Big Little Lies (2017– )
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Serious Mothering 

Jane deflects questions from Ziggy, Madeline is outraged over a slight from Renata, and Celeste suggests she and Perry see a counselor.


Jean-Marc Vallée


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




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


Jane deflects questions from Ziggy, Madeline is outraged over a slight from Renata, and Celeste suggests she and Perry see a counselor.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 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?


Shailene Woodley's character is seen listening to music through headphones. The song is Dance This Mess Around by the B-52's. See more »


Perry Skypes Celeste and she asks him if it was midnight where he was. He was in Vienna. It was dark outside in California where Celeste was. There is a 9 hour time difference between the two. If it was midnight in Vienna it would have been 3 pm in California. See more »


Celeste Wright: If I were you, I would just let it go. I would, with Bonnie, Abigail. I'd ride it out.
Madeline Martha Mackenzie: No, I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.
Celeste Wright: All right. I'm just saying.
Jane Chapman: I do the same thing. I'm not into forgiveness either.
Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Really? Who do you not forgive?
Jane Chapman: No one. Just in general, you know?
Celeste Wright: Never forgive, never forget.
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Features The Fairly OddParents (2001) See more »


Written by Leon Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins, Josh Block and Chris Vivion
Performed by Leon Bridges
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I tend to them like little pets
26 March 2017 | by lyb3-891-985883See all my reviews

As much as I resent melodramatic trivialities in our everyday lives, intrigues and petty grudges, I can not help but absolutely enjoy each line of dialog in this incredibly witty script. What for me in reality is a shallow complication of human interactions, here I embrace as a guilty pleasure. It comes of very natural, I do however believe that it wouldn't have been possible with a less skillful cast. The awkward mediocrity of some of the "witnesses," I think, proves my point.

The editing in this episode is superb. It didn't make such a strong impression in the pilot, but here, and especially the sound montage, it really got to me. I believe it is in those wonderfully crafted scenes, where no dialog and no conventional camera angles are present, that the medium really comes to life in all it's potential.

I am looking forward to how the story will unfold. Regardless - this is another of those TV shows, that are, in their essence, an experience themselves.

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