Brasil Imperial TV Series Overview (2020)


Brazilian Empire, originally Brasil Imperial, is a 10-episode drama series aired in 2020.


In 1807, in an unprecedented action, D. João – heir to the Portuguese crown – decides to get away to Brazil with his entire court in an attempt to escape Napoleon’s troops. Arrebita – a young servant – clandestinely embarks on this transatlantic adventure towards the tropics and gets involved in the historical events that transform Rio de Janeiro into the capital of the Portuguese Empire and culminate in the process of Brazilian independence.

Narrated by Gonçalves Ledo – a liberal politician and a strong opponent of absolutist ideals – “Brasil Imperial” presents the negotiations, plots and political conspiracies that marked the period of D. João’s stay in the Americas and the first empire of D. Pedro. Issues such as slavery, the Emperor’s authoritarian attitudes and his many affairs, the death of Princess Leopoldina, the many popular uprisings in search for freedom and the establishment of an economic and political elite guided by privileges, in addition to the corruption and the shady interests that guided Brazilian life in the period, are the background of the intricate romance between Arrebita and Ana do Congo.


  • Oscar Calixto … Arrebita.
  • Ricardo Soares … Gonçalves Ledo.
  • Jéssica Córes … Ana do Congo.
  • João Campany … D. Pedro I.
  • Rodrigo Ladeira … Chalaça.
  • Gláucio Gomes … D. João VI.
  • Dedeh Melo … Leopoldina.
  • Adelmo Milani … José Bonifácio.
  • Ricco Lima … Antonio de Araújo.

Brasil Imperial Series

Production & Filming Detail

  • Director(s):
    • Alexandre Machafer.
  • Producer(s):
    • Thaís Daros … assistant executive producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Carlos Alberto Serpa de Oliveira … supervising producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Josivan Costa Doca … line producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Alexandre Machafer … executive producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Paulo Miguez … coordinating producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Thayssa Moraes … assistant producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Renata Paschoal … consulting producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Carolina Reichert … second assistant executive producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Bruna Rodrigues … assistant producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Michel Sant’Anna … assistant producer (10 episodes, 2020).
    • Djalma Soares … assistant producer (10 episodes, 2020).
  • Writer(s):
    • Antonio Ernesto Martins.
  • Music:
    • Rodrigo Boechat.
  • Cinematography:
    • Diogo Lisboa.
    • Kleber Paredes.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Fundação Cesgranrio.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 10 November 2020.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 35 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: Portugal.
  • Language: Portuguese and English (subtitles).

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