Lie to me

Lie to me

Fox’s drama “Lie To Me” is a TV series inspired by the scientific discoveries of Dr. Ekman who can read clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to expose truth and lies.

Starring Tim Roth, “Lie To Me” focuses on a team of deception experts at a private agency who are contracted by law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and individuals once they’ve hit a roadblock in their search for the truth. Roth’s team work on the most difficult cases where there’s a web of lies that needs to be untangled.

The science of deception detection in “Lie To Me” is based on the work of Dr. Ekman as the world’s leading deception expert. “Lie To Me” creator Samuel Baum, enlisted the consulting help of Dr. Ekman, who has contracted himself with the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security as well as many world government agencies to consult in deception-related fields. 

“Lie To Me” is executive-produced by Shawn Ryan, Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Daniel Voll, Samuel Baum, Dan Sackheim, Vahan Moosekian, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain. Dr. Paul Ekman served as scientific consultant. The series is produced by Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Dr. Paul Ekman’s commentary and insights on each episode of  series 1 to 3 of “Lie To Me” can be found on the Paul Ekman International website – 

Series Premise

DR. CAL LIGHTMAN (Tim Roth) is the world’s leading deception expert. If you lie to Lightman, he’ll see it in your face and your posture or hear it in your voice. If you shrug your shoulder, rotate your hand or even just slightly raise your lower lip, Lightman will spot the lie. By analyzing facial expressions and involuntary body language, he can read feelings ranging from hidden resentment to sexual attraction to jealousy. His work gives him the knowledge and skill set to expertly deceive others as well as detect lies. But as Lightman well knows, his scientific ability is both a blessing and a curse in his personal life, where family and friends deceive each other as readily as criminals and strangers do.

Lightman heads a team of experts at The Lightman Group who assist federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. DR. GILLIAN FOSTER (Kelli Williams) is a gifted psychologist and Lightman’s professional partner who brings balance to the partnership by looking at the bigger picture while Lightman focuses on the details. He needs her guidance and insight into human behavior, whether he knows it or not. ELI LOKER (Brendan Hines) is Lightman’s lead researcher. He is so uncomfortable with the human tendency to lie that he usually practices what he calls “radical honesty.” He says everything on his mind and often pays the price. RIA TORRES (Monica Raymund) is the newest member of the agency and one of the few “naturals” in the field of deception detection. Her raw, untrained ability to read people makes her a force to be reckoned with.

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