8.3
251 votes
My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Rai 1 2018

A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

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The 10 Best Episodes of My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend - S2E8

#1 - The Blue Fairy

8.33

Season 2 - Episode 8

Close to graduating, Elena is seized by a creative impulse that gives birth to her first novel.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 97 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E5

#2 - The Betrayal

8.22

Season 2 - Episode 5

Pinuccia leaves Ischia to go back to Rino and the group of five becomes of four. There's now a rift between Lila and Elena - one that goes by the name of Nino.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 93 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E6

#3 - The Island

8.19

Season 1 - Episode 6

On the island of Ischia, Elena runs into the Sarratore family, reigniting her childhood crush on Nino; Lila's resistance to Marcello's pressing courtship reaches a breaking point; an unexpected encounter leaves Elena shaken on her 15th birthday.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 137 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E8

#4 - The Promise

8.08

Season 1 - Episode 8

With sales of Cerullo shoes lagging, Stefano cuts a business deal with the Solaras; after Elena gets kicked out of a class for voicing her opinion, Nino encourages her to write an article about her experience for his magazine.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 137 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E4

#5 - Dissolving Boundaries

8.06

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. Things escalate quickly during a fireworks faceoff with the Solaras, leading Lila to see a new side of her brother Rino.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 138 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E2

#6 - The Money

8.04

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 #6 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 167 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E4

#7 - The Kiss

8.04

Season 2 - Episode 4

Elena agrees to a holiday in Ischia with Lila, knowing that Nino Sarratore will also be on the island.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 96 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E3

#8 - The Metamorphoses

7.99

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. As the girls' encounters with the opposite sex become more frequent, Lila takes a stand against the dangerous Solara brothers.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 140 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E2

#9 - The Body

7.96

Season 2 - Episode 2

Antonio is mad as Lenu for trying to stop his draft to the army. Stefano hits Lila and opens his heart to Lenu. Lila is mad at Lenu for trying to reconcile Stefano and her.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 103 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E5

#10 - The Shoes

7.96

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 140 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E3
#11 - Erasure
7.94
Season 2 - Episode 3

Lila continues to hold a grudge against Stefano as the shoe shop opens and she goes to work at his new grocery store; Elena brings Lila to a party at her teacher's home.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 103 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E6
#12 - Rage
7.90
Season 2 - Episode 6

The relationship between Elena and Lila becomes considerably colder. Elena plunges headfirst into studying for her finals, whilst Lila is having to tackle problems of an entirely different nature.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 96 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E7
#13 - Ghosts
7.87
Season 2 - Episode 7

University life in Pisa has deeply changed Elena. Back in Naples for the Easter holidays, she discovers that just as many changes have affected the neighbourhood, and with it Lila's life.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 97 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S2E1
#14 - The New Name
7.79
Season 2 - Episode 1

Lenu and Lila continue their lives in different path: Lila works in the show store and Elena returns to school.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 106 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E7
#15 - The Fiancés
7.79
Season 1 - Episode 7

Elena returns to Naples to find Lila has made a romantic connection with Stefano, despite the looming presence of Marcello.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 124 votes.

My Brilliant Friend - S1E1
#16 - The Dolls
7.62
Season 1 - Episode 1

The disappearance of her old friend, Lila Cerrullo, causes 60-year-old author Elena Greco to reflect on the early days of their friendship in 1950s Naples, when Elena and Lila are two very different girls at the top of their class. When the girls discover the underground lair of Don Achille, a criminal figure who controls the neighborhood, they decide to confront him, facing their fears together and laying the cornerstone of a lasting friendship and rivalry.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of My Brilliant Friend from 226 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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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]

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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 Lenú'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.

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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 ..."

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

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