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Life on Mars UK - S01E08

Drama . Crime . Mystery

Sam encounters his parents again in 1973; he believes that if he keeps his father from running away he will be awoken from his apparent coma. The closer he gets to apprehending his father, the more he hears sounds that tell him he's close to waking up. However, rather than traumatizing his family more by arresting his father, he instead lets him run away. Flashbacks throughout the entire series are revealed to have been from young Sam's memories of this incident.

Episode Title: Episode 8
Airs: 2006-02-27 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