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Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (2015)




Critic Consensus: While some may find its limited intrigue compelling, Secrets and Lies is ultimately undone by wooden performances, excessive red herrings, and bad scripts.


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Season 1 of this ABC anthology series, based on the Australian crime drama Secrets & Lies , follows the investigation of the murder of 5-year-old Tom Murphy (Aiden Malik), whose body is found in the woods by neighbor Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe). Due to coincidence and some possibly incriminating evidence involving the lad's mother, Jess (Natalie Martinez), Ben becomes the prime suspect, and he and his wife, Christy (KaDee Strickland), and two daughters, Natalie (Indiana Evans) and Abby (Belle Shouse), are engulfed in a media firestorm while he is doggedly pursued by the no-nonsense Det. Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis). Despite having no recollection of the night Tom was killed, thanks to a night on the town with his tenant and best friend, Dave (Dan Fogler), Ben goes to extremes to prove his innocence, though it could cost him his family, his freedom and maybe even his life. Guest stars include Melissa Gilbert, Michael Beach, Denise Dowes, Greg Alan Williams and Meaghan Rath.


Ryan Phillippe
as Ben Crawford
Juliette Lewis
as Det. Andrea Cornell
KaDee Strickland
as Christy Crawford
Natalie Martinez
as Jess Murphy
Dan Fogler
as Dave Lindsey
Indiana Evans
as Natalie Crawford
Belle Shouse
as Abby Crawford
Steven Brand
as Dr. Joseph Richardson, Joseph Turner
Kate Ashfield
as Vanessa Richardson, Vanessa Turner
Meaghan Rath
as Nicole, Nicole Mullen
Denise Dowse
as Elaine Williams
Melissa Gilbert
as Lisa Daly
Gregory Alan Williams
as Kevin Williams
Timothy Busfield
as John Garner
Tad Cooley
as Matt Daly
Michael Beach
as Jim Fenton
Benjamin Ciaramello
as Scott Murphy
Dillon Lane
as Tyler Daly
Eric Lange
as Danny Pierce
Aiden Malik
as Tom Murphy
Charles S. Dutton
as Kevin Haynes
French Stewart
as John Patrick
Jake Weber
as Ethan Barrett
Mary Mara
as Barfly
Griff Furst
as Billy Andrews
Caroline Aaron
as Ellen Lindsey
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Critic Reviews for Secrets and Lies: Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16)

The writers will lead you on and mislead you on, deploying false clues and red herrings until you feel as though you've been playing a game of Clue with a serial cheater.

February 27, 2015 | Full Review…

An arresting performance or two would enliven matters. But Phillippe and Lewis as the two principal characters are not potent enough to get the juices flowing in an unfolding crime tale that's neither terrible nor scintillating.

February 26, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

After a relatively strong premiere, ABC's thriller quickly becomes overheated, overwritten, and generally convoluted garbage.

February 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Secrets and Lies fails to create much sense of location, or character, or even jeopardy after two hours and oodles of interpersonal conflict. It feels observed, rather than lived in. Enacted, rather than unfolding.

February 26, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Since the plot and some of the other performances are sufficiently compelling to pique our interest, Secrets and Lies is worth sampling for a few episodes. But if it doesn't get stronger at its center, viewers are going to drift away.

February 26, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a fairly mundane mystery populated by cardboard characters with poor decision-making skills, starting with Ben, who immediately becomes the prime suspect, and his wife Christy.

March 3, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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