Lie to Me

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Lie to Me
Lie to Me.svg
GenreCrime Drama
Police Procedural
Created bySamuel Baum
StarringTim Roth
Kelli Williams
Brendan Hines
Monica Raymund
Hayley McFarland
Mekhi Phifer[1]
Opening theme"Brand New Day" by Ryan Star
Ending theme"Mr. Clean" by The Jam
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Brian Grazer
David Nevins
Samuel Baum
Shawn Ryan (season 2)
Elizabeth Craft
Sarah Fain
(season 2)
Producer(s)Samuel Baum (seasons 1–2)
Tim Roth (season 3)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Imagine Television
20th Century Fox Television
MiddKid Productions
Pagoda Pictures
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runJanuary 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)  – January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31)
 
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Lie to Me
Lie to Me.svg
GenreCrime Drama
Police Procedural
Created bySamuel Baum
StarringTim Roth
Kelli Williams
Brendan Hines
Monica Raymund
Hayley McFarland
Mekhi Phifer[1]
Opening theme"Brand New Day" by Ryan Star
Ending theme"Mr. Clean" by The Jam
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Brian Grazer
David Nevins
Samuel Baum
Shawn Ryan (season 2)
Elizabeth Craft
Sarah Fain
(season 2)
Producer(s)Samuel Baum (seasons 1–2)
Tim Roth (season 3)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Imagine Television
20th Century Fox Television
MiddKid Productions
Pagoda Pictures
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Original runJanuary 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)  – January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31)

Lie to Me (stylized as Lie to me*) is an American crime drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions, through the Facial Action Coding System, and body language.[2]

In May 2009, the show was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes;[3] Season two premiered on September 28, 2009.[4] On November 24, 2009, Fox ordered an extra nine episodes for season two, bringing the season order to 22 episodes.[5]

On May 12, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Lie to Me received a 13-episode third season pick-up.[6][7] The third season of Lie to Me was originally to premiere on November 10, 2010. On September 28, 2010, the premiere date was moved to October 4, 2010, because of the cancellation of Lone Star.[8] Lie to Me was officially canceled by Fox on May 11, 2011.[9]

The show is inspired by the work of Paul Ekman, the world's foremost expert on facial expressions and a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Ekman has served as an advisor to police departments and anti-terrorism groups (including the Transportation Security Administration) and acted as a scientific consultant in the production of the series. He is also the author of 15 books, including "Telling Lies" and "Emotions Revealed".[10]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Tim Roth, who plays the role of lead character Cal Lightman
Hayley McFarland, who plays the role of Emily Lightman

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
113January 21, 2009May 13, 2009August 25, 2009September 14, 2009October 28, 2009
222September 28, 2009September 13, 2010November 9, 2010January 3, 2011December 1, 2010
313October 4, 2010January 31, 2011October 4, 2011[18]2011November 2, 2011[19]

Plot[edit]

Season one opens with Cal and Gillian hiring a new associate: TSA officer Ria Torres, who scored extraordinarily high on Cal's deception-detection diagnostic, and is in turn labeled a "natural" at deception detection. Her innate talent in the field clashes with Cal's academic approach, and he often shows off by rapidly analyzing her every facial expression. She counters by reading Lightman and, when he least expects it, peppers conversations with quotes from his books.

It was gradually revealed that Dr. Lightman was driven to study micro-expressions as a result of guilt over his mother's suicide. She claimed to have been fine in order to obtain a weekend pass from a psychiatric ward, when she was actually experiencing agony (which mostly parallels Paul Ekman's anecdote in his book "Telling Lies").

For a small number of the early episodes, Lightman would team up with Torres to work on a case, while Foster and Loker would team up on a separate case. Occasionally, their work would intertwine, or Foster and/or Lightman would provide assistance on each other's cases. As the first season progressed, the cases became more involved, and all four of the main characters would work together on one case for each episode.

In addition to detecting deception in subjects they interview, Lightman and his team also use various interviewing and interrogation tactics to elicit useful information. Rather than by force, they use careful lines of questioning, provocative statements, theatrics and healthy doses of deception on their own part. In the show's pilot episode, Lightman is speaking to a man who is refusing to speak at all, and is able to discern vital information by talking to him and gauging his reaction to each statement. This approach is also taken in several other episodes (e.g., "Do No Harm").

