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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Most of the actors went on a micro-expressions course before they started filming the show - for preparation. Except for Tim Roth, who avoided learning most of the actual science because he didn't want it affecting his relationships with his family and friends. He'd seen what it can do from the show. See more »


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Dr. Cal Lightman: Now that's the truth.
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This is a surprisingly great show!
5 March 2009 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A show which turned out to be a lot better than I though. There are lots of "Cop-shows" out there, although they are seldom something special. But this! This is a great show with great actors and a story that for once is different. Tim Roth does a really good job, so does the other less well-known actors.

What makes this show special is probably the shows protagonist (Tim Roth). He is special, socially "disabled", but still so powerful with wisdom and in a strange way guidance. A similar example could be CSI's William Petersen.

I strongly recommend this show for people whom enjoy watching shows like CSI, Numb3rs and similar ones!

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