Lie to Me

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In Season One, Cal heads up a private agency contracted by the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations, and private individuals when they hit roadblocks in their searches for the truth. Joining him are a variety of experts in the field of behavioral evaluation: Dr. Gillian Foster is a gifted psychologist and Cal's professional partner, a woman whose guidance Cal needs, whether he knows it or not; Will Loker is Cal's lead researcher, and he is so aware of the human tendency to lie that he has decided to uncomplicate matters and practice what he terms "radical honesty": he says everything on his mind at all times. Ria Torres, the newest member of the team, arrives at the truth differently by acting more on instinct and using her natural, less-studied ability to read body language and catch certain clues that Cal's other pledges may miss. Lie To Me probes how people can deceive themselves just as easily as they deceive others, and explores the idea that there is nothing more revealing than when we choose to tell the truth and when we decide to lie.
Starring
Tim RothKelli WilliamsBrendan Hines
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
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    In the series opener, the son of a family of devout Jehovah's Witnesses is accused of killing his teacher after being caught fleeing the scene of her murder. Meanwhile, the team is hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate a second case in which the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee is accused of paying for sex.
  2. 2. Moral Waiver
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    When a female soldier charges a commanding officer with sexual assault, Lightman is brought to Fort Meade to find out if there's any truth to the accusation. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group is hired to determine whether the young star of a college basketball team accepted a bribe to play for the university.
  3. 3. A Perfect Score
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    The murder of a teenage girl - who is the daughter of a powerful federal judge - leads The Lightman Group to a highly competitive college-prep school where getting to the head of the class means everything. The team also investigates a NASA test pilot accused of intentionally crashing a $250 million aircraft.
  4. 4. Love Always
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    At a state wedding, Lightman and his team work to prevent the assassination of a South Korean ambassador. But when someone else is shot, Lightman exposes long-held family secrets and lies to identify the assassin.
  5. 5. Unchained
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    Lightman and Torres team up to determine if a former gang kingpin will return to a life of crime.
  6. 6. Do No Harm
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    March 11, 2009
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    The search for a child who has disappeared is difficult for the team to handle.
  7. 7. The Best Policy
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    Lightman's team investigates potential sabotage at a pharmaceutical company owned by a longtime friend.
  8. 8. Depraved Heart
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    April 1, 2009
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    A case involving the suicides of two women takes on special importance for Lightman and the team works to recover money lost in a ponzi scheme.
  9. 9. Life Is Priceless
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    April 8, 2009
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    Lightman is brought in to investigate a building collapse.
  10. 10. Better Half
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    April 22, 2009
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    Arson investigation re-ignites the flame between Lightman and his ex-wife.
  11. 11. Undercover
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    An old case comes back to haunt The Lightman Group.
  12. 12. Blinded
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    Search for serial rapist is Lightman's toughest case yet.
  13. 13. Sacrifice
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    May 13, 2009
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    The Lightman Group investigates a terrorist bombing.

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Supporting actors
Monica Raymund
Season year
2009
Network
FOX
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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TinLizzyReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can't understand why you had something available towatch with the membership and then suddenly switch and make ...
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This is a very interesting series and I was enjoying it very much until they just in the past few days took it off Prime. Now if I want to finish watching the series I have to pay $2.99 an episode. Heck, I can buy a whole season used for not much than that.....what the heck Prime!! Way to lose customers. Can't understand why you had something available to watch with the membership and then suddenly switch and make members pay to watch the series. Will rethink renewing my membership if this continues.
70 people found this helpful
R. CastoReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great TV. Other reviewers should not judge on real life, but a TV show.
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I love this series. I have read other reviews of this show and do not understand some of the negative reviews. I am a professional fire investigator, working in the field of forensic science. I have worked with and have friends who work in the behavioral science field, both for the government and in the private sector. I will submit, some of the micro expression science in this show is treated as accepted science rather than a work in progress. If you watch the show, you will learn that the star had always had the ability to determine if someone was lying and utilized the science to explain how he accomplished this gift. This is a TV show not a documentary. I enjoyed the show very much.
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TinkerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truth or consequences
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I have enjoyed shows Tim Roth was in, but he never stood out of the cast, to me. In this case, he has come into his own brilliantly. Not only is this one of the best scripted, most educational and most entertaining shows I have seen, it encourage me to buy some books on the subject. How it only ran 3 seasons with that much story potential was beyond me.
Roth fits the part as if it were designed for him. He embodies feisty intellectual status in this show. The others in the cast are amazingly believable and integrate into a portrayal of an intellectual world behind the scene that most of us do not think about. I had to buy the series, and the books it is based on are a good exercise in rational but somewhat defensive living. My compliments to the cast and crew for a 3-season mind-blowing trip.
8 people found this helpful
BBQ Corn ChipsReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very interesting show about finding the truth through detecting lies.
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When the show Lie to Me came out on television, I was really intrigued with the show. Tim Roth plays his character very well. I enjoyed his performances on the show.

