Liar: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Liar has just enough twists to make it more than just another thriller -- though its treatment of sensitive issues leaves something to be desired.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 6

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Air date: Sep 27, 2017

Laura Nielson, recently out of a relationship, is set up with Andrew Earlham, a handsome widowed surgeon and father of one of her students. The two enjoy a lovely first date, but the next day, rumors and accusations begin to circulate and the two find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and confusion.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2017

Andrew tries to push the situation with Laura to the back of his mind until a phone call from his son Luke forces him to confront the accusations made against him. Laura takes matters into her own hands, but her less-than-legal tactics threaten to expose her.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017

A man from Laura's past visits Andrew and reveals some powerful information about Laura. Laura realizes she must turn to Andrew for help with a student.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2017

Determined, Laura travels to Edinburgh to uncover the truth behind Andrew's wife's death, but finds more than she bargained for. Meanwhile, tensionsbetween Tom and Katy reach fever pitch as their secret threatens to surface.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2017

Laura's resolve to bring Andrew to justice deepens and she enlists Tom's help in her plan. However, when a deception in Laura's personal life comes to light, she is left with no one to turn to, and she resorts to dangerous methods to force Andrew's confession. But she is not alone in her mission.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2017

Terrified of arrest, Andrew enlists Luke's help as an alibi. But Laura Nielson won't give up easily, and the final match between the two is set to have violent consequences.

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Cast & Crew

Warren Brown
Tom Bailey
Shelley Conn
DI Vanessa Harmon
Joanne Froggatt
Laura Nielson
Ioan Gruffudd
Andrew Earlham
Zoe Tapper
Katy Sutcliffe
Richie Campbell
Liam Sutcliffe
Harry Williams
Harry Williams
Jack Williams
Sam Donovan
Glenn Gregory
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Critic Reviews for Liar Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12)

It's all moderately gripping, I suppose. The performances are workmanlike, and the mood suitably tricksy.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

In the end, Liar isn't the show we were hoping it would be. As is so often the case, lies might make for the better narrative, and the truth is an unpleasant one.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

... every fresh twist forces us to question our own allegiances.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a bad sign when you find yourself yearning for them to show more of these, because the present-day action is lacking.

Mar 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Liar is the sort of psychological thriller that will leave you lying awake in bed, turning over the evidence in your mind and trying to get at the truth - even though the answer remains elusive.

Apr 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead, it becomes a cat and mouse game of often boneheaded moves that become more baffling and outrageous as the series continues, with little sense of motivation or development of its characters.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I could forgive their simplified storytelling if the effect was as dazzling as their previous work. Instead, Liar was disappointing in its lack of nuance and unbelievable lines.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Liar's depiction of rape wasn't just insensitive, it was reckless.

Jan 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The conditions are ripe to force the audience to question the motives of everyone involved, and even themselves for indulging in this odd, queasy genre of 'rape thriller'.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This is such an interesting show.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The drama knows it is exploiting rape for entertainment.

Jul 9, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

But there's plenty of set up of he's so-and-so-who-knows-so-and-so to be done in an opening episode, and we are compensated with enough hints that things will get suitably fiery in episode two to stick with it.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Liar: Season 1

  • Oct 27, 2020
    Nonsensical nonsense. Scratched our heads non stop. Spare yourselves Hijacked my night
  • Sep 17, 2020
    I think the poor ratings portray at least some small portion of the population unwilling to acknowledge the specific crimes the antagonist is committing. At least someone is tackling serial rapists and the fallout they leave behind. They also do a pretty decent job of portraying the police as an organization that could really care less about the 19+ women he raped and the woman he goaded into suicide. The media is also taken to task for their violence against the women who were his victims. Instead of treating them with sensitivity and understanding they are relentless in pursuing a woman suffering from PTSD. Good for them for finally portraying organizations that are supposed to protect and inform people and their failures to do their job. Police are terrible. So is the media.

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