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[[caption-width-right:120:[[LoveableRogue Oh, Daddy]].]]

''Hou$e of Lie$'' is a {{Showtime}} original series about Marty Kaan, a partner at a management consulting firm, and his three underlings: Clyde, Doug, and Jeannie. Kaan, played by Don Cheadle, is a lonely womanizer with a sociopathic ex-wife Monica Talbot, also a management consultant. Kaan and Talbot have one son together, Roscoe, an exuberant elementary school student with transgender identity issues. Kaan has sole custody, though his father, Jeremiah, a retired therapist, lives with them and serves as a co-parent.

Kaan's firm, Galweather & Stearn, is based in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, but frequently deploys Kaan & co. to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and other US destinations to woo high-profile clients. Through various time-pressured meetings and well-executed [=PowerPoint=] presentations, Kaan and his team hoodwink their clients into employing them for outrageous amounts of money. After days of constant lying, the team spends their nights partying.

As the series progresses, there is less focus on the teams getting clients, and more on character development. The central plot in the first season is a 'merger' (more like a hostile takeover) between Galweather & Stearn and Metro Capital, the client that was wooed by the Pod in the Pilot. Marty's relationships with his subordinates and his dysfunctional family also come into play, with him sacrificing his personal life for his job.

The second season had ongoing stories involving a big deal in Las Vegas, along with a lot more interoffice politics. Season 2 also reveals a lot more of the RomanceArc between Jeannie and Marty.

