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Lie to Me

2009-2011 Ended/Cancelled
 
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DR. CAL LIGHTMAN (Tim Roth, "The Incredible Hulk," "Reservoir Dogs") can detect the truth by analyzing a person's face, body, voice and speech. When someone shrugs his shoulder, rotates his hand or raises his lower lip, Lightman knows he's lying. By analyzing facial expressions, he can read feelings - from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. But as Lightman well knows, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do. Lightman is the world's leading deception expert, a scientist who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if you are lying but why.

From writer Samuel Baum ("The Evidence") and the executive producers of 24 and "Arrested Development" comes LIE TO ME, a compelling new drama series inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, a real-life specialist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose both the truth and lies in criminal investigations.

Lightman heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. DR. GILLIAN FOSTER (Kelli Williams, "The Practice") is a gifted psychologist and Lightman's professional partner who brings balance to the partnership by looking at the bigger picture while Lightman focuses on the details. He needs her guidance and insight into human behavior, whether he knows it or not. ELI LOKER (Brendan Hines, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES) is Lightman's lead researcher, who is so uncomfortable with the human tendency to lie that he's decided to practice what he calls "radical honesty." He says everything on his mind at all times and often pays the price. RIA TORRES (Monica Raymund, "Law and Order: SVU") is the newest member of the agency, and one of the few "naturals" in the field of deception detection. She has a raw, untrained ability to read people that makes her a force to be reckoned with.

The theme song is "Brand New Day" by Ryan Star
Main Cast
N/ABrendan Hines
as Eli Loker [S 1-3]
N/AHayley McFarland
as Emily Lightman [S 2-3]
 
N/AKelli Williams
as Gillian Foster [S 1-3]
Buy at Art.comMekhi Phifer
as FBI Agent Ben Reynolds [S 2]
 
N/AMonica Raymund
as Ria Torres [S 1-3]
N/ATim Roth
as Cal Lightman [S 1-3]
Recurring Cast
Kristen Ariza as Heidi [S 1-2] (9)
Monique Curnen as Sharon Wallowski [S 2-3] (8)
Jennifer Marsala as Anna [S 2-3] (7)
Jennifer Beals as Zoe Landau [S 1-2] (6)
Hayley McFarland as Emily Lightman [S 1] (5)


Premiered on Network:
FOX in US

Genres: Drama

Language: english  Runtime: 60 mins

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Plot
1x01 - Pilot:
This compelling new drama series stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why. Based on the real-life scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, the series follows Lightman and his team of deception experts as they assist law enforcement and government agencies to expose the truth behind the lies. In the series opener, the son of a family of devout Jehovah's  [...] (More)
1x02 - Moral Waiver:
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.
1x03 - A Perfect Score:
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.
1x04 - Love Always:
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.
1x05 - Unchained:
Lightman and Torres interrogate an imprisoned gang leader who claims to be rehabilitated. If the gang leader is freed, he might help fight inner-city violence or return to his life of crime. Foster and Loker investigate the death of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.
1x06 - Do No Harm:
Lightman and Foster investigate the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who may have been murdered. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres must determine whether a famous peace activist is who she claims to be and if her bestselling memoir is true, but Loker's attraction to the socially conscious woman may be clouding his assessment of her.
1x07 - The Best Policy:
When Lightman is hired to find a corporate spy at a pharmaceutical company, he discovers a high-level conspiracy surrounding a new drug that could put thousands of lives at risk. The team is also hired by the State Department to assist with negotiations for the release of two Americans imprisoned in Yemen.
1x08 - Depraved Heart:
Lightman becomes obsessed with his investigation of two young women who committed suicide. Meanwhile, the team tries to recover billions of dollars for investors who were bilked by a Ponzi scheme.
1x09 - Life Is Priceless:
In the wake of a building collapse in a small town outside Washington, Lightman is brought in to determine who is at fault, and he discovers a massive cover-up. Meanwhile, the team is hired by a "dot-com" billionaire to determine if his girlfriend loves him for the right reasons.
1x10 - Better Half:
Jennifer Beals guest-stars as Assistant U.S. Attorney Zoe Landau, Lightman's ex-wife and Emily's mother. When she enlists Lightman to help investigate an arson case in which the only eyewitness is a 5-year-old boy, it quickly becomes clear that she and Lightman still have feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Foster and Torres question a rapper who is suspected of murder.
1x11 - Undercover:
The Lightman Group gets embroiled in the controversial case of a policeman who shot a potentially innocent teenager. Meanwhile, investors who were bilked by a Ponzi scheme are suing The Lightman Group for botching the recovery of their money.
1x12 - Blinded:
Ben Reynolds (guest star Phifer), an FBI agent who's been pursuing a serial rapist terrorizing the Washington area, partners with The Lightman Group for its toughest case yet. Lightman infiltrates a prison to befriend Andrew Jenkins (guest star Daniel Sunjata), a convicted criminal and a pathological liar who the serial rapist may be copy-catting. Meanwhile, Torres and Loker search Jenkins' fan mail, and Foster questions one of the rapist's recent victims.
1x13 - Sacrifice:
After a terrorist bombing outside of Washington, DC, FBI Agent Ben Reynolds (guest star Phifer) calls on The Lightman Group to help identify those responsible and prevent more attacks. The case takes a personal turn for one member of the team and begs the question of whether honesty is indeed the best policy. Zoe (guest star Beals) helps Lightman with the investigation and both are concerned about their daughter's safety.
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