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Life on Mars UK - S01E01

Drama . Crime . Mystery

DCI Sam Tyler, in pursuit of a serial killer, is knocked unconscious by a car and wakes up in 1973, where he is a newly-transferred detective inspector working at the same station. Initially refusing to accept his situation, he finds it difficult to adjust to the attitudes and technology of the day. Investigating a murder in 1973, he recognizes a possible connection to events in the present day.

Episode Title: Episode 1
Airs: 2006-01-9 at 09:00 pm
  • Brian Lowry

    "Life on Mars" has the makings of an intoxicating treat, proving how far a little atmosphere can go in breathing life into a format that occasionally appears close to flatlining.

    Variety Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Plain wonderful.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The show is exceptionally well made from top to bottom and pulls you in and pulls you along, owing not least to a host of terrific performances.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    It’s an ambitious and ever-shifting examination of the lack of foresight in a culture addicted to rapid change.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Don’t mistake the slick-but-not-stupid Life on Mars for brain-bending sci-fi or Austin Powers-style farce. Aside from the psychological stress of its star... this is actually at heart an old-school cops-and-robbers show, with that dash of Twilight Zone to give it 21st-century cachet.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jennifer Armstrong

    It's Quantum Leap meets The Streets of San Francisco--with narry a C, S, or I in sight. [28 Jul 2006, p.56]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Surreal and harrowing.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review