The BEST Episodes of Big Little Lies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Network: HBO

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.

You Get What You Need

#1 - You Get What You Need

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 2, 2017

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

star 8.44
4,965 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
I Want to Know

#2 - I Want to Know

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 21, 2019

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

star 8.10
1,428 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
The Bad Mother

#3 - The Bad Mother

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.93
1,442 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Once Bitten

#4 - Once Bitten

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.80
4,649 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Burning Love

#5 - Burning Love

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 26, 2017

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

star 7.80
4,584 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Tell-Tale Hearts

#6 - Tell-Tale Hearts

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.75
1,568 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Kill Me

#7 - Kill Me

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 7, 2019

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

star 7.68
1,426 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Push Comes to Shove

#8 - Push Comes to Shove

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.65
4,818 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Living the Dream

#9 - Living the Dream

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

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

star 7.65
5,068 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
What Have They Done?

#10 - What Have They Done?

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 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.”

star 7.63
1,775 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
She Knows

#11 - She Knows

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.63
1,487 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
The End of the World

#12 - The End of the World

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.58
1,552 votes
Directors: Andrea Arnold
Writers: David E. Kelley
Serious Mothering

#13 - Serious Mothering

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 26, 2017

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

star 7.54
5,363 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley
Somebody's Dead

#14 - Somebody's Dead

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 2017

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

star 7.38
6,593 votes
Writers: David E. Kelley