Lie to me, just like Burn Notice is pretty close to my heart. Nothing personal about it per say, but I did love the show unapologetically. The sad part though is that the show could run only for 3 seasons between 2009-2011 and was then cancelled by Fox, making it one of Fox’s biggest mistakes.
Lie To Me is the story of Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) who is an expert in micro expressions and body language detection skills. He uses these skills to help Law Enforcement and private agencies to catch bad guys. The character of Cal Lightman and his company The Lightman Group is actually based on Dr. Paul Ekman and his company The Ekman Group (Apparently they call him “the best human lie detector in the world”). The series follow the (mis)adventures of Cal and his team as they take out the liars and the cheaters and fighting their own demons while doing this.
Like other crime / spy series, even Lie to Me follows a assembly line type of storytelling where the episode starts with a crime / incident, the main characters do their thing, but keep failing. Then thanks to the quirky smarts of the lead character, the case gets solved, and the least likely person proves to be behind everything. You see this in House M.D., CSI, Castle, you name it. Heck, in Castle, I can almost guarantee you that the first person / relative of the victim to get interviewed by the cops is the killer. But the chief difference is that with every episode you get to know a little something about micro-expressions and catching liars in the act. This won’t mean you’d be an expert by the finale, but a little practical know how doesn’t hurt, does it?
Understanding Roth’s British accent is a bit tough in the beginnings, but don’t worry, by the second episode, you’ll get a hang of it. It’s a treat watching Tim Roth trot around Kelli Williams, Monica Raymund (her character is a bit irritating though), Brendan Hines, Hayley McFarland & Mekhi Phifer (in the later seasons) as they try to contain the damages caused by his devil may care attitude. Cal Lightman is in many ways a combination of the best of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. House, yet stays fresh thanks to the central concept of the science of micro expressions. Overall it is a fun show with some definitely learnings to help you catch your friends when they lie to you about the time they left from home and getting ‘stuck in the traffic’ next time.
Here’s the trailer for you to watch. If you like it, I urge you to give the first episode a try on Netflix and binge watch it this weekend.
Series Name: Lie To Me
Episode Name: Pilot
Season Number: 01
Episode Number: 01
Director & Creator: Samuel Baum
Actor: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines , Hayley McFarland & Mekhi Phifer
Air date: 21 January 2009
Official URL: http://www.twitter.com/LieToMeonFOX
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5)
Kshitij runs The Patil Post and Zetabyte Solutions Pvt. Ltd. - a web development company focussed on E-Commerce implementations. Loves to eat, sell, write and talk. He is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveller and trekker at heart.
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