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Secrets and Lies US - (S01E01)

Crime . Drama

Ben becomes the prime suspect in a murder after finding the body of his neighbor's young son, and he and his family are engulfed in a media firestorm after a detective's routine questioning.

Episode Title: The Trail
Airs: 2015-03-01 at 21:00
  • Kate Kulzick

    Those tired of murder mysteries will find little here to pique their interest, but for fans of the genre (or Phillippe), there’s plenty to like, making for engaging, if not appointment, viewing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Lewis and Philippe have enough chemistry that his underplaying and her overplaying are a match made in whodunnit heaven. Secrets and Lies likely won't be earning any Emmy nominations, but it promises to be a juicy foray into melodramatic escapism, and sometimes, that's just what the TV-viewing evening calls for.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    With a strong cast (Lewis and Phillippe in particular), the buy-in here is easy. Whether it can reach the creative heights of, say, Broadchurch, which has a similar story, remains to be seen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Secrets and Lies is a solid, twisty version of the increasingly popular murdered-kid-sets-series-in-motion formula.

    Variety Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    It feels observed, rather than lived in. Enacted, rather than unfolding.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Caught in this Kafkaesque nightmare, Phillippe struggles to retain some sense of reality, and he almost achieves it. But the script and his fellow actors derail him at every turn, and what begins as disquieting quickly morphs into comical.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It’s a crisply paced suburban potboiler with a murdered child at the center, and if you’ve been sucked in by other shows in this genre you may find yourself sucked in by this one. But also feel free to be vaguely annoyed that those clever TV makers are seducing you with formulas rather than freshness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    Will you care about this group of upscale suburban neighbors? Probably not. Will you be pulled into their web of interconnected secrets and lies? Possibly. Will you be treated to various shots of brooding Ryan Phillippe jogging, sweating and showing off his aforementioned abs? Definitely. Is that enough to keep you watching? Maybe.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Phillippe and Lewis as the two principal characters are not potent enough to get the juices flowing in an unfolding crime tale that’s neither terrible nor scintillating.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's a fairly mundane mystery populated by cardboard characters with poor decision-making skills, starting with Ben, who immediately becomes the prime suspect, and his wife Christy.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Anyone hoping for a “Desperate Housewives” vibe (ABC’s last big Sunday hit) will be disappointed. This story unfolds as if it were told by someone overdosing on Ambien.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The show delivers the secrets and lies, but isn't compelling enough to justify yet another story about a child's murder.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Secrets and Lies isn’t sloppy, based on the first two hours; it’s well-organized enough, and decently shot. But it promises to be a hollow exercise signifying nothing much.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    The two-hour pilot lacks the growly tension of that dark, nnotty Netflix thriller [The Fall]. [27 Feb 2015, p.66]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The writing is clunky, Phillippe is stiff and Lewis overacts like a cop in some parody of cop shows.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Secrets and Lies suffers from an American tendency to speed up and overplay, to force emotion rather than evoke it. Just as suspicion takes a little time to grow and spread, so does sophistication. But this series seems to be in a very big hurry to be over, which almost guarantees that audiences will be too.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    After a relatively strong premiere, ABC’s thriller quickly becomes overheated, overwritten, and generally convoluted garbage. Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Ryan Phillippe does the blank thing well. Juliette Lewis, once American cinema's liveliest eccentric, is drained of life.... This show runs ten weeks. I'm out.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    One of the worst murder-mysteries to come along in a while, ABC’s Secrets & Lies is completely undone by its casting and writing.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    It’s poorly written with a bunch of things happening in the pilot that just don’t make sense.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Secrets and Lies starts out stale and predictable, which really does save so much time, especially for viewers who should immediately find something else to watch.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review

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