House of Lies: Season 1
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At its most successful, "House of Lies" skewers business culture, office politics, and the cutthroat nature of getting ahead at any cost. Cheadle plays a ruthless business consultant whose team includes Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson. This quartet is the backbone of the show and each episode showcases them finessing the art of the deal using unscrupulous tactics. The role of the business consultant can be varied, but essentially the team is looking to be hired to provide the outside expertise on any number of topics involving efficiency.Read more ›
So, why did I give it 4 stars? Because my tastes may be different than anyone that is reading this review. And, if the series is well shot, acted and scripted, then it still deserves the stars whether I like it or not. If you like that kind of stuff, then go for it and enjoy it. It's not like it's ALL dark, There's humor as well and most of the jokes are pretty good. And, I've only seen Don Cheadle in one other show that I can remember, and that was "Boogie Nights." The difference between the 2 characters that Don played is SO striking that you will immediately get a a sense of the range and execution of those 2 very different characters.
So, watch it and enjoy.
Then there is the follow up work that keeps on paying like an insurance residual! Welcome to the world of Management Consultants.
Marty (Don Cheadle), Jeannie (Kristen Bell) et al work for the #2 rated firm. Every week the team led by Marty travel to a different city to convince a business that they are the solution to whatever ails them. The goal is to sign the deal with a teaser/idea and then ink a long term contract for "after work".
What I really liked:
1.) Having seen management consultant firms in action, I always questioned the value of their ideas, when in most cases they had at best a basic understanding of what "my" business entailed? I have had some fun in this respect in the past
2.) The MA rating allows for no punches to be pulled. Constant sex, foul language and adult situations abound!
3.) Ever since Veronica Mars was prematurely cancelled, I had it on my short list to see Kristen Bell in another program where I could "see" Kristen Bell
4.) The first episode draws you in and is a particular favorite of mine as it culminates by outlining how a major lender can garner positive press by offering a modification program, which is essentially a "shell game"
Some of the story lines are uneven. Marty has a pill popping ex-wife (that happens to work for the #1 consulting firm) and a son that may be sexually ambiguous. Jeannie is engaged to a "Richie Rich", though is seemingly unsatisfied. Oh, there is also a potential merger that Marty opposes.
All in, this is a very good show with an excellent cast.
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I like Don Cheadle as an actor so I had great expectations before watching this show. Cheadle's character is not likeable and women are portrayed as sex objects, there merely to... Read morePublished 4 minutes ago by Gloria C. Whittaker-driver
Great show with a great cast! They couldn't have put Don Cheae in a better role!Published 1 hour ago by Christina Johnson
Interesting if you have been either on the receiving end or if you have been a consultant.Published 2 hours ago by Tom
I liked House of Lies. It was entertaining and the acting was excellent. Gave a person some insight on consulting.Published 2 hours ago by Linda Hendrix