Big Little Lies (TV series)
|Big Little Lies|
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Based on||Big Little Lies|
by Liane Moriarty
|Written by||David E. Kelley|
|Opening theme||"Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Monterey, California|
|Running time||45–58 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround|
|Original release||February 19, 2017 –|
Big Little Lies is an American drama television series, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, that premiered on February 19, 2017, on HBO. Created and written by David E. Kelley, the series' seven-episode first season was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Despite originally being billed as a miniseries, HBO renewed the series for a second season. Production on the second season began in March 2018 and premiered on June 9, 2019. All seven episodes were written by Kelley and directed by Andrea Arnold.
Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, and tells the story of three emotionally troubled women in Monterey, California, who become embroiled in a murder investigation. Alexander Skarsgård, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, and Jeffrey Nordling feature in supporting roles. Meryl Streep joined the main cast for the second season.
Critically acclaimed, the series garnered several accolades, it received 16 Emmy Award nominations and won eight, including Outstanding Limited Series and acting awards for Kidman, Skarsgård, and Dern. The trio also won Golden Globe Awards in addition to a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film win for the series. Kidman and Skarsgård also received Screen Actors Guild Awards for their performances.
- 1 Cast and characters
- 2 Episodes
- 3 Production
- 4 Release
- 5 Reception
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Cast and characters
- Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie
- Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright
- Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman
- Alexander Skarsgård as Perry Wright, Celeste's husband
- Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie, Madeline's husband
- Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson, Nathan's wife
- James Tupper as Nathan Carlson, Madeline's ex-husband
- Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein, Renata's husband
- Laura Dern as Renata Klein
- Kathryn Newton as Abigail Carlson (season 2, recurring season 1), Madeline's elder daughter
- Iain Armitage as Ziggy Chapman (season 2, recurring season 1), Jane's son
- Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright (season 2), Perry's mother
- Sarah Baker as Thea Cunningham
- Sarah Burns as Gabrielle
- P. J. Byrne as Principal Nippal
- Santiago Cabrera as Joseph Bachman
- Darby Camp as Chloe Mackenzie, Madeline's younger daughter
- Hong Chau as Jackie
- Kelen Coleman as Harper Stimson
- Cameron Crovetti as Josh Wright, Celeste's son
- Nicholas Crovetti as Max Wright, Celeste's son
- Merrin Dungey as Detective Adrienne Quinlan
- Ivy George as Amabella Klein, Renata's daughter
- Virginia Kull as Ms. Barnes, the children's elementary teacher
- Chloe Coleman as Skye Carlson, Bonnie's daughter
- Molly Hagan as Dr. Moriarty, Ziggy's child psychologist
- Larry Sullivan as Oren
- David Monahan as Bernard
- Kathreen Khavari as Samantha
- Joseph Cross as Tom, Madeline and Celeste's favorite café owner (season 1)
- Sarah Sokolovic as Tori Bachman
- Robin Weigert as Dr. Amanda Reisman, Perry and Celeste's therapist
- Larry Bates as Stu
- Douglas Smith as Corey Brockfield (season 2)
- Mo McRae as Michael Perkins (season 2)
- Crystal Fox as Elizabeth Howard (season 2), Bonnie's mother
- Martin Donovan as Martin Howard (season 2), Bonnie's father
- Poorna Jagannathan as Katie Richmond (season 2)
- Denis O'Hare as Ira Farber (season 2)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||7||February 19, 2017||April 2, 2017|
|2||7||June 9, 2019||July 21, 2019|
Season 1 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Somebody's Dead"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||February 19, 2017||1.13|
|At a public school in Monterey, California, a murder suddenly occurs on trivia night, but neither the victim nor the murderer is revealed. Backtracking to the first day of school, the families of five first-graders are introduced. Madeline Martha Mackenzie is a strong-willed, wealthy, and feared alpha female in town with a first-grade daughter and teenage daughter from an earlier marriage. Madeline and Celeste befriend Jane. Secrets are revealed, including that Madeline is struggling to cope with her ex-husband Nathan's marriage to a yoga instructor named Bonnie and also trying to build a relationship with her older daughter, her friend, Celeste Wright, is a retired lawyer and the mother of twin sons who are also beginning at the same school. New to town is Jane Chapman – a young single mother raising her son, Ziggy; the equally wealthy and feared Renata Klein's daughter Amabella accuses Ziggy of attempting to choke her, which he denies. Celeste appears to have a very happy life with her husband Perry, but he starts to show signs of being violent. Jane's motives for moving to Monterey are unknown.|
|2||2||"Serious Mothering"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||February 26, 2017||0.56|
