Serious Mothering



Critic Consensus: Smaller moments show a softer side of the women Monterey without losing any narrative steam.

Episode Info

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.


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
Iain Armitage
as Ziggy Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Serious Mothering

I think the story of Big Little Lies adds up to something larger than its individual parts.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Surprisingly, [the murder plot] absence doesn't feel that important. The rest of the episode is more than entertaining enough without it.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

I've never been a fan of Shailene Woodley but she's pretty great as Jane.

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Some of the best parts of the episode happened in smaller, quieter moments.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

The characters, though, remaining engagingly complex and worthy of redemption.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Episode two gave more context to the relationships introduced in the Big Little Lies premiere, richly expanding the world and setting the stage for bigger drama to come.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

Ed's transformation from mild-mannered spouse into a deliberate, stand-up guy not willing to be run over by his dominant wife was well worth the wait and brilliantly played by Adam Scott in all his hirsute glory.

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

Big Little Lies has packed its cast with heavy-hitters who elevate what could be a rote series to a higher level.

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

It definitely isn't Shakespeare, but damn if it isn't good.

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