The BEST episodes of Big Little Lies

Every episode of Big Little Lies ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Big Little Lies!

Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, and featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, this darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Last Updated: 2/11/2024Network: HBOStatus: Ended
You Get What You Need
4399 votes

#1 - You Get What You Need

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/2/2017

Celeste takes steps towards independence; Madeline deals with fallout from her past; Jane learns the identity of the school bully.

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I Want to Know
1674 votes

#2 - I Want to Know

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/21/2019

Celeste questions Mary Louise about a tragic event from Perry's childhood; Madeline worries their lie is tearing the Monterey Five apart.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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The Bad Mother
1679 votes

#3 - The Bad Mother

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/14/2019

Celeste is blindsided by Mary Louise. Gordon continues to disappoint Renata. Bonnie contemplates a solution to her mother’s suffering and her own ongoing guilt. Ed entertains an unusual proposition before catching Madeline in an unguarded moment. The Monterey Five feel the pressure of increased scrutiny of Perry’s death.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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Burning Love
4077 votes

#4 - Burning Love

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/26/2017

Madeline worries about Jane's behavior; Jane confronts Renata about a school petition; Bonnie tells Nathan about Abigail's secret project.

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Once Bitten
4087 votes

#5 - Once Bitten

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/19/2017

Madeline gets encouraging news about the play; Jane is told of the school's decision about Ziggy; Celeste is put on the spot by her therapist.

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Tell-Tale Hearts
1778 votes

#6 - Tell-Tale Hearts

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/16/2019

Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble. After a challenging therapy session, Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry. Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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Kill Me
1650 votes

#7 - Kill Me

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/7/2019

Renata deals with the fallout from Gordon’s legal troubles and attempts to help Celeste. Bonnie relives painful memories from her past.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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Living the Dream
4439 votes

#8 - Living the Dream

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/5/2017

Madeline irks Renata; Celeste succumbs to Perry's charms; Jane opens up to Madeline about her past.

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Push Comes to Shove
4243 votes

#9 - Push Comes to Shove

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/12/2017

Nathan invites Madeline and Ed to a dinner to discuss Abigail; Celeste backs Madeline's play, despite Perry's concerns; Jane unlocks a key to her past.

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She Knows
1711 votes

#10 - She Knows

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/30/2019

Celeste accuses Mary Louise of overstepping boundaries with Jane. Renata endures a prying court hearing with Gordon. Jane opens up to Corey at Amabella’s birthday party. Madeline continues to try to make things right with Ed.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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What Have They Done?
2009 votes

#11 - What Have They Done?

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/9/2019

Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie’s behavior. Mary Louise, Celeste’s mother-in-law, offers her unvarnished assessment of Madeline’s character. Jane learns that she’s known in town as one of the “Monterey Five.”

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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Serious Mothering
4694 votes

#12 - Serious Mothering

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/26/2017

Jane deflects questions from Ziggy; Madeline is outraged over a slight from Renata; Celeste suggests she and Perry see a counselor.

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The End of the World
1762 votes

#13 - The End of the World

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/23/2019

Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane. Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal. Madeline is forced to confront her issues at a couples therapy session. Celeste remains conflicted by her memories of Perry.

Directors: Andrea Arnold
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Somebody's Dead
5741 votes

#14 - Somebody's Dead

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/19/2017

A suspicious death at a coastal elementary school draws attention to the frictions among three mothers and their families.

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