|Perry lashes out at Celeste when he discovers he missed orientation at the school, but she lets it slide. Jane looks for work with little success, and Madeline goes on the warpath with Renata when it is revealed Renata did not invite Ziggy to Amabella's birthday party. Ed questions Madeline's devotion to him when she continues to complain about seeing Nathan with Bonnie all the time, and Madeline is further disturbed when Bonnie takes Abigail, Madeline's oldest daughter, to Planned Parenthood. Nathan tries to come to a peaceful resolution with Ed about their parenting of Abigail, but Ed senses Nathan trying to intimidate him and stands firm. Madeline's younger daughter, Chloe, and Bonnie's daughter, Skye, attempt to mend the wounds between Ziggy and Amabella but it leads to an incident of unwanted affection and the parents of the four children are called into the principal's office, leading Jane to have a flashback of an unwanted episode.|
|3||3||"Living the Dream"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||March 5, 2017||1.04|
|Perry chokes Celeste when he believes she deliberately left him out of a family gathering, after which Celeste threatens to leave him. Renata's party for Amabella is a huge success but she is ultimately upset when Madeline invited Amabella's closest friends and Ziggy to Disney on Ice on the same day. At therapy, Perry claims his outbursts are out of fear that Celeste does not love him, which Celeste attempts to deny; when Abigail's academic performance begins to decline, her guidance counselor suggests it is being caused by stress at home, so she decides to live with Nathan, much to Madeline's dismay. Jane gets Ziggy involved with more extracurricular activities and helps him construct a family tree for school with Madeline's help. However, Jane opposes Ziggy’s insistence upon putting his father's name on the tree, and she ultimately confides to Madeline that Ziggy was the result of rape by a man named Saxon Banks, whom she has not seen since.|
|4||4||"Push Comes to Shove"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||March 12, 2017||1.04|
|Abigail moves in with Nathan and Bonnie. Celeste legally represents Joseph and Madeline in a meeting with the Mayor regarding the controversial Avenue Q, and successfully convinces the Mayor to allow the play to proceed. In the process, Celeste realizes her desire to return to work, she asks her therapist how to best convince Perry but Dr. Reisman is more concerned with why she is afraid to do so. At home, Perry tells Celeste not to attend any future meetings; when she refuses, he grabs her by the throat but quickly relinquishes when one of their boys enters the room. Joseph and Madeline kiss and it is revealed they had an affair a year ago. Madeline locates a man online whom she believes to be Saxon Banks, she informs Jane and Celeste, and they plan to travel to San Luis Obispo to confront him. Ms. Barnes, the teacher, suspects Amabella is still being bullied. Despite Amabella's assertions that she and Ziggy are friends, Ms. Barnes requests Jane to have Ziggy psychologically evaluated, but the psychologist believes that Ziggy is innocent and that he may actually be being bullied himself.|
|5||5||"Once Bitten"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||March 19, 2017||1.17|
|Nathan spots Jane at the gun range and tells Madeline. Although Jane reassures Madeline that she carries a gun solely for its psychological benefits, Madeline begins to regret tracking down Saxon Baker, the man whom she believes to be Saxon Banks. Renata discovers a bite mark on Amabella's arm, but Amabella refuses to disclose who bit her. Renata assumes it is Ziggy and a meeting is held between Jane and the school principal. Joseph is convinced Madeline still has feelings for him but she maintains that their affair is over. While they argue, their car crashes. Madeline is uninjured, while Joseph is hospitalized; the incident raises suspicion from Ed and Joseph's wife, Tori. Perry is angered when Celeste does not ask the twins to tidy their toys. A confrontation triggers further violence from Perry, followed by aggressive sex. Later, Dr. Reisman confronts Celeste with the belief that she is being abused; Celeste eventually reveals that she has previously feared for her life and had considered leaving Perry. Dr. Reisman urges her to do so. Jane secretly travels to San Luis Obispo to confront Saxon Baker, taking her gun with her.|
|6||6||"Burning Love"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||March 26, 2017||1.39|
|Jane reveals to Madeline that she went to confront Saxon Baker, who turned out to be the wrong man. Madeline attempts to convince Jane to give up the search. Ms. Barnes relays to Jane that a petition has begun to have Ziggy suspended. Jane confronts Renata and accidentally gouges her eye. Jane apologizes, realizing that they both want to protect their children. Renata forgives Jane and reveals her plan to schedule play-dates with each of Amabella's classmates to discover who is hurting her. Celeste's therapist advises her to prepare to leave Perry by renting an apartment and disclosing the abuse to friends. Later, Perry tries to initiate sex with Celeste, who defensively fractures his penis with a tennis racket. Returning from the hospital, Perry tells Celeste that she is "lucky" that he did not kill her; the following day she begins looking for an apartment. At the opening night of Avenue Q, Tori confronts Madeline about having an affair with Joseph. At home, Madeline and Ed have another argument about her lack of passion toward him, which culminates in her alluding to having made a "terrible mistake". Nathan discovers that Abigail's "secret project" is auctioning her virginity to raise money for Amnesty International. Madeline furiously confronts Abigail, disclosing her affair in the process.|
