You have SURELY seen promos for this show if you’ve binge watched any show on HBO over the past 3+ months. You know, the one with the promo of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon & Shailene Woodley running on the beach?? Yeah, that one.
Now, if that stellar trio didn’t rope you in (how could it not…may or may not be judging slightly), here are a few more reasons as to why this show is the one of the most important scripted dramas on TV right now.
1. The ALL-STAR: There is someone for everyone on this show. Outside of the three main actresses, there’s Alexander Skarsgård, Zoe Kravitz, and freaking adorable kiddos who have major breakout roles on the show. Not gonna play favorites…but Chloe (Darby Camp) is for sure my #1….
2. Female Power!: This one probably doesn’t surprise you too much after my intro. But to be honest, on the surface, it sounds like this show is about gossipy housewives who thrive by living vicariously through their kids. However, the show WANTS to look like that on the surface level. It makes you consciously question your perceptions of these mothers as each episode dives deeper into what’s really going on behind the scenes. Kidman’s character is being abused, Woodley’s character was raped, Witherspoon isn’t satisfied by her marriage…there’s a lot more depth to them that what appears on the surface.
3. Speaking of girl power…every episode passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors: The Bechdel Test is something that a lot of media can’t pass. Basically, if a story passes this test, it means that the story features women who are talking about something other than their relationships with men. If you think of a lot of your favorite movies, shows, and books, honestly…most of them probably don’t pass this test. Unless you read exclusively feminist pieces. Anyway, the fact that this show passes is super unique and refreshing in today’s content jungle.
4. The music is bada**: Search ‘Big Little Lies’ on Spotify. You won’t regret it. Once Alabama Shakes dropped that did it for me.
5. The cinematography is stunning: This show is, without a doubt, beautifully shot. Monterey is one of my favorite places in the world. Not to mention, the houses on this show make me SO JEALOUS of the people who get to live in them.
6. The plot is ridiculously enveloping: So, we know over the course of the entire series that someone will be murdered at the end. Almost the entire show takes place in the past. But we have NO IDEA who gets killed. Unless you’ve read the book or whatever. But if you haven’t, you’re left constantly questioning. And it’s incredibly exciting.
+ on a more serious note, there are some really important messages in this show, not only about feminism, but also about relationship crises, mental health & more.
I almost guarantee you’ll watch all 6 episodes in one sitting….
But you’re going to have to wait until this coming Sunday, April 2nd at 9p ET to find out whodunit on the finale on HBO.
In the meantime, I’m gonna keep livetweeting my theories 😝 (apologies to my like 4 followers)….