Summary of Lie to Me!
Dr.Cal Lightman and his Squad of experts in micro expressions are at it again to prove which people are lying and those who have actually committed the crime in question. You'll fancy studying micro expressions after you watch
Dr. Cal Lightman and his partner Dr. Gillian Foster are experts when it comes to facial expressions known as MIcro-Expressions. Mirco-Expressions are very subtle facial expressions, which can be used to determine whether a person is lying or hiding a fact in their face. They go for all sorts of crime related cases and figure out who is involved and who has actually committed the crime without actually asking to many questions. My first thought of micro-expressions was it was bogus, but after carefully studying it on the net i found it very interesting indeed, and so i'm writing this review on the latest episode and to give the viewers out there an overview of what this show is actually all about. Last episode involved Cal's Cousin who works for a pharmaceutical clinic. Dr.Lightman is trying to figure out who stole some highly experimental drugs. He soon finds out that his cousin is having an affair with his co-worker, who is treating patients with a experimental lethal dose of medications, which is not clinicly tested yet. Dr.Lightman and Foster soon find out things aren't what they seem, and eventually try and persuade Cal's Cousin to come to clean!
Lie to me has begun as many shows do, with fresh story lines that provoke intelligent conversation and at times controversy. With our advances in technology, nothing beats human intuition, education and natural instinct. I think those who watch this show and enjoy it, do so because we can take the 'lessons' and 'microexpressions' shown and apply them to our everyday life. Often now, I notice when someone is lying that not only do I 'feel' them lying, they do something that I saw on the show to prove this. I see that person scratch their face, lift their arm slightly or swallow hard after 'speaking the truth'.
In order for Lie to Me to rank high in ratings and maintain this, I think it needs to continue as Season 1 did with 'hidden' story lines, where the watcher finds it hard to guess who the real culprit is. I also think that by using famous and iconic people to represent the expressions of happiness/sadness/joy etc makes this show enjoyable and relatable.
This show is fast becoming my favourite, it's different to the usual run of the mill cop / FBI shows! Tim Roth is excellent in the lead role, but I also really love Kelli Williams and the dynamic between them, especially as the show seems to be more character driven this season. I can't wait to see where this show is going and what's in store for the rest of season 2, I really hope it continues for many more seasons.
I love the analysis of body language and micro expressions, I find myself really watching and paying attention to other people now, it's amazing how much people say without even opening their mouths!
If you like intelligent, darkly humorous, well-acted TV, then tune in - you won't be disappointed!
I am falling in love with this show more and more after every new episode. The first season was good, but the second season is great. Maybe, I needed time to get used to a quite different crime solving show or the second season simply rocks. I love the dynamics of the Lightman Group. Dr. Cal Lightman, a founder and the hardest working member of the Lightman Group who might be the best deception expert in the field. Dr. Gilliam Foster, a Lightman's partner who might be secretly in love with Lightman. Eli Loker, a man who was raised to tell only truth and never lie to anyone and whose scruples often slow down Lightman's work. Ria Torres, a natural deception expert who might become Lightman's protégé.
I honestly think this is one of the best or even the best crime solving show on nowadays and I hope it will stay on air as long as possible.
This is one of the best shows I've seen in a very long time. The actors are great and more important the story line keeps you watching. We can't get enough. We worry that some suit at the network put it up against monday night football so it will go down. That would be avery big mistake. This is the only show right now that we have to watch. My wife and I need our fix of Lie To Me each week. Bravo, Actors! Bravo writers! Now to the executives. Don't blow it by putting it in th wrong place! Monday night football? Give me a break!
It is currently been shown in Russia (interestingly enough, with better-than-average translation). Before this one, I believed no one could do better than CSI:Miami and CSI:Vegas. But I was wrong.
I have always been a fan of Tim Roth and always considered him to be an undeservedly underrated and underused actor worthy of his won show at least. And I am very happy he finally got one. Having an M.S. in nuclear physics, I prefer shows that not only entertain but provide a lot of interesting and useful information. Although I tend to believe that a lot of what is presented in this show is quite a bit exaggerated (in reality scientists talk more about probabilities where Lightman and his colleagues speak with certainty), every episode is simply fascinating. I would wholeheartedly rate "Lie to me" as the most intellectual and interesting show I have ever watched.
At first I thought this would be just another house knock off, but I was wrong. The show is engrossing. I never knew that there was so much behind every expression. It was interesting and informative without being boring. They don't try to blast your head off with the scientific stuff- which believe me could have been easily done, it was all subtle and well written into the story itself. The pacing of the show is just perfect and the stories are well written. Tim Roth is just fantastic. Intense without being creepy, eccentric without breaking into house territory.. THE BAD:
The Loker character was probably there for comic relief but somehow he just falls flat. Mind you there are some funny moments but most of the time he just can't lighten the mood.
