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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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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Did You Know?


Larry Sullivan and David Monahan are also a couple in real life and have one child together. They previously played a married same-sex couple in a commercial for Campbell Soup. See more »


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


Referenced in Younger: Big Little Liza (2018) See more »


Cold Little Heart
Performed by Michael Kiwanuka
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Very creative with a sinister wit and some intelligence...
20 February 2017 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

I almost gave up on it after the lacklustre and uncreative beginning, but then the clever structure and intricate story-line kicked-in, followed by the interesting characters who are slowly taking form. Their purpose and meaning to the unfolding mystery is becoming evident and damn fascinating. All thanks to the performers who have already got this perfectly down-pat in the first episode, and that allows the story to take shape and meaning for the remainder of the series.

So far this series is more than about fighting mums and a "who-done-it". What is so prevalent in the first episode is the underlying themes of parenthood, marital relationships and school-mom politics. I'm sure the writers will have more juice to add as the series progresses.

For now, it's the mystery that has got me hooked. And to heighten my viewing pleasure, it is the development of the characters and the conflicts surrounding them, and also within, that makes me want to watch it that little bit longer, hopefully right to the very end of the series that is slowly peeling away the hypocrisy and the nastiness of an affluent suburb/town!

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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



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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