Life On Mars

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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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  • They didn't get the joke

    2.0
    What the American producers don't seem to realize is that Life On Mars (UK) was a parody of the hard knuckled British cop shows of the 70's like The Sweeney, lots of shouting, some rough stuff and some very over the top acting. Some serious cop stuff was involved, but it was very much a comedy, the story of two mismatched cops who surprisingly end up working well together. Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler were very likable characters in different ways. The new guys are not very likable Sam Tyler is in a constant state of repressed panic, where John Sims very early on decided to play the character as basically not believing what was going on around him and quickly began to lay back, play along and enjoy the ride (with only occasional moments of panic). Harvey Kaitel is too old and too unlikeable in character to capture the charm of Gene Hunt (who is very much a legend in his own mind--and the minds of his men). If they wanted to Americanize Life on Mars it would have been better to bring to mind some American 70's cop shows like Kojack. The producers seem to have a vague notion of what the 70's were all about, there is a record store scene in the LA pilot where you can see a Kansas album which came out in 1977 just behind Sam and Annie. Colm Meaney was definitely much closer to Gene Hunt in appearance and acting style(although he could have turned him into something larger than life like Gemsler we never get to find out).moreless
  • 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.
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    • Life on Mars

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