House Of Lies (Showtime) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review


Showtime’s new comedy series ‘House of Lies’ is based on ‘House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time’, a book by Martin Kihn. The main characters are Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle, ‘Hotel Rwanda’) who is the leader, Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Kristen Bell, ‘Veronica Mars’), Clyde Oberholt (Ben Schwarz from College Humor), and Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson, ‘Wipeout Australia’).

From the start, it is clear that Marty has a complicated family. First of all, he wakes up naked besides his also naked drug addicted ex-wife. Second of all, he lives with his retired psychoanalyst father, and third of all, Marty’s 10-year-old son, wearing a skirt, wants to go shoe-shopping and is dying to play the role of Sandy in the school-musical Grease.

At work, things seem to go a little smoother, as Marty and his team fly all the way from Los Angeles to New York to consult for a large financial firm. However at night, when he runs into an associate from the firm while he is with a stripper and they tell him that she is Marty’s wife, they both get invited to dinner. Then Marty’s firm, the #2 in the business, turns out to be double booked, the other team being from the #1 in the business. And if that is not enough, Marty’s ex-wife is on that other team.

At the business dinner, there is a quite unexpected turn of events. In fact, it is so unexpected and weird that it makes you think that the show is ridiculous. However, I have to admit that it is quite hilarious as well.

Since ‘House of Lies’ is a cable show, the expected share of sex and bad language is there. If you are not bothered with that, the show is quite amusing. It is definitely not your average half-hour sitcom. In fact, it is neither a sitcom nor does it last 30 minutes. I’m not really sure whether I’ll be a devoted follower of this new comedy yet, but it did amuse me and I’ll tune in for the next episode to, hopefully, make my mind up.

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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

I found that it was almost an attempt at being a "smarter" version of Entourage

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Robin Oatley 5 years ago Author

Hi Nickalooch, I must admit that I have never seen 'Entourage', so I can't agree or disagree. Nice to know that these shows are alike, though.

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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

i watched the show though solely because I like Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle. I find it very surprising to see them both on a show like this

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