The phrase “Liar liar pants on fire” may help to explain why some of TV’s “hottest” shows are all about liars. Lying may be something you’re never supposed to do…but TV fans are awfully glad that the characters at the heart of the following shows told a whopper of a fib. Without lies, these TV shows just wouldn’t exist. (Spoilers ahead!)
“Psych“: “I’m a psychic.”
The lie at the center of “Psych” is a whopper. Shawn Spencer has to tell people that he’s psychic. After calling in one too many times to the local police tip line, Spencer finds that the police are starting to suspect he’s been involved in all the crimes he’s tipped them off about.
Because the truth (“I’m just extraordinarily observant and you’re all morons for not seeing the evidence that’s right in front of you!”) won’t cut it, Shawn pretends to be psychic. When people believe his schtick, he realizes he can make money…and finally have a career that feels rewarding.
“Mad Men“: “My name is Don Draper.”
Don Draper is the charismatic lead character on “Mad Men.” He hides a dark secret: he’s not the real Don Draper. Born Dick Whitman, the son of a prostitute, “Don” joined the army as a young man and used the death of his commanding officer (the real Donald Draper) as a way to escape his old life and start out fresh. Unfortunately, keeping that secret has cost him his marriage, work opportunities, and even contributed to the death of his only brother.
“Suits“: “I’m a graduate of Harvard Law.”
Mike Ross is the brightest new associate at the law firm of Pearson Hardman. There’s just one problem: the firm has a policy of only hiring Harvard Law grads…and Mike didn’t go to Harvard. In fact, he didn’t even go to law school. He gets by because he has a photographic memory, but he’s clueless about how the law actually works. He can quote you a particular law from memory, but he doesn’t know how to file a motion. However, with a few close confidantes at the firm, he’s able to wow the rest of the staff and keep his secret…so far.
“The IT Crowd“: “I know loads about computers!”
Lying on your resume is never a good idea…unless you’re Jen Barber. In the pilot episode, Jen gets a job at Reynholm Industries. The big boss (who has no idea about computers himself) notes that her resume listed computer skills, and so decides to make her head of the IT Department.
Jen doesn’t even know what “IT” stands for, doesn’t know that you need to use a browser to access the web, and gets caught by her coworkers when she’s “using” a computer that isn’t even plugged in. Despite telling a major lie to get the job, she actually proves to be helpful to the rest of the IT staff.