My Brilliant Friend: Season 1 (2018)



Critic Consensus: 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
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Ludovica Nasti and Elisa del Genio, who play Lila and Lenù as small girls, are amazing: as sly as they are artless, as knowing as they are guileless. Their smudgy, sad faces hold the attention as the histrionic plot does not

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

When there are dozens of new shows every month clamouring for your time, My Brilliant Friend is that rare find that should rocket to the top of your watchlist.

Nov 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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Saverio Costanzo's production looks and feels wonderfully authentic.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

So many individual pieces are intriguing, and some even prove rewarding over hours of consideration. Still, even the most introspective series doesn't need to be such a slog.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The announcement of a new TV adaptation... led many of Ferrante's fans to question how the miniseries could possibly capture the heart of the books. Miraculously, though, it does.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Insightful and clear-eyed, "My Brilliant Friend" takes you there.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing on TV to match the show's novelistic immersion in [the character's] inner lives.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Brilliant, beautiful, a cut above just about every other recent TV series. On the other hand, you can't help the feeling there's so much you're missing out on by not consuming it in its original format.

Dec 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The actresses perfectly and gracefully embody the two central characters, friends, neighbors and rivals who grow up together in a Neapolitan slum in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Along these lines, My Brilliant Friend displays an intoxicating mastery of perspective.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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