Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son, Tom Murphy, in the woods. Even as Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a “person of interest,” the case unfolds from Ben’s perspective - whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites’ lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons. No one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life, already privately in disarray, is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence, on ABC’s gripping, explosive new drama, Secrets and Lies, which premieres on SUNDAY, MARCH 1, with a two-hour special (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). The ten-episode drama will then air in its regular time period beginning SUNDAY, MARCH 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Ben, a handsome and decent family man who works as a house painter, has his normal share of parenting problems with his teenage daughter, Natalie (Indiana Evans), and smart-as-a-whip 12-year-old daughter, Abby (Belle Shouse), as well as the usual marital struggles, which have lately come to a head. His wife Christy (KaDee Strickland), who he has dated since they were both 19, is a local realtor. She finds her feelings for Ben complicated by his deadly discovery and the relentless police and media attention on their family. Natalie is a typical 16-year-old with an attitude, who is upset by Tom’s death, a little boy she used to babysit. But is she hiding her own indiscretion? And Abby, upset by the state of her family, is deeply concerned but hides her feelings. She is fiercely loyal to her dad.
The unflappable and formidable Detective Cornell is the smartest person in the room – always. But that isn’t to say that she isn’t hiding something behind that slight hint of sadness in her eyes and a deceptive look of disconcerting calm. Once she has a suspect in her crosshairs, she doesn’t let go. Unfortunately for Ben, she has targeted him as Tom’s murderer.
Jess Murphy (Natalie Martinez), the mother of four-year-old Tom who has suffered her own indignations in a broken marriage, is crushed by her son’s death. The one person Ben can unload on is Dave Lindsey (Dan Fogler), his childhood friend. A tenant in the Crawford’s guest house, he lives a cheerfully irresponsible life, but is basically a good guy who is very supportive of Ben and the girls.
Is Ben innocent or guilty? He is fighting to keep his marriage, kids, job and reputation, and he is barely clinging to his sanity. As the investigation progresses, the close knit community starts to come apart at the seams, unraveling until the jaw-dropping conclusion.
Secrets and Lies stars Ryan Phillippe (Damages, The Lincoln Lawyer, Flags of Our Fathers) as Ben Crawford, Juliette Lewis (August Osage County) as Detective Cornell, KaDee Strickland (Private Practice) as Christy Crawford, Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome, CSI: NY) as Jess Murphy, Dan Fogler (The Goldbergs, Hannibal) as Dave Lindsey, Indiana Evans (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) as Natalie Crawford and Belle Shouse as Abby Crawford.
Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) developed the mystery thriller, which is based on the original Australian series Secrets & Lies, created by Stephen Irwin. Secrets and Lies is a production of ABC Studios.