Season 3 will premiere in early 2014.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Doug Guggenheim.
* AllGaysLoveTheater: Roscoe tries out for his school’s production of {{Grease}}. For the part of “Sandy,” of course.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Gallweather & Stearn to Monica’s firm, Kinsley.
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: Cat Deeley in Episode 2.
* BiTheWay: In Episode 3, [[spoiler: Roscoe asks his dad, "What do you do if you like a boy and a girl?"]].
** Almost every female character in the series shows bisexual tendencies.
* BigFancyHouse: Marty's apartment in LA.
* BlackComedyRape: In webisode "Sexual Harassment," Clyde and Doug's boss sexually harasses them to prove a point about the [[DoubleStandard way they treat their female colleagues]].
* BourgeoisBohemian: Jeremiah, Marty’s therapist father, who lounges around the apartment in African daisheiki.
* BreakThemByTalking: Marty's preferred method of closing a deal.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kaan freeze frames scenes to give his honest opinion and illuminate [[TechnoBabble management jargon]].
* ButtMonkey: Doug Guggenheim
* CannotSpitItOut: [[spoiler: Jeannie spends much of season two trying to forget that she loves Marty, while Marty ends season two failing to tell Jeannie his real feelings.]]
* CelebCrush: Doug on Cat Deeley of SoYouThinkYouCanDance.
* TheCharmer: Clyde Oberholt, who Ben Schwartz [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/ben-schwartz,67644/ cites]] as a grown-up version of [[ParksAndRecreation Jean-Ralphio]].
* CheatersNeverProsper: Subverted.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Despite his fairly controversial gender issues, Roscoe comes across as this.
* ClusterFBomb: In their presentation to Metro Capital, Marty's team cuts together a string of "fuck yous" from [[VoxPops various people on the street]].
* CompensatingForSomething: Spaulding Winter subverts this by re-directing it towards Marty Kaan.
* TheConfidant: Jeannie is angling to be this for Marty.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The head of Metro Capital in Episode 1.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Marty’s MO.
* DiscussedTrope: In Episode 3, Marty points out trope-y characters working for IBC (Megalomaniacal CEO, Disgruntled Middle Management, etc.) during an [[BreakingTheFourthWall explicating freeze frame]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: season 3's ending.]]
* TheDragon: Clyde, as he seems more subservient than Jeannie.
* ElevatorFailure: In webisode "Blackout."
* {{Expy}}: Each episode’s client. Metro Capital is a stand-in for Goldman Sachs, the Arizona Huskies stand in for the LA Dodgers, etc.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based on the book '''House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time''' by Martin Kihn.
* FakeAmerican: Australian Josh Lawson as Doug.
* FauxYay: Clyde acts out his seduction techniques as Doug stands in for the woman.
* {{Fetish}}: Episode 3's Spaulding Winter [[spoiler: likes feet. A lot]].
* FreudianExcuse: Jeannie states that Marty's commitment issues are due to his mother's suicide.
* GenreSavvy: Nobody knows management consulting like Marty Kaan knows management consulting.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: [[spoiler: April and Greg Norbert's wife in the restaurant bathroom]].
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: April, the stripper who secures a business dinner for Marty with Greg Norbert of Metro Capital.
* IceQueen: Jeannie Van Der Hooven. [[spoiler: Until later episodes reveal her vulnerability.]]
* IResembleThatRemark: In Episode 3, Jeannie insists she's "not drunk!" (though nobody asked).
* InSeriesNickname: Marty's team calls him "Daddy," though they also occasionally use the nickname for naughty clients.
* LameComeback: Usually Doug, to Jeannie or Clyde.
* LipstickLesbian: [[spoiler: Greg Norbert's wife]].
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Kaan, especially when he has sex with his crazy ex-wife.
* LustObject: Jeannie. Kaan even says there’s a “87% chance we’ll sleep together.”
* LuckyCharmsTitle: The show, with the dollar signs reflecting its focus on corporate greed.
* MeaningfulName: Say "Kaan" fast to someone who doesn't know what you're talking about, and asking what word they think said. No prizes if it's "[[TheCon con]]."
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: Principal Gita
* MustHaveCaffeine: "Is this coffee?"
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Roscoe, though he doesn’t seem spoiled.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The consultant team seems to be this, but their methods can sometimes be skewed as altruistic.
* OpeningNarration: Marty does this.
* ParentalAbandonment: Marty's mom committed suicide.
* PowerWalk: The team, frequently.
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Ex-Wife]]: Monica
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Kaan’s team.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Roscoe, looked after by his grandpa Jeremiah after his mother left Marty.
* RefugeInAudacity: Insulting the client is often Marty’s way of establishing dominance.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Almost every episode.
** The NBA episode is a take on the divorce of the LA Dodgers drama.
* RomanticFalseLead: Everyone Jeannie sleeps with or dates.
* SafeWord: "Amsterdam," used by Monica and Marty.
* SexWithTheEx: Marty cannot stop having sex with Monica.
* TheSociopath: Monica
* TeenyWeenie: [[spoiler: Spaulding Winter...poor guy]].
* ThatDidntHappen: In Episode 3, Jeannie and Marty [[spoiler: agree that it's better for everyone if they keep their bizarre client hookups between them]].
* ThoseTwoActors: [[TheModSquad Peggy Lipton]] plays Jeannie's mother Phoebe - [[Film/WhenInRome not the first time she's given birth to]] Creator/KristenBell.
* {{Transsexual}}: There’s no discussion of hormone treatments, but Roscoe seems to identify more with the feminine gender.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: In webisode "Blackout," when [[spoiler: Clyde winds up being comforted in Doug's arms due to his intense claustrophobia]].
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: "Doug hooked up with a tranny!"]]
* UseYourHead: Marty headbutts Greg Norbert during their [[DinerBrawl dinner meeting brawl]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Jeannie calls Marty out all the time but especially notably at the end of "Utah".
* WhiteCollarCrime: Kaan’s clients skirt the edges of crime.
** The death of a worker in Nebraska as a result of Clyde's work is as close as they have come so far to a legitimately criminal act.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Roscoe
* WorkHardPlayHard: The team finishes a twelve-hour day of number-crunching with an all-nighter at a strip club.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Kaan’s firm is NumberTwo to Monica’s firm’s NumberOne, so they’re often working in the same places.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Doug, to the point where he ejaculates at the mere touch of a woman’s hand on his crotch.
** Justified, since it was Cat fucking Deeley.