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My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Rai 1 2018

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.

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The 10 Best Episodes of My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend - S2E8

#1 - The Blue Fairy


Season 2 - Episode 8

It's time for Elena to work on her thesis, but overwhelmed by memories of her adolescence in the neighborhood she threw herself headlong into the writing of her first novel. Back in Naples she discovers that Lila has left home with her son.

The episode was rated from 118 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E6

#2 - L'isola (The Island)


Season 1 - Episode 6

On the island of Ischia, Elena runs into the Sarratore family, reigniting her childhood crush on Nino, who is at odds with his father, the charming Donato. Back in Naples, Lila's resistance to Marcello's pressing courtship reaches a breaking point. On the day of Elena's 15th birthday, an unexpected encounter leaves her shaken.

The episode was rated from 155 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E8

#3 - La Promessa (The Promise)


Season 1 - Episode 8

With sales of Cerullo shoes lagging, Stefano cuts a business deal with the Solaras against Lila's wishes. After Elena gets kicked out of a class for voicing her opinion, Nino encourages her to write an article for his magazine about her experience. Later, Elena and Lila get unwelcome surprises. Season one finale.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E5

#4 - The Betrayal


Season 2 - Episode 5

The episode was rated from 114 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E2

#5 - I Soldi (The Money)


Season 1 - Episode 2

As fourth grade draws to an end, Elena and Lila fight with their families for the chance to continue their education. Later, a trip out of town becomes a day Elena will never forget, and a death changes things in the neighborhood forever.

The episode was rated from 186 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E4
#6 - Le Smarginatura (Dissolving Margins)
Season 1 - Episode 4

Entering high school, Elena vows to stay ahead of Lila, academically and romantically. Lila eschews a parade of suitors vying for her affection, choosing instead to focus on her ambitions in the shoe shop. Promising a better future for the neighborhood, Stefano Carracci invites Elena, Lila and their families over for New Year's Eve, but things take a dark turn.

The episode was rated from 154 votes.
My Brilliant Friend - S1E3
#7 - Le Metamorfosi (The Metamorphoses)
Season 1 - Episode 3

Now a teenager, Elena grapples with the onset of puberty, her studies, and her friendship with Lila, who now works in her family's shoe-repair store. After a library awards ceremony reveals what Lila has been keeping secret, Elena learns what her friend's grand plans might be. Lila takes a stand against the dangerous Solara brothers.

The episode was rated from 159 votes.
My Brilliant Friend - S1E5
#8 - Le Scarpe (The Shoes)
Season 1 - Episode 5

Elena grows tired of Gino, while Lila rejects two potential suitors at a cost. A rare outing into the city turns violent. Elena worries about not being there for Lila after accepting an invitation to spend the summer away from the neighborhood and her family.

The episode was rated from 158 votes.
My Brilliant Friend - S2E4
#9 - The Kiss
Season 2 - Episode 4

The episode was rated from 116 votes.
My Brilliant Friend - S2E2
#10 - The Body
Season 2 - Episode 2

Elena's relationship is threatened when Antonio discovers she has asked the Solaras' help to keep him from doing military service, while Lila remains rebellious in her marriage to the often-violent Stefano. After a photo of her is exhibited at a wedding dress shop in the center of town and becomes the subject of much gossip, Lila makes a bet with Elena about how the whole affair will end.

The episode was rated from 127 votes.

Last updated: dec 02, 2021



I thoroughly enjoyed this first series of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND. The casting was a little awkward, matching up the young then the teenage actors, but the performances soon swept you along. (My only advice is keep track of the family units.) Complex story telling. Informative look at the working poor in the 50s and 60s post-war Italy. Some twists you don't expect, but an intimate look at friendship. Can't wait for series two next fall (possibility of 4 series that will follow the quintet of books). I give this first series an 8 (great) out of 10. [Drama]


The way this show's been made so far, from a cinematic point of view, is incredible. Some of the most inspired directional choices I've seen on tv lately, made even more interesting by the direct reference to the books and the way the show has excelled in the "show, don't tell" rule, even though it is based on a very introspective source material. They balanced Lenรบ's narration with simply showing us what she's thinking through visual cues, metaphors, camera angles, focus techniques, etc. It's excellent and super exciting to watch as a huge fan of the novels. The acting is phenomenal (I never even found any interest in Stefano in the books but what the actor did with the character here made him one of the most interesting ones to watch). Book two was my favourite in the series and season two was my favourite of the two so far as well. Let's see how season 3 fares with a more adult and political story to go off of.


Beautiful friendship story with well-written characters in one of the best television adaptations of a hit novel. There is a delicacy in the portrait of these characters, who sometimes act almost incomprehensible, but always consistent. And a perfect portrait of the annihilation of women as a person: "They had been devoured by the bodies of their husbands, fathers and brothers ..."


Country: United States?? But it's in Italy


She saw her future and she was completely lost.


She waits forever, while Leila keeps fighting for what she wants. I am afraid of those who are truly educated, those who are at ease with themselves. I am who I am and family is family. Good grades are not enough.

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