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The Best Episodes of Lie to Me

Every episode of Lie to Me ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Lie to Me!

The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his skills also make it easier for him to deceive others.


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The best episode of "Lie to Me" is "Blinded", rated 8.8/10 from 1401 user votes. It was directed by Milan Cheylov and written by Sarah Fain, Elizabeth Craft. "Blinded" aired on 5/6/2009 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Beat The Devil".

  • Blinded
    8.8/10 1,401 votes

    #1 - Blinded

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-05-06

    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 copy-catting. Meanwhile, Torres and Loker search Jenkins' fan mail, and Foster questions one of the rapist's recent victims.

    Director: Milan Cheylov

    Writer: Sarah Fain, Elizabeth Craft

  • Beat The Devil
    8.5/10 1,064 votes

    #2 - Beat The Devil

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-06-07

    Lightman investigates one of his mentor's graduate students, whom he is convinced is a psychopath, while Loker and Torres look into a UFO sighting.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Ehrman

  • Pilot
    8.1/10 1,785 votes

    #3 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-01-21

    The son of a family of devout Jehovah's Witnesses is accused of killing his teacher after being caught fleeing the scene of her murder. Meanwhile, the team is hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate a second case in which the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee is accused of paying for sex.

    Director: Robert Schwentke

    Writer: Samuel Baum

  • The Core of It
    8.1/10 1,047 votes

    #4 - The Core of It

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-09-28

    A young woman approaches Lightman at his book signing, believing she has seen a murder. Lightman finds that the woman has multiple personalities, and he believes that one of her personalities witnessed the murder. Lightman passes off helping Agent Reynolds vet a potential Supreme Court nominee, instead choosing to pursue the case of the multiple-personality woman. The case is passed on to Torres, whom the nominee does not treat with respect due to her age. Torres puts her preconceived judgments about the man aside when she analyzes the facts. Lightman unlocks the woman's original personality, who helps Lightman find the original murderer. Zoe informs Lightman that she is taking their daughter, Emily, and moving to Chicago to open a law firm. Lightman buys out her stake in The Lightman Group so that she can start her own practice in town.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: N/A

  • The Whole Truth
    8.1/10 805 votes

    #5 - The Whole Truth

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-06-21

    Lightman is an expert witness at the trial of a woman charged with murdering her high-powered, and much older, husband.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sacrifice
    8.0/10 949 votes

    #6 - Sacrifice

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-05-13

    After a terrorist bombing outside of Washington, DC, FBI Agent Ben Reynolds calls on The Lightman Group to help identify those responsible and prevent more attacks. The case takes a personal turn for one member of the team and begs the question of whether honesty is indeed the best policy. Zoe helps Lightman with the investigation and both are concerned about their daughter's safety.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Josh Singer, Dustin Thomason

  • Grievous Bodily Harm
    8.0/10 853 votes

    #7 - Grievous Bodily Harm

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2009-10-26

    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.

    Director: Eric Laneuville, Timothy Busfield

    Writer: Matt Olmstead

  • Teacher and Pupils
    8.0/10 761 votes

    #8 - Teacher and Pupils

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2010-07-12

    After a grisly shooting in a federal housing project, Lightman is hired to read the face of the paralyzed victim.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Nick Santora

  • Truth or Consequences
    7.9/10 907 votes

    #9 - Truth or Consequences

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2009-10-05

    Zoe enlists Lightman to help with her client -- a 22 year-old black star college football player who has been accused of statutory rape with a white 16 year-old girl. The case hits home for Lightman, who learns that his daughter Emily was friends with the group of girls who attend these college fraternity parties. Through the course of their investigation, Lightman and Torres determine that Zoe's client was set-up by the girl, whose friends leaked the video of the hookup. Lightman figures that the man did not know the girl was underage, noting that his face showed that he knew he shouldn't find underage girls attractive. Meanwhile, Foster and Loker travel to a religious compound to determine whether its claim of IRS exemption is valid. They believe the head of the compound is holding the women against their will. Foster facilitates the escape of one woman and her children, and faces the wrath of both Loker and the government. At the end, the girl's father believes the system is protecting the football player, and decides that someone has to pay. He shoots the prosecutor that dropped the charges against the football player, with whose death the episode ends.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Nick Santora

  • Honey
    7.9/10 859 votes

    #10 - Honey

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2009-10-19

    Eric Matheson (Garret Dillahunt) is determined to prove that he didn't murder his wife. Torres is assigned to investigate the murder, and goes to the house of the victim's sister. Matheson finds Torre's car and gets into it after she forgot to lock the door. When Torres returns, Matheson holds her at gunpoint, instructing her to drive to the Lightman Group offices. Cal makes a deal with Mattheson, asking him to let all the employees go as long as he helps prove Mattheson's innocence. Mattheson complies, and Foster, Loker, Reynolds and Torres attempt to solve the case, while Loker has second thoughts about not calling the authorities. Cal and the team find out that Mattheson was actually innocent, and that his wife was actually killed by a creditor. Mattheson demands that he sees the creditor, saying he will either take his life or Cal's. Cal pleads for Mattheson to kill him, but Foster, Loker and Reynolds trick Mattheson into letting his guard down after a disguised Loker pretends to recount the last moments of Mattheson's wife's life. As Mattheson is in a moment of rage before killing Loker, Reynolds draws his gun and shoots Mattheson, disarming him. The episode ends with Lightman at Foster's home, asking if he could sleep in her spare room for the night.

