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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Jason O'Mara, Rachelle LeFevre
  • Summary: Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) finds himself transported to the 1970s after a car accident in this remake of the award-winning British drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense, Science Fiction
  • Creator: Ashley Pharoah, Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    The producers ("Alias" alums Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec) have created a Dickensian (with a nod to L. Frank Baum) universe, draped in shadows, pastels and mystery, while aurally wrapped in chestnuts from the Sweet, Five Man Electrical Band and the Ramones. This new series has enormous promise.
  2. The premiere episode of Life on Mars, by contrast [to "Kath & Kim"], is strange and exhilarating.
  3. 80
    This vivid series puts an ironic spin on nostalgia.
  4. If the ambition of the pilot continues, American television may get another remake right. We'll have our first hint this next week. In the meantime, enjoy the pilot.
  5. I'm not wholly convinced by the American Life on Mars.
  6. ABC sticks its neck out a bit further with Life on Mars, a pretty good remake of a remarkable series that also appeared on BBC America
  7. 50
    Despite the prestigious presence of stars such as Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli, Lisa Bonet and Gretchen Mol, Life on Mars, a new ABC crime drama, comes off as naggingly undistinguished.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    Without the charm of Philip Glenister as Gene Hunt and John Simm as Sam Tyler, the charm of the real series just isn't there. I couldn't make it through the first episode, it left me wishing for John Simm. Whether or not theres Life on Mars, theres no Life in this tv series. Expand

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