Lie To Me (a series with Tim Roth)
Actors Tim Roth and Kelli Williams attend the 2010 FOX Upfront after party at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 17, 2010 in New York City.
CREDIT: DIMITRIOS KAMBOURI
LIE TO ME
Lie To Me is one of the very few television episodic series I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. It takes a lot to maintain my interest in a series – this one did it always. An excellent show! So good, I purchased all 3 seasons on dvd.
The plots of each show, the character development, and the pacing of the primary character’s interactions was superb… especially the characters of Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his business partner psychologist Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams). The natural, as she was referred to due to her ability to discern truth or lies well even before training in the art, Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) was another favorite throughout the many episodes.
Kelli Williams, ‘Lie To Me’ Creattor/executive producer Sam Baum and Monica Raymund attend the Fox Winter 2010 All-Star Party held at Villa Sorisso on January 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. CREDIT: TODD WILLIAMSON ARCHIVE
The plots were creative and provoked thought on many issues and situations.
Tim Roth’s character of Cal Lightman in the story is based on the real-life work of micro-expression specialist and psychologist Paul Ekman who served as Scientific Consultant for the show.
The entire show surrounds the ‘Lightman Group,’ a business which is utilized by numerous agencies, organizations, and at times individuals to determine the truth… by determining who is lying in a wide variety of usually very serious (sometimes life and death) situations.
So much can be determined not through words, but by body language alone, particularly here in micro-expressions, and in this I found the show fascinating, intriguing and educational. Due to my interest, I found the website of Paul Ekman fascinating (Ekman has a portion of his website/blog devoted, too, to analysis of the Lie To Me series).
If you’re intelligent, inquisitive, and appreciate a well-developed dramatic series – you’ll likely enjoy this. And, if like me, it’ll motivate your learning more about the fascinating science and art which is the basis for the story. (An informative interesting commentary on the series and episodes can be found on Dr. Ekman’s website:http://www.paulekman.com/lie-to-me/ .)
I highly recommend the now-on dvd series (which originally aired on FOX 2009-2011). Streaming options from stores like Amazon and Netflix also available.
As a series, it shined… with humor, quirkiness, and plots which elicited thought on a wide variety of matters – I found it most pleasing… and having Tim Roth in a series was most welcome. He did a superb job. It was one of those rare television series that I would have liked to continue longer than it did.
Tim Roth at the ‘Lie To Me’ press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 21, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. CREDIT: VERA ANDERSON