Lie to Me (2009–2011)

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About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Cal Lightman (48 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Dr. Gillian Foster (48 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Eli Loker (48 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Ria Torres (48 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Emily Lightman / ... (40 episodes, 2009-2011)
 Agent Ben Reynolds (24 episodes, 2009-2010)


Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the police etc. fail to go the extra mile. So he can afford to constitute a team of his own, which like clients and others has to put up with his mind-games. Written by KGF Vissers

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21 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Kay Panabaker played Emily Lightman for the pilot episode. Her one scene was opposite Tim Roth begging him not to use "covert science" on her date for the evening. After filming she was recast with Hayley McFarland. The scene was re-shot and the aired version featured McFarland. A picture of Panabaker can still be seen of Cal's desk though. Best Buy gave customers a free DVD in early 2009 with the "Lie To Me" pilot on it. This version featured Kay Panabaker in the role of Emily. See more »


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Fantistic start.
22 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This show remains episode in nature while keeping you fully intrigued by the characters and wanting to discover more about their back story. Tim Roth is intense, engaging and brilliant... kind of a milder version of House - he's willing to stop at nothing to get to the truth, and doesn't feel the need to over-rationalize his choices.

The other characters compliment each other well, and use their personal characteristics to colour their judgments/choices, which is true to life.

Very intelligent show so far.

Hope it stays on the air.

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