The BEST Episodes of Lie to Me

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Network: FOX

About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.


#1 - Blinded

Season 1 - Episode 12

A copycat rapist has just abducted another woman. FBI Special Agent Ben Reynolds sends Cal undercover to obtain any information he can from Andrew Jenkins, the serial rapist the copycat is emulating. The team races against the clock to uncover the copycat's identity and figure out where he's taken his victim.

star 8.22
541 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Sarah Fain, Elizabeth Craft

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Cal and Gillian recruit Ria Torres, a young woman with a natural ability to read people. The DA wants Cal and Gillian to interview a teen, charged with murdering his teacher, before deciding whether to try him as an adult. Meanwhile, Gillian and Ria investigate the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee following rumors that he is paying for sex.

star 8.13
954 votes
Writers: Samuel Baum
Killer App

#3 - Killer App

Season 3 - Episode 13

Series finale Cal takes a wicked pleasure in wiping the arrogant smirk off the face of a computer entrepreneur who Cal believes murdered one of his partners and framed his other partner in order to gain full ownership of a successful social networking site the three created together.

star 8.08
468 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Slack
Beat the Devil

#4 - Beat the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 11

While giving a talk to some college students, Cal matches wits with a dangerous sociopath who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Meanwhile, Eli and Ria get the run-around from the government when they look into a UFO sighting.

star 8.05
540 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Ehrman, Ethan Drogin
Darkness and Light

#5 - Darkness and Light

Season 2 - Episode 21

A distraught father comes to Cal for help finding his 18 year old daughter who disappeared and then turned up in a porn movie. Meanwhile, Cal pits Eli and Ria against each other as they vie for the same promotion.

star 7.99
462 votes
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Heather Thomason
Tractor Man

#6 - Tractor Man

Season 2 - Episode 10

A farmer, angry about being foreclosed on, protests by parking his tractor, packed with explosives, right in front of the US Treasury building. Meanwhile, a group of third-graders are brought in by their teacher to find out who stole the class turtle.

star 7.98
494 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: Tim Clemente
Teacher and Pupils

#7 - Teacher and Pupils

Season 2 - Episode 15

After being shot and left for dead, a police officer spends the last few hours of his life paralyzed, unable to move or speak, before finally succumbing to his injuries. Hoping to get some shred of information that may lead them to the people responsible, the FBI brings in Cal to see if there's any possible way to read a person who can't even move his eyes.

star 7.97
496 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Kevin Townsley, Nick Santora
Grievous Bodily Harm

#8 - Grievous Bodily Harm

Season 2 - Episode 5

When Cal's old pal, Terry Marsh, comes to town, he brings plenty of trouble with him. Meanwhile, the rest of the team meets with some students from a prep school to determine if any of them are responsible for a threatening tape that was sent to the headmaster.

star 7.95
510 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Alexander Cary
The Whole Truth

#9 - The Whole Truth

Season 2 - Episode 13

Cal is hired by the DA to be an expert witness at the trial of a beautiful, young woman charged with murdering her high-powered, and much older, billionaire husband... and Zoe is representing her. Meanwhile,Ria lets Eli in on a little secret.

star 7.95
494 votes
Writers: Ethan Drogin
Moral Waiver

#10 - Moral Waiver

Season 1 - Episode 2

Cal and Ria interview a female soldier who reported her platoon leader for sexual assault. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli are hired by the Athletic Association to determine if a high-profile basketball recruit accepted an incentive to play for his university.

star 7.95
698 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Josh Singer
Pied Piper

#11 - Pied Piper

Season 2 - Episode 19

Cal and Zoe attend the execution of a man they helped put on death row. Moments before dying, the murderer claims to be innocent... and Cal believes him. Racked with guilt that he might have sent an innocent man to his death, Cal defies orders from the FBI to stay out of it and goes in search of answers.

star 7.95
492 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Sharon Lee Watson
Sweet Sixteen

#12 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 2 - Episode 12

Years earlier, Cal worked on a botched CIA case that resulted in the death of the wife and young daughter of an Irish terrorist named Doyle. Now Doyle was back in town, seeking answers and revenge. This incident leads up to Cal and Gillian meeting for the first time.

