The BEST Episodes of My Brilliant Friend

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Network: HBO

A woman recounts the lifelong friendship and conflicts with a girl she met at primary school in Naples during the early 1950s.

The Blue Fairy

#1 - The Blue Fairy

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2020

Elena graduates university, meets a man from a nice family and returns to Naples. When she returns home she is told that Lila left home with her son. While in Pisa Elena wrote a novel based on her life.

star 8.30
108 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Island

#2 - The Island

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 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.

star 8.16
143 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Betrayal

#3 - The Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2020

Lila and Nino get dangerously close to each other during the summer vacation in Ischia. This breaks Lenu's heart, feeling twice betrayed.

star 8.14
103 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Promise

#4 - The Promise

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 10, 2018

The shoe sales are slow, so Stefano makes a deal with the Solares despite Lila's objections. Elena is thrown out of class for expressing her mind, she writes an article about that. Lila's wedding day arrives.

star 8.08
142 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Dissolving Boundaries

#5 - Dissolving Boundaries

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 26, 2018

Elena enters high school as Lila ignores her many suitors.

star 8.04
142 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Money

#6 - The Money

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

Elena and Lila fight to continue their education; a death changes things in the neighborhood forever.

star 8.03
173 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Kiss

#7 - The Kiss

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2020

On Lila's request, Lenu joins her and Pinuccia at Ischia for the summer. They meet Nino Sarratore, and both are attracted to him.

star 7.98
106 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Metamorphoses

#8 - The Metamorphoses

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2018

Now teens, Elena and Lila struggle to connect as their futures diverge.

star 7.98
146 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Shoes

#9 - The Shoes

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 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.

star 7.97
147 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Body

#10 - The Body

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 23, 2020

Antonio is mad as Lenu for trying to stop his draft to the army. Stefano hits Lila and opens his heart to Lenu. Lila is mad at Lenu for trying to reconcile Stefano and her.

star 7.91
117 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Erasure

#11 - Erasure

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 30, 2020

Lila continues to hold a grudge against Stefano as the shoe shop opens and she goes to work at his new grocery store; Elena brings Lila to a party at her teacher's home.

star 7.90
115 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Rage

#12 - Rage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2020

Following the vacation in Ischia Elena disconnects from Lila and Nino. Lila decides she cannot go on with her life, so she leaves Stefano and moves in with Nino. Elena travels to Pisa for her university studies. Antonio returns broken from him military service and looks for work.

star 7.82
108 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Ghosts

#13 - Ghosts

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2020

Elena enjoys her life as a student in Pisa. When she is sick she reads the notebooks Lila gave her during her visit to Naples, and learns what Lila has gone through during the years.

star 7.77
111 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The New Name

#14 - The New Name

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 16, 2020

Lenu and Lila continue their lives in different path: Lila works in the show store and Elena returns to school.

star 7.77
118 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Fiancés

#15 - The Fiancés

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 9, 2018

Elena returns to Naples and finds out that Lila is romantically involved with Stefano, despite Marcello's advances. While Lila embraces that luxurious lifestyle Elena decides to reciprocate romantic advances.

star 7.76
129 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Dolls

#16 - The Dolls

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 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. 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.

star 7.61
231 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo