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Big Little Lies 

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The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder.

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David E. Kelley
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Cast

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
Laura Dern ...  Renata Klein 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Darby Camp ...  Chloe Mackenzie 14 episodes, 2017-2019
Larry Sullivan ...  Oren / ... 10 episodes, 2017-2019
Adam Scott ...  Ed Mackenzie 8 episodes, 2017-2019
James Tupper ...  Nathan Carlson 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Jeffrey Nordling ...  Gordon Klein 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Iain Armitage ...  Ziggy Chapman 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Kathryn Newton ...  Abigail Carlson 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Chloe Coleman ...  Skye Carlson 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Cameron Crovetti ...  Josh Wright 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Nicholas Crovetti ...  Max Wright 8 episodes, 2017-2019
Alexander Skarsgård ...  Perry Wright 7 episodes, 2017
Santiago Cabrera ...  Joseph Bachman 7 episodes, 2017
Kelen Coleman ...  Harper Stimson 7 episodes, 2017
Larry Bates ...  Stu 7 episodes, 2017
Kathreen Khavari ...  Samantha 7 episodes, 2017
David Monahan ...  Bernard 7 episodes, 2017
Ivy George ...  Amabella Klein 7 episodes, 2017-2019
Crystal R. Fox ...  Elizabeth Howard 7 episodes, 2019
Douglas Smith ...  Corey Brockfield 7 episodes, 2019
Sarah Baker ...  Thea Cunningham 6 episodes, 2017
Sarah Burns ...  Gabrielle 6 episodes, 2017
P.J. Byrne ...  Principal Nippal 6 episodes, 2017
Gia Carides ...  Melissa 6 episodes, 2017
Hong Chau ...  Jackie 6 episodes, 2017
Joseph Cross ...  Tom 6 episodes, 2017
Virginia Kull ...  Ms. Barnes 6 episodes, 2017
Merrin Dungey ...  Detective Adrienne Quinlan 6 episodes, 2017-2019
Robin Weigert ...  Dr. Amanda Reisman 6 episodes, 2017-2019
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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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it's a wonderful lie. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Little Lies See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley have all starred in films directed by Alexander Payne. See more »


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Cold Little Heart
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Big Little Show
4 April 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

This really is the golden age of TV as proved by the fact that this mini-series stars three incredible actresses (two of them Oscar winners) giving some of their career best performances). Big Little Lies takes a hard look at the lives of women in the wealthy mostly white suburb of Monterey, where you're no one if you don't have a beach front property and where everyone hides their secrets so that they don't risk anyone seeing that their lives are a facade.

The three women at the centre of the story are Madeleine Mackenzie an A-type mostly stay at home mom on her second husband (Reese Witherspoon), her beautiful best friend Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the town newcomer that Mackenzie adopts into their life, Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), a 20-something young mom who moved to the town for the schools and doesn't really fit in. Each woman is hiding a huge secret, but eventually the secrets come out and the women find solace and comfort leaning on each other for support.

There is a lot more than that (the show opens with the bold claim that there was a murder, and most of the show is a flash backward showing how that murder came to be), but a lot of the central mysteries aren't mysteries at all. The editing, costuming and acting choices deeply hint at the answers to every mystery, so by the time the finale rolls around and everything is revealed it's not so much an "Ah ha!" moment as an "Ahhhhh" moment as you realize with satisfaction that the build up was good and everything makes sense.

The best part of this is seeing all the actors doing amazing work. Nicole Kidman walks away with the show giving a devastating performance. Laura Dern provides levity and Robin Weigert, as Celeste's therapist, may not be a "name" actress, but she brings so much to her scenes.

A wonderful show.


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