7 Shows to Keep You in a Big Little Lies Mood

If you love the new drama series Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, check out these other twisted and dark HBO series.

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, HBO miniseries Big Little Lies follows three women dealing with careers, motherhood and fundraisers. But beneath the glossy surface of their wealthy beach community lies something much more sinister: When gossip leads to murder, everyone has a finger to point.


1. True Blood

If you are craving some skin and can’t wait for Alexander Skarsgård’s performance in Big Little Lies, Sookie Stackhouse’s vampire infested world is sexy, steamy and more than a little dark and dirty.

2. Enlightened

The half-hour comedy starring Laura Dern (who also appears in Big Little Lies) is about a woman breaking down, then adopting a more “enlightened” look on life – no matter what those around her think.

3. Mildred Pierce

Directed by melodrama mastermind Todd Haynes, this remake of the noir classic stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood. Their tempestuous mother/daughter duo, Mildred and Veda, wrote the book on working through their problems with money, men and murder.

4. Divorce


Marriage is difficult from all angles. This dark comedy offers another view on juggling motherhood, a career and your sense of self.

5. The Night Of

If you want to warm up your “whodunit/what happened” muscles, start here. The eight episode miniseries will have your mind reeling, looking for clues. Bonus: You'll know your way around an interrogation room.

6. Big Love

This drama about polygamist Bill Henrickson features amazing performances from actors Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin as Bill’s three -- very different -- wives. Creating a community of their own, the trio of women handle a variety of domestic, political and career challenges, leaning on each other for support when intense circumstances call for it.

7. Six Feet Under

Motherhood has its ups and downs, especially when your kids begin to realize they don’t “need” you anymore. Six Feet Under’s matriarch character Ruth Fisher demonstrates this better than most. The show’s dark and emotional storyline will take you through the cycles of life; sharing insights on what it means to be a family, ‘til death do you part.

Watch Big Little Lies

  1. TelevisionThu, Mar 23, 10:00PM ETEpisode 5: Once BittenHBO EAST
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