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Merlí 

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TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.

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Héctor Lozano
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3   2   1  
2018   2017   2016   2015  
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Series cast summary:
Francesc Orella ...  Merlí Bergeron 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ...  Eugeni Bosc 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Carlos Cuevas ...  Pol Rubio 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Marta Marco ...  Gina Castells 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Candela Antón ...  Berta Prats 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Albert Baró ...  Joan Capdevila 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Elisabet Casanovas ...  Tània Illa 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Júlia Creus ...  Mònica de Villamore 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Marcos Franz Marcos Franz ...  Gerard Piguillem 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Adrian Grösser ...  Marc Vilaseca 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Iñaki Mur ...  Oliver Grau 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Pau Poch ...  Ivan Blasco 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Assun Planas Assun Planas ...  Glòria 38 episodes, 2015-2018
Patrícia Bargalló Patrícia Bargalló ...  Mireia 34 episodes, 2015-2018
Victòria Pagès Victòria Pagès ...  Aurèlia Bonet 33 episodes, 2015-2017
Oriol Pla ...  Òscar Rubio 33 episodes, 2015-2017
Jordi Martínez ...  Jaume Capdevila 32 episodes, 2015-2017
David Solans ...  Bruno Bergeron 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Anna Maria Barbany Anna Maria Barbany ...  Carmina Calduch 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Anna Ycobalzeta Anna Ycobalzeta ...  Míriam Blasco 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Laia Manzanares ...  Oksana 27 episodes, 2016-2018
Carlos Vicente ...  Enric Grau 26 episodes, 2015-2016
Sandra Monclús Sandra Monclús ...  Elisenda 22 episodes, 2016-2017
Boris Ruiz ...  Alfonso Rubio 21 episodes, 2016-2017
Pau Durà ...  Toni 19 episodes, 2015-2016
Anna Barrachina Anna Barrachina ...  Lídia 18 episodes, 2016-2017
León Martínez León Martínez ...  Pau Vilaseca 18 episodes, 2016-2017
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TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Francesc Orella was initially cast in the role played by Pau Durà. When Lluís Homar dropped out due to scheduling conflicts he was cast as Merlí. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Spanish Castilian dubbing most of the actors dubbed themselves. Only were dubbed by different voice actors: Pere Ponce, Candela Antón (with 2 different voices), Albert Baró, Elisabet Casanovas, Adrian Grösser, Patrícia Bargalló, Sandra Monclús, Boris Ruiz (dispite his character didn't speak in Catalan), Mar del Hoyo, Rubén de Eguia, Pep Jové, Pau Vinyals and Isaac Alcayde. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Merlí. Sapere Aude (2019) See more »

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Vol del borinot
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Brilliant, captivating & inspiring!
31 January 2017 | by auralarchitectSee all my reviews

Having lived in Catalonia for some time many years ago I was automatically drawn to Merlí.

To say that I was pleased, or that it is well-done, would be gross understatements! Truly... "Merlí" is indeed a dazzling gem! Anything lacking due to financial constraints is made-up for fifty times over in so many ways – particularly in the compelling performances of the actors, one can't help but feel what they are portraying!

The show deals with quite a broad spectrum of unique and sensitive topics- a number of which are often considered taboo in certain areas- but I really enjoy the thoughtful and creative way in which they are handled and beautifully woven into the story and philosophical discourse themes in such a natural, believable & organic way.

I especially enjoy the many on-location shoots and cinematic views featuring Barcelona and the local area which are very beautiful and picturesque.

Aside from the normal frustration about the poor decisions of the characters now and then; the reservation I do have about "Merlí" is the prolific use of profanity throughout the dialogue. While it doesn't bother me, I can imagine that especially for a native Spanish speakers it could detract from one's enjoyment- because such words always have so much more emotional gravity for native speakers.

Language barrier is certainly somewhat of an issue for me- my Spanish is limited (and much more focused on American dialects/pronunciations) and I only have some peripheral familiarity of Catalan vocabulary lingering from my time there. My proficiency in Italian has proved rather helpful before I managed to locate English subtitles. The acting is so fantastic that the most important emotions & concepts are clearly understood. I finally collected English subtitles for all of the episodes now- although they seem to vary significantly in tone, accuracy, quality and style, etc. But they beat nothing all of the place! And I'm anxious to re-watch what I've seen and finish watching the currently available episodes with the translated dialogue.

Virtually all of the original dialogue spoken during filming is Catalan; which is not just a regional, colloquial dialect of Spanish. It is a bonafide, unique language with an instantly recognizably different phonology, and very distinct vocabulary & literature going as far back as Castilian Spanish. In fact Catalan was the official (commercial/governmental) and common spoken language for most of what is now Spain for many centuries; and linguistically it has more in common with Franco-Italo romance languages than it does with Spanish or Portuguese. Currently its use is mostly limited to Catalonia & Valencia where it holds equal legal status as Spanish and nearly everyone is bilingual. This explains how such a seamless Spanish language audio track was also recorded by all the original actors. I watched the first season in Spanish, but have only been able to find the original Catalan version of second season.


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Catalan | Spanish

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14 September 2015 (Spain) See more »

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