House of Lies

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  • TV-MA
  • 2012
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.4  (26,291)

House of Lies was a television show that ran on Showtime from 2012 to 2016, starring the prolific actor Don Cheadle in the lead role. Known for its satirical and dark humor, the show revolved around a group of management consultants who operated under the leadership of Cheadle's character, Marty Kaan. The show was based on a book of the same name by Martin Kihn and was created by Matthew Carnahan.

The show followed the day-to-day operations of Kaan's consulting firm, which specialized in corporate strategy and personal branding. The team included several other talented consultants, including Jeannie Van Der Hooven (played by Kristen Bell), Clyde Oberholt (played by Ben Schwartz), and Doug Guggenheim (played by Josh Lawson). They all worked together to achieve the goals of their clients, who were usually big corporations or wealthy individuals looking to improve their public image or increase their bottom line.

Despite its lighthearted tone, the show also touched on some serious topics like greed, addiction, infidelity, and corporate corruption. It explored the competitive and cutthroat nature of the consulting industry and the lengths that people will go to get ahead. The show also provided commentary on societal issues like income inequality, class struggles, and the American Dream.

Marty Kaan, the lead character, was a complex and flawed individual who often put his own desires and ambitions ahead of his clients and colleagues. He was a smooth talker who could sell anything to anyone, but he could also be ruthless and manipulative. He struggled with addiction, marital problems, and a strained relationship with his son, Roscoe (played by Donis Leonard Jr.). Despite his flaws, viewers couldn't help but root for him as he tried to navigate his complicated life and career.

Jeannie Van Der Hooven was another standout character, who served as the chief competitor and sometimes love interest of Kaan. She was a talented and ambitious consultant, who was not afraid to speak her mind, even if it meant going against Kaan or her other colleagues. She also had her own personal demons to deal with, including a challenging relationship with her father and a history of emotional trauma.

Clyde Oberholt and Doug Guggenheim were the other members of Kaan's team, who provided comic relief and added some levity to the show. Clyde was an eccentric and quirky consultant, who often clashed with Kaan and the others. He had a passion for comic books and pop culture and was always quick with a witty remark. Doug was the young and naive member of the group, who was eager to please and often got into trouble with Kaan and the other consultants. Despite his inexperience and lack of confidence, he always managed to come through in the end.

Overall, House of Lies was a well-written and entertaining show that offered a unique look into the world of management consulting. It was anchored by Don Cheadle's strong performance as Marty Kaan and supported by a talented ensemble cast that brought humor and heart to the show. The show's complex characters, biting humor, and social commentary made it a favorite among viewers who appreciated its irreverent and thought-provoking approach.

House of Lies is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (59 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2012.

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No es Facil
10. No es Facil
June 12, 2016
The Pod travels down to Havana, Cuba where they are challenged to question their personal and professional futures.
Violent Agreement
9. Violent Agreement
June 5, 2016
Marty attempts to get K&A back into consideration for a buyout. Jeannie has a difficult time spending a day outside the office. Computer network issues lead to a discovery.
Tragedy of the Commons
8. Tragedy of the Commons
May 29, 2016
Marty must work with a boy band. Doug adjusts to post-Ted Talk "fame."
7. One-Eighty
May 22, 2016
Marty tries to sell a client on a new idea. Doug delivers his Ted Talk.
Johari Window
6. Johari Window
May 15, 2016
Marty's entrée into the black-hair market due a client comes up against an unforeseen problem; Clyde's great desire for mayor has eyes for Jeannie; Roscoe is hired for his first modeling job.
Above Board Metrics
5. Above Board Metrics
May 8, 2016
Marty reluctantly reunites with a couple of his most objectionable past clients in an attempt to expand the business of a major cruise line; Clyde gets in the way of Doug fulfilling his high-seas fantasy; Jeannie gets emotional over her baby.
End State Vision
4. End State Vision
May 1, 2016
While fighting for business, Marty finds out Monica's been offered a deal.
3. Holacracy
April 24, 2016
Marty and the Pod consult for an organization attempting an out-of-the-ordinary management style.
Game Theory
2. Game Theory
April 17, 2016
Jeannie's significant other drops a bomb. Marty comes to Doug's role-play game.
Creative Destruction Phenomenon
1. Creative Destruction Phenomenon
April 10, 2016
Marty is back on top and working through the troubles of co-parenting with Jeannie, as well as each other's new relationships. Also, Doug and Clyde plot for a position; and a familiar person from the past makes an interesting offer to Marty.
Where to Watch House of Lies
House of Lies is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch House of Lies on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (26,291)