Successful black businessmen are a rare find on television and movies. We’ve had our share of cops, lawyers, doctors, pilots, thugs, athletes, soldiers, bus drivers, slaves, trash men, barbers, farmers, singers, and preachers (what did I miss?).
Sure, George Jefferson owned a successful dry cleaning business and Bill Cosby was a successful baby doctor, but neither of them come close to Marty Kaan, the Don Cheadle character in House of Lies.
Cheadle is a management consultant earning a 7-figure income working to ‘fix’ things when corporate CEOs find themselves in a pinch. Like Olivia Pope fixes political things in Scandal, Marty Kaan fixes things in big business.
House of Lies and Scandal are similar in many ways. Marty Kaan and Olivia Pope both lead small teams of brilliant young professionals; they both are primadonnas at their craft; and they both make you wish you could think on your feet like them.
Scandal is serious and sensitive; House of Lies is wild and crazy. But, politics is serious, and rich business owners are wild and crazy.
Unlike Olivia Pope who doesn’t seem to have a family life, weaving Marty Kaan’s family life into the show is as fun and interesting as his business life. His high rise Los Angeles condo is to die for; his son is the best child actor on TV; his dad lives with him; and his ex-wife is his #1 competitor. Marty Kaan is the king of ‘work hard-play hard’.
House of Lies is on Showtime, Sundays at 10pm. Season 2 starts tonight. It’s not for kids.
There’s never been a show like it.