|7||7||"You Get What You Need"||Jean-Marc Vallée||David E. Kelley||April 2, 2017||1.86|
|Following another beating, Celeste decides to leave Perry the day after trivia night. Ziggy confesses to Jane that it was Max, one of Celeste's sons, who choked Amabella. Madeline talks to Joseph about his wife knowing about their affair, and Jane woefully tells Celeste that her son is the bully; when preparing to leave for trivia night, Perry sees a text message on Celeste's phone from the landlady of her new apartment. He confronts her on the way to the party, but is interrupted by Renata. At the party, Celeste tells Renata that Max is the bully. Meanwhile, a drunk Madeline runs away during Ed's singing performance after realizing just how much he loves her and how little she gives him in return. Jane goes after her and finds her atop stairs at the back of the venue. Madeline tells Jane that she cheated on Ed. Renata also goes after them and apologizes to Jane for having blamed Ziggy. Celeste joins the women, followed by Perry. Bonnie follows them and watches the group from afar. Jane sees Perry and realizes that he is Saxon Banks. Perry pleads with Celeste to come back home with him and when she declines, he viciously attacks her; the group unsuccessfully fights Perry off until Bonnie rushes in and pushes him down the stairs, killing him. In police interviews, the women confirm that there was a fight with Perry but claim he fell accidentally. Later, the five women and their children lounge at the beach, where Detective Quinlan continues to watch them.|
Season 2 (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|8||1||"What Have They Done?"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|June 9, 2019||1.42|
|In the aftermath of Perry's death, Celeste, Madeline, Jane, and Renata try to move on with their lives, while Bonnie considers turning herself in to the police. It's the first day of second grade for the children, and the five women reunite. Perry's mother, Mary Louise, who is staying with Celeste, begins asking questions about her son's death, and clashes with Madeline. Nathan worries about how distant Bonnie has been with him and asks Ed for help. Abigail decides to not go to college, to Madeline's disapproval. At the beach, Corey, a co-worker of Jane's, asks her if she's one of the "Monterey Five". Jane tells the other women (apart from Bonnie) about this, and Renata assures them that the police have nothing. Celeste has nightmares about Perry and Mary Louise questions her about them.|
|9||2||"Tell-Tale Hearts"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|June 16, 2019||TBD|
|Celeste crashes her car in the middle of the night while on Ambien with no recollections of what happened in the morning. As Bonnie continues to struggle to open to Nathan, Nathan calls Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard into town. Gordon is arrested for insider trading and stock fraud by the FBI, he tells Renata that he used all their money on that during the jail visit on the phone, Renata is angry as she doesn't want to be "not rich". Mary Louise finds out that she has another grandson from Max and Josh. Madeline grounds Chloe after finding out that she told Max, Josh, Ziggy that they the boys share the same father. Madeline and Ed get into an argument over fact she failed to tell him about the rape, he later tells Madeline he's done with her after he overhears Abigail mentioning her previous infidelity with Joseph. Mary Louise refuses to believe that Perry raped Jane by victim blaming her.|
|10||3||"The End of the World"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|June 23, 2019||TBD|
|11||4||"She Knows"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|June 30, 2019||TBD|
|12||5||"Kill Me"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|July 7, 2019||TBD|
|13||6||"The Bad Mother"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|July 14, 2019||TBD|
|14||7||"I Want to Know"||Andrea Arnold||Teleplay by : David E. Kelley |
Story by : David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty
|July 21, 2019||TBD|
On August 6, 2014, it was announced Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon had optioned the screen rights to Liane Moriarty's novel Big Little Lies; the actresses were expected to develop the project as a film in which they would both star. Bruna Papandrea and Per Saari were set to executive produce alongside Kidman and Witherspoon. Moriarty was also expected to produce as well. On November 25, 2014, it was announced that Kidman and Witherspoon had decided to develop the project into a limited television series instead of the originally planned film. Additionally, it was announced that television series would be written by David E. Kelley. On May 8, 2015, it was announced that HBO had given the production a series order and that in addition to writing, Kelley would also executive produce. On October 23, 2015, it was reported that Jean-Marc Vallée was in talks to direct the first episode of the series with the potential to direct more. On December 17, 2015, it was announced that Vallée would direct all seven episodes of the series. On November 28, 2016, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 19, 2017.
