Lie to Me 3 Seasons 2009

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Season 1
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(1,097) IMDb 8.2/10

1. Pilot TV-14 CC

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.

Starring:
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams
Runtime:
47 minutes
Original air date:
January 21, 2009

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Robert Schwentke
Starring Tim Roth, Kelli Williams
Supporting actors Monica Raymund, Brendan Hines, Robert Wisdom, Jake Thomas, Kathryn Meisle, Scott Paulin, Hayley McFarland, Josh Stamberg, Tim Griffin, Randy Oglesby, Tyrees Allen, Tim Guinee, Johanna Braddy, Andy Umberger, Michele Nordin, Jim Holmes, Kristen Ariza, Georgia Hatzis
Season year 2009
Network FOX
Producers Samuel Baum, Joe De Oliveira, Jeffrey Downer, Brian Grazer, David Nevins
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful By CLG on May 18, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
When I saw the dismal review with one star rating about which was about Fox network and not the tv show Lie To Me, I had to write one. Lie to Me is loosely based on the real life work of psychologist Paul Ekman. I studied some of Ekman's work and read one of his books. I believe this show is very interesting and as true as it can be to deception expert training. I loved the real life footage they show from time to time to mirror the actor's micro-expression. Fascinating work. This show is a mix of fiction and non-fiction and it's quite a nice break from "reality" TV.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By artifice on May 8, 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the most unique shows to hit TV in a long time. "Lie to Me" defies so many trends and presents a fascinating show with no guns, no explosions, car chases or tiring cops/robbers drama, and delves into captivating psychology and stories loaded with twists and turns. You can't look away from actor Tim Roth who dominates every scene. One of the best shows overall to hit TV. I was so happy to hear that it's been renewed for a second season and can't wait for the DVD release.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By L. Hughes on May 12, 2009
Format: DVD
This TV series is excellent, the best thing on at present. Tim Roth brings superb acting skills to the complex character of Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert in lie detection, based on the research conducted by Paul Ekman, a renowned expert in the field of facial expressions and emotions. The Lightman Group is employed by various agencies to detect deception, whether it is in a life or death scenario finding trapped builders in a collapsing building, searching for kidnapped children or the nuances in romantic relationships. The series explains the science behind the concepts in an easy to understand manner in the first few episodes but doesn't molly-coddle the audience, expecting them to keep up as the series picks up speed and dropping the details explanations. Excellent characterisation, good plot lines, great acting. This show is very good. I await the release of the DVD with a great deal of impatience and hope the following series lives up to the impact the first one made.

If you like your shows with a strong flavouring of intelligence this is definitely one for you.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on May 7, 2009
Format: DVD
Tim Roth stars as Dr. Cal Lightman, a no-nonsense expert in lie detection who heads The Lightman Group, a Washington D.C.-based team of likeminded professionals who help solve crimes and mysteries by analyzing the facial expressions and behavior of the various individuals involved.

Lightman and his partner, Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams) are primarily assisted by their young protegees, researcher Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) and Ria Torres (Monica Raymund), a newcomer who was specially chosen for her innate ability to spot lies without any prior training.

Of course, a negative aspect of being so finely tuned to the nuances of human behavior means seeing things in family and friends, even when you might not always want to -- as Lightman has learned the hard way with his ex-wife Zoe (Jennifer Beals). He and Foster have an often-repeated agreement not to "cross the line" when dealing with one another. Yet when you genuinely care about someone, and interact regularly, it's often difficult to keep your eyes closed and mouth shut.

Particularly memorable episodes include "Depraved Heart," where Cal investigates the back-to-back suicides of two Indian sisters -- and reveals something startling about the reason he first got into lie detection -- and "Blinded," where the group tries to find out who's copycatting a serial rapist's brutal assaults before the next woman is assault -- and one of their own is threatened.

This drama provides a great blend of workplace mysteries and personal issues, as well as a number of red herrings (Lightman himself being the master). If you haven't given this show a try, please do -- you'll soon be hooked!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. Igneri on April 28, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have been hooked on this show since episode one. This role suits Tim Roth perfectly; the character is smart, but flawed. the episodes are fast paced and have many twists and turns.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Williams on October 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Can network TV produce a show as good as found on HBO or Showtime? Fox's Lie to Me is a well crafted show which comes close to cable quality on several levels.

It is an intelligent drama with intriguing stories and a great set of characters. Cal Lightman is a walking human lie detector. His character is complex, and his personal relationships are like Gott's cosmic strings with twists and turns forward and backward.

Gillian Foster is Lightman's partner and in many instances his conscience. During this first season she has to deal with her demanding job as well as a crumbing marriage to a government bureaucrat with a secret.

Rita Torres is the new kid on the block. She and Lightman are like two mirrored images with plenty of ignition fodder to keep them on the fiery edge. Torres is pulled into a Catch 22 situation with Eli Loker

Eli Loker is the senior research associate. However, he has a conflict of conscience with a case which adds a subplot to the season. The interpersonal interactions with Rita Torres are well acted.

Emily Lightman is the teen daughter of Cal and Zoe Lightman. Being a child of divorce parents she shuttles between her parents. She is an intelligent, intuitive teenager who loves both parents, even though, she finds her dad somewhat difficult on the father-daughter exchange. Of course, her dad attempts to use his observation skills in reading Emily, but the cardinal rule of parenting is that a teenager is an enigma.

Zoe Landau is the ex-wife and a US Attorney. Her relationship with her ex is complicated. In many ways she is very much like Gillian Foster in personality traits and style.

FBI Agent Ben Reynolds was added late in the season.
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