"Lie to Me" it's a solid procedural that should appeal to a more mainstream audience. Will be "must-watch-or-die" for most. One fun thing "Lie to Me" does, is incorporate photos of real people (Bill Clinton,Saddam Hussein, Simon Cowell) creating facial expressions to go along with the the acts of lying or feeling shame and disgust; they'll flash to a photo of a famous person making an expression almost exactly like it to show that the signs are there if you're willing to look. This kind of science is definitely more reality-based than some of the high-tech equipment used in "CSI"
This is such an amazing show. All of the characters are great, especially Cal Lightman who is my favorite character on the show. Tim Roth plays the role perfectly. Although, I think that the cast as a whole is absolutely brilliant. Dr. Gillian Foster and Eli Loker are great characters too. I find Eli especially entertaining. The writing of Lie To Me is absolutely brilliant and every episode has lots of twists and turns, and I absolutely love that about Lie To Me. Lie To Me as a whole is an extremely addicting show. Plus, Jennifer Beals is now guest starring on the show which makes the show even better in my opinion since I'm a huge fan of hers'. In closing, I think that Lie To Me is an extremely well written, well acted and well made TV show from everyone involved, and I can't wait for season two of Lie To Me to start so I can find out what happens next.
A fresh, funny, and fascinating new take on the multitude of criminal investigations. Must watch. I'm thinking of a change in careers. Liars beware, don't watch it with your partner or you may be discovered.
A fresh, funny, and fascinating new take on the multitude of criminal investigations. This series takes on angle of professional lie detection as the basis for discovering the truth and solving cases. The pilot episode was the best in my opinion as they took time (and amusement) to outline the science of lie detection. Later episodes are settling into a routine of outlining the case, discovering the lie and trapping the culprit. I highly recommend this series. Must watch. I'm thinking of a change in careers.
IMPORTANT: Liars beware, don't watch it with your partner or you may be discovered....
Lie To Me has become one of my favourite shows, I am a major Dr Foster and Cal Lightman fan, and now Agent Reynolds is in the picture, it's going to be great!
At first when I saw the adverts I thought this show wasn't going to be much, but then I watched it and the personality and they way everyone plays their part to me is just amazing. I have also learn't alot from this show, I can pick up a little on someone lieing, not as much as Lightman though.
Will be great to see how the show progresses in Season 2, hopefully it will be much longer than thirteen episodes.
This show has changed the way I look at people each and every day. Between telling when my son is telling the truth and when my hubby is trying to hide something, what I have learned from this show comes in handy. The writers have just barely gotten below the surface of the different personalities that make up this group of people. The one thing I find a little hard to believe is that Lightmen's daughter at times being like a deer in headlights when she is spooked. Yes she is at the age where thing still should freak her out, but at the same time she is also at the age where she can take a good dose of reality. She is a teenager from a broken home that has caught mom and dad back in the sack months after the fact. She has not been kept in a fish bowl away from the outside world.
This is a terrific show, it teaches you alot of signs about people who are lying, so parents who want to know when their kids are lying, this is the show for you. Lightman, the main character, is an astounding character who you can never doubt, just when you think he is at his weakest is when he is at his strongest. He always has the answer and a trick up his sleeve, but you can never figure it out, but he never disappoints at the end of an episode. Just a great show, hope it sticks around for a long time to come.
The show focuses on the Lightman Group, a team of experts who specialise in knowing when someone is lying and figuring out why. The team are regularly consulted by politicians law enforcement and lawyers to solev cases that have others stumped.
The show is very much in the vein of other recent cop-shows with a twist such as the Mentalist or Criminal Minds. It brings a psychological and personal touch to a genre which until recently was dominated by forensics (bones, CSI etc) and it does it well. Tim Roth is excellent and shines in a cast that is filled with great talent. The characters are also intelligent and professional whilst being just screwed up enough as to be realistic.
All in all a great show and I for one can't wait for a second season.
I found some of the earlier episodes in season one to be quite weak. But by the end of the season, i was pretty much hooked. i like watching them work their method to uncover deception and use that to solve critical mysteries often in a crisis situation. I also like that they've now given some backstory on why a couple of the characters are the way they are - e.g., Ria is a natural because of child abuse in her history, and Cal is obssessed because of what happened to his Mom.
I just hope they don't make Lightman into too much of a demi god. He's got to be a bit more fallible sometimes. Also, I hope they keep exploring and expaining the behavioural science underpinning this - and stay on top of current science in the process - they could really build on that and do some interesting things in season two.
It was the title of this show that initially intrigued me, but it was not long before I was hooked on the complex characters and gripping plot lines. Cal Lightman is easily one of the most compelling characters on television today.
