Great Shows To Stream: Lie to Me
A few months ago Frank Duran began a series of articles for this site called Great Movies to Stream. The title explains it all, as each post features a movie available on streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu that our writers would like to recommend. Now, I’d like to turn our attention to the small screen, and begin writing articles about television shows available on these services that are worth your attention. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at my first series recommendation!
Netflix is chock full of great television shows, most of them available in their entirety. Though most people would quickly gravitate toward either new programming or more famously successful shows, I’d like to recommend a show that unfortunately didn’t last as long as it should have: Lie to Me.
Lie to Me was a crime drama created by Samuel Baum that ran for three seasons between 2009 and 2011. It starred the always-awesome Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) as Dr. Cal Lightman, who specializes in interpreting people’s micro-expressions to determine whether or not they’re lying. He and his team assist local and federal law enforcement in solving crimes using Lightman’s methods.
The show is based on real-life micro-expression expert Paul Ekman, who served as a scientific consultant on the series. Roth is brilliant in the role, playing a loveable anti-hero with a bad attitude who isn’t afraid of pissing people off in order to find the truth. The supporting cast, played by Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund, and Hayley McFarland, are equally well cast, acting as a great ensemble that play well off of Roth’s character.
The show does often drift into typical procedural tropes, and isn’t something you’ll probably binge watch. It does, however, offer enough fresh material to keep you interested episode-to-episode and has a lot more heart and soul than something like Law and Order. You’re really given the opportunity to care about these characters, especially the relationship between Lightman and his teenage daughter. Lightman is cursed by his abilities to interpret people’s body language, which often ruins the relationships in his life. Family, loyalty, honor, and truth are all themes that run prevalently throughout the series and give you more to chew on than similar programs.
If you’re looking for a fun new show to check out, I highly recommend streaming this great, unsung gem. It’s a shame that it ended so soon, but luckily all 48 episodes are just there waiting to be added to your Netflix queue.