The BEST episodes of My Brilliant Friend

Every episode of My Brilliant Friend ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of My Brilliant Friend!

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

Last Updated: 1/17/2023Network:HBO
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The Blue Fairy
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8.26
137 votes

#1 - The Blue Fairy

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/4/2020

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Promise
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8.13
174 votes

#2 - The Promise

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/10/2018

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Island
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8.10
177 votes

#3 - The Island

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/3/2018

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Betrayal
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8.09
137 votes

#4 - The Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/13/2020

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

Directors: Alice Rohrwacher
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The Money
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7.99
213 votes

#5 - The Money

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/19/2018

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

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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Dissolving Boundaries
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7.95
177 votes

#6 - Dissolving Boundaries

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/26/2018

Elena enters high school as Lila ignores her many suitors.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Metamorphoses
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7.94
186 votes

#7 - The Metamorphoses

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/25/2018

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

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Body
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7.91
150 votes

#8 - The Body

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/23/2020

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Fever
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7.91
100 votes

#9 - The Fever

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/7/2022

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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The Kiss
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7.90
140 votes

#10 - The Kiss

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/6/2020

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

Directors: Alice Rohrwacher
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The Shoes
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7.90
178 votes

#11 - The Shoes

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/2/2018

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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Erasure
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7.88
148 votes

#12 - Erasure

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/30/2020

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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Rage
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7.83
143 votes

#13 - Rage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/20/2020

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The New Name
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7.77
147 votes

#14 - The New Name

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/16/2020

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

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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Ghosts
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7.74
144 votes

#15 - Ghosts

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/27/2020

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Fiancés
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7.74
160 votes

#16 - The Fiancés

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/9/2018

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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Becoming
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7.60
86 votes

#17 - Becoming

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/4/2022

On holiday, little Gennaro often quarrels with Elena's daughters, she remains tolerant until she catches them playing doctor. In a phone call with Lila, Elena learns that her sister Elisa is dating Marcello Solara. Baffled, she travels to Naples to discuss the matter with her in person.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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The Dolls
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7.57
277 votes

#18 - The Dolls

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/18/2018

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.

Directors: Saverio Costanzo
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The Treatment
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7.52
98 votes

#19 - The Treatment

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/14/2022

Lila's health is getting worse; her job at the Soccavo plant is burning her out. Elena asks her in-laws to help out; they encourage her to write an exposé to the papers, which ends up stirring up tensions in the unions.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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Indecencies
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7.51
101 votes

#20 - Indecencies

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/28/2022

At her book presentation in Milan, Elena unexpectedly meets Nino. At dinner she realises her infatuation for him has never abandoned her and begins to have doubts on her fiancé Pietro.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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Try Again
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7.51
85 votes

#21 - Try Again

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/11/2022

Elena's marriage is more and more in crisis, Pietro is distant and she feels treated like a servant. One day, Nino Sarratore shows up at the Airota's door. He and Pietro become friends and say goodbye with the promise to meet again. Elena anxiously awaits their next meeting and finally resumes writing.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay
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7.45
94 votes

#22 - Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/18/2022

Elena and Pietro meet Nino's family. Nino gives Elena his feedback on the manuscript, when he discovers that Pietro has not read it he shows hostility towards her, but in a veiled and underhanded way. Pietro's reaction to Nino's passive-aggressive attacks only confirms Elena's doubts about her husband.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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Terror
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7.43
89 votes

#23 - Terror

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/28/2022

Elena embraces the feminist cause and has a disagreement with Pietro about it. Pasquale and Nadia arrive unexpectedly at Elena's home in Florence. They are dirty, rude, and neglected. Pasquale relates to Pietro with hostility. After their departure Pietro and Elena quarrel: he doesn't want something like that to happen again.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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Cold War
star
7.42
96 votes

#24 - Cold War

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/21/2022

Elena and Lila face difficulties obtaining prescriptions for the contraceptive pill. Adele surprises Elena with an unexpected reception on her wedding day.

Directors: Daniele Luchetti
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