The BEST Episodes of Big Little Lies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Network: HBO

Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

You Get What You Need

#1 - You Get What You Need

Season 1 - Episode 7

After yet another fight, Celeste makes a bold move. Before the school’s long-awaited fall fundraiser, Madeline deals with fallout from her past, while Jane learns who’s really been hurting Amabella at school.

star 8.45
4,676 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
I Want to Know

#2 - I Want to Know

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.12
1,127 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
The Bad Mother

#3 - The Bad Mother

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.93
1,124 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Tell Tale Hearts

#4 - Tell Tale Hearts

Season 2 - Episode 2

Renata faces an uncertain future when Gordon lands in legal trouble. Corey asks Jane out on a “practice” date. After a challenging therapy session with Dr. Reisman, Celeste opens up to Mary Louise about her relationship with Perry. Bonnie’s mom, Elizabeth, arrives. Ed confronts Madeline about her secrets.

star 7.80
1,273 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Once Bitten

#5 - Once Bitten

Season 1 - Episode 5

Madeline receives encouraging news about the play from her director Joseph Bachman, but is left concerned by his newly icy demeanor; Principal Nippal and Ms. Barnes share their conclusions about Ziggy and Amabella with Jane; Celeste has a solo session with Dr. Reisman, who tries to get to the bottom of her relationship with Perry.

star 7.80
4,399 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Burning Love

#6 - Burning Love

Season 1 - Episode 6

Madeline worries about the can of worms she’s opened for Jane. Jane confronts Renata. Bonnie tells Nathan about a secret project Abigail has been working on. Meanwhile, Ed and Madeline have a frank conversation about the lack of passion in their marriage.

star 7.79
4,341 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Kill Me

#7 - Kill Me

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 7.71
1,147 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
What Have They Done?

#8 - What Have They Done?

Season 2 - Episode 1

Following first-day-of-school events, Madeline is worried by Bonnie’s behavior and, later, is shocked when Abigail says she doesn’t want to go to college. Mary Louise, Celeste’s mother-in-law, offers her unvarnished assessment of Madeline’s character. Jane learns from her new coworker, Corey, that she’s known in town as one of the “Monterey Five.”

star 7.66
1,440 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Push Comes to Shove

#9 - Push Comes to Shove

Season 1 - Episode 4

Nathan invites Madeline and Ed to a couples’ dinner to discuss a 'parenting paradigm' for Abigail. Celeste prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline’s play, and bristles at Perry’s concerns about her returning to work. Jane meets with Ms. Barnes, Ziggy’s teacher, who suggests her son be medically evaluated in light of further evidence of classroom bullying. While Madeline is confronted by a skeleton from her past, her internet sleuthing reveals a key player from Jane’s past instead.

star 7.66
4,537 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
She Knows

#10 - She Knows

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.65
1,176 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Living the Dream

#11 - Living the Dream

Season 1 - Episode 3

Hoping to get under Renata’s skin, Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Amabella’s birthday party. After another argument, Celeste succumbs to Perry’s charms before their first session with Dr. Amanda Reisman, a therapist. Madeline gets called for a meeting with Abigail’s guidance counselor. Principal Nippal announces the theme for the Fall Gala Fundraiser. Later, Jane seeks Madeline’s help with Ziggy’s family tree project, and opens up about her past.

star 7.63
4,778 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
The End of the World

#12 - The End of the World

Season 2 - Episode 3

Mary Louise tries to get closer to Jane. Rather than address her troubles at home, Renata focuses her wrath on Principal Nippal. Madeline is forced to confront her issues at a couples therapy session with Dr. Reisman. Celeste remains conflicted by her memories of Perry.

star 7.61
1,247 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Serious Mothering

#13 - Serious Mothering

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jane deflects Ziggy’s questions about why they moved to Monterey. Madeline gets news that her community-theater production might get derailed, and is outraged over a slight from Renata. Celeste suggests to Perry that they see a counselor. Nathan and Ed meet in hopes of smoothing out the tensions between their wives, and themselves.

star 7.54
5,096 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Somebody's Dead

#14 - Somebody's Dead

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the affluent beachfront community of Monterey, Cal., a suspicious death at a coastal elementary school fundraiser draws attention to the frictions among some of the mothers. Madeline and Celeste, longtime friends and confidantes, welcome newcomer Jane and her son, Ziggy, into their inner circle, much to the chagrin of another mother, Renata. An incident with the children at school causes battle lines to be drawn.

star 7.38
6,210 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley