Why Women Kill: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Why Women Kill

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Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 161

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Air date: Aug 15, 2019

Series premiere. A California house serves as the focal point for three decades of marital strife. In 1963, Beth Ann's life as a doting housewife is upended when she learns of her husband Rob's infidelity. In 1984, socialite Simone is blindsided by her husband Karl's devastating secret. In the present day, high-powered lawyer Taylor has an open marriage with husband Eli.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2019

A usually reserved Beth Ann attempts to spice up her marriage. Simone turns to Naomi's (Katie Finneran) son Tommy (Leo Howard) for solace after finding out Karl hasn't been as good at covering his adulterous tracks as he let on. Eli checks an item off of his sexual bucket list, but his happiness is short lived when he realizes there's more to Taylor and Jade's (Alexandra Daddario) relationship than he initially thought.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2019

Beth Ann comes up with a scheme to keep Rob away from April (Sadie Calvano) but ends up growing closer to her husband's mistress in the process. Simone and Karl try to keep up appearances at a gala but cooler heads do not prevail when Tommy gets jealous. Taylor and Eli run into Jade's former lovers, forcing Taylor to confront the true nature of her feelings. Katie Finneran guest stars.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2019

Beth Ann takes a walk on the wild side with April, leading to an interesting evening at a dinner party with Rob's boss. Tommy wants to put a label on his relationship with Simone but a visit from Simone's daughter Amy threatens to derail everything. Life in the throuple gets rocky for Taylor, Jade and Eli when they get mixed up with Jade's crazy ex-boyfriend.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2019

Beth Ann's budding friendship with April leaves her feeling conflicted, just as she is beginning to win back Rob's attention. Simone and Tommy get stuck in a precarious situation, leaving Simone to call on an unexpected source—Karl—for help. With Taylor out of town, Eli and Jade's relationship enters new territory when she helps him with his script.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2019

Beth Ann and Rob throw a housewarming party to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, but something seems to be amiss with neighbors Mary and Ralph. Hijinks ensue and secrets come to light when Simone and Karl have dinner with Amy's conservative future in-laws. Tensions rise in the throuple after Taylor begins to question the living arrangement and reveals a dark truth about Eli.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2019

Beth Ann is elated when Rob ends his affair, but that feeling is short-lived when Beth Ann learns that everything is not as she thinks. While Simone and Karl work to find common ground in their relationship, conflict ensues as Naomi grows suspicious of Tommy's erratic behavior. Eli, Taylor and Jade try to work out their issues by heading to a polyamory retreat, but Eli's relapse with addiction may derail everything.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2019

Beth Ann recruits Sheila to help pull off her faux diagnosis, taking her already far-fetched plan another step too far. As Simone and Tommy arrange their European rendezvous, a revelation may foil their plans. Taylor reaches out to Jade in hopes of helping Eli battle addiction, but his new found riches have Jade only seeing green.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2019

Beth Ann plots to remove April from Rob's life for good, but a surprising confrontation reveals a secret that will shock Beth Ann to her core. Meanwhile, Naomi is reeling with anger and will do anything to protect her son, even if it means destroying Simone and Karl's reputation along the way. With some help, Taylor uncovers the dark truth about Jade's past and orchestrates a meeting with Eli in hopes to join forces before it's too late.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2019

Season 1 finale. Beth Ann devises a plan for revenge that could alter the course of many lives after learning the shocking truth about her daughter's death. As Karl's health worsens, Simone's commitment to their relationship is tested. With Jade out of the picture, Taylor and Eli are focusing on their love story, and are hopeful the past is far behind them.

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Critic Reviews for Why Women Kill Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

While Why Women Kill has nuanced leads, the show stumbles in its use of high camp.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The series' arch tone and visual splendor are enough to stick around for the ride.

Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Why Women Kill can't be taken seriously enough for drama and isn't fun enough for camp.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As expected from [Marc] Cherry, Why Women Kill is a blend, a darkly funny comedy-drama that works on the surface.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's all bonkers, at times brilliant, and recommended.

Sep 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Each situation is not straightforward, and the stories, while not exactly nuanced, do take some surprising and entertaining turns.

Jul 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It's superficial but effective. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Why Women Kill serves as a bit of mindless entertainment.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The format of the trio of essentially disconnected and hence isolated vignettes hobble any larger point about the role of women in American Society and the men who screw them over, as well as any sharp, dark comedy.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Soapy delight has sex, language, terrific roles for women.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In a world inundated with tremendous television, Why Women Kill is merely fine.

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Mark Cherry assembles a truly magnificent cast for what is billed as a darkly comedic drama, but it's very difficult to connect with the characters, and that's troublesome.

Aug 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Why Women Kill: Season 1

  • Sep 15, 2020
    My favorite show of 2020. Twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat mixed with witty dialogue that can keep you laughing while you're guessing what the next scene will bring. I love how well-designed it all is, and appreciate the work that went into the spot-on transitions, the imagery (like the red in the final episode, perfect). I would call this the number one underrated show on TV right now. An absolute must-watch.
  • Sep 15, 2020
    Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Alicia Coppola certainly stole pretty much every scene. They along with the rest of the cast were amazing. The level of detail devoted to the scenery and costumes to each timeline made it a visual delight. I found the sound editing at the beginning a bit jarring and wanted the scenes to just breathe a little but you end up loving the music mid way through and certainly all the way through the end. The constant skipping back and forth between timelines at first is a bit annoying because you want to continue fully exploring the current one before being yanked to another one, but the ride is worth it because you end up enjoying each one of them. You can certainly binge watch over one weekend so it's definitely worth the hassle of signing up using the 7-day/1 month free trial for those worried about yet another streaming subscription. I can't wait for for the next season, and I'm sure you'll be looking forward to it too once you finished this first one.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    Genuinely interesting look at married couples challenged by their own internal relationship issues and societal pressures of their decade. Great actors, and great perspective!
  • May 16, 2020
    With one of the 'nicest' last 'shots' a season's finale ever saw
  • May 07, 2020
    A typical marriage problem is used to reflect the change of power distribution and multiple role replacement of women in family relations in different times. The three roles reflect the portrayal of feminism in different times, from the awakening of women's independent consciousness under the second feminist wave in the 1960s, the women's group and the sexual minority group standing together in the 1980s, to the discussion on family economic structure and gender status in open relationships. Through the keywords of equality, freedom, initiative and female power, the development of the story fully highlights the arc of female growth, while leaving aside the opposite views of men, this paper focuses on the family of origin, self-consciousness and social environment, aiming to trigger readers to rethink about the relationship, environment and themselves.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Although it has some very interesting moments, and 1963 story-line is by far the most interesting one, it all feels disconnected, the story is too predictable and the lack of chemistry between the actors all contribute to a great disinterest in the series. I found myself looking at my phone constantly, and that's a bad sign.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    There are no words! Hands down the best tv show EVER created! They've done an unbelievable job in intertwining all three generations in every episode. To all tv series buffs please be aware that once you press play you CAN NOT TURN IT OFF. And all the actresses and actors are unbelievably outstanding!
  • Mar 15, 2020
    in lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve
  • Mar 14, 2020
    This is a magnificent show! I absolutely love it! It is a dark comedy which is obviously not for everyone. There are also a good amount of mature scenes, so I'd say maybe 16 and above on average. The storyline is great, the idea is amazing and it's bedazzling how you get to a point where you either hate the characters or feel sympathetic for them. Nonetheless, I think you should give it a shot, watch a episode and see for yourself.
  • Mar 04, 2020
    Loved it! a Must see

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