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Life on Mars 

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A present day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Jason O'Mara ...  Detective Sam Tyler 17 episodes, 2008-2009
Michael Imperioli ...  Detective Ray Carling 17 episodes, 2008-2009
Gretchen Mol ...  Annie Norris 17 episodes, 2008-2009
Jonathan Murphy ...  Detective Chris Skelton 17 episodes, 2008-2009
Harvey Keitel ...  Lieutenant Gene Hunt 17 episodes, 2008-2009
John Cenatiempo ...  Sizable Ted 13 episodes, 2008-2009
Dominick Mancino ...  Detective 12 episodes, 2008-2009
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Storyline

Sam Tyler is a police detective in 2008 when he gets struck by a car and is knocked unconscious. When he comes to and finds himself in 1973 he goes to his precinct and is mistaken for a transfer from another precinct. He finds himself trying to do things a little differently from what he is used to. And he tries to figure out why he is in 1973. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Back in the nick of time See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English

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2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Život na Marsu See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The original BBC series took its name from the David Bowie song, "Life on Mars". See more »

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The type of rifle that is in Sam's hands when it is kicked by his Dad changes. When he places it down when he goes to talk to his younger version on the boat it looks like a Ruger Mini 30. When he picks it up a minute later it has changed into a Ak-47 or SKS type of rifle, which is then kicked by his Dad and it seems to go over the side of the boat. That is a less expensive type of rifle, which may be why it was the one tossed into the water. See more »

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Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.5 (2008) See more »

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Sci-Fi and 1973
10 November 2008 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

Who can resist checking out a new series with a time-travel aspect? I couldn't - so I watched. The pilot was pretty good. The stories, however, looked as if they would get tiresome since he's perpetually in 1973. Fortunately, the show's developers leave a little hook at the end of each episode where he's flashing forward to the present time. What they they are going to do with it is unknown, but it keeps me interested and watching.

If you haven't seen the show, it's about a present-day police officer who is severely hit by a car while investing a crime. He wakes up as a police officer in 1973 and, in every episode, tries to figure out what happened and what he needs to do to get back.

After a slightly shaky start, the series is holding up. The constant references to what life was like in 1973 (esp. things we take for granted) keeps it interesting - but it's Jason O'Mara (who plays the lead character) who holds the show together. His style of skepticism, seriousness and conflict (1973 values vs. modern values) is really great to watch.

There are some similarities to Journeyman from NBC, but let's hope this one sticks around.


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