I dare you not to play along and try to be a truth detective like the crew in Lie to Me. Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is an expert at reading body language and tells to discover if people are being honest, dishonest, or totally dishonest. This is the set up for Lie To Me, an excellent and original crime TV show. The first thirteen episodes of Lie to Me aka Season One are now available on 4 DVD.
In Lie to Me Lightman runs the Lightman Group, a consultant firm that helps various governmental agencies, individuals, and companies find out the truth about someone, an event, or who the killer is. This is done by looking at people’s reactions when they are being questioned and so on and based on behavioral research in general.
This set up is applicable to a variety of environments so the episodes themselves are rather varied: a high school, a fire station, a Korean wedding, the army, foreign countries, and drug companies. Generally, the truth is discovered after Lightman confronts whoever is believed to be guilty and reveals his or her “tells” or signs of lying to everyone.
The episodes in this different kind of detective TV show are standalone but there are a couple of secondary story lines involving the firm employees and their personal lives or their past.
What is especially enjoyable in this crime TV show is the psychobabble about body language revealing more than you would think is supported by clips and pictures of celebrities in the same situation. This means footage of Obama, Rumsfeld, and Cheney giving someone the finger, a revealing smirk from a Hollywood starlet or Condoleezza Rice, or a sign of disgust from the Queen of England.
By the way, I would love to see Lyman answer the question “Do I look fat in this?”
Lie to Me will be back for the 2009-10 TV season Mondays at 9 on FOX.