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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

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  • Starring: Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marshall Lancaster
  • Summary: A present-day Manchester police detective is hit by a car and wakes up to find himself seemingly living in the year 1973 in this hit British drama from the creators of "Hustle."
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Jennifer Armstrong
    It's Quantum Leap meets The Streets of San Francisco--with narry a C, S, or I in sight. [28 Jul 2006, p.56]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Surreal and harrowing.
  3. 80
    Don’t mistake the slick-but-not-stupid Life on Mars for brain-bending sci-fi or Austin Powers-style farce. Aside from the psychological stress of its star... this is actually at heart an old-school cops-and-robbers show, with that dash of Twilight Zone to give it 21st-century cachet.
  4. It’s an ambitious and ever-shifting examination of the lack of foresight in a culture addicted to rapid change.
  5. The show is exceptionally well made from top to bottom and pulls you in and pulls you along, owing not least to a host of terrific performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    "Life on Mars" has the makings of an intoxicating treat, proving how far a little atmosphere can go in breathing life into a format that occasionally appears close to flatlining.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. TinaS
    Sep 6, 2006
    I don't normally watch many cop shows, but this one has a very original twist to it. It's fun to watch and makes you wonder if or when he will go back to his real life. Can't wait for the next episode! Expand
  2. SamuelT
    Jul 25, 2006
    Genius! Amazing performance from John Simm.
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    John Simm. Need I say more?
    It could just be 6 episodes of John Simm and leave it at that and it would still be at least an 8, but this is so
    much more. I'm sad I can't give this 11/10. Expand
  4. ErickB
    Jan 19, 2007
    Great show! Can't wait for season 2.
  5. CatherineM
    Apr 11, 2007
    Just fantastic. Watched final episode last night. Absolutely brilliant in all aspects. Will really miss the show. The acting of all cst members and writing superb, Keep the great dramas coming BBC Expand
  6. OnyxRocks
    Jun 5, 2007
    Loved season 1, when does the US get to see the rest of the series? Please show it soon!
  7. MattM
    Jul 31, 2006
    Impressive acting and good stories. The twist is a little bit annoying to me - couldn't it take place just fine in the present-day? But, aside from that, the twist adds a psychological element that adds to the rather harrowing nature of the main character's situation. Expand

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