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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 series delves deep into the experience of the girls in the middle of the 20th century, and it attempts to explain how their lives unfolded. The limited series is based on a novel and airs on HBO.

HBO
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes
November 18, 2018
8.5/10
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My Brilliant Friend Full Episode Guide

  • 'The Blue Fairy.' (Season Two) Season finale. Elena pens her first novel, which she entrusts to her fiance, before returning to find Lila.

  • 'Ghosts.' (Season Two) In reading Lila's diaries, Elena, now a college student, realizes how much her friend's new role has changed her.

  • 'Rage.' (Season Two) Elena plunges headfirst into her academic future, while Lila tackles problems of an entirely different nature.

  • 'The Betrayal.' (Season Two) On Ischia, an agonizing rift begins to form between Elena and Lila.

  • 'The Kiss.' (Season Two) Elena agrees to a holiday in Ischia with Lila, knowing that Nino Sarratore will also be on the island.

  • 'Erasure.' (Season Two) Lila continues to hold a grudge against Stefano as the shoe shop opens and she goes to work at his grocery store.

  • 'The Body.' (Season Two) After a photo of Lila on her wedding day is exhibited, admiration and gossip pervades among many people.

  • 'The New Name.' Season Two Premiere. Newly-married Lila grows resentful of her husband and finds new ways to carry on seeing Elena.

  • 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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