Life On Mars

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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, André 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.

Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara

Detective Sam Tyler

Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel

Lt. Gene Hunt

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Detective Ray Carling

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Detective Chris Skelton

Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol

Annie Norris

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A shit show

    1.0
    The UK version is fantastic, but this is shit. Why do American have to make shit versions of great shows
  • Had to give it time to grow on you...

    8.5
    then they cancel it. I Love the ending.
  • Big surprise the US versions sucks, with 10 minutes LESS SHOW!!!

    7.0
    Just took a peek at the UK version. Lookey there. 52 minutes. American audiences so stupid. Know what people will be doing with those 10 extra minutes. In the swing states, they'll be watching 10 minutes of political poppycock campaign ads. In other states, the same damn commercials will be getting shoved down our throats that they showed in the other 8 minutes of commercials. So the American audience is intentionally being dumbed down by the "job creators"... Then they vote for Romney. Congratulations world, you are winning the culture war... When does fat and stupid lead to economic collapse? Sadly not having watched the UK show, I am actually intrigued by the US version. But perhaps with wtf happened in episode 7, I'll just switch to the UK version...moreless
  • Life on mars

    10
    Not so much as a review. Well sorta. Who is the tool, program director that canceled this. They should be fired. Great show So I give it two thumbs up and five middle finger to the idiot that canceled it.
  • A shambles of a remake compared to the genius of the UK original.

    1.0
    It's become a running gag now in England that American remakes always flop. The Red Dwarf US pilot is hated by American fans, and the overseas version of Fawlty Towers wasn't to include Basil, the main character. Thank God the BBC haven't allowed there to be a US Doctor Who.



    Anyway, along comes Life on Mars, one of the biggest success stories for the BBC in years. And as with everything successful in Blighty, America came a'calling. Was this similar to the weak remakes of old? Sadly, yes, it was.



    The biggest insult to the original thought comes in the form of its ending. And without spoiling it, Life on Mars' US ending is possibly one of the least original and cheesiest endings a US remake ever had. Which adds to the cheek of the writers asking permission to change the ending, due to the original not being "creative enough".



    My one piece of advice to viewers is to avoid this remake with a 1 mile pole, and to purchase the UK original. It's on both DVD and iTunes around the world now, and was successful enough to gain a second run in the form of Ashes to Ashes, totaling 5 series compared to America's one series.



    America's version of Life on Mars really was a "God awful small afair"... cheesy ending I know, but fitting for the show itself.moreless
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  • PETER CAPALDI IS EXCHANGING WISECRACKS FOR WISE MEN IN AN ADAPTATION OF THE NATIVITY STORY.

    Peter Capaldi lands Nativity role

    • Life on Mars

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    Themes

    issues with authority, light science fiction, multiple universes, extraordinary situations, gender roles