TV Review: ‘Big Little Lies’

Commentary by

Catherine Natale

If you’re in desperate need of a new show to watch, “Big Little Lies” is what you need to be watching. Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, this dark comedy will leave you on the edge of your seat at the end of every episode, asking, “Who did what now?” It’ll have you racing to click on the next episode, it’s just that good.

In this 7-episode mini-series, expect to be thrown into the lives of the moms of Monterey, California, a seemingly serene beachfront filled with twisted secrets and murder. Imagine “Pretty Little Liars” meets “Desperate Housewives” meets “How to Get Away with Murder.” It doesn’t even do the show justice to compare it to other shows, because it stands out completely from the rest.

It is told from the perspective of three moms, with three very different backgrounds. Madeline, a confident, sharp-tongued justice enthusiast who is hated by most of the moms in her town, is resentful that her daughter from her previous marriage is growing close to her ex-husband’s new wife, Bonnie. Celeste, a quiet, reserved and seemingly perfect woman with the perfect family, is physically abused by her rich banker husband, Perry. Jane, a newbie to Monterey struggles with finding her son’s father, who happens to be her rapist.

Lastly there’s Renata, the queen of all moms, yet an outsider desperately seeking to find out which student is bullying her daughter. Except for Renata, the other three moms grow close as the secrets in their lives seem to spiral out of control as the series progresses. This mini-series is incredible right down to the cast, which is filled with notable actors such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz.

The scenes are raw with emotion that leave you empathizing with the characters, because the story lines are just so real. Although you’d think the show only focuses on a murder, it does the exact opposite. Most of the focus is on the relationships between the characters, making the murder plot the least of your questions as you struggle to find the missing pieces to other puzzles within the storyline. The show is incredibly addictive, and it’s sad to see such a phenomenal mini-series end in only seven episodes. With the finale already aired and the full season on Hulu, it is easily a show you can binge watch in one weekend, but be warned, once you finish you’ll be begging for more.

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