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




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 Tom 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 »


Eli Loker calls Lightman to tell him that Jacqueline Mathis is in custody at the "2nd District". They go to the Philadelphia Police Department's 19th District in the next scene. 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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Great Show, But If You're Going To Bring JWs Into It...
12 June 2017 | by jmacdonoSee all my reviews

This was a great first show; I loved The Mentalist, and this followed a similar theme, but the science behind it is a little more solid. The only thing that annoyed me was their depiction of Jehovah's Witnesses. They portrayed them as religiously devout, but to an extreme. JWs would never talk to someone about the evil of the world, nor would the son say things like most fundamentalist Christians who say we can't know God's plan. They could have done 10 minutes worth of research on Jehovah's Witnesses to show them in a more accurate light. Plus, that stupid poster on the wall in the kids wall? No JW has that. Plus, Jehovah's Witnesses don't keep their kids out of school to shield them from the evils of the world, any more so than non-JWs do. Most Witnesses put their kids in public schools.

That's my only real beef with the episode though.

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