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Secrets and Lies is an American mystery anthology television series based on the Australian television series of the same name, and developed for American television by Barbie Kligman. Secrets and Lies premiered on ABC on March 1, 2015.[1]

The first season starred Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, who becomes the prime suspect in the death of young boy. The second season follows Eric Warner (played by Michael Ealy), newly married man and heir to his family’s private equity firm, when his wife Kate is murdered. Juliette Lewis co-stars as Detective Andrea Cornell, who is investigating both cases.[2]

The series was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2015.[3]

Plot summary (Series 1)Edit

Ben Crawford is a self-employed decorator, married to Christy with whom he has two daughters, Natalie, 15, and Abbey, 12. His best friend, Dave, lives in their summer house. While out for an early morning run, Ben discovers the body of four year old Tom, son of neighbor Jess, estranged from husband Scott, who is in the military. Tom was evidently taken from his bed into the woods, and killed by six blows to the head from a flashlight. Detective Cornell is convinced Ben is the killer; he cannot prove his innocence as he had been out drinking with Dave following a fight with Christy over her suspicion of an affair with Jess, and suffered a blackout. The Crawford's suffer media intrusion and are shunned by the community; a misunderstanding leads to a fall-out with Dave. Tom was in fact Ben's son, the result of a one-night affair, only revealed to him after DNA tests by police. Ben conducts his own investigations, leading to false accusations against Scott and other neighbours. He is manipulated by one reporter, Arthur, who is looking to take down Cornell, and kidnapped by a neighbour, Kevin, a former CIA operative, who attempts to extract a confession through torture. The rift with Dave is repaired only after he confesses to spiking his drink, and together they retrace his steps. It's enough to convince Cornell to consider other suspects, although by this time Ben's marriage has fallen apart. After sleeping with Jess once more, Ben discovers she is bipolar; convinced she is the killer and wrongly assuming she has now kidnapped Abbey, she counters that with a false accusation of rape. Independently of each other, Cornell and Ben discover the awful truth that Tom was killed by Abbey. She confesses to her family that it was an accident, a failed plan to hide Tom for a short while to make it appear he was missing, to induce Scott to come home and prevent her father leaving for Jess. Ben decides to confess to the murder to protect Abbey, despite the protestations of Cornell, who is convinced Abbey will kill again and vows to put her away. Abbey reveals her plan all along had been to drown Tom, in the hope it would make Jess move away.

Cast and charactersEdit

Regular Edit


RecurringEdit

ProductionEdit

Secrets and Lies has a 10-episode series commitment on October, 2013.[16] Barbie Kligman was brought in as executive producer and showrunner while the producers from the original series, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, serve as executive producers.[8][17] On May 9, 2014, Secrets and Lies was picked up by ABC[18] to air as a mid-season entry during the 2014–15 season.[19]

Series overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Viewers
(million)
1 10 March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01) May 3, 2015 (2015-05-03) TBA TBA
2 10[20] 2016 (2016) TBA TBA TBA

EpisodesEdit

List of Secrets and Lies Episodes

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Trail" March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01) 1.5/4 6.06 0.9 N/A 2.4[21] N/A
2 "The Father" March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01) 1.5/4 6.06 0.9 N/A 2.4[21] N/A
3 "The Affair" March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08) 1.4/4 5.96 0.8 2.39 2.2 8.35[22]
4 "The Sister" March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) 1.4/4 5.45 1.0 2.75 2.4 8.21[23]
5 "The Jacket" March 22, 2015 (2015-03-22) 1.5/4 5.56 0.8 2.47 2.3 8.03[24]
6 "The Confession" March 29, 2015 (2015-03-29) 1.3/4 5.15 1.0 2.51 2.3 7.66[25]
7 "The Cop" April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) 1.3/4 4.85 0.9 2.66 2.2 7.41[26]
8 "The Son" April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) 1.5/4 5.13 0.8 2.49 2.3 7.62[27]
9 "The Mother" April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) 1.7/5 5.83 N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "The Lie" May 3, 2015 (2015-05-03) 1.8/5 6.53 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Critical receptionEdit

Secrets and Lies has received mixed criticism. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 37% approval rating, with a rating average of 4.7/10, based on 30 reviews.[28] On Metacritic, it scored 48 out of 100, based on 22 "mixed or average" reviews.[29]

ControversyEdit

On March 16, 2015, ABC and the show's producers came under fire from the bleeding disorder community for portraying hemophilia as an incestuous disease with Michael Beach's character stating: "Hemophilia is the nasty byproduct of incest."[30] A petition for a public apology was started on Change.org.

International broadcastEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Kondolojy, Amanda (November 19, 2014). ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'American Crime' and 'Secrets and Lies'. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on November 19, 2014.
  2. Amanda Remling (8 May 2015). ‘Secrets And Lies’ Season 2 Spoilers: Juliette Lewis Only Confirmed Cast Member After Renewal. International Business Times. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  3. Nellie Andreeva. ‘American Crime’, ‘Castle’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Agent Carter’, ‘Galavant’, ‘Secrets & Lies’, ‘Nashville’ Among ABC Renewals - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  4. Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2014). Ryan Phillippe Poised To Play The Lead In ABC Drama 'Secrets & Lies'. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  5. Goldberg, Lesley (February 12, 2014). Juliette Lewis to Star Opposite Ryan Phillippe in ABC's 'Secrets & Lies'. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mitovich, Matt Webb (February 19, 2014). KaDee Strickland Joins ABC's Secrets & Lies. TV Line. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  7. Development Update: Wednesday, February 5. The Futon Critic (February 5, 2014). Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Idato, Michael (February 28, 2014). Indiana Evans joins Juliette Lewis in US remake of Secrets and Lies. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  9. Nellie Andreeva. Michael Ealy To Star Opposite Juliette Lewis In ‘Secrets & Lies’ - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Denise Petski. Jordana Brewster & Charlie Barnett Join ‘Secrets & Lies’ Season 2 - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  11. Denise Petski. Mekia Cox Cast In ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies'; Aurora Perrineau In ‘Blood & Oil’ - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  12. http://tvline.com/2015/08/06/secrets-and-lies-season-2-spoilers-kenny-johnson-series-regular/
  13. Nellie Andreeva. Terry O’Quinn To Co-Star On ‘Secrets & Lies’ Second Season - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  14. David Andrews Joins ABC's 'The Whispers', Meaghan Rath In 'Secrets & Lies'. Deadline Hollywood (July 23, 2014). Retrieved on March 10, 2015.
  15. Denise Petski. AnnaLynne McCord Joins ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’ - Deadline. Deadline. Retrieved on 5 August 2015.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (October 24, 2013). Adaptation Of Australian Series 'Secrets & Lies' Gets 10-Episode Series Commitment At ABC With Aaron Kaplan Producing. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  17. Development Update: Wednesday, November 20. The Futon Critic (November 20, 2013). Retrieved on February 28, 2014.
  18. Goldberg, Lesley (May 9, 2014). ABC Orders Ryan Phillippe Drama 'Secrets and Lies' to Series. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on May 9, 2014.
  19. Lavin, Gary. "ABC courts women with fall schedule", USA Today, May 13, 2014. 
  20. ABC Episode Orders 2015/2016. SpoilerTV. Retrieved on 31 July 2015.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kondolojy, Amanda (March 15, 2015). 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Adults 18-49 Gains + 'Glee' Tops Percentage Increases, 'The Blacklist' Wins in Viewer Growth in Live +7 Ratings for Week 23 Ending March 1. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on March 15, 2015.
  22. Kondolojy, Amanda (March 23, 2015). 'Empire' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains + 'Glee' & 'Hart of Dixie' Top Percentage Increases in Live +7 Ratings for Week 24 Ending March 8. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on March 23, 2015.
  23. Bibel, Sara (March 30, 2015). 'Empire' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains + 'The Originals' Tops Percentage Increases in Live+7 Ratings for Week 25 Ending March 15. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on March 30, 2015.
  24. Kondolojy, Amanda (April 6, 2015). 'Empire' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains + 'The Originals' Tops Percentage Increases in Live +7 Ratings for Week 26 Ending March 22. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on April 6, 2015.
  25. Bibel, Sara (April 13, 2015). 'Modern Family' Leads Adults 18-49 Gains, 'Forever' Tops Percentage Increases & 'The Blacklist' Wins Viewership Growth in Live +7 Ratings for Week 27 Ending March 29. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on April 13, 2015.
  26. Bibel, Sara (April 27, 2015). 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains, 'The Following' Tops Percentage Growth in Live +7 Ratings for Week 29 Ending April 12. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on April 27, 2015.
  27. Kondolojy, Amanda (May 4, 2015). 'The Big Bang Theory' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains, 'Reign', 'Supernatural' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Top Percentage Growth in Live +7 Ratings for Week 30 Ending April 19. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on May 4, 2015.
  28. Secrets and Lies: Season 1. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on March 10, 2015.
  29. Secrets and Lies : Season 1. Metacritic. Retrieved on March 10, 2015.
  30. ABC's Secrets and Lies Dishonors Hemophilia Patients


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