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Secrets & lies

Secrets and Lies is an ABC network mystery anthology series developed by Barbie Kligman, based on the Australian TV series of the same name.

The show aired from March 1, 2015 to December 4, 2016, lasting two seasons & 20 episodes.

Plot

The first season followed Detective Andrea Cornell as she investigated the homicide of a five-year-old boy whose neighbor, Ben Crawford became the prime suspect in his death.

The second season followed Cornell investigating Eric Warner, a newly married heir to his family's private equity firm after his wife Kate is murdered.

Cast

Main Cast

Season 1

  • Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford
  • Juliette Lewis as Detective Andrea Cornell
  • KaDee Strickland as Christine "Christy" Crawford
  • Natalie Martinez as Jessica "Jess" Murphy
  • Dan Fogler as Dave Lindsey
  • Indiana Evans as Natalie Crawford
  • Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford

Season 2

  • Michael Ealy as Eric Warner
  • Juliette Lewis as Detective Andrea Cornell
  • Jordana Brewster as Kate Warner
  • Mekia Cox as Amanda Warner
  • Charlie Barnett as Patrick Warner
  • Kenny Johnson as Danny
  • Terry O'Quinn as John Warner

Recurring Cast

Season 1

  • Steven Brand as Joseph Richardson
  • Kate Ashfield as Vanessa Richardson
  • Benny Ciaramello as Scott Murphy
  • Greg Alan Williams as Kevin Haynes
  • Denise Dowse as Elaine Williams
  • Meaghan Rath as Nicole Mullen
  • Melissa Gilbert as Lisa Daly

Season 2

  • AnnaLynne McCord as Melanie Warner
  • Eric Winter as Neil Oliver
  • McNally Sagal as May Stone
  • David James Elliott as Mayor Bryant
  • Brendan Hines as Detective Ralston
  • Edwin Hodge as Dr. Greg Young

Production

"Secrets and Lies" was given its initial 10-episode series commitment in October of 2013.

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.

On May 9, 2014, the show was picked up by ABC to air as a mid-season entry during the 2014–15 season.

An additional scene from the season 1 finale was made available online, set 14 months after the rest of the episode, with Natalie clearing Ben's name.

Reception

"Secrets and Lies" has received mixed criticism when season one came out.

On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 36% approval rating, with a rating average of 4.7/10, based on 30 reviews.

Its critical consensus reads: "While some may find its limited intrigue compelling, Secrets and Lies is ultimately undone by wooden performances, excessive red herrings, and bad scripts."

On Metacritic, it scored 48 out of 100, based on 22 "mixed or average" reviews.

Controversy

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."

A petition for a public apology was started on Change.org. In subsequent airings of the episode, the line was removed, but ABC published no formal apology.

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