The BEST Episodes of My Brilliant Friend

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2020

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

Close to graduating, Elena is seized by a creative impulse that gives birth to her first novel.

star 8.48
75 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Betrayal

#2 - The Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2020

Pinuccia leaves Ischia to go back to Rino and the group of five becomes of four. There's now a rift between Lila and Elena - one that goes by the name of Nino.

star 8.33
75 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Island

#3 - 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 8.23
125 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Kiss

#4 - The Kiss

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2020

Elena agrees to a holiday in Ischia with Lila, knowing that Nino Sarratore will also be on the island.

star 8.16
75 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Body

#5 - 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 8.15
79 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Erasure

#6 - 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 8.10
80 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Promise

#7 - The Promise

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 10, 2018

With sales of Cerullo shoes lagging, Stefano cuts a business deal with the Solaras; after Elena gets kicked out of a class for voicing her opinion, Nino encourages her to write an article about her experience for his magazine.

star 8.10
122 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Dissolving Boundaries

#8 - Dissolving Boundaries

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 26, 2018

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.

star 8.09
125 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Money

#9 - The Money

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 19, 2018

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.

star 8.07
155 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Ghosts

#10 - Ghosts

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2020

University life in Pisa has deeply changed Elena. Back in Naples for the Easter holidays, she discovers that just as many changes have affected the neighbourhood, and with it Lila's life.

star 8.04
68 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
Rage

#11 - Rage

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2020

The relationship between Elena and Lila becomes considerably colder. Elena plunges headfirst into studying for her finals, whilst Lila is having to tackle problems of an entirely different nature.

star 8.04
71 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Metamorphoses

#12 - The Metamorphoses

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2018

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.

star 8.03
127 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo
The Shoes

#13 - 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 7.99
128 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 7.87
85 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 to find Lila has made a romantic connection with Stefano, despite the looming presence of Marcello.

star 7.82
113 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 7.63
210 votes
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo