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Lie to Me: Season 1
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Tim Roth stars as Dr. Cal Lightman, a compelling new drama from the producers of 24, about the world’s leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.
- Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Surround
- Language: Dubbed: English / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
- Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1
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Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), a deception specialist, believes that "the truth is written on all our faces." Unlike the psychics of Medium and The Mentalist, he reads body language rather than minds or dreams to crack cases, from murders to business matters, for a variety of law enforcement agencies. His team includes Eli Loker (Brendan Hines), Ria Torres (Monica Raymund), and Dr. Gillian Foster (The Practice's Kelli Williams). Though the show opens with the disclaimer that "the following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event," Lightman often looks to real life for reference, so archival images enter into each episode, sometimes resulting in cheap shots at political figures, like Richard Nixon ("I am not a crook"), but their contradictory gestures can be instructive. Overall, Lie to Me manages to feel both familiar and distinctive. Sleuths who deal better with problems than with people are a television staple, and Lightman is no different (Jennifer Beals plays his district attorney ex-wife). He also condescends to those he considers intellectually inferior or overly instinctive--like Torres--but Roth makes him sufficiently sympathetic. The stories, however, offer more surprises, since they cover the gamut from depressed pilots to gambling addicts. During these 13 episodes, Torres falls for a secret service agent, Foster experiences a personal setback, Loker experiences a professional one, and Ben Reynolds (ER's Mekhi Phifer) becomes a liaison between the Lightman Group and the FBI.
In the making-of featurette, "The Truth About Lies," creator Samuel Baum explains that he strives to explore "situations where honesty may not be the best policy" (Loker believes in "radical honesty," while Lightman won't hesitate to lie to expose a liar). Fun trivia: the first season ends with Roth walking toward the camera in slow motion, a move eerily reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs. --Kathleen C. Fennessy.
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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.
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.
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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