My Brilliant Friend: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend is an expansive epic that gleans rapturous beauty from the most desolate of circumstances, but it is the intimacy between the central duo -- and the remarkable performances that bring them to life -- that audiences will remember most vividly.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2018

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.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2018

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

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Air date: Nov 25, 2018

Elena grapples with the onset of puberty, her studies and her friendship with Lila, who now works in her family's shoe-repair store; as the girls' encounters with the opposite sex become more frequent, Lila takes a stand against the Solara brothers.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2018

Entering high school, Elena vows to stay ahead of Lila, academically and romantically; promising a better future for the neighborhood, Stefano Carracci invites Elena, Lila and their families over for New Year's Eve.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2018

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.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2018

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.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2018

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

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Air date: Dec 10, 2018

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.

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Cast & Crew

Margherita Mazzucco
Elena as Teenager

Actor
Gaia Girace
Lila as Teenager

Actor
Elisa del Genio
Elena as Child

Actor
Ludovica Nasti
Lila as Child

Actor
Elvis Esposito
Marcello Solara as Teenager

Guest Star
Riccardo Palmieri
Gino

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Francesco Serpico
Nino as Teenager

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Elisabetta De Palo
Elena as Adult

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Alessio Gallo
Michele Solara as Teenager

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Antonio Pennarella
Don Achille

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Emanuele Valenti
Donato

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Giovanni Amura
Stefano Carracci as Teenager

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Gennaro De Stefano
Rino as Teenager

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Jennifer Schuur
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for My Brilliant Friend: Season 1

  • Feb 05, 2022
    Good, but i don't like it so much, it's really well made, but. it doesn't inspire me to watch it again.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    Fantastic. Brilliant. Lovely.
  • Sep 04, 2020
    Brilliant show. The casting was perfect. You believe these characters are real. So absorbing.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    Simply wonderful. Each of the female leads delivers a performance uniquely intoxicating, which is supported by strong performances, all around, tasteful cinematography, and a captivating storyline.
  • May 20, 2020
    Best show on TV. We watched the first season twice. I am learning Italian just so that I can read the books in their original language.
  • May 18, 2020
    I really enjoyed the show. It's fresh and very entertaining. I'm learning Italian and my Professor recommended the series. I'm so glad she did, and I would definitely highly recommend the show to not only people learning Italian but also to everyone.
  • May 07, 2020
    I really loved the portrayal of the town and the community. The relationship between the characters really kept the show alive for me. I don't know if the friendship between the two main ones got to be as ambiguous as it tried to be but, however, it was interesting to see.
  • Apr 27, 2020
    Starts out slow, but has a brilliant development and world building. I became fascinated with the characters and their world. Very good!
  • Apr 23, 2020
    The complexity of the characters and the setting of Naples in the 50s draws you into this show. This season builds the baseline of the larger story that is irresistable and compelling. This season is great but the next season is even better. Watch and enjoy!
  • Apr 22, 2020
    This is one of the best shows I have watched in a long time!

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