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House of Lies (stylized as HOU$E OF LIE$) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt).The show, which premiered on Showtime on January 8, 2012, is based on the book, House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, written by Martin Kihn, a former consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. It follows a group of management consultants who stop at nothing to get business deals done.
The show focuses on a team of management consultants from Galweather & Stearn, the #2 ranked management consultancy in the U.S., who are based in Los Angeles but take on projects across the world. Their key competitor is Kinsley, the #1 ranked management consultancy. The team comprises Marty Kaan, the Senior Partner; Jeannie van der Hooven, the Engagement Manager; and Doug Guggenheim and Clyde Oberholdt, the Associates.
The show focuses on the personal and business lives of Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle, Picket Fences, The Golden Palace), a manipulative, immoral, driven and cold management consultant.
Originally, Marty was a highly successful partner at consultancy firm Galweather Stearn, where he headed up a pod consisting of engagement manager Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars, Gossip Girls, Heroes) and associates Clyde Oberholdt (Ben Schwartz, Parks and Recreation) and Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson). He later leaves this position to head up his own firm, Kaan & Associates.
In addition to the questionable business practices of Marty and his team, the series also focuses on Marty’s personal life; he deals with his psychotic management consultant ex-wife Monica (Dawn Olivieri, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother), his retired-psychiatrist father Jeremiah (Glynn Turman, The Wire) and his confidently flamboyant son Roscoe (Donis Leonard, Jr).