Big Little Lies (2017– )
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Somebody's Dead 

A suspicious death at an elementary school fundraiser draws attention to the frictions among three mothers and their families.


Jean-Marc Vallée


Liane Moriarty (based on the novel by), David E. Kelley (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Madeline Martha Mackenzie
Nicole Kidman ... Celeste Wright
Shailene Woodley ... Jane Chapman
Alexander Skarsgård ... Perry Wright
Adam Scott ... Ed Mackenzie
Zoë Kravitz ... Bonnie Carlson (as Zoe Kravitz)
James Tupper ... Nathan Carlson
Jeffrey Nordling ... Gordon Klein
Laura Dern ... Renata Klein
Iain Armitage ... Ziggy Chapman
Sarah Baker ... Thea Cunningham
Sarah Burns ... Gabrielle
P.J. Byrne ... Principal Warren Nippal
Santiago Cabrera ... Joseph Bachman
Darby Camp ... Chloe Mackenzie


A suspicious death at an elementary school fundraiser draws attention to the frictions among three mothers and their families.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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USA | Canada



Release Date:

19 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second project Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon and Jean-Marc Vallée have worked on together after Wild (2014). See more »


When Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) is taking pictures of her kids on the balcony with her iPhone, her finger covers the whole lens so she wouldn't be able to see anything on the screen. See more »


Renata Klein: [to Jane] I just wanna introduce you to *Juliette*. This is my Amabella's nanny.
Jane Chapman: Oh hello.
Juliette: Pleased to meet you.
Renata Klein: She's French. It's good for them to learn a language, you know...
[to Madeline]
Renata Klein: I just thought it'd be nice for the nannies to get to know each other,
[turning to Jane]
Renata Klein: and have your own support system.
Jane Chapman: [opens her mouth to say something but doesn't get a chance to say anything]
Madeline Martha Mackenzie: *Renata*, Jane is not a nanny. She's a mom, just young. Like you used to be?
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September Song
Written and performed by Agnes Obel
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Pulls You In, A Fun Watch
20 February 2017 | by pfeiferljSee all my reviews

"Big Little Lies", Episode 1, was a fun watch and left me wanting more. The chemistry between the actors is good and we're pulled into the characters' different backgrounds and learn each has different challenges in their private lives. The location, Monterey, adds to the ambiance of the plot, much the way Bodega Bay enhanced Hitchcock's "The Birds". It's hard not to be swept into the mood of mystery and suspense when we see tumultuous waves and dramatic vistas and windswept cypress. Great music selection, too. The dialogue keeps the momentum going. Based on this episode I think this series will be a winner. It's the kind of episode where you grab a glass of Pinot Noir and a blanket and re-watch it because you're going to catch something you missed the first time you watched it. I like that it challenges me in a "film noir" kind of way. I'm looking forward to the next episode!

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