Reese Witherspoon has reinvented her acting career by turning bestselling novels including Big Little Lies into smart, gripping television shows. The latest is Little Fires Everywhere, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel.

The show launched in Australia in late May, on Amazon Prime Video, and has, for the most part, won over critics and audiences alike.

Reese Witherspoon plays a wealthy suburban mum with secrets in Little Fires Everywhere.

Reese Witherspoon plays a wealthy suburban mum with secrets in Little Fires Everywhere. Credit:Erin Simkin/Hulu

On this week’s Televisionaries podcast, Spectrum deputy editor Kylie Northover and The Guide and Green Guide critic Debi Enker join host Louise Rugendyke to debate the show, which centres on the intersecting lives of Elena, a wealthy, suburban mum of three played by Witherspoon, and Mia, a frugal, single mum of one played by Kerry Washington.

Enker says: “From the first episode, there is a real sense of unease about the relationship between these women … I found those tensions really engaging.”



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