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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marshall Lancaster
  • Summary: In the final season of Life on Mars, Sam Tyler (John Simms), a modern day detective who woke up from a car crash in 1973 Manchester, tries to determine if he's dreaming or not.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 2 premiere date: Feb 13, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 88
    The British Mars produced only 16 episodes, and when the last of this season's final eight is over, you will have all the answers you need. What's more, they're satisfying and well worth the relatively short amount of time expended.
  2. If anything, season 2--also just eight hours long--is even better as Tyler's world in 1973 becomes even more complicated.
  3. 80
    Life on Mars is colorful and fun and well-written.
  4. Life on Mars is a smarter, gloomier "Journeyman."
  5. Cop show, fantasy, mystery, comedy, romance, puzzle -- there are a lot of ways to approach "Life on Mars," which begins its second and final season tonight on BBC America, and they all pay off.
  6. It's helpful to remember that Life on Mars is less about said realism and more about Sam's twisted journey. Enjoying that retro-cool ride is the essence of the series.
  7. 70
    Simm is also compelling (as he was in a couple of standout “Doctor Who” episodes earlier this year), though his performance is sometimes pitched to a level of intensity that the occasionally formulaic storytelling doesn’t quite match.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. SebC.
    Sep 5, 2009
    10
    Outstanding, outstanding series. Well written, excellent characters, fantastic music and depiction of the 70s. It was a bit difficult to get Outstanding, outstanding series. Well written, excellent characters, fantastic music and depiction of the 70s. It was a bit difficult to get into at first, but then loved every single episode. Highly recommendable. Expand
  2. MarkD
    Mar 24, 2008
    10
    Ball achingly funny, edge of your seat suspense, subtle, original and full of surprises. Need is go on? Simply one of the best things the BBC Ball achingly funny, edge of your seat suspense, subtle, original and full of surprises. Need is go on? Simply one of the best things the BBC has done in many years. Expand
  3. Mancal
    Dec 15, 2007
    10
    Absolutely brilliant TV show killed off a season too early. Great acting from the whole cast and Gene Hunt is one of the most gloriously over Absolutely brilliant TV show killed off a season too early. Great acting from the whole cast and Gene Hunt is one of the most gloriously over the top, politically incorrect characters ever created. A total gem of a show, catch it America, you won't regret it Expand
  4. JOHnO
    Jul 13, 2008
    10
    I'd give it an eleven. There is one weird issue i have with season two which has to do with the fact that in the opener I'd give it an eleven. There is one weird issue i have with season two which has to do with the fact that in the opener ***SPOILERS***Sam actually changes history by putting the casino guy in the looney bin. This "power" is not followed through the rest of the season.***END SPOILERS*** Expand
  5. AlexV.
    Mar 4, 2008
    9
    Excellent soundtrack!!!
  6. Feb 8, 2014
    9
    John Simm. This show has John Simm. The best part of this is John Simm. Did I mention this has John Simm? John Simm's performance in thisJohn Simm. This show has John Simm. The best part of this is John Simm. Did I mention this has John Simm? John Simm's performance in this series is great.
    Dat ending tho.
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  7. HarryB.
    Feb 27, 2008
    0
    Abysmal British tat.

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