The BEST Episodes of Lie to Me

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Network: FOX

A cynical researcher who's made a profession of interpreting facial expressions and body language to determine whether someone is telling the truth heads up a consulting firm that includes a perceptive, optimistic female clinical psychologist on whom he harbors a secret crush, a former TSA screener who can spot smugglers and a young man unable to tell a lie. Together, they help solve mysteries for the police and the FBI as well as their private clients.

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Killer App

#1 - Killer App

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 31, 2011

One of Foster's former patients turns up dead shortly after expressing concern that she is being squeezed out by a business partner.

star 7.93
2,889 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Slack, Jameal Turner, Samuel Baum
Beat the Devil

#2 - Beat the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 7, 2010

A psychopathic, albeit charismatic, graduate student tests Lightman's ability to unmask lies when everyone falls for his charms.

star 7.92
4,192 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Ehrman, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Teacher and Pupils

#3 - Teacher and Pupils

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 12, 2010

Lightman only has the eyes of a paralyzed man to aid him in solving an urban shooting.

star 7.91
3,606 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Kevin Townsley, Nick Santora, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Sweet Sixteen

#4 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 14, 2010

Lightman has to grieve and investigate his own past simultaneously after one of his collaborators in the military is killed.

star 7.90
3,862 votes
Directors: Dan Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady

#5 - Blinded

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 6, 2009

Ben Reynolds, an FBI agent who's been pursuing a serial rapist terrorizing the Washington area, partners with The Lightman Group for its toughest case yet. Lightman infiltrates a prison to befriend Andrew Jenkins, a convicted criminal and a pathological liar who the serial rapist may be copycatting. Meanwhile, Torres and Loker search Jenkins' fan mail, and Foster questions one of the rapist's recent victims.

star 7.89
2,872 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Samuel Baum, Sarah Fain

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 21, 2009

The son of Jehovah's Witnesses is accused of killing his teacher after being caught leaving the scene of the crime. Meanwhile, the team is hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate a case where the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee is suspected of paying for sex.

star 7.88
4,220 votes
Writers: Samuel Baum
Darkness and Light

#7 - Darkness and Light

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 30, 2010

Exposed flesh and hidden lies surround Lightman and his team as they track a missing woman through the adult film industry.

star 7.83
3,110 votes
Writers: Ethan Drogin, Heather Thomason, Matt Olmstead, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Pied Piper

#8 - Pied Piper

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 16, 2010

Lightman examines the steps he used to help convict a recently-executed convict.

star 7.82
3,762 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, Sharon Lee Watson, T.J. Brady

#9 - Funhouse

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 10, 2011

Discerning what bedevils a mental patient leads Lightman to confront his own personal demons.

star 7.81
3,083 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Jameal Turner, Samuel Baum
Fold Equity

#10 - Fold Equity

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 30, 2009

Lightman, Foster and Reynolds travel to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker. Lightman uses his skills to read the other competitors' faces to figure out which one knows about the disappearance. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres analyze Loker's new relationship, and as a result, get closer to each other.

star 7.79
3,101 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Alexander Cary, Elizabeth Craft, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, Sarah Fain, T.J. Brady
The Best Policy

#11 - The Best Policy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 18, 2009

When Lightman is hired to find a corporate spy at a pharmaceutical company, he discovers a high-level conspiracy surrounding a new drug that could put thousands of lives at risk. The team is also hired by the State Department to assist with negotiations for the release of two Americans imprisoned in Yemen.

star 7.75
2,821 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Do No Harm

#12 - Do No Harm

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 11, 2009

Lightman and Foster investigate the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who may have been murdered. Meanwhile, Loker and Torres must determine whether a famous peace activist is who she claims to be and if her bestselling memoir is true, but Loker's attraction to the socially conscious woman may be clouding his assessment of her.

star 7.75
2,735 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Samuel Baum
Grievous Bodily Harm

#13 - Grievous Bodily Harm

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2009

A face from Lightman's past pulls him into a dangerous criminal conspiracy, testing his friendship and loyalty. Meanwhile, The Lightman Group investigates a high school student's homicidal threats.

star 7.75
2,870 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Alexander Cary, Samuel Baum
Tractor Man

#14 - Tractor Man

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 2009

During a political protest in Washington, D.C., a disgruntled farmer parks his explosives-packed tractor near the Treasury Department building, forcing Lightman and his team to make some crucial life-or-death decisions. Meanwhile, a third-grade field trip gets stuck in the Lightman Group offices and Loker has to play babysitter.

star 7.75
3,049 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: Alexander Cary, Samuel Baum, Tim Clemente
The Whole Truth

#15 - The Whole Truth

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 21, 2010

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 7.74
3,687 votes
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Truth or Consequences

#16 - Truth or Consequences

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 2009

Zoe enlists the Lightman Group to investigate a star college football player accused of statutory rape. Meanwhile, Foster and Loker travel to a religious compound to find out whether it is actually a nefarious cult.

star 7.72
3,078 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: Alexander Cary, Nick Santora, Samuel Baum
Black and White

#17 - Black and White

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 13, 2010

Lightman tries to uncover the truth behind the murder of a crusading reporter.

star 7.72
3,578 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Kevin Townsley, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady
Black Friday

#18 - Black Friday

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 16, 2009

A troubled teenager believes he was abducted as a baby and turns to the Lightman Group to help him uncover the secrets of his past. Meanwhile, Loker investigates the origin of a deadly stampede that occurred at a megastore the day after Thanksgiving.

star 7.72
2,896 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Ethan Drogin, Heather Thomason, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady

#19 - Delinquent

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 19, 2010

Torres and her family reach back to the bad old days after a prison incident involving her sister.

star 7.72
3,939 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, Sarah Fain, T.J. Brady
Secret Santa

#20 - Secret Santa

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 23, 2009

During the holiday season, Lightman goes to Afghanistan to assist in a mission to rescue two captured marines, and his only source of intelligence is an American expatriate.

star 7.72
3,076 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Alexander Cary, Ethan Drogin, Rasheed Newson, Samuel Baum, T.J. Brady

#21 - Rebound

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2011

Lightman helps a woman uncover her boyfriend's past.

star 7.71
3,065 votes
Directors: John Pohlson
Writers: David Ehrman, Jameal Turner, Kevin Fox, Samuel Baum
The Canary's Song

#22 - The Canary's Song

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2010

Lightman finds himself in a deep hole while getting at what really caused a tragic mining incident.

star 7.71
3,174 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Jameal Turner, Samantha Howard Corbin, Samuel Baum
A Perfect Score

#23 - A Perfect Score

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 4, 2009

A powerful federal judge's daughter is murdered. The Light Man Group investigates a competitive college-prep school where everyone wants to be at the head of the class. The team also looks into a NASA test pilot accused of crashing a $250 million aircraft, on purpose.

star 7.67
3,220 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Samuel Baum, Steven Maeda
Moral Waiver

#24 - Moral Waiver

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2009

A commanding officer is charged with sexual assault and brought to Fort Meade to find out if the accusations are true. Meanwhile, the young star of a college basketball team is suspected of accepting bribe money in exchange for playing for the school. The Lightman Group is hired to determine whether or not the young star took money for his cooperation.

star 7.67
3,380 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Josh Singer, Samuel Baum
Love Always

#25 - Love Always

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 18, 2009

Lightman and his team try to prevent the assassination of a South Korean ambassador. But, when another member of the entourage gets shot, Lightman reveals family secrets and lies to identify the shooter.

star 7.67
3,191 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Samuel Baum, Steven Maeda, Tom Szentgyorgyi