Reese Witherspoon (left), Shailene Woodley (center) and Nicole Kidman star in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

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Friendships among women can be deadly—or at least that’s the message HBO’s newest series “Big Little Lies” sends.

The limited run series focuses on three first-grade mothers, one of which probably murdered another mother during a school fundraiser.

During the first episode, viewers get a brief glimpse into each of the three main character’s lives. Each one has her own demons to deal with—a teenager who is rebelling hard, an abusive spouse, a child who is bullied because he is different.

What moves the narrative along during most of the first three episodes are clips of other parents being interrogated by police about each of the three main characters—or suspects in the cop’s eyes-- played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.

 Although the story is intriguing and I plan on watching the rest of the series to see how things play out, I’m disappointed that women are still portrayed as “manipulative,” “coldhearted” and “despicable” in this show.

The three main characters are only murder suspects, because they’ve stood their ground. Not in a violent way, but by raising their voices and attempting to make sure that a mother and her son are not ostracized for a mistake the first-grader made on his first day of school.

If you’re interested in catching up on “Big Little Lies,” past episodes can be viewed on HBOGO. The newest episode of the show airs on Sunday at 9 p.m.