‘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 joined the cast in the role of Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgard in Season 1) in season 2. Douglas Smith also joined the cast in a recurring role along with Poorna Jagannathan, Crystal Fox, Mo McRae and Denis O’Hare in 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 plot of ‘Big Little Lies’ draws on the life of a small town, Monterey, and its residents. It starts in the present with a murder at a public school. Through the use of flashbacks, the story takes us to the three protagonists, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane, all of whom are talked about by people at the school the night of the murder in the present. While Madeline and Celeste are friends and belong to the town, Jane is an outsider. She is befriended, though, by Madeline, whose cheering and extroverted personality ease Jane into her new life. Jane lives alone with her son, Ziggy. Flashbacks, which often come as disturbing nightmares for her, show Jane as a victim of rape. The child so conceived is Ziggy, whom she decided to give a dignified life.
The story proceeds with certain sub-plots involving a clash between parents, especially the mothers Renata Klein and Jane. The final episode answers all the burning questions that the viewer has on the back of their mind. Perry, Celeste’s abusive husband, is revealed to be Jane’s culprit. As he beats Celeste, the other women try to fight him down, albeit unsuccessfully. It is only after Bonnie’s intervention, who is married to Nathan, Madeline’s ex-husband, that they are able to control Perry; by killing him. The detectives accept their version of the story, hesitantly and let them scot-free. They enjoy an afternoon at the beach, as the sun shines once again on their lives.