Somebody's Dead



Critic Consensus: Smart and stylish, "Somebody's Dead" introduces the intoxicatingly soapy delights of life in Monterey.

Episode Info

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.


Nicole Kidman
as Celeste Wright
Reese Witherspoon
as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Alexander Skarsgård
as Perry Wright
Laura Dern
as Renata Klein
Adam Scott
as Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz
as Bonnie Carlson
James Tupper
as Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling
as Gordon Klein
Darby Camp
as Chloe Mackenzie
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Critic Reviews for Somebody's Dead

The episode is graceful and kind of hypnotic, and its moments that seem to function in service of over-explanation or sentimentality inevitably end up subverted.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a smart take on the whodunit classic.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies is the prestige drama version of a soap opera. It's Desperate Housewives mixed with The Night Of. It's this-close-to-shallow TV that you can still feel good about watching.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

That combination of high-quality work surrounding a slightly dishy, soapy, and even vaguely satirical plotline is what's making this show so much fun for us right out of the gate.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Reese Witherspoon's performance as the queen of Monterey's mean girl contingent is delicious, as is Kidman's dangerously brittle Celeste. And thematically, I'm interested to see the heft it brings in future episodes.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Somebody's Dead is a wonderful introduction to this new HBO series.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

As HBO's smart, Zeitgeisty adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel Big Little Lies proves, the school run is the ideal catalyst for delicious, mamas-gone-feral drama.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Thanks to its big-name stars (and their talent) and cinematic direction, Big Little Lies is intriguing enough to try out.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

With compelling nuance, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Reese Witherspoon play complex, disparate women confronting motherhood, domestic abuse, and identity.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

By playing up the crime at the center of this Monterey drama, Big Little Lies grips the viewer even before the stars show up.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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