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Big Little Lies

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Why it’s worth your time:

At first, it promises to be a zany murder mystery populated by rich, neurotic small-town wives. All we know is that somebody killed somebody, and that there’s a lot of humblebragging and backhanded compliments delivered by sophisticates in designer clothing. These elements are sustained, but it also becomes something much deeper: an exploration of betrayal and forgiveness conducted by a cast that’s simply astounding. How did they get Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Reese Witherspoon on one show? It received some flak for its complex portrayal of an abusive relationship, but it didn’t deserve it. The show merely tells the truth: that it’s possible, and even likely, to love and hate at once. Also, the jokes are good.

The takeaway:

Multi-layered, stylish community drama that reveals, by clever twists and turns, the human ugliness surrounding a pristine California town and its brilliant, beautiful women.

Watch it with:

Those who will enjoy a show where nearly all the action is talking, and where nearly all of the talking is done by multiple Oscar winners scripted by multiple Emmy winners.

Worth noting:

Those who have been exposed to intimate violence might want to approach this with caution—it could hit a little too close to home.

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