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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Samuel Baum
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2011   2010   2009  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Tim Roth ...  Dr. Cal Lightman 48 episodes, 2009-2011
Kelli Williams ...  Dr. Gillian Foster 48 episodes, 2009-2011
Brendan Hines ...  Eli Loker 48 episodes, 2009-2011
Monica Raymund ...  Ria Torres 48 episodes, 2009-2011
Hayley McFarland ...  Emily Lightman 40 episodes, 2009-2011
Mekhi Phifer ...  Ben Reynolds 24 episodes, 2009-2010
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Storyline

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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The Truth is Written All Over Our Faces See more »


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Cal Lightman was American in the original script, and Tim Roth auditioned with an American accent. It was only after he had been cast that series creator Samuel Baum decided to make the character British, so that Roth could make the part his own. See more »

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[repeated line]
Dr. Cal Lightman: That's a lie.
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Referenced in IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Tim Roth (2010) See more »

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So far, so good...
22 January 2009 | by FlyingTriumphSee all my reviews

Last night I watched the premiere of Lie to Me on Fox. I'd seen the previews for months, and when I saw that Tim Roth was coming to television, him being one of my favorite actors, I was both excited and dubious at the same time. Another of my favorite actors, Christian Slater, had made an awesome TV debut on My Own Worst Enemy. But the show had been canceled, and I honestly didn't want to see the same thing happen to as great an actor as Tim Roth.

But last night's pilot delivered many great performances, not only from Roth, but the supporting guest cast as well. The episode itself had a pleasant mixture of drama, comedy, and sharp dialog.

Despite what some may think, it is possible to tell from a show's pilot whether or not the show will succeed. From what I saw last night, I can see this show going a long, long way. The formula that the show's staff have come up with is, yes, still in its conceptual stages. But they're definitely on to something, and I hope to see a rising popularity in America for Dr. Lightman and his team.


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lie to Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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