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House of Lies

House of Lies

The First Season

DVD - 2012
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This Corporate America-skewering comedy about a self-loathing management consultant from a top tier firm who is never above using any means, or anyone, necessary to get his way with and for his clients.
Publisher: [United States] : Showtime Networks, 2012.
ISBN: 9781415768419
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 HOUSE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (347 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 27, 2019

Don Cheadle's talent as an actor shines through in the rare moments when he feels sadness or pain. It's hard to understand his character and that is an advantage. I found the profanity and sex were overdone and fairly soon they lose their effect. The women in this show have no value unless they are young and attractive and there are no average- looking ones at all. In the sense of the women, this show is very old fashioned. The storyline about Marty's girlfriend is too happy and healthy to last.

Cartoonish and ribald, but the episodes move quickly, and the management consulting case studies are interesting. Cheadle's junior management consultant underlings supporting cast is excellent, superb comic timing, but I could do without the postmodern family drama.

Jan 31, 2018

Was ok nothing special.

Oct 08, 2015

Other than gay men and straight women enjoying the opening nude shots of Cheadle, this is one of the singularly worst things I have ever wasted my time on. Really, really, bad. Kind of like House of Cards meets 'Mad Men', but even as bad as I thought 'Mad Men' was, this makes it look like a masterpiece. And neither can hold a candle to 'House of Cards', which IS a masterpiece (albeit a disturbing one).

Dec 17, 2014

Thumbs down. Couldn't finish this first season so I apologise if somehow it gets better and ends up having some redeeming quality... but somehow I doubt it.

May 07, 2014

Some good laughs. but overall it's a story of a lot of scummy characters, not a lot to relate to or root for here. As for the show's representation of management consultancy, it's pure fantasy; might as well be on different planets.

Gary Geiserman
Mar 19, 2014

Solid comedy. Totally different universe than the 'sitcom' schlock on network and all around the place. No laugh-trak and actors who can DO comedy. Cheadle very funny; writing very creative. >>> Would have been metaphysically wild if this could have been on tv back when yuppies were created (as boomer derivative) back in the 80's. All comedians take notice (I'm sure they are) that you don't have to write/act on a piece of sh&t sitcom-laugh-trak to do comedy any more--unless you get one of course.

Bearddis Jan 29, 2014

Couldn't really finish the show because I couldn't stomach another Don Cheadle has sex with a strange woman scene. By the third episode I was completely burnt out. I was hoping to find maybe a character I liked or at least a few laughs but all this show really has to offer as far as I've seen is rich people being scum.

Nov 10, 2013

A bit too graphic for my taste but definitely some good expose on profit above ethics in the age of greed in modern corporate America.

Jun 12, 2013

The first season of House of Lies introduces Marty Kaan and his group of associates as money grubbing, no holds barred management consultants. The group, called a pod, is sent out weekly to give advice and more importantly swindle whatever money they can from their clients. Besides their business trips the private lives of the team are laid bare, literally and figuratively. Marty, his son and his father live in a posh condo overlooking LA. Marty also has a sociopathic ex-wife with whom he has a love/hate relationship. There are many vulgar corporate and personal situations portrayed over the first season consisting of twelve episodes. Most likely people will either love or hate this series.

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Nov 10, 2013

All from Marty, the cut throat consultant: “I just taught you the most important thing I know. You never ever trust anyone. Until you know their angle. And now you know.” ... “Why do people say ‘outside the box’ when the term ‘outside the box’ is inside the box?” ... “The deterrent aspect of mutually assured destruction is predicated on the assumption that both parties are rational. You, while not being a good person, are at least a rational individual. I, on the other hand. I’m a g– d–n terrorist. And I will crash my 767 right into your prodigious fxxxxg forehead.”


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