Principal crew[edit]

Samuel Baum (Showrunner/Head Writer), Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Steven Maeda. Katherine Pope, former president of NBC Universal’s TV studio, signed on as a consulting producer. Pope worked on the final four episodes of the first season.[20] Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield and The Unit, took over as show runner for the second season.[21][22]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The show received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It gained a score of 64 on Metacritic from 24 reviews.[23] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker awarded Lie to Me a B- rating and wrote "Lie to Me is derivative yet well crafted, predictable yet ever-so-slightly novel… it's no wonder that Fox thinks it's got itself a potential hit". However, he also commented "if this review were a face, Dr. Lightman would say it had a forced smile: hopeful, but dubious, about Lie's chances."[24] Tom Shales, writing for the Washington Post, said "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… easily one of the season's best new shows."[25]

Ratings[edit]

In the United States, the viewing figures declined as the series progressed. The Pilot was seen by 12.37 million, however by the final episode of the first season it was down to 8.46 million. The most viewed episode was episode three, "A Perfect Score", which attracted 12.99 million. The second season premiered on September 28, 2009 to 7.73 million viewers.[26] The season two finale had 4.94 million viewers in the U.S. on September 13, 2010.[27] The third season, which had its premiere moved forward to October 4, 2010, was viewed by 5.87 million people in the U.S.[28] The series' official cancellation was announced by Fox on May 10, 2011.[29]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginal airingRankViewers
(in millions)
NotesNetwork
Season premiereSeason finaleTV season
113January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)2008–2009#29[30]11.06[30]Fox
222September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28)September 13, 2010 (2010-09-13)2009–2010#57[31]7.39[31][Note 1]
313October 4, 2010 (2010-10-04)January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31)2010–2011#786.71[33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

People's Choice Awards[edit]

Lie to me was nominated for two awards at the 37th People's Choice Awards and won both of them.[34]

International broadcasting[edit]

The series is broadcast on Global in Canada, Network Ten in Australia, M-Net in South Africa, and also airs in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Hungary and Belgium.[35][36] Lie to Me aired on Sky1 in the UK and Ireland,[37] starting on May 14, 2009. On July 20, 2009, Fox aired the premiere in Latin America.[38] RTL 5 in The Netherlands has been broadcasting it since November 6, 2009. The series debuted in Italy on September 7, 2009 on the Fox Satellite channel. The series has aired in India since September 2010.

CountryTelevision Network
AlbaniaDigi +
ArgentinaFox
Arab WorldFox
ArmeniaKentron TV
AustraliaNetwork Ten, W
AustriaATV
Belgium2BE, RTL-TVI
BrazilFox, Rede Record
BulgariabTV Cinema
CanadaGlobal, V
ChileFox, MEGA
ColombiaFox, Caracol Television
Costa RicaFox
CroatiaHRT2
CubaMultivisión
Czech RepublicTV Prima
DenmarkTV2
Dominican RepublicFox
EcuadorFox Broadcasting Company
El SalvadorFox Broadcasting Company
EstoniaTV3
FinlandMTV3
FranceM6, Paris Première, W9
GeorgiaRustavi 2
GermanyVOX
HondurasFox
HungaryRTL Klub, Cool TV
IcelandStöð 2
IndiaSTAR World
IndonesiaFox, Rajawali Televisi
IrelandRTÉ Two
Israelyes stars Action HD
ItalyFox, Rete 4
JapanFox, TV Tokyo
KazakhstanKazTRK
LatviaTV3, TV3+, TV6, Fox Life
LithuaniaTV3
MalaysiaNTV7, Fox
MauritiusMBCDigital12 (Cine12)
MéxicoFox
MoldovaJurnal TV
The NetherlandsRTL 5
New ZealandTV3 (New Zealand)
NorwayTV2
PanamaFox, TV Max
ParaguayFox
PeruFox
PhilippinesFox, Jack TV
PolandCanal+ Poland, FOX Life, TVP Seriale, TVP2
PortugalFOX (Portugal), TVI
RomaniaPro TV
RussiaChannel One (Russia), TV3
SerbiaTV Avala, FOX
SingaporeStarhub Channel 505 – Fox Channel
SlovakiaTV JOJ
SloveniaTV 3
South AfricaM-Net
South KoreaFox Korea
SpainAntena3
SwedenTV4
SwitzerlandRSI La 1, 3+, TSR 1
TaiwanPTS
ThailandTrue Series (Thailand), Fox Thailand
TurkeyFoxlife, Fox Crime, TV2
Ukraine1+1
United KingdomSky1, Pick TV, Universal Channel (UK)
UruguayMonte Carlo TV
VenezuelaFox
VietnamVTV6

Haiti Canal Bleu

Home media releases[edit]

Season one and two have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. However, while season one was also released on Blu-ray in North America[39] there has been no announcement about releasing the second season on Blu-ray.[40] The first and second season DVDs sets include deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.[41][42] The second season also includes "Dr. Ekman's Blog" and a gag reel.[42] The third and final season was released on October 4, 2011.[18]

