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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 26, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 214 Ratings

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  • Starring: Adam Arkin, Adam Arkin, Damian Lewis
  • Summary: Charlie's back after being falsely held in in prison for twelve years. Like a fish out of water, will he (and the show) flop or swim?
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Life is intelligent fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Crews quirky mannerisms don't overwhelm the plot, and the show does strikes a nice balance between whimsy and its much darker backstory.
  3. 80
    This peculiar comedy-drama has some cockeyed wrinkles that make it interesting.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Jicha
    Lewis is such a commanding presence that Sarah Shahi is rendered little more than an accessory as Dani. There's nothing going on between the partners at the outset, but this is subject to change.
  5. 70
    Details of color and composition do the work usually handled by too much expository dialogue, granting access to Dani and Charlie’s thinking.
  6. While one can never count out a decent cop show, Life's main character is so weird he either fascinates you immediately or turns you off.
  7. I could make more fun of Life, but it probably wouldn't be too good for my karma.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 138
  1. markc.
    Oct 6, 2007
    Love it.. just not sure did him win 15 million or 50 million for 12 years in prison.
  2. Dec 21, 2013
    Zen philosophy in a prime-time network show, what a great concept. The police procedural simply serves as the framework to explore Damian Lewis' character, and how he deals with the world. Lewis and Shahi play their parts so well, and with the sharply written dialogue, it is a pleasure to watch and listen to. Expand
  3. KristenH.
    Nov 1, 2007
    EW called Life 'intelligent fun' and that nails it. For smart people with a sense of humor.
  4. AndrésI.
    Dec 20, 2007
    This show rocks!! Well written, great acting, interesting character, original story line, terrific soundtrack, funny but not silly. 100% good entertainment. Expand
  5. AltonS.
    Apr 17, 2008
    I usually don't vote ten and was going too vote nine. I couldn't find any faults too justify anything but 10. Good characters, interesting stories, quirky approaches with a great kind of comedy. Then throw in the darker elements of the show and.... you get life. Much better then most shows out there. Expand
  6. MarisaV.
    Oct 20, 2007
    Cute, funny I like it.
  7. ScooterM.
    Sep 26, 2007
    Characters just didn't draw me in, decided that about 1/3 of the way through the show, that there had to be something more interesting on. BORING... Real disappointed in this one, was hoping for more in the first 20 minutes that what this brought, had high hopes and was let down. Expand

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