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The Lying Game 

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Identical twins meet as teenagers after Sutton was adopted by a rich couple and Emma grew up a foster kid. Sutton investigates their bio mom etc., while Emma takes her place/identity.




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Series cast summary:
Alexandra Chando ...  Emma Becker / ... 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Andy Buckley ...  Ted Mercer 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Allie Gonino ...  Laurel Mercer 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Alice Greczyn ...  Madeline 'Mads' Rybak / ... 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Blair Redford ...  Ethan Whitehorse 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Helen Slater ...  Kristin Mercer 30 episodes, 2011-2013
Adrian Pasdar ...  Alec Rybak 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Christian Alexander ...  Thayer Rybak 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Tyler Christopher ...  Dan Whitehorse 26 episodes, 2011-2013
Charisma Carpenter ...  Rebecca Sewell / ... 20 episodes, 2012-2013
Holland Sanders Holland Sanders 18 episodes, 2011-2012
Randy Wayne ...  Justin Miller 15 episodes, 2011-2012


The Lying Game follows long-lost twins Emma and Sutton. Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted... by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins reunite as teenagers, they keep it a secret. While Sutton goes in search of the truth, Emma takes over her life and discovers more secrets and lies than she could have imagined. It's a season of secrets, seduction and life-and-death stakes as the twins continue to expose the skeletons in their family closet. Emma and Ethan's love is stronger than ever, but their relationship is tested by questionable motives and accusations. With Sutton's disappearance, Emma and Ethan don't know whether Sutton is missing or dead. Meanwhile, Char's aunt Annie has returned to town after many years, bringing back old memories and secrets that Alec and Ted would like to keep in the past Written by ABC Spark

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A lost twin. A dark secret. A deadly game.


Drama | Mystery


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One actress, Alexandra Chando, plays both Sutton and Emma. See more »


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Who cares if it isn't like the books?!
19 October 2011 | by higgythepiggySee all my reviews

I'd be pushing myself to say that this show is a ten but I'm so tired of seeing posts about how this show is nothing like the books. You know what? They sold the rights to make the show, deal with it! Gossip Girl & Pretty Little Liars did the same thing and just look how much those books differ from the books (from what I've heard and read). If it were like the books vertebrata then people would just buy the books. I personally haven't read the books so it is easy for me to say that.

This is about the SHOW not the books.

My problems with the show:

1) Why did it take us so long to figure out what a "lying game" was and why isn't that more incorporated into the show? The mid-season just aired in the USA & we still really have no real clue to how that all ties into the story-line.

2) As much as I'd love to love Alexandra Chando I'm having a hard time with her acting as Emma. I just don't believe it. I like her as Sutton though.

3) We get it, the kids like to be romantic and it is all nice and beautiful. I really don't need that much. Cut the romance stuff, this coming from a girly girl.

4) GIVE ME SOME BACK STORY! It is killing me! (However it is also keeping me tuned in. ;D)

5) It reminds me of a soap-opera for women between the ages of 14-25. (Funny enough that is another reason I am tuned in. I like over the top. If it wasn't, then there really wouldn't be any story to tell and it wouldn't be as fun to watch.)

What I personally like:

1) Not going to lie, the only reason I stayed tuned in is because I saw "Ty" (Blair Redford) from "Switched at Birth" as Ethan. Yes, he's hot. Yes, he's a bad boy. I also have to give him credit where credit it earned, HE IS A GOOD ACTOR! Then I saw Alice Greczyn (Lincoln Heights), Kristen Prout (Kyle XY), Adrian Pasdar (HEROES!!!), Helen Slater (Gigantic) and Andy Buckley (The Office). I mean, come on! A cast like that had to have signed on to something good.

2) Not going to like, I like the drama, the teenage-esque problems and the fashion.

3) I honestly like the writing. To the person who said they wrote similar stories while they were in high school, then why don't you like the show? And if you had then you'd be a famous screen writer now wouldn't you? I like the cliff hangers. It makes me want to watch more.

While my con list is longer than my pro list realize that aspects of the flaws are also some of my favorite things about the show. I say give the show a shot. Great acting, great writing and I can see things getting ironed out by the end of this season or by season two.


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15 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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