Life On Mars

ABC (ended 2009)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 17

    Life is a Rock

    Aired 4/1/09

  • S 1 : Ep 16

    Everyone Knows It's Windy

    Aired 3/25/09

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    All the Young Dudes

    Aired 3/18/09

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Coffee, Tea or Annie

    Aired 3/11/09

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Revenge of Broken Jaw

    Aired 3/4/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jason O'Mara

    Detective Sam Tyler

  • Harvey Keitel

    Lt. Gene Hunt

  • Michael Imperioli

    Detective Ray Carling

  • Jonathan Murphy

    Detective Chris Skelton

  • Gretchen Mol

    Annie Norris

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  • ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, and Kudos Film and Television co-produced the remake of BBC drama Life on Mars. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Steven Garrett, Josh Appelbaum, AndrĂ© Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg. After being hit by a car while apprehending a murder suspect in 2008, Det. Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) regains consciousness to find himself working as a detective in the 1970s. ABC aired the first seven episodes of Life on Mars on Thursday night in 2008, then moved the series to Wednesday night in January 2009, airing the final ten episodes. The show finished its run on April 1, 2009. ABC decided not to continue the show and allow the producers to give it a proper ending.moreless

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  • Quotes (52)

    • Ray: He's crazier than a fruit bat at a cranberry convention.

    • Gene: If I'd wanted to be this bored, I'd go to Mass with the missus and her miserable mother.

    • Annie: No broken bones, no bruises. Do you feel like you're gonna vomit? Sam: I am a little nauseous, to tell you the truth. But you would be, too, if you took the last flight in from 2008.

    • Sam: (after Windy tells him that the lasagna has marijuana in it) You know I'm a cop? Windy: Then you must get the really good stuff.

    • Gene: (after Trent begins to drown) All right. Get him out, Chris. Chris: Well, I can't swim. Gene: Ray? Ray: I took some lessons when I was a kid... they didn't stick.

    • Windy: (after meeting Sam in the hallway who is looking up at the ceiling) What's up there? Sam: Well, for starters, um, no naked women.

    • Mrs. Salvaggio: (discussing her ashtray with Sam) My granddaughter Sofia made it for me. She loves to come over and see all the butts in there. Sam: Beautiful story. You should tell that to the Surgeon General.

    • Lee Crocker: (to Detective Ray Carling) Detective, if ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time. Sam: Now that was an analogy.

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    Notes (50)

    • After picking up the series, it was decided to make cast and location changes. Jason O'Mara was the only cast member to stay, and the location was moved to New York.

    • On June 1, 2008, an article in the Los Angeles Times confirmed the rumor that production on Life On Mars will move to New York City.

    • While initial reports about the show said it would take place in Los Angeles an article announcing Lenny Clarke joining the cast say that it will take place in Middle America. Another contradiction was made when Colm Meaney did an interview stating the pilot ran true to the original just making it 1970's Los Angeles instead of Manchester England.

    • The roles of Tyler and Hunt were offered to the original actors John Simm and Philip Glenister from the BBC version. They turned down the offer.

    • The 2006 BBC series took its name from the David Bowie song Life on Mars. The song has been featured on the series.

    • This isn't the first time Thomas Schlamme has worked with David E. Kelley. Kelley has used him as a director for episodes for four of his other series in the past: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, and Boston Public.

    • Jason O'Mara was added to the cast in the lead role as Sam Tyler in an announcement made on June 29, 2007. This stems from O'Mara's previous work with the network.

    • In March it was announced that the pilot was being pushed back to summer so that they would have more actors to chose from for the lead because so many were already tied to other pilots.

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    Trivia (15)

    • The television show that was airing in the 1973 segment at the apartment was a detective series called Cannon starring William Conrad. In another scene Kojak also shown on the television.

    • Trent mentions that Laugh-In is on tonight and he "has it bad" for Goldie Hawn. However, Goldie Hawn left the show in 1970.

    • When Sam and Gene fight in the hospital room, Sam makes a couple of martial arts-style moves that end with the now-famous Bruce Lee "Come and Get It" hand gesture that was later used by Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy.

    • When Gene and Sam are talking near the river, close to the end of the episode, viewers can see a blurred-out Verizon logo on a tall building in the background. Obviously, the cell phone company didn't exist in 1973.

    • Lee Tergesen and Dean Winters both appeared on Oz for six seasons, while director Darnell Martin worked with both actors in the show's first season.

    • The flash of a woman running through the woods in a red dress was first seen in "Out Here in the Fields" (the first episode) just after Sam was hit by the car, but before he wakes up in 1973.

    • Vincent Curatola and Michael Imperioli are reunited again after their years together on The Sopranos.

    • The episode title is similar to a line "Take a look at the lawman" from the song "Life on Mars" by David Bowie.

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    Allusions (35)

    • In the city, a group of apartments called the "Cataldo Houses" is shown. This development is named after Ray "Big Cat" Cataldo, a builder character on the cancelled ABC series October Road.

    • Ray: I have an ass that can fart every Peter, Paul & Mary song ever recorded. This alludes to a folk group that was hugely popular in the sixties and seventies. Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers comprised the trio.

    • Sam: Do you know what this is, Annie? It's the end of the yellow brick road. This line is an allusion to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz that starred Judy Garland. The yellow brick road led to the ultimate goal.

    • Dora Keen: The answer, Detective Tyler, is blowin' in the wind. "Blowin' in the Wind" is the title of a protest song written by Bob Dylan and released on his "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album in 1963.

    • Annie: I'm about as qualified as Dr. Kildare. Dr. Kildare was a character played by Richard Chamberlain in a medical drama of the same name that aired from 1961 to 1966 on NBC.

    • Gene: (singing to the tune of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow") Where guns are made of gingerbread and criminals confess for lollipops. This is an allusion to the movie The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz and tries to find her way back home. This is the second reference to The Wizard of Oz in two episodes.

    • Kim Trent: Laugh-In's on tonight, and I got it bad for that Goldie Hawn. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was an award-winning series on NBC from 1968 to 1973. Actor Goldie Hawn became a household name because of her role on the show.

    • Mrs. Salvaggio: (to Sam) You know, if I squint there's a little bit of that... Steve McQueen. Until his death on November 8, 1980, Steve McQueen was a hugely popular actor who starred in a multitude of hit films, such as The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt and The Towering Inferno. Many actors have emulated Steve McQueen, including Jason O'Mara.

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  • Fan Reviews (58)
  • They didn't get the joke

    By kikkapi, Jan 01, 2015

  • A shit show

    By starwars1234, May 04, 2013

  • Had to give it time to grow on you...

    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • Big surprise the US versions sucks, with 10 minutes LESS SHOW!!!

    By JamesSaxon, Sep 13, 2012

  • Life on mars

    By VictorHaggy, Jan 07, 2012

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