Lie to Me lasted 3 seasons. And, it was shown on FOX.

Tim Roth plays Cal Lightman who runs a private company that is contracted by law enforcement agencies for his services. He is the world's leading deception expert. The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties and assist in investigations reaching the truth through applied psychology such as interpreting micro-expressions.

He has the ability to identify if someone is lying or if there is something not totally accurate by involuntary body language and by eye contact to find the truth behind the lies. The show evolves around his abilities working with the FBI and the local police to solve mysteries and to gather information and clue into the truth.

It is a very interesting show, and one easily gets drawn into the stories and wanting to see more.

I recommend this show. Unfortunately, the show only lasted three seasons from 2009 to 2011. But, it is long enough to get deep into the series and enjoy three seasons of intriguing mystery.
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DignanReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tim Roth, 'Nuf Said
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I'd watch Tim Roth read the phone book but this, sadly short-lived, series is one I keep going back to while waiting for 'Tin Star' to return. As Cal Lightman, founder of The Lightman Group, Tim Roth is a human lie detector reading facial expressions and body language to solve crimes. The chemistry of the cast is exceptional with the relationship between Cal and his daughter being the best. This show is everything I expect from Tim Roth, nothing short of brilliant.
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Land-Of-The-MIDNIGHT-SunReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Although Predictable with the Characterization This Series is Superb!
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It's an incredibly predictable show as far as the "who dun it" aspect, but the characters are rather fascinating. This is why I've given Season 1 such high marks. (4-Stars out of 5.) The lack of the fifth star is due to the utter lack of mystery as far as the plot goes. These characters though, I feel others would find just as interesting as I do!

The Series Premise:
The lead is a man who runs a company that "reads" micro expressions. As this has been done a great many times, some might find it to be far too predictable, but this series presents it in a far different manner compared to any of the other shows that have already been on air.

Other Characters:
Besides the man who leads the company, he has his main assistant who deals with the emotional side of Truth and Lies. Of course this character is a woman. (Stereo-typically women "deal" with emotions, after all!)

Other than these two main characters are two others who are the "second tier characters" or side characters, depending on what episode it is as far as season 1 goes. There is a man (of course) who deals with the scientific side like their boss. A woman who is "naturally" or intuitively able to "read" people, but bad at really understanding what she reads, and isn't very good at real world reading. Their boss is a little disdainful in the beginning.

These obvious characterizations of the characters isn't what makes them good, it is the way they are both written and played by the actors on the show.
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Ronald S. ClementsReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent
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This was one series I liked though at first I wasn’t sure but in the end was sorry it had ended. Though much would be improbable although there is ample evidence that our face & body can provide any with the training to know when another is being honest or not or hiding something. Another thing I liked is that while there was a good deal of bed hopping there were no scenes of “love making” which I can do without. Call me old fashioned but I really don’t care for movies with any “T&A”. All in all I thought the acting was really good & the story lines were This was one series I liked though at first I wasn’t sure but in the end was sorry it had ended. Though much would be improbable although there is ample evidence that our face & body can provide any with the training to know when another is being honest or not or hiding something. Another thing I liked is that while there was a good deal of bed hopping there were no scenes of “love making” which I can do without. Call me old fashioned but I really don’t care for movies with any “T&A”. All in all I thought the acting was really good & the story lines were excellent. .
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WesleyReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good with very engaging characters.
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Interesting premise. I only wish the show had made it a couple or three more seasons. Even the characters were all quite interesting. Moreso than other episodic shows and I honestly think the actors were a cut above. Ok, maybe all the actors don't deserve Academy Awards but they all did a really, really good job. Each character pulled me in, made me believe in them. I'm no acting expert but I had a hard time picking a favorite character or favorite actor/actress because they all did a spot on job.
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