Wow! Now, this TV Binge has been sitting in backlog for a little while but I’ve been holding back watching Season 2 because I haven’t been able to find a spot to schedule this in. Still, its time to get this done so that I can continue with this series! I know its an older-ish series but I need a dose of Kristen Bell and this one is rated rather well.
Let’s check it out! 🙂
House of Lies [Season 1, 2012]
Creator: Matthew Carnahan
Cast: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Donis Leonard Jr., Glynn Turman, Griffin Dunne, Richard Schiff, Greg Germann, Michael Rady
A subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. Marty, a highly successful, cutthroat consultant is never above using any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.-IMDB
Its taken me a long time to get to writing up this TV Binge. I actually have finished Season 2 at this point because I just couldn’t resist and I guess I needed some extra ideas on what to write. Thing is, I love House of Lies. I started this series up because of Kristen Bell and I’m sticking with it because its fun and quirky and hilarious. Its unforgiving and smart. The characters, especially the entire team jives well together while staying incredibly competitive. In the world of business consultants, its a game of survival and how well you can sell your ideas (that are pretty much the better way of saying BS) and only the best get out alive and thriving.
Season one builds a nice foundation for the series. Every episode is a new case that the four person team consisting of Marty (Don Cheadle), Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Marty is technically the leader of the team and our host to figuring out what business consultants are all about. Marty talks to the audience a lot. This is one factor that I like a lot about this. It helps me feel involved with the show and the story and maybe even with the extremely flawed and controversial character like Marty. The deal with seeing the full cast here mostly in the work environment and always interacting with each other but not exactly knowing each other outside of the job is that it causes some questions about the characters. It makes someone like Marty, who is the male main character to be much more complex. The same applies for Jeannie, played by Kristen Bell. I love Kristen Bell, especially because of her role as Veronica Mars but I like Jeannie a lot because she is also a very flawed person. She’s ambitious and does what she needs to make things happen but she also has certain part of her nature that she can’t ignore. It feels a little like Jeannie has a hard time embracing who she is deep down.
The other two guys in Marty’s team is Clyde and Doug. Clyde is kind of like the asshole of the group. He talks trash and makes fun of Doug a lot. He likes to woo women a lot also and his character, while not exactly having a lot, adds a tad of fun and BS. On the other hand, Doug is the brain of the group. He analyzes the numbers and he’s really good at what he does except he isn’t so good at the social part of the job. He is more behind the scenes and a buffer. Many times, his awkwardness is what makes him entertaining to watch.
The best part of the series is not only getting to know these characters but also the background story. While business consultants are on the road a lot, there are few tangents going on here. One is the family tangent which is the limited behind the scenes for everyone else but we get a good view of Marty and his relationship with his ex-wife and his son and his father. There are things he can do better but also other things that he is dealing with. When his work intertwines with his personal after an encounter unexpectedly at the beginning of the season that triggers a little later into a relationship, this is when he actually offends the client/company management played by Greg Germann and ends up having this bank MetroCapital want to acquire the current consultant company that he works at to kick him out. The whole scenario and the encounters of Greg (same first name in the series) is absolutely hilarious because he absolutely has an issue and it just makes for a lot of funny and awkward moments.
Overall, the first season of House of Lies is a lot of fun and a really good foundation. We learn a lot about the characters as they develop. Although Clyde and Doug sit in the background a lot in The Pod (what they call their team), Marty and Jeannie do get a good look at their stories as their character develops. The situation with MetroCapital adds danger to the scene and gives the show continuity. At the end of Season One, I was itching to watch season 2 which I have already as I’m writing this now. I just couldn’t resist. That post is coming up really soon! 🙂
Have you seen House of Lies? What do you think of it?