TV Tango Search


|              FREE: Ask a TV Expert

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

  • Premiered: 
    November 18, 2018
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2011 book (My Brilliant Friend) by Elena Ferrante 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags:

Buy This Show on DVD or Watch Online

  • Click a button to buy a DVD at Amazon
  • Season 1
    • Amazon
Legal Full Episodes
Not Available Online
(That We Know Of)

Plot Synopsis

Based on Elena Ferrante's novel of the same name, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is an eight-episode drama series that tells the story of Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life, Raffaella 'Lila' Cerullo, seems to have disappeared without a trace. A writer, immersed in a house full of books, Greco turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their tempestuous friendship, starting from the point when Elena met Lila their first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena's brilliant friend and -- in a way -- her best friend, and worst enemy. MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is based on the first of Ferrante's four Neopolitan novels, with the other three books -- "The Story of a New Name," "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay," and "The Story of the Lost Child" -- also headed to the small screen. MY BRILLIANT FRIEND premiered Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on HBO, with the second episode debuting the next night on Monday, November 19 at 9pm, followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time.
On Monday, December 10, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, HBO premiered "La Promessa (The Promise)," the Season 1 finale of MY BRILLIANT FRIEND. With sales of Cerullo shoes lagging, Stefano cuts a business deal with the Solaras, against Lila's wishes. 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. Later, Elena and Lila get unwelcome surprises. One week earlier -- on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 -- HBO and RAI renewed MY BRILLIANT FRIEND for a second season, which will be based on "The Story of a New Name," the second book in Elena Ferrante's book series.



  • - Naples Italy