Big Little Lies (2017– )
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Living the Dream 

Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Amabella's birthday party, Celeste succumbs to Perry's charms, and Jane opens up about her past.


Jean-Marc Vallée


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

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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


Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Amabella's birthday party, Celeste succumbs to Perry's charms, and Jane opens up about her past.

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Release Date:

5 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode contains several references to Disney films: Frozen (2013) is mentioned several times in relation to the Disney on Ice show Madeline has arranged for the children to attend, Renata refers to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Dumbo (1941) while trying to make Madeline change her mind about the show, and Mary Poppins (1964) is mentioned by Jane when she tells Madeline about Ziggy's father. See more »


References Frozen (2013) See more »


Written by Stevie Nicks
Performed by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley
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"Rich, beautiful, madly in love..................Something had to be wrong"
16 September 2017 | by parthpant19See all my reviews

Third episode of a bitchy tensed drama.And it is getting intense.There is something in this show- be it the flamboyant cast, the jazz,R&B music or the weird kind of feeling with the cinematography- this show has you hooked literally.

The episode was quite well handled and got quite intense at times- it knew where it was to get intense without over exaggerating like other thrillers. The lives of modern parent who want the best for their children or rather want the society to look that they want the best for their children is beautifully explored in this episode. Laura Dern steals the spotlight here, while Woodley who wasn't getting much in the initial phases gets to show how unnervingly talented she is. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are shining in every episode so its futile to talk about these two stars.

In other words, this was a great tensed episode with character revelations while justifying the title..

Can't wait to see where these ladies go now...

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