Watching Joe suddenly and irrevocably transform from a guy with a harmless crush to something much more sinister can send you into a state of cognitive dissonance. “Liar” recreates this experience when it shows us a suave, charming doctor named Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd), then drops the bombshell that he may be a sexual predator. It all starts when school teacher Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt) has a meet-cute with Andrew and agrees to a dinner date. The date proceeds like something out of a romantic movie — until the morning after, when a foggy Laura awakens and accuses Andrew of rape.
Compared to the easy, twisty fun of a show like “You,” “Liar” is not an effortless watch. The show is an exercise in understanding where your allegiances lie. Until the so-called liar is outed in the final episodes, you’re forced to rely on your own moral compass, and in the process, confront your own biases about a subject as sensitive as sexual assault.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).