The Lightman Group is a unique organization which offers lie-detection services made possible through the research and development of the group's namesake. The organization is filled with characters all vastly different from one another.
The enigmatic Cal is the leader of the group, the most experienced and often the most frustrating for his colleagues. He is brilliant, but sometimes socially awkward and infuriating to the people around him.
Cleaning up Cal's messes is Jillian Foster, brilliant in her own right. A psychologist, she is the "big picture" thinker in the partnership, and is usually right behind Cal smoothing over the ruffled feathers of the clients he inadvertently offends. Backup up Lightman and Foster are Loker and Torres. Loker is both refreshing and irritating as he is honest to a fault, and his honest proclamations often leave those around him unnerved. Torres is a "natural," who can detect lies without necessarily knowing the science behind it. These characters come together to create a compelling force and a fantastic show to watch. Far from the normal crime drama, this show leads the viewer to question assumptions and really think, even after the episode has ended.
This is one of the shows that leave you with something to think about after you close the TV. It opens the mind to a new look of the human behavior and micro reactions. I love the cast. Tim Roth is a brilliant actor. It seems like he's really enjoy playing the part of Cal. I loved to see his vulnerable, still in love, human side with his ex-wife. The writers are "touching" a lot of relevant, up to date (international and local) issues which makes the show interesting and relevant.
In short, it's an interesting, unique and brilliant show!!!
Something struck me kind of funny when I started watching this show. It's about how they use facial expressions in order to find out what's really going on. One nice twist is how they use real life examples to illustrate what's going on.
But I guess it's the emoting that gets me, the subtle gestures, the quick furrow of the brow, the shrug of the shoulders. And all of this is based on actually scientific research. It is similar in fashion to Bones. Based on an actual person but still fictional.
Then something really struck me. The actors have to really emote these emotions in order for this show to work. As acting goes, we all know the best ones really make you feel like you're there while the worst ones make you think they're just reading lines. Here, the actors really have to put out with the emotions. Basically, they have to believe their "lie" and truly emote in order to make "Lie to Me" work. Of course, that's the very essence of acting. So, is it no wonder that the show has such a high level of acting since that's the minimum needed to pull off the premise.
But seriously, I have enjoyed every episode so far and as it goes along it just keeps getting better. Quality acting, great writing, the cast seems to have a good chemistry going. I hope this show continues to have a long healthy fun run.
This show is so good, I sometimes watch it live rather than on DVR. Tim Roth is excellent as the main character, and the running sub-plot concerning his colleague, as well as the betrayal by one of his employees adds further interest to the main plot of each show. The sub-plot (Spoiler ahead) concerns his colleague's husband's ongoing infidelity, which everyone is aware of, but no-one addresses directly. This adds further meaning to certain lines of dialogue. Roth is a delight to watch, and adds depth to his lines. The rest of the cast are relative unknowns, but are nonetheless capable.
Absolutely love this programme - makes a change to the normal crime proceedurals. Tim Roth is excellent, although a little creepy, when focusing on expressions. I'm surprised no-one has punched him yet!
Tim Roth is excellent, although a little creepy, when focusing on expressions. I'm surprised no-one has punched him yet. Kelli Williams is very good - a nice counter-balance to Tim Roth's character - obviously a story arc to come regarding her husband and his apparent lying, plus the blonde who picked him up in one of the previous episodes. No news yet as to whether this will be renewed - here's hoping they do. I'm an fan of these types of shows which have a good story, strong characters and isn't reality TV!
Well there is nothing I can really say about this show since it is barely on its first season. The first few episodes were really interesting and very dramatic. The stories were very creative and they brought something new to the show and the story.
Lie to Me is a very interesting show. When I first watched it I just wanted to put it in my list of shows but now I understand the story and show. The characters are very interesting and the stories are always very unique and very hard to discover. The personal story of the show hasn't really been brought up to the screen but hopefully it will be good. If the show doesn't have any romance between characters or any drama then it will pretty much be an investigation show which will get boring. The good thing about this is that we don't seem to expect anything therefore if the creators bring something to the show it will be a bang. I just hope this show is worth watching, but for now it is.
I didn't know that some screenwriters have fresh ideas. Today watching TV u can classify all shows as scientific, for housewives and teenagers (of course there are a lot more groups). As far as the show has began I can tell that this show is funny, teaching and original. I am looking forward to watching new episodes. I wonder why some people put "Lie To Me" as a foe of House M.D. I recommend everyone to watch this show because it promises to be even more interesting. After some time we will also become masters at defying lie ans that's great!!!
I am entertained at this point. It's a "wait and see" thing for me. I appreciate when people are in the top of their field (ie: Cold Case, CSI's). But, I wonder why they all manage to not be married and have a daughter. Hmm?
