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Life On Mars

Season 1
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7.42009NR
What's a modern day cop doing in 1973? While hot on the trail of a serial killer in New York City in 2008, Detective Sam Tyler gets hit by a car. But that's just the beginning of his troubles. When he wakes up, he's in 1973. He's not sure how, but the one thing he does know is that his future is inexplicably linked with his past.
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Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Out Here In The Fields
    October 9 2008
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Hit by a car, Detective Sam Tyler finds himself transported to 1973.
  2. 2. The Real Adventures Of The Unreal Sam Tyler
    October 16 2008
    42min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam tries to prove himself to Lt. Hunt and the rest of the squad members.
  3. 3. My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi
    October 23 2008
    44min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tyler is sent down a path that provide clues about his family's past.
  4. 4. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby...
    October 30 2008
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam's attempt to save a woman under attack lures him back to his past.
  5. 5. Things To Do In New York...
    November 6 2008
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A racial war is sparked when an African American girl is brutally murdered.
  6. 6. Tuesday's Dead
    November 13 2008
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A gunman tries to force a doctor to reverse an operation on his brother.
  7. 7. The Man Who Sold The World
    November 20 2008
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam uncovers some deep dark secrets about his childhood.
  8. 8. Take A Look At The Lawmen
    January 28 2009
    42min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A young, attractive social worker catches Sam's eye.
  9. 9. The Dark Side Of The Mook
    February 4 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam and Ray find themselves linked to a chain of decapitations.
  10. 10. Let All The Children Boogie
    February 11 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam believes he may actually have found a way back home.
  11. 11. Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster
    February 18 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Tensions explode when Hunt and his daughter confront each other.
  12. 12. The Simple Secret Of The Note In Us All
    February 25 2009
    41min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam recognizes a killer from a murder case 35 years in the future.
  13. 13. Revenge Of The Broken Jaw
    March 4 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Student radicals target the police with bomb threats.
  14. 14. Coffee, Tea or Annie
    March 11 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When two hostesses turn up dead, Sam and Annie go on an undercover mission.
  15. 15. All The Young Dudes
    March 18 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam infiltrates a New York gang suspected of truck hijackings.
  16. 16. Everyone Knows It's Windy
    March 25 2009
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam is accused of murder.
  17. 17. Life Is A Rock
    April 1 2009
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A mysterious caller tells Sam how he can return to 2008.

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2009
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ABC
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337 global ratings

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Jane EyreReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Wow. Having grown up with the music of the 1970s, the soundtrack is good. Premise a little strange, a policeman of 2000s with a head trauma wakes up in the 1970s, where policing is still more brute force than psychological. So it is funny to me, remembering the style, the manner of the men towards women, rank speech, but realistic to me. I did't realize the title was taken from David Bowie's work. I particularly liked the boss in the police station. Brusque, brutal, yet gentlemanly, and dedicated to his work. He is a good leader for the station, commanding loyalty. Errors are made, there are screw ups, but there are also victories. Complex as a fine wine. First you taste the sweet, then the flavors become more apparent. Looks like a thriller, but is cerebral. Why is the man in a coma there?
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Jane M.Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Far inferior to the original British version of Life on Mars
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This review is based on watching the first two episodes of the American version after watching the entire two seasons of the British version. I got too annoyed to continue. Maybe the American version got better; can't speak to that.

1. The good writing of the British show was partially copied, but made worse in the process.

2. In spite of the presence of Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli in the American version, overall the American acting is much worse. Much of this problem may be due to casting and direction.

3. The protagonist, Sam Taylor, is tough, vulnerable, and convincing in the British version (played by John Simm with quite a lot of depth). In the American version, Sam is tough, breezy, and not quite seeming to take his predicament seriously.

4. The British actor, Liz White, inhabited the role of the other main character, Annie Cartwright. The American actress Gretchen Moll walks through the part. Maybe the American Sam is just too breezy.

4. Harvey Keitel is one of my favorite actors. Unfortunately, he was not as good a fit for the character of DCI Gene Hunt as the British actor (Philip Glenister) who played the same part. The British actor seemed more sinister and more complex. Part of this is due to physicality: the British DCI Hunt is described in the show as weighing 280 pounds, much larger than Sam Taylor. In the American version, Taylor is larger than Hunt, so Hunt does not convey the same physical menace. Keitel, as usual, conveys intelligence and wit; Glenister conveys a dangerous bully.

Recommendation: Watch the British version on BritBox.
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ImagagaReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great nostalgia if you lived in the 70’s
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I love this show. I like the changes they made from the British version, which I also love! I especially love how they intertwined the music with the story. The cast is superb! Great entertainment
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Robert B EvansReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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It was a little weird but I can relate to that I enjoyed the movie and the series
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Nap Dog MediaReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasant surpise
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I know that the UK version is better but I was pleasantly surprised to see this version. A fun spin on a classic show. I wish it had lasted a few seasons but I'm just glad that they were able to wrap up the show with a surprise ending for a series finale. Great cast.
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isabella007Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good...But The British Version Is Better
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Jason O'Mara is a great actor (he's fantastic as serial killer Bill Croelick on the closer), and he is quite good on Life On Mars. It took me a couple of episodes to really get into it, but it soon gains speed and it's definitely a fun ride. The supporting actors are really good, and they all have chemistry together that keeps the dialog believable and sharp. I really like it!
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dimaReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of those great and amazing shows
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this show was genius, the script, the jokes, the drama, and the lessons. A show that i would be proud to show my kid when he is a teenager. Except one episode due to my beliefs, like any show these days they touch on political issues of the 70's and ponder the political advances and of the 2008. they did an amazing job. it's just heartbreaking to watch such a great show and find out it won't have a second season. but they did an amazing job with the season they had.
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Dave SReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wish they would reboot it
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Wonderful show watched it when it was first broadcasted . Disappointed when it was cancelled
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