'House of Lies' Season 2 Review: A New Synergistic Paradigm
'House of Lies' Season 2 Review: A New Synergistic Paradigm
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
When it comes to B.S., no one is better than the management consultant team on Showtime's House of Lies. Season 2 of the Don Cheadle begins Sunday, January 13 at 10pm, and it's sharper than ever.

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If you have no idea what a management consultant firm does, don't worry. Half the fun of the show is watching the characters spin their wheels and speak in modern doubletalk to convince people to hire them to solve a problem that doesn't really exist.

The funniest scene in the House of Lies season 2 premiere comes when the team jumps onto a conference call with a new client, only they have no idea who he is or what he does. It's hilarious to them make something out of nothing, desperately trying to improvise dynamic bullet points and forward-thinking business models.

It's like a metaphor for the show itself. There isn't a whole lot going on, but the acting and writing are so slick that you almost forget it and just enjoy the ride.

House of Lies kicks off season 2 after Jeannie (Kristen Bell) comes back from a brief vacation following her drunken outburst at a company function. Viewers were left wondering if Jeannie and Marty (Cheadle) hooked up that night, but thanks to excessive amounts of alcohol, neither of them can seem to remember the events of the night. Flashbacks slowly reveal what happened, and there are definitely some surprises along the way.

The show returns with a clearer sense of what it is and a continued effort to be just plain cool. Cheadle and Bell are extraordinary as are Josh Lawson as perpetually-mocked Doug Guggenheim and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation's Jean-Ralphio) as the oversexed Clyde.

House of Lies may be a triumph of style over substance, but that's what the characters are all about. There's not a whole lot of plot or intrigue, but it's still tons of fun to watch the characters spin their wheels.


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