Big Little Lies: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Big Little Lies

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 121


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1402
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Air date: Feb 19, 2017
Air date: Feb 26, 2017
Air date: Mar 5, 2017
Air date: Mar 12, 2017
Air date: Mar 19, 2017
Air date: Mar 26, 2017
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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 (121) | Top Critics (47)

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…

The series has a head-turningly heavyweight cast, led by Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. However, this Stepford-esque suburban noir felt a tad derivative.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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 15, 2019
    Engaging view into a strange world with good mystery overlay. Sexy women in this series who are also excellent actresses. Plus, the wife loves watching it as well. 😁
  • Sep 08, 2019
    This show explodes all the good that a TV series can have. Extraordinary performances, with an incredible Plot-twist. Just awesome.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Great season! Excellent!
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Although I barely started watching this, this is one of the best TV show I've seen in a while.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    It telegraphs the "twist" a little early, but a solid series all around
  • Aug 07, 2019
    This show started really slowly for me, enough that I was almost ready to stop watching after one episode. I'm really glad I stayed with it. The most interesting thing here is the exploration of characters who aren't really agreeable or sympathetic, to begin with. I remember thinking after about episode 2 that Jane was the only adult character I found remotely likable. By the end of the season, I found most of the main, women characters to have enough redeeming characteristics that it is very interesting to watch them. The male characters are mostly a bit of a backdrop, especially when it comes to major plot developments, except for the obvious villain. I thought that was a pretty interesting storytelling choice in general. However, Bonnie's character was a secondary character who wasn't very well rounded out throughout most of the season in ways that bugged me. A show about mostly rich white people, with one woman of color character, and she's just a boring Ms. Perfect? The final episode introduced possibilities that she *could* be much more interesting going forward.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    I loooooove this show!! Absolutely incredible! I hope there is a season 3!!!!! Screenplay is amazing! 💛🧡❤❤🧡
  • Jul 12, 2019
    Absolutely loved this show. Kept me on the edge of my seat while at the same time addressing serious issues people face.
  • Jul 06, 2019
    Smug and Pretentious - Are we all victims in this world? Poor me its everyone elses fault but my own - if that is what you sound like then this might be a show for you. If you have standards then you are probably only watching 5 shows a year (lifes to short to spend it watching midless garbage). This is not one of the 5 you should be watching.. unless you are a feminist extremest who hates everything about society and want socialism at any expense.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    so addictive and gripping.

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