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Lie to Me: Season 1 (2009)




Critic Consensus: It suffers from similarities to other like-minded procedurals, particularly in its writing and characters, but Lie to Me is a relatively fun hour of television with a novel premise.


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Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), an expert in how facial expressions and body language betray emotions, solves cases for law-enforcement agencies and whoever else hires him in the inaugural season of this FOX network whodunit. In the pilot, a high-school teacher is murdered and one of her students is caught running from her house; and the chairman of the House Ethics Committee is accused of patronizing a prostitute. The series is based on the real-life experiences of psychologist Paul Ekman. Kelli Williams costars as Dr. Gillian Foster.


Tim Roth
as Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams
as Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines
as Will Loker
Brendan P. Hines
as Will Loker
Monica Raymund
as Ria Torres
Mekhi Phifer
as Ben Reynolds
Jennifer Beals
as Zoe Landau
Tim Guinee
as Ron Foster
Anjul Nigam
as Shreyas Patel
Daniel Benzali
as Joseph Hollin
Daniel Sunjata
as Andrew Jenkins
Fredric Lehne
as Kevin Warren
Deidrie Henry
as A'isha Walker
Chris McGarry
as FEMA Commander Stevens
Alicia Lagano
as Spec. Sheila Lake
Jake Thomas
as James Cooke
Theodore Perkins
as Earl White
Kevin Han Yee
as Amb. Park Jung-Soo
Lauren Bowles
as Valerie Blunt
David Anders
as Sgt. Scott Emerson
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Mark Boulware
Richard Brooks
as Mark Boulware
Kathryn Meisle
as Mary Cooke
Samuel Ball
as Joe Spaly
Scott Paulin
as Gerald Cooke
Charles Parnell
as Maj. Harris
Cheryl White
as Mayor Meredith Fallon
Scott Atkinson
as Howard Taft
Tom Verica
as Paul Aronson
Josh Stamberg
as Hutchinson
Amy Rosoff
as Pvt. Metz
Brian Tee
as Bodyguard (Han Yong-Dae)
Shea Whigham
as Jered Blunt
Bob Bledsoe
as Hot Truck Guy
Mahershala Ali
as Det. Hughes
D.W. Moffett
as Dr. Jeffrey Buchanan
Tim Griffin
as Principal Castle
Lorenzo Callender
as Brian Denman
Jake Johnson (XVI)
as Videographer No. 2
Randy Oglesby
as Rep. Weil
Bryan Fuller
as Lester Lurie
Nadine Ellis
as Female Secret Service Agent
Brian Norris
as Marcus Holmes
Martin Dorsla
as Clint Kisker
Alexa Fischer
as Erica Vandeman
Tyrees Allen
as DNC Chairman
Chase Kim
as Male Secret Service Agent
Brea Cola
as Sandra Kisker
Byrne Offutt
as DHS Deputy
Sasha Roiz
as Capt. David Markov
Paul Calderon
as Manny Trillo
David Gore
as Walter
Emilio Rivera
as CO Tony Calvo
David Lee
as Groomsman No. 1
Deidre Henry
as A'isha Walker
Martin Papazian
as Adam Duke
Bill Doyle
as Hugo Boss Guy
Martin Papazlan
as Adam Duke
Anthony Ruivivar
as FBI Agent Dardis
Brett Rice
as Cheif Jack Morrow
Virginia Williams
as Nadia Dawson
Isabella Hofmann
as Judge Kathleen Stark
Ross Thomas
as Doug Donovan
Megan Follows
as Lorraine Burch
JD Cullum
as Dr. Dembeck
Johanna Braddy
as Jacquelin Mathis
Charles Chun
as Korean Man
Clea DuVall
as Michelle Russell
Dominic Hoffman
as Ian Dawkins
Pej Vahdat
as Jason McLean
Currie Graham
as Eric Kuransky
Emma Turpen
as Teen Girl No. 1
Carlos La Camara
as Insp. Mike Adams
Bradford Tatum
as Peter Burch
Omari Hardwick
as Benny 'B' Davis
Jeannie Hackett
as Diane Holmes
Don Tiffany
as Security Guard
Grinnell Morris
as Paul Russell
Zachary Knower
as Videographer No. 1
Harrison Knight
as Andre Ricks
Bernard White
as Amir Hadad
Ella Dershowitz
as Teen Girl No. 2
Lydia Castro
as Platoon Mate No. 3
Andre Kincaid
as Eric Mitchell
Jessie Lande
as Nicole Holmes
Sarah Ramos
as Riley Berenson
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Mike Personick
Brad Beyer
as Lt. Tom Clayton
Don Wallace
as Sharif Hamza Ali
Mario Cortez
as Army Polygrapher
Anoush Arakelian
as Mrs. Grinwis
Mandy McMillian
as Middle-Aged Woman
Robert Crow
as Warden Baker
Jim Holmes
as Skinhead's Attorney
John Dugan
as P.O.W.
James Curreri
as Middle-Aged Man
David Harbour
as Frank Ambrose
Dan Martin
as Conrad Ricks
Nicole Pettis
as Platoon Mate No. 1
Steve Flynn
as Keith Berenson
Kosha Patel
as Kiran Purohit
Matt Bushell
as David Caddick
