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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
3x01 - In The Red:
Lightman goes to great lengths to prevent a man fueled by revenge from robbing a bank. In the process, Lightman sets to right a wrong by holding a guilty man accountable for his actions
3x02 - The Royal We:
Lightman defends a wrongly accused man from an increasingly hostile mob. In the process of exonerating him, Lightman uncovers a dark secret that helps a damaged mother and her daughter begin the healing process
3x03 - Dirty Loyal:
The Lightman Group is hired to examine police profiling techniques in the wake of an incident involving Wallowski (guest star Monique Curnen), and Internal Affairs attempts to leverage Lightman's relationship with Wallowski to get him to incriminate her
3x04 - Double Blind:
While vetting an art museum staff for security leaks prior to a major exhibition, Lightman meets a beautiful woman (guest star Helfer) who entangles him in a game of cat-and-mouse
3x05 - The Canary's Song:
When Lightman investigates a coal mine explosion that killed six miners, he suspects that foul play may have been involved. To find the truth, he puts his life at risk and descends below the surface. Meanwhile, the FBI comes back to The Lightman Group looking for help with another case, and Foster and Torres offer to work pro bono
3x06 - Beyond Belief:
Lightman goes head-to-head with the leader of a self-help empire (guest star Sutcliffe) to free a wealthy woman (guest star Campbell) who may be under the control of the cult-like leader. When Lightman begins to investigate, things get personal as he suspects the group of threatening him and his daughter, Emily
3x07 - Veronica:
Lightman helps a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's (guest star O'Toole) solve the puzzle of her fractured memory. In the process, he unearths a secret that could prove deadly in the present
3x08 - Smoked:
The terminally ill owner of a successful chain of restaurants (guest star Amos) hires Lightman to fulfill his dying wish: track down his daughter's killer. In the process, Lightman uncovers the twisted dynamic of the fractured family empire, leading him to suspect sibling rivalry as the motive and that the patriarch's sons might be somehow responsible for the death of their sister, who was first in line to run the family business.
3x09 - Funhouse:
Lightman is called to a mental hospital to determine if a patient is being held against his will. Attempting to have the patient released, Lightman finds himself descending down a path that forces him to question his own sanity and brings him face-to-face with his own past
3x10 - Rebound:
Lightman is hired by a wealthy woman to do a background check on her new boyfriend, so he digs deep into the man's past to find out the truth about this social chameleon
3x11 - Saved:
Lightman is hired to investigate three high school students responsible for a fatal traffic accident, which takes a turn for the better when he finds the heroic paramedic who was first on the scene
3x12 - Gone:
A baby goes missing, and her mother accuses an unknown person of the kidnapping. When Lightman sees she's hiding something, he digs deeper and discovers a family in need of repair
3x13 - Killer App:
Foster's former patient, one of the founders of a social-networking app, comes to the Lightman Group when she thinks she's being squeezed out by her partner. When she turns up dead a short time later, Lightman fights against the prevailing evidence to expose the truth behind the murder.
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Guide available in: english german italian