The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.


David E. Kelley
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Top Rated TV #243 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 51 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Reese Witherspoon ...  Madeline Martha Mackenzie 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Nicole Kidman ...  Celeste Wright 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Shailene Woodley ...  Jane Chapman 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Zoë Kravitz ...  Bonnie Carlson 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Adam Scott ...  Ed Mackenzie 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Laura Dern ...  Renata Klein 14 episodes, 2017-2019
James Tupper ...  Nathan Carlson 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Alexander Skarsgård ...  Perry Wright 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Jeffrey Nordling ...  Gordon Klein 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Iain Armitage ...  Ziggy Chapman 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Darby Camp ...  Chloe Mackenzie 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Kathryn Newton ...  Abigail Carlson 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Cameron Crovetti ...  Josh Wright 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Nicholas Crovetti ...  Max Wright 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Chloe Coleman ...  Skye Carlson 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Ivy George ...  Amabella Klein 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Larry Sullivan ...  Oren Berg 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Merrin Dungey ...  Detective Adrienne Quinlan 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Kelen Coleman ...  Harper Stimson 10 episodes, 2017-2019
P.J. Byrne ...  Principal Warren Nippal 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Gia Carides ...  Melissa 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Robin Weigert ...  Dr. Amanda Reisman 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Santiago Cabrera ...  Joseph Bachman 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Larry Bates ...  Stu 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Nelly Buchet ...  Juliette 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Meryl Streep ...  Mary Louise Wright 7 episodes, 2019
Douglas Smith ...  Corey Brockfield 7 episodes, 2019
Sarah Sokolovic ...  Tori Bachman 7 episodes, 2017-2019
Kathreen Khavari ...  Samantha 7 episodes, 2017
David Monahan ...  Bernard 7 episodes, 2017
Joel Spence ...  Matt 7 episodes, 2017-2019
Sarah Baker ...  Thea Cunningham 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Burns ...  Gabrielle 6 episodes, 2017
Hong Chau ...  Jackie 6 episodes, 2017
Joseph Cross ...  Tom 6 episodes, 2017
Crystal Fox ...  Elizabeth Howard 6 episodes, 2019
Virginia Kull ...  Emily Barnes 6 episodes, 2017
Khalilah Joi ...  Young Elizabeth 6 episodes, 2019
Martin Donovan ...  Martin Howard 5 episodes, 2019
Parker Croft ...  Brent 5 episodes, 2017
Kimmy Shields ...  Kelly 5 episodes, 2017
Denis O'Hare ...  Ira Farber 4 episodes, 2019
Mykal-Michelle Harris ...  Young Bonnie 4 episodes, 2019
Tim True ...  Detective Walt Gibson 6 episodes, 2017-2019


When Madeline and Celeste take new-in-town single mom Jane under their wing, none of them realize how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. Written by Anand Patel

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A perfect life is a perfect lie. See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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"Avenue Q," the theatrical production that Madeline is working on (and trying to advocate for in the face of community objections) is a real musical, and, as described in the show, really performed with puppets. The real "Avenue Q" had a very successful Broadway run (from 2003 to 2009) and won the so-called "Triple Crown" of Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score) in 2004. The New York production moved to the off-Broadway New World Stages in 2009, where (as of August 2017) it has been running ever since. Although the show contains puppets, it was never intended for children, so given all the awards, critical acclaim, and financial success garnered by the musical over the years, in the context of "Big Little Lies," Renata's objections are meant to be seen as baseless and vindictive. See more »


Celeste is supposedly an American but she eats like a Brit, pushing food onto her fork with a knife. See more »


September Song
Performed by Agnes Obel
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Big payoff at the end
10 January 2018 | by korereviewsSee all my reviews

Like a lot of viewers, there were moments when I thought I'd had enough of this show: bitchy rich women who never seem to notice how privileged they all are - for the first few episodes, you just want them all to die. But there is always something to keep you just intrigued enough to watch another episode. And then you start to see what's really going on behind the scenes of their perfect lives, and it all starts to make sense. You realize that that feeling of annoyance at all the characters was actually a clever ploy: you're meant to hate them all at the start. But by the end, you actually really like them all, and that's some clever writing, I must say. Trust me, the last few episodes fly by, and the ending is everything you'd want it to be. Clever, genuinely touching, and very satisfying without ever feeling predictable. This is a well-crafted and very well told story. Plus the cinematography and music are hypnotically beautiful. Definitely worth your time.

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19 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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