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Big Little Lies paints a compelling but terrible world

On this week’s episode of ‘Bingeworthy,’ hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré disagree over the merit of ‘Big Little Lies’

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This week’s topic of conversation for Bingeworthy hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré is HBO’s upcoming comedy-drama miniseries, Big Little Lies — and they really can’t agree on whether it’s must-see TV or just plain terrible.

The star-studded limited series is an adaptation of Australian author Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name and delves into the dark side of parenting. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as moms in an affluent town. With costars including Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zoe Kravitz, there’s no denying this show is stacked with big names. But does its star power make it worth the watch?

Shaw thinks so. “This is what happens when you have all the talent in the world, a wonderful writer in David E. Kelley, and a brilliant director in Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) and an incredible story,” she raves. “I could not get enough of this.”

Shaw continues to sing the show’s praises: “I loved the characters; I loved the gray area that each one of them existed in; I loved the dynamics between them, the friendships, the adversaries; I loved the mysteries,” she says. “To me it was perfect, it was absolute perfect television and how often do we see something like that?”

But Touré feels the opposite. “Perfect television?” he scoffs. “Wow, no. This is like a French pastry: It’s light, flaky, rich, self-serious and ultimately there is nothing inside…This is a bunch of rich women snipping and bitching at each other.” He goes to express his dislike of a show based on a “bulls—” inciting incident. The show kicks off with a kindergarten-age kid getting hurt at school and the teacher insisting that someone will take the blame and apologize publicly. “That does not happen in modern American private schools.”

 

Big Little Lies premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Enjoy the full clip above and catch this full episode of Bingeworthy, available now, on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) at PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices.