisa Mais Linda" inspired by the song The Girl from Ipanema recorded by João Gilberto and Tom Jobim.[6] On June 29, 2018 is announced the cast of the series and the shooting was initiated in the first week of July, going until October.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

Tess Cagle from The Daily Dot gave the series a 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "Coisa Mais Linda honors the resilience of women from the time period".[8] Writing in Decider, Joel Keller described the series as a "lush look at a woman stuck between her conservative life in São Paulo and the more open life she wants in Rio".[9] The Review Geek gave the series a 7.5 out of 10, commenting that the show "may not have the most original premise" but praising that "the unique blend of aesthetic beauty and character chemistry are enough to keep this one engaging and watchable throughout".[10]


The soundtrack of the series was composed and produced by João Erbetta. It was released on music streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and Tidal.[11]

Season 1 songs
  1. "Ver o Mar (feat. Leandro Lima) (Versão Disco)"
  2. "Ver o Mar (feat. Leandro Lima) (Versão Barco)"
  3. "Luz do Seu Olhar (feat. Leandro Lima)"
  4. "Para Ver Você (feat. Leandro Lima & Fernanda Vasconcellos)"
  5. "Morning Song"
  6. "Passions"
  7. "Com que Roupa Eu Vou"
  8. "Branca"
  9. "Minha Vida (feat. Marcela Maita)"
  10. "Nas Ruas do Rio (feat. Nuria Nogueira & Daniel de Paula)"
  11. "O Samba É (feat. Nuria Nogueira)"
  12. "Show do Capitão"


  1. ^ "Girls from Ipanema | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  2. ^ "Netflix Renews Brazilian Original, Coisa Mais Linda". todotvnews. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b M, Smita (June 2, 2020). "'Girls from Ipanema' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything about the Netflix period drama". Meaww. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Dehò, Maurício (February 19, 2019). ""Coisa Mais Linda": Trailer em clima de bossa nova apresenta série da Netflix". Universo Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Girls from Ipanema – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "COISA MAIS LINDA - A hora e a vez das poderosas". O Tempo (in Portuguese). March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Conheça o elenco da nova série brasileira da Netflix". Entre Séries (in Portuguese). June 29, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Cagle, Tess (March 25, 2018). "Netflix drama 'Coisa Mais Linda' explores Bossa Nova clubs and women's rights in Brazil". The Daily Dot. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  9. ^ Keller, Joel (March 25, 2018). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Most Beautiful Thing' On Netflix, Where A Divorced Woman Opens A Bossa Nova Club in 1950s Rio". Decider. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Wheeler, Greg (March 22, 2018). "Most Beautiful Thing – Netflix Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Netflix disponibiliza trilha sonora de primeira temporada de "Coisa Mais Linda"; ouça". Pop Cultura (in Portuguese). May 13, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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