My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend
Premiere November 18, 2018
Airs On hiatus
Creator Saverio Costanzo
Network/Provider RAI 1 (Italy)
Style 60-minute period drama
Company Wildside,
RAI Fiction,
HBO Entertainment,
Distributor Fremantle (international)
Seasons 2
Episodes 16 (through season 2)
Status Renewed through season 3
Origin USA / Italy
Official Site HBO

My Brilliant Friend is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Elena Ferrante, which is the first of her four-part series published in the U.S. by Europa Editions.

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the 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 her worst enemy.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Elisa Del Genio Young Elena Greco * *
Ludovica Nasti Young Raffaella "Lila" Cerullo * *
Margherita Mazzucco Teenage Elena Greco * *
Gaia Girace Teenage Raffaella "Lila" Cerullo * *
Stefano Carracci Giovanni Amura o *
Francesco Serpico Nino Sarratore o *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One November 27, 2018 (Italy)
November 18, 2018 (USA)
December 18, 2018 (Italy)
December 10, 2018 (USA)
Season Two: The Story of a New Name February 10, 2020 (Italy)
March 16, 2020 (USA)
March 2, 2020 (Italy)
May 4, 2020 (USA)
Season Three


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