Series / Rebelde Way
The main characters of the first season

Rebelde Way was an Argetinian soap opera aimed at pre-teens and teens that told the adventures and misadventures of a bunch of teenagers boarding at the fictional Elite Way School in Argentina. It began airing in the 2002 and told typical issues such as love triangles, teen bands, and more. It turned into a massive hit in Argentina and the rest of South America, even finding small success in Spain, Romania and Israel.

The series told the stories of Mia, Marizza, Manuel and Pablo, four different teenagers who often didn't get along with each other, but they miraculously bonded with each other due to their shared loved of music. They formed a band, Erreway (which later turned into a real life band, the members being the same actors that played the four teens in the series, and had quite a success in real life). Along the way they had to deal with school, strict parents, turbolous romances and much more.

The series became so popular that different countries began airing their own "spin-off" version of the series, like Mexico did with "Rebelde".

Watch here if you're interested: [1].And if you're an English speaker who's curious but doesn't speak Spanish:[2]

This series provides examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: Downplayed compared to other series, considering it did deal a lot with real issues most teenagers go through, but it did allow from time and time again more fantastical storylines, like a mystical cult called "La Logia" allowed to patrol around the school and scare the becados/scholarship students, or the time the kids adopted a puppy in secret.
  • Badass Teacher: Santiago Mancilla is this for the school. He brings justice and dignity to a school that was losing any sense of humanity after years of corruption from the rich elite.
  • Boarding School: The Elite Way School is one, allowing only the children of the most wealthy folks in Argentina. Students who enter the school via scholarships are allowed too, but it seems to be a recent novelty and still treated as a taboo subject. The rich kids make fun of them and the Logia targets them with attacks.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Mia may be a bit shallow and judgmental, but she does have a good heart underneath it all.
  • New Year Same Class: Come season 2, new year of school, and most of the original cast is still around.
  • Product Placement: The series doesn't miss a chance to promote some snack food or another, like Shoco Bolas (chocolate coated balls). Amusing because it puts the characters momentarily way out of character, and because it's nearly impossible for someone who doesn't live in Argentina to determine what's the fuss about.
  • School of No Studying: Subverted. While the relationships and adventures are featured, drama amidst the classes and teachers is also showcased.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Mia may be initially a little superficial, and her father does pamper her a little too much, but she's shown to have a good heart underneath it all. She shows it the most with her best friends and with Manuel.
  • Skipping School: Happens so much it's pretty much a requisite of the show. You just know the moment Gloria, Blas or Dunoff appears it's not gonna be good news for the kids.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: There's quite a few of these pairs:
    • Mia and Marizza, one more interested in high fashion, the other one caring more about causing chaos.
    • Sweet, shy Luna and tomboyish, fiesty Luján.
    • Studious Laura and her flirty sister Dolores.