Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Dr. Lauren Lemley

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Dr. Joe Cardot

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Dr. Paul Lakey


Research concerning the consequences of edutainment has revealed that television shows have the capability to influence audience members. As the lines between education and entertainment are becoming increasingly blurred, viewers may not be aware of how watching such shows impacts them. Lie to Me is a popular edutainment television series that educates viewers about the power of micro expressions. Ekman has dedicated a large part of his life to the development of research related to micro expressions. The show’s main character, Cal Lightman, portrayed Paul Ekman’s special talents and knowledge through his ability to detect micro expressions. The first three episodes of the first season of Lie to Me did the best job of portraying the show’s overall appeal and role as an edutainment series. In this thesis, I analyze each of these episodes using the narrative paradigm, narrative probability, narrative fidelity, and fantasy themes to answer three important research questions about the influence of edutainment.

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