The show was initially conceived of and billed as a miniseries of seven episodes. In the wake of the Emmy nominations, Reese Witherspoon said: "As of right now, I think it's pretty whole. I feel really good about where it is, and if this is all it ever was, it's a beautiful thing we all accomplished together", while Vallée came out strongly against the idea of producing a second season: "There's no reason to make a season two; that was meant to be a one-time deal, and it's finishing in a way where it's for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do a season two, we'll break that beautiful thing and spoil it". Later, when the show garnered an array of critical accolades, he changed his mind: "It'd be great to reunite the team and to do it. Are we going to be able to do it, altogether? I wish."
In July 2017, two weeks after the series was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, HBO revealed that a second season was possible, and that Moriarty had been asked to write a story for it. In December 2017, after the Critics' Choice Television Award and Golden Globe Award nomination voting periods were over, HBO officially renewed the series for a seven-episode second season to be written by Kelley, directed by Andrea Arnold, and based on a new novella by Moriarty. Vallée will remain an executive producer of the series. Meryl Streep will join the cast as the mother of Alexander Skarsgård's character.
The announcement of the second season, and—specifically—its timing, enraged the producers of rival shows that were competing for award nominations in the limited series category, particularly since the announcement was made after voting for the Critics' Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards had ended; the Producers Guild of America restarted voting for the 2018 PGA Awards, reclassifying the show from a limited series to a drama series.
Alongside the initial announcement of the production's development, it was reported that Kidman and Witherspoon would also star in the adaptation as well. In December 2015, it announced that Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz had joined the cast in lead roles. On January 5, 2016, it was announced that Alexander Skarsgard and James Tupper had joined the main cast and that Jeffrey Nordling, Santiago Cabrera, P. J. Byrne, Kelen Coleman, Sarah Burns, Darby Camp, Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti, Ivy George, Chloe Coleman, Virginia Kull, Sarah Baker, Kathreen Khavari, Larry Bates, Hong Chau, and Gia Carides had joined the show's supporting cast. A few days later, it was reported that Iain Armitage had joined the cast in the role of Woodley's character's son. Soon after that, it was reported that Merrin Dungey, Larry Sullivan, and David Monahan had also joined the cast.
On January 24, 2018, it was announced that Meryl Streep had joined the main cast in the role of Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgard in Season 1). In February 2018, it was confirmed that Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling and Iain Armitage were returning for the second season. On March 27, 2018, it was announced that Douglas Smith had joined the cast in a recurring role. On April 3, 2018, it was confirmed that Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Merrin Dungey, and Sarah Sokolovic were returning for the second season. Newton and Sokolovic have been upped from recurring roles to series regulars. Additionally, it was announced that Crystal Fox had joined the cast in a main role and that Mo McRae would appear in a recurring capacity. On April 10, 2018, it was announced that Martin Donovan had been cast in a recurring role. In May 2018, it was reported that Poorna Jagannathan had joined the cast in a recurring capacity. Additionally, it was confirmed that P.J. Byrne would reprise his role of Principal Nippal. On June 15, 2018, it was announced that Denis O'Hare had been cast in a recurring role.
The series was shot with an Arri Alexa digital camera. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the entirety of the first season, preferred using natural lighting and handheld shooting style to allow actors to move freely around the set.
On February 7, 2017, the series held its official premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Internationally, the series premiered on February 20, 2017, in Australia on Showcase, and on March 13, 2017, in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky Atlantic.
The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 1, 2017.
|1||93% (119 reviews)||75 (42 reviews)|
|2||99% (70 reviews)||82 (34 reviews)|
The first season of Big Little Lies was met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 93% "certified fresh" rating with an average rating of 8.05 out of 10 based on 119 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bitingly funny and highly addictive, Big Little Lies is a twisty, thrilling, enlightening ride led by a first-rate cast." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the first season a score of 75 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Time magazine listed Big Little Lies as one of its top ten television shows of 2017.
The second season has received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a 99% "certified fresh" rating with an average rating of 8.11 out of 10 based on 70 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Gorgeous and gripping, Big Little Lies' second season doubles down on the dark humor and gives its impressive cast even more juicy drama to chew on – especially an excellent Meryl Streep." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Ben Travers of IndieWire wrote a positive review giving it a "B+" grade, citing that "Season 2 is a wholly different beast — but it's still very, very good.
|1||"Somebody's Dead"||February 19, 2017||0.3||1.13||0.3||N/A||0.6||N/A|
|2||"Serious Mothering"||February 26, 2017||0.2||0.56||0.3||0.84||0.5||1.39|
|3||"Living the Dream"||March 5, 2017||0.4||1.04||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||"Push Comes to Shove"||March 12, 2017||0.4||1.04||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5||"Once Bitten"||March 19, 2017||0.4||1.17||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|6||"Burning Love"||March 26, 2017||0.5||1.39||0.3||N/A||0.8||N/A|
|7||"You Get What You Need"||April 2, 2017||0.7||1.86||0.3||0.93||1.0||2.79|
|1||"What Have They Done?"||June 9, 2019||0.4||1.42||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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