Lie to Me (2009–2011)
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Dr. Lightman and Dr. Foster search for the truth in cases involving a devoutly religious high school student accused of killing a teacher, and a congressman accused of having an affair.


Robert Schwentke


Samuel Baum (created by), Samuel Baum

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams ... Dr. Gillian Foster
Monica Raymund ... Ria Torres
Brendan Hines ... Eli Loker
Robert Wisdom ... Bonds
Jake Thomas ... James Cole
Kathryn Meisle ... Mary Cole
Scott Paulin ... Gerald Cole
Hayley McFarland ... Emily Lightman
Josh Stamberg ... AUSA Hutchinson
Tim Griffin ... Principal Castle
Randy Oglesby ... Congressman Zeb Weil
Tyrees Allen ... DNC Chairman Baldridge
Tim Guinee ... Ron Foster
Johanna Braddy ... Jacquelin Mathis


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. Today he finds out the truth about a murder involving high school-kids and/or - staff. And why Congressman Zeb Weil would rather resign under false accusations of having paid for sex than divulge his purpose in the bordello. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Dolby (as Dolby Surround)| Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Radical Honesty: Eli states that he practices "Radical Honesty"; Radical Honesty is the name of a self improvement program developed by Brad Blanton that challenges people to give up their addiction to lying. The Radical Honesty technique includes having practitioners state their feelings directly and in ways typically considered impolitic (the technique is sometimes confused with the person having functioning autism or Asperger's due to the practitioner's brutal honesty). See more »


A photo of Kay Panabaker can be seen on Lightman's desk. That's because in the original pilot, she played his daughter Emily. Her scenes were removed and the role recast, but the photo remained. See more »


Eli Loker: Here's the analysis from the blinking experiment.
Cal Lightman: Are you just getting in, Loker?
Eli Loker: [Practicing Radical Honesty] Yeah, I got pissed drunk last night with my roommate, and I was just lying in bed this morning thinking about how nasty hot Nancy Grace is, and just trying to decide if I was going to come in at all, 'cause it's not like there's anyone here to fantasize about.
Dr. Gillian Foster: No offense taken.
Eli Loker: I don't go for married women.
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References A Current Affair (1986) See more »


Easier to lie
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The Truth Behind the Lie
28 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is an expert in facial expressions and body language and works seeking the truth behind the lies of people under investigation of the police and authorities. His assistants are Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams) and Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) and they have just hired the TSA agent Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) to join their team. Dr. Lightman is presently working in a murder case where a teenager Jehovah witness is accused of killing his teacher. He is simultaneously hired to investigate a congressman that will be accused by the press for having sex with a whore in a brothel.

"Pilot" is a promising episode of the series "Lie to Me". Dr. Cal Lightman is an interesting character capable to identify the truth in what people in general is saying. The conclusion of the show is witty. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Pilot"

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