Karkú is a Chilean teen television series, co-produced by My Friend Entertainment and Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN).


Emilia, a 13-year-old girl, is sent by her parents from the small city of Vallenar, Chile, to live with her uncles in metropolitan Santiago, Chile. There, she enters the British College, where she befriends Fernanda, Valentina, Zico, Alex, and Martín, with whom she tries to fund a year-end trip overseas. The series follows exploring everyday-life problems of teenagers, including friendship and romance.


Main cast
  • Constanza Piccoli as Emilia "Emi" Valdés
  • Ignacio Sepúlveda as Francisco "Zico" Sotomayor
  • Raquel Calderón as Fernanda "Feña" Urquieta
  • Cesar Morales as Martín Maldonado
  • Luciana Echeverría como Valentina "Vale" Urquieta
  • Vicente Muñoz como Alex Schilling
  • Constanza Herrero como Daniela "Dana" Hamilton (season 3 only)
  • Nicolás Guerra como Cristian "Chris" Hamilton (season 3 only)
Supporting cast
  • Gustavo Becerra as Inspector Palacios
  • Marcos Bucci as Marcos "Chanchivia" Valdivia
  • Patricia Irribarra as Miss Elena
  • Renato Münster as Uncle Arturo
  • Vania Alejandra López as Margarita
  • Peggy Cordero as Edna, Dana and Chris's grandmother
  • Carlos Embry as Manuel Valdés, Emilia's father
  • Araceli Vitta as Miss Fabiana Castillo
  • Paulina Hunt as Nurse María Eugenia
  • Javiera Hernández as Miss Daniela
  • Paula Sharim as Uncle Mariana
  • Daniel Herrera as Lucas
  • Francisca Reiss as Patricia, Emilia's mother
  • Rodrigo Leon as Diego, Fernanda's friend

Production and themes

The first Latin American telenovela for young audience,[1] Karkú was co-produced My Friend Entertainment and Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN).[2] Its title is derived from mapudungún and means "to dare," which "faithfully reflects the spirit of the plot," according to TVN.[3] The series was created Onell López Campos and José Francisco García, with Campos as director along with Juan Pablo Tapia, and García as executive producer, and Felipe Vergara and Soledad Pérez as producers.[4][5][6] It explores the aging of teenagers, focusing on Latin America, and producers tried to prompt diligence, teamwork, and friendship on its viewers.[1] López commented he tried to insert music as feature that "not only plays as an ornament, but is part of the undertaking of the protagonists, is a tool that they have."[4]


The first two seasons were broadcast by TVN in Chile; from February 5,[7] to March 8, 2007,[citation needed] and from January 2,[8] to February 6, 2008.[citation needed] The third season was first broadcast on Nickelodeon Latin America[4] between June 17, and July 22, 2009. It aired in the other Latin American countries through Nickelodeon, with Ecuavisa also airing it in Ecuador, Señal Colombia in Colombia,[2] and TV Brasil in Brazil.[9] Spanish-language network ¡Sorpresa! broadcast the series on its back to school programming in the United States.[1]


It was a success in Chile; its debuted had a 14.4 rating against 11.7 and 6.7 of Mekano and Futurama respectively.[7] The complete first season had an average rating of 14.1.[10] It was also popular in several countries of Latin America.[2]


  1. ^ a b c del Valle, Elena (August 26, 2008). "Network to air Chilean Spanish language telenovela for teens, tweens". HispanicMPR.com. Poyeen Publishing. 
  2. ^ a b c Brzoznowski, Kristin (September 9, 2009). "Imira Takes European Distribution for Karkú". WorldScreen.com. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Memorial Anual 2007" (PDF) (in Spanish). Televisión Nacional de Chile. p. 43. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Los secretos del nuevo ciclo de la serie chilena que se toma Latinoamérica" (in Spanish). Terra Networks. June 7, 2009. pp. 1-2. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lo que ven en la TV". El Sol de Hidalgo (in Spanish). April 30, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Araceli Vitta regresa a la televisión" (in Spanish). Terra Networks. November 25, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Núñez, Leonardo. "Púberes de "Karkú" derrotaron a Mega y Canal 13". El Mercurio Online (in Spanish). Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Los programas que te acompañarán en estas vacaciones". El Mercurio de Calama (in Spanish). January 2, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ Möller, Vania (2012). "Transnationalization of Television Fiction in Ibero-American Countries" (PDF). Editora Globo. p. 158. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ ""Karkú" se consagra como la apuesta juvenil de TVN". El Mercurio Online (in Spanish). October 17, 2007. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 

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