The BEST Episodes of Lie to Me

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020

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.

Killer App

#1 - Killer App

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 31, 2011

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 7.93
2,857 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Slack
Beat the Devil

#2 - Beat the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 7, 2010

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 7.92
4,150 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: David Ehrman, Ethan Drogin
Teacher and Pupils

#3 - Teacher and Pupils

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 12, 2010

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 7.91
3,564 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Kevin Townsley, Nick Santora
Sweet Sixteen

#4 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 14, 2010

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 7.91
3,819 votes
Directors: Dan Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary

#5 - Blinded

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 6, 2009

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 7.88
2,828 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 21, 2009

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 7.88
4,153 votes
Writers: Samuel Baum
Darkness and Light

#7 - Darkness and Light

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 30, 2010

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 7.83
3,071 votes
Writers: Heather Thomason, Matt Olmstead
Pied Piper

#8 - Pied Piper

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 16, 2010

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 7.82
3,725 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Sharon Lee Watson

#9 - Funhouse

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 10, 2011

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 7.82
3,048 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Jameal Turner
Fold Equity

#10 - Fold Equity

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 30, 2009

Despite being "banned-for-life," Cal heads to Vegas when he is summoned by a casino owner after the star contender in the World Series of Poker goes missing right before the tournament. Meanwhile, Ria analyzes the expressions of the woman Eli is dating to determine if she's "into him."

star 7.79
3,054 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Do No Harm

#11 - Do No Harm

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 11, 2009

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 7.75
2,689 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Jami O'Brien
The Best Policy

#12 - The Best Policy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 18, 2009

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 7.75
2,774 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J Brady
Tractor Man

#13 - Tractor Man

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 2009

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 7.75
3,001 votes
Directors: Vahan Moosekian
Writers: Tim Clemente
Grievous Bodily Harm

#14 - Grievous Bodily Harm

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2009

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 7.75
2,820 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Alexander Cary
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
3,643 votes
Writers: Ethan Drogin
Truth or Consequences

#16 - Truth or Consequences

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 2009

Zoe enlists Cal and Ria to help prove that her client, a 22-year old college boy charged with statutory rape, had no idea the girl was only 16. Meanwhile, the IRS believes a group claiming to be a religion is a fraud and hires Gillian and Eli to investigate.

star 7.73
3,031 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: Nick Santora
Black Friday

#17 - Black Friday

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 16, 2009

Cal and Gillian help a teenager who believes he was abducted as a baby. Meanwhile, a store owner hires Eli and Ria to help determine if the store was negligent after a stampede of holiday shoppers leaves two people dead and several others injured, triggering a $20 million lawsuit.

star 7.73
2,847 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Ethan Drogin, Heather Thomason
Black and White

#18 - Black and White

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 13, 2010

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 7.72
3,541 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Alexander Cary, Kevin Townsley

#19 - Delinquent

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 19, 2010

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 7.72
3,902 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Secret Santa

#20 - Secret Santa

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 23, 2009

Just before Christmas, Cal is sent to Afghanistan to interrogate an American soldier-turned-traitor in hopes of learning the whereabouts of two American marines captured by the Taliban.

star 7.72
3,027 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Alexander Cary

#21 - Rebound

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2011

A wealthy woman asks Cal to check out her new boyfriend when her son discovers a briefcase filled with cash and a notebook in code.

star 7.72
3,032 votes
Directors: John Pohlson
Writers: David Ehrman, Kevin Fox
The Canary's Song

#22 - The Canary's Song

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2010

Cal puts his life on the line when he goes below to investigate an explosion that killed six coal miners. Gillian does a final favor for the FBI in exchange for getting both Cal and the Lightman Group out from under their thumb, once and for all.

star 7.71
3,143 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Samantha Howard Corbin
Moral Waiver

#23 - Moral Waiver

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2009

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 7.67
3,320 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Josh Singer
A Perfect Score

#24 - A Perfect Score

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 4, 2009

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 7.67
3,167 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Samuel Baum, Steven Maeda
Love Always

#25 - Love Always

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 18, 2009

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 7.67
3,135 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi