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Life on Mars

Series Summary
Adapted from a hit BBC show, this genre-bending crime drama/buddy comedy/sci-fi fantasy revolves around modern-day police detective Sam Tyler, who awakens after a near-fatal car accident to discover that he has been thrown back through time to 1973, where he has to pursue police work with none of the 21st-century digital gadgets he's used to employing. Complicating things further, his boss is gruff Gene Hunt, a politically incorrect old-school cop who never hesitates to bend the rules when he deems it necessary -- or even just convenient. Is Sam in a coma, or is something more fantastic behind his new reality?

Air Dates: 2008 - 2009

Genres: Crime drama, Mystery

Network: ABC

  • Season 1, Ep. 17 : Life Is a Rock Apr 1, 2009

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    A mysterious caller tells Sam how he can return to 2008.

  • Season 1, Ep. 16 : Everyone Knows It's Windy Mar 25, 2009

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    Sam questions his own innocence when he is accused of murder.

  • Season 1, Ep. 15 : All the Young Dudes Mar 18, 2009

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    Sam's dark side is revealed when he infiltrates a New York gang suspected of truck hijackings.

  • Season 1, Ep. 14 : Coffee, Tea or Annie Mar 11, 2009

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    When two air hostesses turn up dead, Sam and Annie go on a dangerous undercover mission; Hunt is confronted.

  • Season 1, Ep. 13 : Revenge of Broken Jaw Mar 4, 2009

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    Student radicals target the police with bomb threats; Sam, Tyler, Annie and Hunt discover mysterious connections to a student and a political science professor.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • This captures the original series’ vibe nicely. show more

  • The time-travel element puts enough of a twist in it to move it a couple of notches above all the other entries in the fall season, not to mention all the same-old police procedurals clogging the networks. show more

  • If the ambition of the pilot continues, American television may get another remake right. We'll have our first hint this next week. In the meantime, enjoy the pilot. show more

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