House of Lies: Season 1 (2012)



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


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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…
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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…
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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…

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