star 7.94
506 votes
Directors: Dan Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary
The Best Policy

#13 - The Best Policy

Season 1 - Episode 7

An old friend asks Cal to look into the theft of the formula for a new drug after a knockoff surfaces and causes three deaths. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli help the U.S. government negotiate the release of two Americans facing execution in Yemen for possession of marijuana.

star 7.94
567 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: T.J Brady, Rasheed Newson

#14 - Funhouse

Season 3 - Episode 9

Emily seeks Cal's help for her friend who is worried about her dad, who has been in a psychiatric facility for 5 years. Cal is immediately suspicious of the facility and puts his own sanity on the line when he gets himself committed so that he can work the case from the inside.

star 7.94
441 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Jameal Turner
Love Always

#15 - Love Always

Season 1 - Episode 4

The government hires the Lightman Group after receiving information about a plot to assassinate a controversial South Korean ambassador at his son's upcoming wedding. Working together, the team uncovers much more than just a would-be assassin.

star 7.93
627 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi

#16 - Unchained

Season 1 - Episode 5

Before pardoning a notorious gang leader, who has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for his anti-gang work while in prison, the Governor wants Cal and Ria to assess whether he has really changed. Meanwhile, Gillian and Eli investigate after an autopsy reveals a firefighter who supposedly died in a fire, was already dead.

star 7.93
608 votes
Writers: Josh Singer
Do No Harm

#17 - Do No Harm

Season 1 - Episode 6

The parents of an abducted girl receive dozens of tips after offering a hefty reward for information. Cal and Gillian help them identify which tips are legitimate. Meanwhile, a publisher hires Ria and Eli to determine if a renowned peace activist is really who she claims to be after rumors surface, challenging her story.

star 7.92
579 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Jami O'Brien

#18 - Honey

Season 2 - Episode 4

Emotions run high when Eric Matheson, accused of murdering his wife, takes the Lightman Group hostage to force them to help him uncover the real murderer.

star 7.92
526 votes
Writers: Matt Olmstead

#19 - Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 13

Domestic terrorist bombings in Washington, DC sends everyone into a panic. The Lightman Group is brought in to help identify who is responsible.

star 7.91
527 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Dustin Thomason
A Perfect Score

#20 - A Perfect Score

Season 1 - Episode 3

Cal and Ria are brought in to interview a federal judge whose daughter was murdered. Meanwhile, NASA hires Gillian and Eli to interview a pilot they believe may have intentionally crashed a billion-dollar aircraft. Also, Cal's daughter, Emily, gets into a little trouble.

star 7.91
655 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Steven Maeda, Steven Maeda, Samuel Baum
Bullet Bump

#21 - Bullet Bump

Season 2 - Episode 17

At a ground-breaking ceremony for a new community center, an assassin's bullet misses the governor, killing a young female staffer instead. When the governor jumps nine points in the polls, Cal immediately suspects the governor, or someone close to him, for what he calls a "bullet bump."

star 7.88
495 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson
Better Half

#22 - Better Half

Season 1 - Episode 10

Zoe Landau, an attorney for the Department of Justice and Cal's ex-wife, asks for help on an arson investigation that resulted in death. Meanwhile, Gillian, Ria, and Eli help a detective get to the truth behind the murder of a member of a rapper's entourage.

star 7.88
542 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Ilana Bar-Din, Josh Singer
Black and White

#23 - Black and White

Season 2 - Episode 22

After Cal's journalist friend, Julie, is murdered over an investigative piece she was writing on political corruption in Baltimore, Cal decides his team should continue her work and finish the story.

star 7.87
471 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary, Kevin Townsley
The Core of It

#24 - The Core of It

Season 2 - Episode 1

Cal is approached by a young woman who claims she saw a murder in a vision, but the police won't believe her. Meanwhile, Ria interviews a Supreme Court nominee for the White House to determine if there are any skeletons in his closet.

star 7.86
578 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

#25 - Delinquent

Season 2 - Episode 16

Ria hasn't seen or heard from her little sister, Ava, since she was sent to a juvenile detention center, so when she receives a message from Ava, desperately pleading for help, Ria, Cal, and Gillian run to the rescue.

star 7.86
506 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain