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  • 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
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. 80
    Life on Mars is colorful and fun and well-written.
  3. If anything, season 2--also just eight hours long--is even better as Tyler's world in 1973 becomes even more complicated.
  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: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. MrEddHorse
    Jan 5, 2008
    10
    B****Y Good. Intriguing throughout the show I I wanted to know how it ends and it ends very Satisfyingly..
  3. 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. Collapse
  4. ChrisA
    Dec 19, 2007
    9
    While the some episodes aren't as uniformly good as the first season, the finale more than makes up for it, tying up the story in a While the some episodes aren't as uniformly good as the first season, the finale more than makes up for it, tying up the story in a tidy, pitch-perfect conclusion. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Mar 21, 2015
    8
    Sam Tyler: "I'm bloody sick of 1973".

    Annie: "Don't worry it will be 1974 soon". Well this is the closing of Life on Mars as a series
    Sam Tyler: "I'm bloody sick of 1973".

    Annie: "Don't worry it will be 1974 soon".

    Well this is the closing of Life on Mars as a series and to me it ended on a good and a happy note that I'm totally fine with. Don't worry I won't spoil anything in this review, but without spoiling anything we must talk about Season 2 and it's season finale.

    John Simm once again brings another excellent performance as Sam Tyler. He brought so much weight and likability to his character that at one point I totally forgot that John Simm was in the episodes, I only saw Sam Tyler and nothing else. Great work John Simm.

    Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt is probably my favorite character of all time. Gene always have a sick but funny sense of humor and good comebacks to those who insult him. I got to give Philip Glenister a big well done for playing this character. Always making me laugh, always making me think about his actions and always...keeping my watching.

    The directing and the writing has well was really good with each episodes. All of it was well done and I can clearly see the time and effort put into each different episodes.

    For problems I only have one little problem: Season 2 isn't has good as the first season and that's it, yeah not such a big problem but I don't think it's on the same level as the first season but season 2 is still a solid season.
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  7. HarryB.
    Feb 27, 2008
    0
    Abysmal British tat.

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