The BEST Episodes of Lie to Me
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020
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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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."
#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.
#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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.