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Lie to Me

3 Seasons

Season 2
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,595) IMDb 8/10

Entering its intriguing second season, Lie to Me is the Emmy-nominated drama series inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Paul Ekman, a real-life psychologist who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose the truth and lies in criminal investigations. Season two continues with new cases, new lies, and life-changing situations. These cases require the team to look further and search deeper, not only to determine who is lying but why.

Starring:
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

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Season 2

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1. The Core of it

The Lightman Group returns.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: September 28, 2009
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2. Truth or Consequences

The group is called in to help determine a football player's innocence or guilt.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 5, 2009
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3. Control Factor

Emily pulls Lightman into an investigation while on vacation.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 12, 2009
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4. Honey

A murder suspect is driven to drastic measures.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 19, 2009
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5. Grievous Bodily Harm

A blast from Lightman's past shows up to claim an unpaid debt.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 26, 2009
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6. Lack of Candor

The Lightman group must protect one of their own.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 9, 2009
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7. Black Friday

Lightman and Foster help a teenager uncover the secrets of his past.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 16, 2009
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8. Secret Santa

Lightman travels to Afghanistan to rescue captured soldiers.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 23, 2009
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9. Fold Equity

A finalist of World Series of Poker is gone missing, so Lightman, Foster and Reynolds go to Vegas to investigate his disappearance. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres start bounding.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 30, 2009
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10. Tractor Man

A disgruntled farmer threatens the nation's capital.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 14, 2009
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11. Beat the Devil

Lightman plays cat and mouse with a killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 7, 2010
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12. Sweet Sixteen

Lightman and foster revisit their past.

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13. The Whole Truth

A beautiful widow goes on trial.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 21, 2010
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14. React to Contact

Lightman tries to save the life of a veteran.

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15. Teachers & Pupils

The eyes say everything.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 12, 2010
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16. Delinquent

Torres revisits her troubled past.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: July 19, 2010
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17. Bullet Bump

The Lightman Group investigates a death at a political rally.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 26, 2010
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18. Headlock

Lightman's dark secrets are in danger of being revealed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: August 2, 2010
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19. Pied Piper

Lightman questions if he sent the wrong man to his death.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 16, 2010
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20. Exposed

Foster's boyfriend is abducted.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 23, 2010
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21. Darkness & Light

A missing woman is linked to criminal activity in the adult film industry.

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22. Black & White

Lightman's relationship with Reynolds and the FBI is tested.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: September 12, 2010
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Bonus: In Character With: Tim Roth

Tim Roth discusses how his character Dr. Cal Lightman, from Lie to Me, detects deception by studying facial expressions and body language.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 3 minutes Release date: August 1, 2009
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By Brad Teare VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
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This is a great series based on a fun idea. The main character, played by Tim Roth, is a man who has made a study of honesty and the psychological indicators of lying. He has taken the art to such heights he creates an agency that performs this feat on a regular basis for clients of all types. It is a fascinating premise and the writers exploit the idea to maximum effect. The supporting cast is very capable but Roth routinely steals the show with his understated but hip portrayal of a deep, misunderstood, yet sympathetic genius.

Amazingly, considering the themes, this is at once a very intelligent show yet suitable for viewing with audiences of all ages. My only complaint is that Roth, with his distinctive british accent, is occasionally difficult to understand, but this might be a function of my diminishing auditory acuity (typical for baby boomers) but I wondered if the digital technicians could have compensated. But this is a very minor complaint and would in no way keep me from buying the series. I am sure younger ears will have no problem with the sound.

I rate this series high for great acting, great writing, and an intriguing premise.
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Lie to Me continues to be one of the most unique and intriguing shows on TV. It's intriguing psychological twists not only keep you on your toes but also subtly develops the inner layers of the characters.

The acting is fabulous, which I suppose it has to be since the show teaches us to spot the signs of lying, ie acting. Tim Roth continues to steal the show but everyone in the supporting cast does an amazing job.

The writers make each episode a mix of something totally fresh while building the underlying subplots and relationships. If a shows major plot isn't a subject that appeals to me I still get caught up in the psychological back stories and the continuing character development.It's nice to have a show that wraps a meaningful story around a wide variety of scenario's without relying on cursing or violence.

Paul Ekman's science of reading facial expressions and emotions is intriguing. I'm sure it's glamorized here but just by watching the show you start to become more adept at seeing what the people around you aren't saying, that was unexpected but a pretty nifty benefit.
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It is the most interesting and charming serial of the last years. The acting of Tim Roth makes it all even more worth it. Besides, the scientific background is really solid, I can tell as I am a researcher too. I would totally suggest it not only to science people, but to everyone as it does give hints on how to manage people's attitudes in everyday life.
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Season 1 gave us an interesting mix of investigative drama, artfully placed applied psychology and an introduction to the subfield of the study of body language and microexpressions to detect lying. In S1, we had an even combo of characters and well-laid out plots that were intelligently penned and directed.

I loved Season 1. I was hooked, so when I found out there was a S2, I didn't waste time. There was a lot more action, more political cases that I felt took away from the actual science and diverse cases that The Lightman Group took that S1 had showcased so well. At times, it de-evolves to mainstream action dramas that focuses on the usual big political corruption and coverups, and, while providing lots of flashy action, snappy dialogue, it tends to lack any real substance overall. Even the episodes that reveal more about one of the characters are vague and nebulous.

As always, Tim Roth is superb as Dr. Cal Lightman. Kellie Williams as Dr. Gillian Foster is a nice compliment but she's not Cal's equal in any way and that is part of the problem--the dynamic is skewed. Tthere is no real strong female counter to Cal, which is often balanced between Foster, Torress and Zooey. The two prodigies, Loker and Torres, while still 'main stays' from S1, are still background noise. Watch it for Tim Roth. You can't take your eyes away from him and he's worth watching the complete series for. BUT, the way he's written in S2, he's out of control more often than not. Half the time he's getting beat up or attacked in some other way, beating or attacking others 'to get a reaction out of someone', getting threatened and everything in between. He breaks the rules, is judge and jury and no one thinks twice. He's never wrong.
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One of the things I've spoken of from time to time is that with the invention of the DVD great television shows have been given a second chance. Where networks have a tendency to seek out the quick fix, the show that needs to be a hit in 3 weeks, DVD gives viewers a chance to sink their collective teeth into a show and really find out if they like it or not. And when they discover a gem on DVD, they begin watching that show. Such should be the case for LIE TO ME, the second season of which is now available on DVD.

For those who haven't started watching, the show focuses on Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), the head of The Lightman Group. His company is in the business of researching how to know if someone is lying or not. Cal has come to the point where by simply looking at a person as they speak he can recognize the tell tale signs that they are indeed lying, a human lie detector if you will. The show simply involves him in stories that revolve around both clients seeking his help and his personal life where it comes in handy. Everything from being taken hostage by a man accused of killing his wife to wondering if his teenage daughter is visiting college frat parties is fair game.

But Lightman is not alone. Along for the ride is long time friend and partner in the business Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams). Foster is the rational mind to Lightman's off kilter style of handling things. Where Lightman might seem completely off the wall most times, Foster is one who keeps things together and does most of the clean up work afterwards. Season one featured Lightman discovering that Foster's husband was cheating on her. Season two deals with her being newly divorced which in usual TV series would lead to her going to bed with Lightman. Not so here.
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