My new favorite TV show, and maybe you’ll like it too, but if you don’t, then lie and say you did, but if you do lie, I’ll be able to tell, because this show taught me how, (but not really)

Since I’m sure that, just like me, you’re always looking for good new TV shows to watch online at while you’re stuck endlessly feeding your adorable newborn baby girl, let me recommend “Lie To Me.”

The show is about a guy who runs an agency that analyzes facial expressions and mannerisms to scientifically determine if people are telling the truth.

I’ll tell you first all the reasons I would think I wouldn’t like this show: It tends to talk down too much to the viewer and have a little too much expositional dialogue, it gets cheesy with the interspersed shots of celebrities and politicians in “lying” poses, and the characters, especially the main character, are unrealistically successful and even infallible at what they do. Also, the premise doesn’t seem to be one that could possibly carry a show for more than one season, or possibly two. Oh, and there’s a fair bit of sex and violence — although more talked about than depicted.

All that said, I still find myself really enjoying the show — the acting is quite good (especially the lead,) the storylines are fairly clever, and it’s really fun to watch the Lightman character masterfully ensnare the bad guys into revealing themselves, in a satisfying Perry Mason kind of a way. So, if you like crime dramas and whodunits and body language analysis, you might really like this show.Β  (Click here to go watch it on Hulu.)

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11 Responses to My new favorite TV show, and maybe you’ll like it too, but if you don’t, then lie and say you did, but if you do lie, I’ll be able to tell, because this show taught me how, (but not really)

  1. We’ve been watching this on hulu. I read about the real-life facial expression guy in _Blink_ by Malcolm Gladwell–so the science is relatively for-real. I’m going to try using my new skills on my kids πŸ™‚

    • zstitches says:

      I think I’ve heard of that book — did you like it?

      I didn’t doubt the science was real, I just figured they’re unrealistically quick to put things together and figure it all out (kinda like in crime shows where the forensic results are immediate rather than taking quite a while, or on “24” when they’re able to trace cell phones in seconds, etc. Not that any show comes close to being as wildly unrealistic as “24.”)

  2. Mrs. Organic says:

    I read Blink as well and that’s why your description sounded so appealing. I just watched the pilot and until then was a Hulu virgin – I now have more ways to entertain myself when insomnia strikes. Thank you. How does Hulu work? Are they shows off of cable?

    I think you’ll enjoy the book if you like to read about science (it is written in an engaging style, though).

  3. Lili says:

    Have you watched Fringe at all? I haven’t, but it’s a new favorite of a few of my friends…

  4. I love it. Or am I lying?

  5. Jenn says:

    I just set it to record! πŸ™‚

  6. Melanie J says:

    I haven’t seen this but it sounds kinda cool. Dollhouse disappointed me, so I’m looking for something new to do the trick.

  7. zstitches says:

    Mrs. O, I’m not really sure how Hulu works. πŸ™‚ It does appear to be an official venue for the networks, (and has real ads.)

    Lili, thanks for the Fringe recommendation — I watched an episode during Hazel’s midnight feeding last night, and it was better than watching infomercials. (In case you all can’t tell, we don’t have cable/DVR.) Unfortunately Hulu’s episodes only start at Episode 5, but hopefully I’ll catch on to what’s going on.

    Laura, I guess I would need to see your face to know . . .

  8. zstitches says:

    Okay, so, about Fringe? I just watched the 5th episode — the one that dealt with carrier pigeons and electromagnetism — and I don’t even have to be a scientist (although being married to one might make a difference) to say that this episode was very, very, very, very silly. I’m glad Dean wasn’t watching it with me; it would have truly driven him crazy (or maybe just made him laugh hard.)

  9. marymary says:

    Is there any “Lie to Me” trashiness to be warned about beforehand?

  10. Loralee says:

    I love this show! For me, it’s not to learn how to lie, but be more convincing with the truth…and my kids need LOTS of convincing sometimes

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