SeasonDVD release dateBlu-ray release date
Region ARegion B
Region 1Region 2Region 4United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomAustralia
1August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)[39]September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14)[43]October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)[44]August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)[39]N/ADecember 5, 2012[45]
2November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09)[42]January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03)[46]December 1, 2010N/AN/AN/AN/A
3October 4, 2011[18]N/ANovember 2, 2011[47]N/AN/ACancelled

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The season 2 ranking and average viewers only covers the first 10 of 22 episodes in season 2. Episodes 11 through 22 of season 2 were broadcast beginning on June 7, 2010.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lie to Me – Characters". Fox Broadcasting Company. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lie To Me". Fox. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Fall TV: Fox Renews Lie to Me, Sets Sights on Human Target and Sons of Tucson". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  4. ^ Shows, Fox 
  5. ^ Lie to Me gets full season pick up, TV by the numbers, November 24, 2009 .
  6. ^ Report: Lie to Me – Human Targe renewed by Fox, TV by the numbers, May 12, 2010 .
  7. ^ It is official: Fox cancels Lone Star, Deadline .
  8. ^ "Season three of Lie to Me to premiere Monday, October 4, on Fox" (Press release). Fox Flash. September 28, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2011). "Fox Cancels Human Target, Lie To Me, Chicago Code, Two Others". TV Line. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lie to Me - Paul Ekman analyzes the real science". May 6, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dr. Cal Lightman – Tim Roth". Fox. Retrieved May 14, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ Lie to Me: lack of candor, Hulu .
  13. ^ Lie to Me, USFCA .
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "Eli Loker – Brendan Hines". Fox. Retrieved May 14, 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Ria Torres – Monica Raymund". Fox.com. Retrieved May 14, 2009. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Unchained". Lie to Me. Season 1. Episode 5.
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  19. ^ "Lie To Me – Season 3 (DVD)". JB HI-FI. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (February 7, 2009). "Pope joins Fox's 'Lie to Me'". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  21. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 12, 2009). "Scoop: Fox renews 'Lie to Me,' installs 'Shield' creator as new showrunner". EW.com. Retrieved May 14, 2009. 
  22. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (September 28, 2009). "Lie to Me improves with help from 'Shield' creator Shawn Ryan – Sepinwall on TV". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Lie to Me reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  24. ^ Tucker, Ken (January 14, 2009). "TV review – Lie to Me (2009)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  25. ^ Shales, Tom (January 19, 2009). "'Lie to Me' handles famous psychologist's truth nicely". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  26. ^ Calabria, Rosario T. (October 5, 2009). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Monday, October 5, 2009". YourEntertainmentNow.com. 
  27. ^ Gorman, Bill (September 14, 2010). "TV Ratings Monday: 90210, Gossip Girl Premieres Down Sharply; Lie to Me Summer Finale Falls". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  28. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 5, 2010). "Monday Finals: Castle, Lie to Me, 90210 Adjusted Down; How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  29. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2011). "Fox Cancels Human Target, Lie To Me, Chicago Code, Two Others". TVLine. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b "Season Rankings from 09/22/08 through 08/23/09" (Press release). ABC Medianet. May 27, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  31. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (June 16, 2010). "Final 2009–10 Broadcast Primetime Show Average Viewership". TV By The Numbers. 
  32. ^ Levin, Gary (May 14, 2010). "Networks freshen up summer with scripted series". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
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  34. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2011 Nominees". Procter & Gamble. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  35. ^ Knox, David (November 10, 2008). "TEN cooks up Big Brother replacement". TV.com. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Tim Roth series honest about lying". JAM! Television. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  37. ^ Wilkes, Neil (January 22, 2009). "Sky1 acquires 'Lie To Me'". Digital Spy. 
  38. ^ Tim Roth, un detector de mentiras, humano, (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved on July 20, 2009.
  39. ^ a b c Lambert, David (May 27, 2009). "Lie to Me – Did Amazon Lie To Me? CORRECT Date, plus Details/Extras/Box for DVD & Blu-ray 3-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD both due on August 25th (two weeks later than Amazon's current date)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  40. ^ Lambert, David (July 14, 2010). "Lie to Me – Honestly, Fox Has Announced a DVD Release for Season 2!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  41. ^ Lambert, David (June 24, 2009). "Lie to Me – Fox's Official Press Release for Season 1 on Blu-ray Disc & DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  42. ^ a b c Lambert, David (August 18, 2010). "Lie to Me - Fox's Official Season 2 Press Release Includes the Finalized DVD Street Date As mentioned in our previous report, the date was not in October: look for this on November 9th". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
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  44. ^ "Lie To Me – Season 1 DVD". dvdorchard.com.au. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  45. ^ Lie To Me - Season 1 (Blu-ray) on JB Hi-Fi Online JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
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  47. ^ "Lie To Me – Season 3 (DVD)". JB HI-FI. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 

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