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, whose name is reminiscent of real life top consultancy McKinsey & Company. The team comprises of Marty Kaan, presumably the manager, Clyde Oberholdt, an associate, and Jeannie van der Hooven and Doug Guggenheim, the two analysts. In a move unlike normal consulting, this team composition remains constant for the entirety of the season, while in most consulting firms teams are assembled on a per project basis.
* House of Lies received a 2014 Golden Globe Nomination for "Best Actor in a TV Comedy" (Don Cheadle).