    Director: Timothy Busfield

    Writer: N/A

  • Tractor Man
    7.9/10 779 votes

    #11 - Tractor Man

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-12-14

    A protesting farmer parks his explosives-packed tractor near the US Treasury building. Meanwhile, Loker plays babysitter to third-graders stuck in the Lightman Group office, actress Felicia Day guest stars as their teacher. Miguel Ferrer guest stars as FBI ASAC Steele, Ben Reynolds' boss.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Pied Piper
    7.9/10 715 votes

    #12 - Pied Piper

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2010-08-16

    Lightman and his ex-wife, Zoe witness the execution of a murderer they prosecuted 17 years ago and face the possibility that they sent the wrong man to his death.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: N/A

  • Darkness and Light
    7.9/10 704 votes

    #13 - Darkness and Light

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2010-08-30

    A missing woman leads the Lightman group to discover criminal activity in the adult film industry.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Matt Olmstead

  • Funhouse
    7.9/10 735 votes

    #14 - Funhouse

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-01-10

    Cal Lightman questions his own sanity while he tries to get a patient released from a mental hospital.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: N/A

  • Killer App
    7.9/10 695 votes

    #15 - Killer App

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-01-31

    Foster’s former patient, one of the founders of a social-networking app, comes to the Lightman Group when she thinks she’s being squeezed out by her partner. When she turns up dead a short time later, Lightman fights against the prevailing evidence to expose the truth behind the murder.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Slack

  • Unchained
    7.8/10 1,074 votes

    #16 - Unchained

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2009-03-04

    Lightman and Torres interrogate an imprisoned gang leader who claims to be rehabilitated. If the gang leader is freed, he might help fight inner-city violence or return to his life of crime. Foster and Loker investigate the death of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.

    Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

    Writer: Josh Singer

  • Depraved Heart
    7.8/10 964 votes

    #17 - Depraved Heart

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-04-01

    Lightman becomes obsessed with his investigation of two young women who committed suicide. Meanwhile, the team tries to recover billions of dollars for investors who were bilked by a Ponzi scheme.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Dustin Thomason

  • Control Factor
    7.8/10 858 votes

    #18 - Control Factor

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2009-10-12

    While on vacation in Mexico with Emily, Lightman becomes involved in the case of a missing American woman, who is a single mother on vacation with her daughter. Upon investigation, Lightman learns that the mother got herself involved with an illegal fertility broker and he manages to find her just in time. Back home, Foster investigates D.C.-area hospitals with Lightman's rival, Jack Rader. They try to uncover the reason that five people have grown gravely ill after receiving blood transfusions.

    Director: James Hayman

    Writer: N/A

  • Sweet Sixteen
    7.8/10 756 votes

    #19 - Sweet Sixteen

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-06-14

    An Irish terrorist comes to Dr. Lightman to find out who killed his wife and daughter seven years ago, which reveals secrets about Lightman's relationship with Dr. Foster and his past job working counter-terrorism for the government.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Do No Harm
    7.7/10 1,029 votes

    #20 - Do No Harm

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-03-11

    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.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Jami O'Brien

  • Undercover
    7.7/10 907 votes

    #21 - Undercover

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-04-29

    The Lightman Group gets embroiled in the controversial case of a policeman who shot a potentially innocent teenager. Meanwhile, investors who were bilked by a Ponzi scheme are suing The Lightman Group for botching the recovery of their money,

    Director: Seith Mann

    Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi

  • Secret Santa
    7.7/10 842 votes

    #22 - Secret Santa

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-23

    Cal spends the holidays in Afghanistan, where he relies solely on an American expatriate to help a mission to find a pair of missing Marines.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: N/A

  • Delinquent
    7.7/10 737 votes

    #23 - Delinquent

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2010-07-19

    When a pregnant girl is found murdered, Cal and the LMG team help Torres try to clear her juvenile-delinquent sister of charges, and protect her from the real killer.

    Director: Michael Zinberg

    Writer: Sarah Fain

  • Moral Waiver
    7.6/10 1,355 votes

    #24 - Moral Waiver

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2009-01-28

    When a female soldier charges a commanding officer with sexual assault, Lightman is brought to Fort Meade to find out if there's any truth to the accusation. Meanwhile, the Lightman Group is hired to determine whether the young star of a college basketball team accepted a bribe to play for the university.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Josh Singer

  • A Perfect Score
    7.6/10 1,182 votes

    #25 - A Perfect Score

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2009-02-04

    The murder of a teenage girl – who is the daughter of a powerful federal judge – leads The Lightman Group to a highly competitive college-prep school where getting to the head of the class means everything. The team also investigates a NASA test pilot accused of intentionally crashing a $250 million aircraft

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Writer: N/A