Adventures in TV Land: Lie to Me

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If you haven’t heard of this show yet, you definitely need to check it out. I watched the last few episodes of season 1 on Hulu.com over some lunch breaks at work and I’m hooked. Why is this show so compelling to me? In just a few simple words, let me try to explain.

IT’S DIFFERENT.

Yes it is your run-of-the-mill cop/detective show when you break it down, but it’s the way that they do it that makes it so interesting. Instead of just being your average cop or detective interviewing witnesses and trying to put facts together with testimonies, Lie to Me just looks at two people, the victim and the culpirt, or in this case, the liar.

The show focuses on Dr. Cal Lightman, played by Tim Roth, who is the head of the Lightman Group, a company of experts dealing in the art of deception detection by studying how someone’s face and body language react to certain stimuli. It’s utterly fascinating and the characters are amazingly well put together.

Lightman is a character based upon Dr. Paul Ekman, the scientist who’s work the show is based upon. While the show isn’t perfect, from a scientific standpoint, the fact that Dr. Ekman is their scientific adviser, probably keeps it as close to reality as they can.

If you are tired of one of the 30 CSI or Law and Order clones, give Lie to Me a try. It is on Mondays at 8 pm CST on Fox. And with most of the good shows on FX gone for the summer, I have to watch something.

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