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In this dramatic series, a woman remembers her tumultuous friendship with another girl in 1950s Naples after learning that her now-grown friend has disappeared. The limited series is based on a novel and airs on HBO.

HBO
1 Season, 8 Episodes
November 18, 2018
Drama
8.7/10
Cast: Valentina Acca, Antonio Buonanno, Gennaro Canonico, Pina Di Gennaro
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My Brilliant Friend Full Episode Guide

  • As Lila approaches a milestone, Stefano goes to the Solaras for help with the Cerullos' shoe business, while Elena prepares to see her name in print for the first time. Check out a preview of season finale, “The Promise.”

  • 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 Elena's 15th birthday, an unexpected encounter leaves her shaken.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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