My Brilliant Friend: Season 1 (2018)

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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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Critic Ratings: 55

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User Ratings: 261
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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 18, 2018
2
Air date: Nov 19, 2018
3
Air date: Nov 25, 2018
4
Air date: Nov 26, 2018
5
Air date: Dec 2, 2018
6
Air date: Dec 3, 2018
7
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
8
Air date: Dec 10, 2018

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Critic Reviews for My Brilliant Friend Season 1

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (30)

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…

My Brilliant Friend is often at its best when it invokes this same crisis of knowledge, of growing up where everyone knows your business and no one can admit the truth. It's about the escape hatch that clever girls squeeze through.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

But if the show underscores the grimness of the novels, the loss of Lenù's first-person narration robs the series of something more important: her voice.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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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 juxtaposition of their hopes and dreams versus the brutal reality of their lives under the rule of their uneducated fathers and male authority in the early episodes gets you rooting so hard for them you think your heart will burst.

Dec 19, 2019 | 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…

An ambitious proposal whose start buries, with a tedious rhythm, its magnificent setting and production design. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Brilliant Friend: Season 1

  • Oct 12, 2019
    Astonishingly good and faithful adaptation of the masterwork of a writer who deserves the Nobel Prize. The acting of the two girls (who had not acted before) is amazing. The script and direction are first-rate. The series catches the intensity of the original. Caviar for the general.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    One of the most beautiful TV-series I have ever seen! The "brilliant friend of the heroine" made me recall my childhood friend and their friendship seemed to me similar in many ways to ours. I got overwhelmed with memories and emotions. The tv-series is also a time-space-machine that gives you an opportunity to visit the Naples of the fifties.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    It's one of my favorite novels, so I was skeptical. But it's perfectly cast. It's a blessing to be able to spend more time in this world.
  • Mar 18, 2019
    Incredibly nuanced performances & gorgeous production
  • Jan 28, 2019
    My heart is full.... after reading all 4 books. I was so excited for the TV series, and what a treat! Everything from cinematography to the actors to Naples 1950s backdrop, EVERYTHING was how I had envisaged it in my mind. All the characters were exactly how I pictured them, even little Lila and little Lenu. I am not Italian, but after I can't help but feel nostalgic, like it's touch a piece of my childhood. I feel that that both Lila and Lenu characteristics are relatable, as if I had a bit of both of them in me. I can't wait to see what is in store for next season. Book 2 was an emotional read for me, so I am preparing myself emotionally before season 2 comes out. This is a must see/read for all generations!
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Brilliant and beautiful viewing!
  • Dec 30, 2018
    The most amazing acting I've seen in years. Great coming of age story set in Naples. Perfection.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Too dark and dramatic reconstruction of the Italian reality just to wink to the American public. The young actresses are unable to communicate much, in particular Margherita Mazzucco who is expressionless all the time. The series is not much than a list of stereotypical scenes and characters. But the narrating voice is horrible above all: insipid and monotonous it is the voice of the wife of the director, Alba Rohrwacher (example of Italian nepotism, representative of Italy much more than the dull and boring miniseries of Saverio Costanzo, also an example of favoritism, because, not by chance, he is son of one of the most famous and influential Italian TV hosts, Maurizio C.).
  • Dec 20, 2018
    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES. I CAME IN KNOWING NOTHING ABOUT IT AND FOUND IT A WELL DONE SERIES WITH EXCELLENT ACTING AND A VERY INTERESTING STORY.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Kept me on my toes! Loved the story of a beautiful friendship between two girls with two very different personalities!

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