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[[caption-width-right:350:[[LoveableRogue Oh, Daddy]].[[note]]L-R: Ben Schwartz as Clyde Oberholdt, Josh Lawson as Doug Guggenheim, Creator/DonCheadle as Marty Kaan, and Creator/KristenBell as Jeannie van der Hooven[[/note]]]]

''Hou$e of Lie$'' is a {{Showtime}} original series adapted from the nonfiction business book ''House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time'' by Martin Kihn. It follows 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 and [[ReallyGetsAround having lots of sex]].

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, which [[PlotTumor continues until the end of the series]].

Season five was the series' last. The finale was notable for being filmed on-location in UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, the first US production to be filmed in the country since the Cuban embargo was lifted.
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AdaptationNameChange: "Marty Kaan" is a play on "Martin Kihn."
* {{Adorkable}}: Doug Guggenheim.
* AllGaysLoveTheater: Roscoe tries out for his school’s production of ''Theatre/{{Grease}}''. For the part of “Sandy,” of course.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Gallweather & Stearn to Monica’s firm, Kinsley.
* [[AsHimself As Herself]]: Cat Deeley in Episode 2.
** Also, Creator/MattDamon plays a hilariously messed-up version of himself in Season 2's "damonschildren.org", which culminates in Damon finally agreeing to raise money for unprivileged kids in conflict [[spoiler: after Marty gives him a handjob]].
** Senator John [=McCain=]'s daughter, Meghan, makes a brief cameo in a Season 4 episode.
* AuthorTract: Martin Kihn's indictment of corporate consulting firms makes a full-blown appearance through Marty Kaan's freeze-frame moments.
* AuthorAvatar: Marty.
* BasedOnATrueStory: A fictionalized take on Martin Kihn's time working as a corporate consultant.
* 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. Marty's brother, Malcolm, publicly drums up support for black causes, which often puts him at odds with the Ivy-League educated financial consultant.
* BreakThemByTalking: Marty's preferred method of closing a deal.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Kaan freeze frames scenes to give his honest opinion and illuminate [[TechnoBabble management jargon]].
* ButNotTooBlack: Marty, often. This comes up in diverse scenarios, such as in a Season 1 episode where he consults with a racist Mormon CEO, and his Season 3 attempt to woo a hip-hop label from Compton.
* 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. This later comes back to bite them in Season 3, where Marty's illegal plan to generate a conflict of interest for his and Jeannie's gain ends up landing him in jail, with Jeannie facing no legal consequences]].
* CelebCrush: Doug on Cat Deeley of ''Series/SoYouThinkYouCanDance''.
* TheCharmer: Clyde Oberholt, who Ben Schwartz [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/ben-schwartz,67644/ cites]] as a grown-up version of [[Series/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.
* CountryMatters: The expletive is thrown around a lot in the series. Lampshaded when Doug texts his wife in a fit of anger, and the phone autocorrects "[[spoiler:cunt]]" to "country."
* 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]].
* DontDoThisCoolThing: The show drives home again and again that management consultants are essentially parasitic con men who produce nothing of value... while partying it up on someone else's dime and getting laid several times an episode.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Season 3's ending. One of the firm's clients is gunned down, with no indication toward who committed the crime (though it is heavily implied that his business partner got the job done). Jeannie's attempt at wooing the FBI backfires when they raid the office and discover hers and Marty's illegal plan to give one other internal information about conflicting companies. Nearly all of the firm's major clients back out, and Marty faces prison time, just as he and Jeannie discovered their true feelings for one another]].
* TheDragon: Clyde, as he seems more subservient than Jeannie.
* ElevatorFailure: In webisode "Blackout."
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kahn and Co. are backstabbing leeches that have eyes only for the payday no matter the cost to their clients. But even they are unsettled [[spoiler: when it turns out that one of their clients had their partners brutally murdered in the street.]]
* {{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.
* 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. This later comes to haunt him when his father and his son's high school principal invoke this at a parent-teacher conference.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Jeannie's Season Five boyfriend sues her for sexual harassment simply for the seven-figure payout he might receive from the company. Jeannie is not amused.
* GenreSavvy: Nobody knows management consulting like Marty Kaan knows management consulting.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: [[spoiler: April and Greg Norbert's wife in the restaurant bathroom]]. Also, [[spoiler: Monica and her housekeeper experiment for a little while]].
* HeroWorship: Both Clyde and Doug for Marty. While Doug is more a sycophant attempting to earn Marty approval. Clyde genuinely believes that Marty views him as an equal and attempts to earn his respect. In season two when he believes that Marty doesn't see him as an equal. [[spoiler: He steals one of Marty's major clients and goes to work for Monica.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: April, the stripper who secures a business dinner for Marty with Greg Norbert of Metro Capital. She's even open to Marty sleeping with other women on the road, though [[spoiler: she draws the line at him sleeping with his ex-wife]].
* 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.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Jeannie went to Columbia, Doug to Harvard, Clyde to Stanford, and Marty to Yale.
* KavorkaMan: Clyde
* LameComeback: Usually Doug, to Jeannie or Clyde.
* LipstickLesbian: [[spoiler: Greg Norbert's wife]].
** [[DiscussedTrope Mentioned]] by [[spoiler:Monica]]'s season two lover, when she remarks that she's not exactly butch.
* 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. (This is also a subversion, since both Monica and Marty ignore him, leading him to rebel against his parents and grandfather.)
* 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.
* ThePornomancer: Marty. There is at least a 60% chance that any woman who appears on the show will have sex with him, often without any apparent effort on his part and sometimes against his wishes. He even did a regression calculation with Doug in the first episode in order to calculate the likelihood of Jeannie sleeping with him.
* PowerWalk: The team, frequently.
* PrecisionFStrike: "I'm a Motherfucking Scorpion, That's Why" and "Everything's So Fucking Obvious, I'm Starting to Wonder Why We're Even Having This Conversation." Those are the episode ''titles''.
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Ex-Wife]]: Monica. Taken to epic proportions in Season 3, now that [[spoiler: Clyde left Galweather to work with her]].
* RaceLift: Marty Kaan's character was originally written as white, though this was changed pretty quickly since Don Cheadle was cast for the role. Martin Kihn, who wrote the book upon which the series is based, is white.
* 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, from the pilot, which is a critique of the mortgage banking crisis, and the second episode, which is a take on the divorce of the LA Dodgers drama.
* RomanticFalseLead: Everyone Jeannie sleeps with or dates. Marty even gets into strange relationships (such as one with a vegan Instagram model) just to show that he really loves Jeannie.
* SafeWord: "Amsterdam," used by Monica and Marty, though the former doesn't really realize it. Not that she wants to stop, anyway.
* SexWithTheEx: Marty cannot stop having sex with Monica.
* TheSociopath: Monica. Or she's a psychopath. No one can really tell.
* 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]].
* {{Transsexual}}: There’s no discussion of hormone treatments, but Roscoe seems to identify more with the feminine gender.
** Roscoe's Season 3 boyfriend, Lex, is [=FtM=] transgender, though [[spoiler: Lex's parents refuse to recognize him as such]].
* 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".
** Skip Galweather gets one, also to Marty, in the end of "Microphallus", where he calls him out on his methods, which damage professional relationships and leave him (Galweather) with a lot of broken bridges to fix, and points out that a lot of other management consultants are able to get solid results without going to such lengths.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Marty does sleep with more white women then black, which is somewhat justified since there are far more white women in business finance than others. Lampshaded throughout the series.
* 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.
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