Why Women Kill: Season 1

Why Women Kill: Season 1

Why Women Kill: Season 1

Lucy Liu leads this soapy crime comedy from the creator of Desperate Housewives, following the lives of three women living in the same house over different decades dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place), and Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch).

2019USACBS
ComedyCrimeDrama

Streaming (2 Providers)

EPISODE 1.1

Murder Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

One Pasadena, Calif. house serves as the focal point for three decades worth of marital strife. In 1963, Beth Ann's life as a doting housewife is upended when she learns of her husband Rob's infidelity.... MORE In 1984, socialite Simone is blindsided by her husband Karl's devastating secret. In present day, high-powered lawyer Taylor has an open marriage with husband Eli.

EPISODE 1.2

I'd Like to Kill Ya, But I Just Washed My Hair

Three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the '60s, a socialite in the '80s and a lawyer in 2019, deal with infidelity in their marriages.

EPISODE 1.3

I Killed Everyone He Did, But Backwards and in High Heels

Beth Ann's scheme to drive Rob away from April brings her closer to the mistress; Simone and Karl try to keep up appearances at a gala, but Tommy gets jealous; Taylor is forced to confront... MORE the true nature of her feelings for Jade.

EPISODE 1.4

You Had Me at Homicide

Beth Ann's walk on the wild side with April leads to an interesting dinner party with Rob's boss; A visit from Simone's daughter Amy threatens to derail Tommy's plan; Taylor, Jade and Eli get mixed... MORE up with Jade's crazy ex-boyfriend Duke.

EPISODE 1.5

There's No Crying in Murder

Beth Ann's budding friendship with April leaves her feeling conflicted, just as she is beginning to win back Rob's attention. Simone and Tommy get stuck in a precarious situation, leaving Simone to call on an... MORE unexpected source - Karl - for help. With Taylor out of town, Eli and Jade's relationship enters new territory when she helps him with his script.

EPISODE 1.6

Practically Lethal in Every Way

Beth Ann and Rob throw a housewarming party to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, but something seems to be amiss with neighbors Mary and Ralph. Hijinks ensue and secrets come to light when Simone and... MORE Karl have dinner with Amy’s conservative future in-laws. Tensions rise in the throuple after Taylor begins to question the living arrangement and reveals a dark truth about Eli.

EPISODE 1.7

I Found Out What the Secret to Murder Is: Friends. Best Friends.

Beth Ann is elated when Rob ends his affair, but that feeling is short-lived when Beth Ann learns that everything is not as she thinks. While Simone and Karl work to find common ground in... MORE their relationship, conflict ensues as Naomi grows suspicious of Tommy's erratic behavior. Eli, Taylor and Jade try to work out their issues by heading to a polyamory retreat but Eli's relapse with addiction may derail everything.

EPISODE 1.8

Marriages Don't Break Up on Account of Murder - It's Just a Symptom That Something Else is Wrong

Beth Ann recruits Sheila to help pull off her faux diagnosis, taking her already far-fetched plan another step too far. As Simone and Tommy arrange their European rendezvous, a revelation may foil their plans. Taylor... MORE reaches out to Jade in hopes of helping Eli battle addiction, but his new found riches have Jade only seeing green.

EPISODE 1.9

I Was Just Wondering What Makes Dames Like You So Deadly

As Beth Ann plots to remove April from Rob's life for good, a surprising confrontation reveals a secret that will shock Beth Ann to her core. Meanwhile, Naomi is reeling with anger and will do... MORE anything to protect her son, even if it means destroying Simone and Karl's reputation along the way.

EPISODE 1.10

Kill Me as If It Were the Last Time

Kill or be killed, that is the question. After learning the shocking truth about her daughter's death, Beth Ann devises a plan for revenge that could alter the course of many lives. As Karl's health... MORE worsens, Simone's commitment to their relationship is tested. With Jade out of the picture, Taylor and Eli are focusing on their love story, and are hopeful the past is far behind them. Season finale.

Why Women Kill: Season 1 / Reviews

USA Today

USA Today

Essentially a modern version of "Housewives," mixing dark comedy with violence to illuminate the lives of its main characters.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Why Women Kill can't be taken seriously enough for drama and isn't fun enough for camp.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The women in the show feel sketched rather than fully drawn. Preoccupied with why they kill, the show forgets to stop and show us who they are.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Why Women Kill plays a beautiful game of smoke and mirrors, disarming you with a bit of light comedy and then delivering a couple of fairly dramatic lunges.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The series' arch tone and visual splendor are enough to stick around for the ride.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Marc Cherry is the Mark Zuckerberg of complicated, high-camp women: He gives us the product we think we want, but in the end, it still only feels like a facsimile of the real thing.

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Vulture

Vulture

Exhibits a frustrating broadness where precision is necessary to balance all the competing story lines.

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Salon

Salon

Why Women Kill feels more comfortably familiar than recycled or old. There's never a question of why we should care about any of these characters.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

As the weeks went on, I found Why Women Kill even more suspenseful, moving, and thoroughly enjoyable.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Why Women Kill serves as a bit of mindless entertainment.

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The Age

The Age

Each situation is not straightforward, and the stories, while not exactly nuanced, do take some surprising and entertaining turns.

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