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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his fellow specialists help discover if suspects are lying.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 90
    Lie to Me seems an unusually meaty, thoughtful and thought-provoking crime drama--another police procedural, yes, but one with a dramatic and mesmerizing difference. The strength of the premise combined with first-class production make this easily one of the season's best new shows.
  2. There is an appealing cheekiness to the show’s insistence on dressing up hunch work as the purview of serious science.
  3. Lie to Me comes out of the box strong, and it's especially encouraging that the cases at hand and the science used in the first hour is compelling enough that Roth's character (based on Paul Ekman, a real-life expert on lying and microexpressions, among other things) can evolve more slowly.
  4. 70
    Lie to Me, based on the real-life lie-detection work of Dr. Paul Ekman, doesn't extend much beyond its genre's borders. But if you're fascinated by the poker-game elements of crime-solving and a man obsessed with "tells," you may connect with this show.
  5. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    I’d be lying if I said I thought Lie to Me won’t get old fast.
  6. 50
    Lie to Me offers well-designed (and repeatedly, very white) interiors, utterly formulaic scripting, and familiar characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Len Sousa
    Unless creators can shift Mr. Orange's deception detective into an area viewers won't see coming every week, Lie to Me's science gimmick is sure to wane thin soon into its short first season, a truth that doesn't bode well for a series renewal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. ceebee
    Feb 25, 2009
    The best new show on tv - I thought I was watching cable or something - Please don't pull this one.
  2. Jul 2, 2011
    One of the most interesting shows on TV. FOX made a mistake canceling this one.
    One of the most interesting shows on TV. FOX made a mistake
    canceling this one. Expand
  3. LindaM
    Aug 1, 2009
    Tim Roth is an amazing actor, one of the best in the business! I love this show, it's far superior to most. I have watched every episode and the reruns. Now I find myself trying to read everyone's body language and facial expressions! Collapse
  4. SharonH
    Jun 16, 2009
    Love it and love the Cal Lightman character!
  5. Nov 26, 2010
    Probably ONE of the best procedurals on t.v. Its not just another predictable cop show like csi or ncis, Lie to me has a unique premise, outstanding acting, and a small cast of realistic, likable characters. Now in its third season it continues to bring something new to the table every week. Expand
  6. May 28, 2013
    Nearly done with season 1 and I have to say that it has held up well so far. The cast works well together, The stories are interesting. My only real complaint is lack of back story for the characters. Aside from that, It's an enjoyable show and I will be giving the second season a shot. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2012
    I found the show boring , the plot was not at all interesting and I did not like some of the actors.... Also the plot repeats it self after a few episodes... Expand

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