Big Little Lies: Season 1 (2017)


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Bitingly funny and highly addictive, Big Little Lies is a twisty, thrilling, enlightening ride led by a first-rate cast.



Critic Ratings: 124


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Air date: Feb 19, 2017

In the premiere of an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's novel set in a seemingly idyllic seaside California town, a suspicious death at an elementary school fund-raiser exposes rivalries simmering beneath the superficial comity among some of the parents.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2017

Madeline feels slighted by Renata and gets bad news about her community-theater production; Ziggy asks Jane why they moved to Monterey; Celeste tells Perry they should seek counseling; Nathan and Ed have a tense meeting about their wives.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2017

Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Annabella's birthday party to annoy Renata. Meanwhile, Celeste's roller-coaster relationship with Perry continues before their first therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Abigail's guidance counselor wants to meet with Madeline; Principal Nippal announces the theme for the fall fund-raiser; and Jane asks for Madeline's help with Ziggy's family-tree project.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2017

Nathan hosts a couples dinner for Madeline and Ed to discuss a "parenting paradigm" for Abigail. Meanwhile, Celeste prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline's play, and clashes with Perry over the prospect of her returning to work; Jane meets with Ziggy's teacher to talk about classroom bullying; and Madeline stumbles upon a clue about Jane's past.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2017

Madeline gets encouraging news about the play from her director, but is unnerved by a significant change in his demeanor. Meanwhile, Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes discuss the Ziggy-Amabella situation with Jane; and Celeste has a solo session with Dr. Reisman, who presses her for more details on her marriage.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2017

Madeline worries about Jane and the can of worms she opened. Meanwhile, Jane confronts Renata; Bonnie tells Nathan about Abigail's secret project; and Ed and Madeline have a candid conversation about the lack of passion in their marriage.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2017

In the Season 1 finale, Celeste makes a bold move after another fight; Madeline deals with fallout from her past before the school's fall fund-raiser; and Jane learns who's really been hurting Amabella at school.

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All is not what it seems in this dark comedy set in an idyllic seaside California town, where success, affluence and privilege are slowly but surely undone by secrets, rivalries, deception and murder.

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Critic Reviews for Big Little Lies Season 1

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (50)

Before dismissing this as simply a melodrama about poor rich women, pay attention to the strength of the cast and the non-linear storytelling.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

As Big Little Lies dazzles you with twisty, dramatic coastlines along the Pacific, it will turn your stomach with its characters' warped marriages, Zen affectations, and blind privilege.

Feb 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Kidman is most effective in prolonged scenes with her therapist, during which she progresses from denial to a growing self-awareness. But the most affecting performance is by Woodley as Jane, who's lovingly raised her son while also battling her demons.

Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Moral superiority often hides personal insecurity. It's not a new theme or even a particularly daring one, but Big Little Lies offers a modern take that is consistently engaging and artistically rewarding.

Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Yes, it can be mean, and yes, superficial, and yes, a little draggy (almost a whole episode about a kids' party, really?). But the cast is fabulous, and the script by Kelly sparkles. A winner.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Big Little Lies is a series built to be as entertaining as it is enlightening, and they've pulled off both feats with great zeal.

Feb 6, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Impeccably structured, beautiful style. The murder mystery is fun for the first watch, but even when you know the end this show is a blast.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a well-acted and mostly well-written production though, and at a brisk 7 episodes, there's little time for things to drag. Just be prepared to roll your eyes a handful of times in between marvelling at most of the good stuff.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The first season of Big Little Lies was maybe the best thing to happen to television in the past five years.

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a smart take on the whodunit classic.

Jun 3, 2019 | Full Review…

All in all, the finale was packed with the appropriate tension and fun red herrings that fit the show perfectly and made for an incredibly satisfying conclusion.

Jun 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Happily ever after? That turned out to be the biggest little lie of them all.

Jun 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Little Lies: Season 1

  • Sep 11, 2020
    With a top tier cast, impeccable acting, poignant storytelling, and a beautifully shot atmosphere, Big Little Lies offers everything you could ever want in a peak degree drama.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    I think that it's a very good show, I really enjoy the story and the performances. The cast is excellent.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    Have only watched Season 1 so far, but it was amazing! I can't remember the last time a show engrossed me this much. Each episode kept me biting my nails, and something which doesn't happen much any more in these days: the ending was very satisfying. Yes, the plot allows for another season, but they told a complete story, and that's important because there is nothing more frustrating than investing yourself in a whole season of a show only to find out that the whole season was only a setup for the next one.
  • May 25, 2020
    Interesante de principio a fin
  • Mar 22, 2020
    The first season of Big Little Lies was one of the best seasons of any TV Show, ever, period. Liane Moriarty's good novel was adapted into a great show, which stayed true to the source material and fully developed each of its many characters over just 8 episodes (including the children.) The level of talent in the ensemble cast is almost unfathomable: Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern; Action star Shailene Woodley (Divergent) and model Zoe Kravitz; Perennial HBO cast member Alexander Skarsgard and Parks & Rec alum Adam Scott. These represent some of the biggest names in showbiz, and they deliver top-level performances in Lies, playing each of their characters to perfection. Their presence, combined with good source material, good direction, and smart writing elevate the central premise of murder mystery to something far more complex and compelling. This show truly has it all in the way of plot material- private schools, divorces, affairs, toxic relationships, detectives- and over the course of one season we see constant abuse break a strong woman, secret affairs nearly break up a marriage, and schoolyard bullying break up friendships. There was not one moment of the show I was not glued to the television set for, a rare occurrence in today's TV-as-background-noise era. There was not one moment when any of the many plot threads and complicated characters overwhelmed me or took away from the viewing experience. There was not one moment from the first to last episode that I didn't buy into Montery and its inhabitants and their secrets. It truly is difficult to put into words the level at which this series delivers, so I urge anyone who somehow has not yet seen it to watch it posthaste
  • Mar 16, 2020
    It's a herculean task to create depth in literally every single character - and this show does exactly that. Amazing soundtrack to top it all off.
  • Mar 02, 2020
    I had such a visceral emotional response to this season. The way each aspect of a persons personality was portrayed was just so brilliant. The way the abusive relationship between Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsguard was displayed... just brutally honest and raw. I felt I was a part of what she was going through and felt such a strong empathetic connection to her. This series has found a perfect way to lay out truths we don't even admit to ourselves. I'm hooked!
  • Feb 20, 2020
    Absolutely obsessed with this show. Brilliant acting.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    I don't know why I waited to watch this. I put this off for so long and now I'm kicking myself because it's one of the best pieces of television I've watched in years. Have you ever watched a scary movie and been so taken in by the scenery or set or even costuming that you couldn't be scared? Sure, Deliverance was horrible but that opening river scenery was gorgeous and makes you think about camping, no? That's how I felt watching Big Little Lies unfold in Monterey. The scenes of domestic violence and rape are brutal and graphic. Be aware of that going in. If you're one of the few who hasn't seen this though, don't wait any longer. It's fantastic.
  • Feb 09, 2020
    I thoroughly enjoyed this show and then the finale gave me crazy goosebumps and made me cry. I did not expect it to be so powerful. Damn!

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