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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
2x01 - The Core of It:
The Lightman Group investigates a murder case where a woman with multiple personalities (guest star Christensen) may either be a witness or the killer. Meanwhile, the U.S. government hires the firm to interrogate a potential Supreme Court nominee
2x02 - Truth or Consequences:
Zoe enlists the Lightman Group to investigate a star college football player accused of statutory rape. Meanwhile, Foster and Loker travel to a religious compound to find out whether it's actually a nefarious cult
2x03 - Control Factor:
While on vacation in Mexico, Lightman and Emily become involved in the case of a missing American woman. Back home, Foster investigates tainted blood in D.C.-area hospitals with Lightman's rival, Jack Rader (guest star Blucas)
2x04 - Honey:
Eric Matheson (guest star Dillahunt), a man suspected of killing his wife, is brought in for questioning by the Lightman Group. Determined to prove his innocence, he takes drastic measures that put the team's lives in danger
2x05 - Grievous Bodily Harm:
A face from Lightman's past pulls him into a dangerous criminal conspiracy, testing his friendship and loyalty. Meanwhile, The Lightman Group investigates a high school student's homicidal threats
2x06 - Lack of Candor:
When a government witness is murdered, the FBI hires The Lightman Group to determine who leaked the witness' whereabouts to the killers and to protect Agent Reynolds, the star witness in the case. When Reynolds refuses to testify in the case, Lightman and Foster learn he is hiding something in his past
2x07 - Black Friday:
A troubled teenager believes he was abducted as a baby and turns to the Lightman Group to help him uncover the secrets of his past. Meanwhile, Loker investigates the origin of a deadly stampede that occurred at a megastore the day after Thanksgiving
2x08 - Secret Santa:
During the holiday season, Lightman goes to Afghanistan to assist in a mission to rescue two captured marines, and his only source of intelligence is an American expatriate
2x09 - Fold Equity:
Lightman, Foster and Reynolds travel to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker. Lightman uses his skills to read the other competitors' faces to figure out which one knows about the disappearance. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres analyze Loker's new relationship, and as a result, get closer to each other
2x10 - Tractor Man:
During a political protest in Washington, D.C., a disgruntled farmer parks his explosives-packed tractor near the Treasury Department building, forcing Lightman and his team to make some crucial life-or-death decisions. Meanwhile, a third-grade field trip gets stuck in the Lightman Group offices, and Loker has to play babysitter
2x11 - Beat The Devil:
Lightman plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a brilliant, charming psychology graduate student whom Lightman identifies as a psychopath. When nobody believes him, Lightman sets out to prove the doubters wrong and catch the psychopath before he kills again. Complicating matters is Lightman's former mentor, a renowned psychologist who, also fooled by the charismatic young man, is protecting him for personal and professional reasons. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres travel to a small town to look  [...] (More)
2x12 - Sweet Sixteen:
After Lightman's former Pentagon colleague is killed in a car bomb, Lightman and Foster are forced to revisit a series of events from their past, including the therapy sessions that brought them together
2x13 - The Whole Truth:
Lightman is called to testify in the trial of a beautiful widow accused of murdering her much older husband
2x14 - React to Contact:
Lightman and the team use cutting-edge science and virtual-reality technology to save the life of an Iraq war veteran and his family. In doing so, Lightman confronts unsettling truths about his own past
2x15 - Teacher and Pupils:
After the grisly shooting of an officer in a federal housing project, the D.C. police hire Lightman to read the face of the paralyzed victim, who can move only his eyes
2x16 - Delinquent:
Torres' half-sister, Ava (guest star Diaz), who is incarcerated in a juvenile corrections facility, mysteriously re-enters Torres' life when a fellow inmate vanishes. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group becomes embroiled in a case that forces the sisters to revisit their troubled upbringing
2x17 - Bullet Bump:
After a young woman dies at a gubernatorial campaign rally in Virginia, The Lightman Group is hired to assess whether the case is a failed assassination attempt or a well-disguised murder plot
2x18 - Headlock:
Lightman risks being exposed as a gambler in an underground fight club when one of the fighters is found dead. Meanwhile, Foster's romance with Burns (guest star Max Martini) hits a snag when she uncovers a troubling secret
2x19 - Pied Piper:
Lightman and his ex-wife, Zoe (guest star Beals), witness the execution of a murderer they prosecuted 17 years ago and face the possibility that they sent the wrong man to his death
2x20 - Exposed:
After Foster's boyfriend, Dave Burns (guest star Martini), gets abducted, Lightman tries to track him down with the help of Burns' mysterious ex-partner
2x21 - Darkness and Light:
The Lightman Group investigates the disappearance of a young woman, which leads them to uncover a criminal element in the adult film business
2x22 - Black & White:
The Lightman Group investigates the murder of a journalist friend of Lightman's who was exposing a corrupt politician, a case that tests Lightman's relationship with Reynolds and the FBI. Meanwhile, Emily's newfound interest in dating makes her father uncomfortable
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