House of Lies: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
House of Lies

Critics Consensus

House of Lies is a stylish, cynical show with crackling dialogue, but frequently pushes bad taste and sex to the extreme.



Critic Ratings: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 98
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Air date: Jan 8, 2012
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In the first sries of this black comedy, successful management consultant Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and his high-rolling, low-ethics team known as the Pod try to stop an unpopular merger while also continuing business as usual for their firm. While Marty's right-hand woman, Jeannie (Kristen Bell), proves very capable in business, her personal life poses more of a challenge as she begins a slow and reluctant march toward the altar. Marty faces challenges of his own on the home front as he attempts to guide his son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.), through identity issues, battles his ex-wife, Monica (Dawn Olivieri), and begins a relationship with stripper April (Megalyn Echikunwoke).

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Critic Reviews for House of Lies Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (21)

There are few shows in the known universe that try this hard to be perceived as shocking and unlikable.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

It's so blisteringly vulgar and knife-edged - yeah, even by Showtime standards - that smart turns into vicious.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

House of Lies can be annoying and entertaining at the same time.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

The production values are first-rate and the storytelling is crisp.

Jan 8, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

This House' is mostly built on Cheadle's shoulders and the actor appears sturdy and engaged.

Jan 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Doesn't show you how smart and clever it is as much as begs you to think it so over and over and over again. But, thanks largely to its talented cast, it passes the ultimate test of a premiere.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I'm cautiously optimistic that House of Lies can find a groove and do something better with itself. Worst case, at least we get a season of Cheadle and Bell, and if that's all we get from the show, I'll take it.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, House of Lies' first season shows some interesting avenues and intriguing characters, and offers plenty of panache and punch lines.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. In House of Lies' case it would be applied thus: just because Showtime allows you to show lady parts, doesn't mean you are compelled to slap them across every single episode.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As the rest of the story begins to take shape, a far more interesting character study emerges that gives lead actor Cheadle some great material to work with.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Lies: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2015
    An impressive comedy that follows the life of a Management Consultant expert Mary Kaan (Don Cheadle). A self centered opportunist with a gift for convincing clients they need him to help them with the operation of their companies. He is surrounded by a team of people called a 'Pod' that help him to do the analysis that helps him swing his pitch to his favor. Jeannie (Kiristen Bell) is his brilliant right hand woman. Clyde (Ben Schwarz) & Doug (Josh Lawson) round out the team. Marty meets with a big client only to cause a problem for one of it's executives by contributing to wrecking his marriage. The company hires him only later the man he hurt comes back and convinces his boss a merger with Management Consulting firm that Marty works for is a good idea. Marty does everything he can to prevent the merger while raising his cross dressing son Roscoe who is just as brilliant as his father while the mother Monica who is substance abusing Management Consultant fights for physical custody. Jeannie sabotages her engagement by sleeping with other men. Marty and his team keep up their successful pitches to clients while finding evidence that could shut down the merger. Jeannie ends up revealing something that hurts Galweather. Great show....
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Slick looking but often fights off clichés both with its characters and writing. Manages to do just enough to keep me intrigued.

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