Lou Richards
as Robert Holmes
Gary Kraus
as D.C. Bus Driver
David J. Lee
as Groomsman No. 1
Joy DeMichelle
as Kay Davidson
Matt Molloy
as NASA Director Schaumburg
Cari Champion
as Reporter No. 1
Marc Vann
as Jim Gunderson
Michael B. Silver
as Personick's Attorney
Anjali Bhimani
as Young Woman
Pablo Espinosa
as Sgt. Major
Melissa Tang
as Young Woman
Patrick Cavanaugh
as Groomsman No. 2
Christie Ann Burson
as Kerry Morrow
Mireille Enos
as Cheryl Ambrose
Terrence Hardy Jr.
as Antwon Ricks
Rachelle Leah
as Ms. Cooper
April Parker-Jones
as Head Mistress Jonas
Michael Bofshever
as Lt. Gov. Matt Goldin
Moira Squier
as Reporter No. 1
Nikki Boyer
as Reporter
Annalise Basso
as Maggie Ambrose
Matt Elliott
as Christian Boyce
Michelle Anne Johnson
as Medical Examiner
Wendi Kenya
as Christine
April D. Parker
as Head Mistress Jonas
Robert Bueth
as Angry Guest
Jane Yamamoto
as Reporter No. 2
Tom Choi
as Groom
Juan Monsalves
as Reporter No. 3
Mekenna Melvin
as Stefanie Fife
Deidre Lovejoy
as Holly Sando
D.B. Woodside
as Henry Strong
Sharon Brathwaite
as Sarah Coleman
Mike Madrigal
as Rescue Worker
Georgia Hatzis
as Ausa Estin
Rance Howard
as Joe Metz
Donna Casey
as Susan McCartney
Adam Crosby
as Troy Dixon
Rob Brownstein
as Secy. Adam Miller
Momo Yashima
as Parole Board Member
Naila Azad
as Ina Ashraf
David Warshofsky
as Owen Finnegan
Bryan C. Hearne
as Track Team Student
Tom Yi
as Morimoto
Scott Klace
as Martin Wexler
Shaun Duke
as Mr. Grinwis
Ross Mackenzie
as FEMA Tech
Kurt Caceres
as Jack Garcia
Christian Corp
as Hillary Markov
Roger Morrissey
as Mike Fish
Seema Lazar
as Saba Ashraf
Waleed Zuaiter
as Deputy Ambassador Reid
Stacey Moseley
as ICU Nurse
Kevin Tighe
as Fletcher Bellwood
Wayne Dalglish
as Photography Club Student
Grace Bannon
as Danielle Stark
Karis Campbell
as Sarah Garcia
Christine Adams
as Farida Mugisha
Waleed F. Zuaiter
as Deputy Ambassador Reid
Al Damji
as Agent Cooper
Stacy Edwards
as Dr. Christina Knowlton
Brian Oblak
as FBI Agent
Sunkrish Bala
as Arun Ashraf
Rick Fitts
as Male Protester
Jamie McBride
as Skinhead
Wendy Kenya
as Christine
Erik Podell
as Elevator Worker
Alison La Placa
as Diane Kretschmer
Erik Rondell
as Firefighter
Carlos Cervantes
as ATF Asst. Director
Shelley Robertston
as Female Protester
Sean Summers
as Neo-Nazi
Leesa Severyn
as Reporter No. 2
Corey Tucker
as FBI Agent
Adam Donshik
as Aaron Craig
Jason Beghe
as Capt. Hoopes
M.D. Walton
as ATF Agent
Shauna Stoddart
as Laurel Craig
James MacDonald
as Det. Riley
Marcuis Harris
as Protester
Darren O'Hare
as FBI Agent No. 2
Jeffrey Addiss
as Porsche Driver
Suzanne Marques
as Newsanchor
Ted Garcia
as Reporter No. 1
Melissa McCarty
as Reporter No. 2
Michelle Noh
as Corporate Woman
Michael Spellman
as Married Guy
Vince Duvall
as Handsome Guy
Carla Jeffrey
as Female Student
Chris Vaughn
as Football Player
Erin Matthews
as Handsome Guy's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for Lie to Me: Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (20)

There is an unmistakable been-there-done-that feel to "Lie to Me." It's a basic procedural that seems so determined to replicate the successful playbook of shows like "The Mentalist" and "House" that it winds up telegraphing many of its moves.

October 9, 2018 | Full Review…

If Lie to Me wants to elevate itself above all the other shows like it, it needs to beef up the quality of its mysteries.

January 21, 2009 | Full Review…

I can't lie. I found Fox's Lie to Me, about a brilliant deception expert, to be predictable, standard fare.

January 21, 2009 | Full Review…

if you're fascinated by the poker-game elements of crime-solving and a man obsessed with "tells," you may connect with this show.

January 21, 2009 | Full Review…

Fox's new drama Lie to Me not only provides a good hour of television entertainment, it gives the viewer an intriguing "takeaway."

January 21, 2009 | Full Review…

Tim Roth offers a solid, acerbic performance as Cal, and he's tempered by the pretty and more level-headed Kelli Williams. Add the young and eager character of Ria the mix, and you have a good front line of actors.

October 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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