I am entertained at this point. It's a "wait and see" thing for me. I appreciate when people are in the top of their field (ie: Cold Case, CSI's). But, I wonder why they all manage to not be married and have a daughter. Hmm?
Roth's Lightman is not nearly the curmudgeon Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is, nor is he as entertaining, but Lie to Me has the makings of a fine procedural for viewers who can't seem to get enough of this type of series. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Rob Owen)...I Agree.
The Best show on Network TV bar none. I haven't been this exciting by a show since probably, Firefly. It was absolutely amazing. I had no real preconceptions of the show I just set my DVR and thought "I'll give it a try" but I loved the opening. And when we got to the exchange about the lead characters penchant for being difficult and the exchange was "Does he think everyone lies" "No He just thinks your lieing if your a homo sapien" (paraphrase) and I went "yes!" I have got to see the rest of this one. And it's been a fascinating subject, especially when they mix the "real world" with the TV world. They have some really excellent writers. A must watch. You will not be sorry.
I got to say that this show got my interest when they first announced that the show was a little bit of long gone Shark and House M.D put together. On the first episode I was not really convinced of it's plot, but by it's second and third episode I was already hooked up. I don't really know if what they say it's true about what we all do when we lie, but it sure makes sense and the pictures of celebrities and politicians making all of this gestures sure gives a spice to the show.
Now as for the characters I do have my two favorites. First of all Dr. Cal Lightman he is so weird and awkward, but at the same time so interesting and special the way he figures everybody out in a matter minutes. And of course Ms. Ria Torres she is a natural in this, nobody can lie to her, not even try because she will know instantly. She looks rough and strong and very firm on her beliefs. As for the other two characters I do think they need character development, because we don't know anything about them and they are not as interesting for me.
Fox landed a big one with this show. Lie to me slowly will become everyone's favorite just watch 2 episodes and you'll get hooked. And as House says : "Everybody lies" and we have a show to prove it. :)
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first of all, the subject is great. i hate this catch the killer show trend, numbers,csi's and all the rest. This one doesnt feel like a carbon copy.
Maybe it's because it's more of a house copy. There's nothing wrong with that, it is not stealing anything, it is just similar.
I really enjoyed the episode, but only because all the small information i got out about my favourite subject, detecting lies/reading people. Our main guy is a very bad selected cast,sadly. He is ok but absolutely nowhere near House's persona and charisma, he is just a guy who is really good at something, and the actor's insignificance doesnt really help.
and all those scenes he said or did cool things, he felt like a fanfiction version of house. But maybe it's because it's new. Maybe Mr. Lightman will grow in us, and if i can manage to watch him without thinking house, i have a pretty high chance of getting hooked up : )
As a psych student it is nice to finally see a well funded show that is not completely ridiculous in their use of established psychological concepts(I'm looking at you "the Mentalist", "Criminal Minds", "Private Practice")!
At LAST, a show with good actors, interesting plot lines, clever dialog, fascinating caracters: everything needed to make me an addict that HAS to watch this show the second it comes out! The lying husband, the lying daughter, the compulsively truthtelling (and cute!) assistant, the natural and the Boss: what an excellent team!
Some are wellknown, and loved:
Tim Roth: Come on, Pumpkin? Mr Orange?? Trevor the Skinhead??? Who the hell does not love Tim Roth?! Anyone? Did not think so. Kelli Williams (This woman needs some awards for versatility and believability, as in right_now.
Others are newer flavours: Brendan Hines:
Cute (it always helps), dry, very funny.
Monica Raymund: Also cute (let nobody say I'm not an equal opportunity harasser/sexist), very interesting actor, and damned refreshing to see a portrayal of a latino woman as smart and competent, not just sassy for freaks sake.
I cannot wait to see where they will take this. Here's to many seasons of "Lie to me"!!!
The characters are great & all interact well with each other. I love how they use current day news clips of well know people to show their facial expressions with the expression they pick up on in the whow that clues them into the lies. There appears to be some real science backround into the story and it is all done with some humorous moments. I love when they tell people right to their face they are lying. It would be such a gift to be able to actual know & study all of the expressions that are so automatic & unknown to the liar, wish I could do it!
Tim Roth is one of the best actors I know of. He plays Lightman SO well! He is a total genius, and has inspired me to become a lie detector for my school! Man! Imagine if he were an actual person! He could solve any crime! His awesomeness equals that of Batman, Ironman, Superman, the Hulk, X-Men, and Spiderman all put together times 500! That is how awesome he is! Nothing could be better! Also, he has your usual teenage girl for a daughter, an assistant who is a Radical Lier, and 2 women, both of them are almost as good as he is! I love the way he uses his expertise at lying to scare people into telling the truth! The show is God-like perfection!
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