House of Lies

2012 TV-MA 5 seasons

House of Lies

2012 TV-MA 5 seasons
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Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star in this Showtime series that charts the cutthroat antics of two warring management consulting firms, based on Martin Kihn's blistering memoir about his time at a top-level consultancy.
Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Donis Leonard Jr., Glynn Turman
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (2012) - 2 discs

Based on Martin Kihn's memoir about his time at a management consulting firm, the first season of this dark-edged Showtime dramedy sets the action inside a top-level consultancy where anything goes to get the client.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adult-oriented dramedy runs on a steady stream of sex and unbleeped language. That means you'll see bare breasts and buttocks, as well as characters -- particularly the main character -- having sex with multiple partners; you'll also hear words like "motherf--ker," "s--t," "c--k," and "c--t." Characters binge drink and use drugs recreationally, too, and occasionally resort to physical violence.

Sexual Content

Visible nudity, including bare breasts and buttocks. Characters also have simulated sex on camera with multiple partners (including lesbian sex and violent sex that involves choking) and use sexually charged terms like "angry-bang," "getting head," etc.


Physical violence includes punching, fist fights, etc. Minimal blood.


Frequent unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" in all its forms (including "motherf--ker"), "s--t," "c--t," "t-t," "c--k," "cl-t," and "c-m." Characters also use labels like "slut," "nancy boy," and "homo."

Social Behavior

Manipulation is a common theme -- and a regular business practice -- while money is the major motivator. There's also a sense that most characters would pursue success at any cost.


A few logos are visible in the background, including MasterCard.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters binge drink and use hallucinogenic drugs to blow off steam -- and sometimes entertain clients.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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