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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 1, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

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  • Summary: The six-part documentary series follows the final weeks of several terminally ill patients.
  • Genre(s): Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Nov 1, 2013
    100
    You won't want to watch this, Yes, it will wreck you. But you'll be grateful you let it. [8 Nov 2013, p.61]
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 30, 2013
    90
    A TV series that’s well-made, thought-provoking, deeply moving.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 30, 2013
    90
    The camera is discreet, cutting away at the very end, giving privacy when taste requires. The families involved are brave in ways not required of ordinary "reality TV" subjects. Even when they appear to be speaking for the camera, the situations are not manipulated. The impact is quite powerful.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 30, 2013
    80
    While it's not always easy to watch Time of Death, which is bound to trigger memories for those who've logged time with the dying, it's a gift to spend time with its highly individual subjects, who resist a one-size-fits-all approach.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 1, 2013
    80
    Although some viewers will find it difficult to watch the stories of real people in their last months and moments of life, there's an uplifting quality to the series because of the sheer humanity on display.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 30, 2013
    80
    Presumably the producers’ realization of what they had in Maria and her bright, gorgeous, unfettered children led to the bifurcated structure of the series, and it’s the ups but mostly downs of her last eight months on earth that make Time of Death worth watching.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 30, 2013
    60
    Part of that shortcoming relates to the structure, which deals with one story unfolding across all six hours, with a self-contained “B” player in each. Ultimately, the series is worth a look if not necessarily worthy of the whole journey, as Death doesn’t completely become Showtime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    I watched all the episodes at least twice from the perspective of a cancer patient. I was extremely ill for 5 years and an experimental bone marrow treatment saved me from death which would not have been far away otherwise. I don't know why some survive and others do not and it is humbling. It was most interesting to see the experience of cancer from the perspective of the caregivers. My favorite episode was Laura and Lisa. Lisa's post death video blog was so heart wrenching and true. I felt privileged to meet her mom and Lisa is truly a rare gem among humans. Expand
  2. ttn
    Dec 6, 2013
    10
    Very intresting show it is a must see once you watch once youre hooked.It is very sad to see the people dieing but in the same perspective it is intresting to learn about the dieing process.Just all together a great show trust me if you whatch it once you will be hooked Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    This is a very powerful program. Having been in a position of many of the family members in this docu-series, I can tell you it is spot on. Helping someone transition is the least selfish thing you will ever do in your life. Nothing compares and nothing will be as difficult, at least that was the case for me. When we make a promise to a loved one to fulfill their wishes when they are unable to make the decision for themselves takes a tremendous amount of courage and strength. Getting family aligned is essential. Not everyone will agree but remain focused on what your loved one wanted and what their wishes were. Dying is simply part of the life cycle. I can tell you I do not like it but I know it's going to happen and we will all experience it. After your loved one passes, know they are now part of something much more powerful in the world if you believe this to be true. Every rainbow, singing bird or beautiful sunset brings a smile to my face. I know Dad is out there letting me know he is OK. For me, this helps me cope with him dying. There are days when grief sneaks up on me, whacks me on the head, and runs away. But there are more good days now than bad now. I will always miss my father but know in my heart he is healed and that one day we will meet again. Expand