‘Big Little Lies’ is an American mystery-drama television series that airs on HBO and first premiered on February 19, 2017. The series is based on the novel of the same name that has been written by Liane Moriarty. It has been adapted for television by David E. Kelley who has shows like ‘Boston Legal‘ and ‘Mr. Mercedes‘ to his name. Jean Marc-Vallee served as the director of the show for the first season, whereas Andrea Arnold of ‘American Honey’ fame took up the reigns as director for the second season. Pacific Standard, Blossom Films, and David E. Kelley Productions are the companies behind the project, while Barbara A. Hall and Liane Moriarty are the producers. David E. Kelley, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Gregg Fienberg, and Nathan Ross are on board as the executive producers of the show.
The series centers around three emotionally troubled women, living in Monterey, California, who manage to get caught up in a murder investigation. The show was initially conceived as a miniseries, but it quickly became so popular that the network requested more seasons. Naturally, the fan base is strong. However, it has also been critically lauded for the stellar performance from the cast members, and for being a funny, addictive, and thrilling ride full of nail-biting twists and turns. Having won eight Emmy Awards just backs the praise that critics have already heaped on the show.
Big Little Lies Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Big Little Lies’ includes Reese Witherspoon who appears in the role of Madeline Martha Mackenzie, and Nicole Kidman, who plays Celeste Wright. Other cast members include the likes of Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, and Iain Armitage. Meryl Streep joins the main cast in the role of Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgard in Season 1). Douglas Smith is also a part of the cast in a recurring role along with Poorna Jagannathan, Crystal Fox, Mo McRae and Denis O’Hare for the second season. Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Merrin Dungey, and Sarah Sokolovic are other members of the cast.
Big Little Lies Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Big Little Lies’ takes a close look at the apparently perfect lives of the mothers of first graders, to the point where things begin to unravel and a murder occurs. While the show might have a lot of apparent trappings at first, it ultimately boils down to the women confronting a raging abuser.
There is something to be said for the thoughtful design and flawless execution of the show, where the initial episodes all build towards what is to come, and the most fleeting of scenes or inconsequential interactions seem to take on an additional burden that goes towards the resolution of the story. To be honest, when the series started, it came across as a glossier take on ‘Desperate Housewives’ and the subplots grew tiresome. Although the storylines were always nicely crafted, the scrambled up structure messed with the thing sometimes. Even the cutaway scenes to the police interrogation grew wearisome after a while. However, Kelley who has made several shows featuring a lot of women is known to script in a fair share of catfights.