Life on Mars

Life on Mars

Series 1

DVD - 2009
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After a car accident, modern-day police detective Sam Tyler wakes up to find he has been transported to 1973. Is he crazy, in a coma, or back in time? He must solve crimes using low-tech, highly aggressive 1970s methods, butt heads with his boss, and find time for a possible romance with policewoman Annie.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2009]
ISBN: 9786312991632
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572 LIFE SERIES1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 466 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 01, 2018

loved this series looking forward to watching the rest

Apr 28, 2018

I like the combination of "time travel" with police drama. The 70's are shown through the cultural and procedural differences, the music, fashion, cars and technology. I am looking forward to what they do in season 2.

Apr 16, 2018

Just discovered this gem of a TV series...
My husband lived in Britain in the 1970's and really enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the times.... especially the cars!
Who knew Ford Granadas were so popular? Plus, we are reminded how poor & down trodden England was in the 1970's. Factories closing & worker unrest, etc. Not to mention the rampant sexism and racism.
A good solid cop show complete with a time travel twist and some humor.
Sorry that there are only two seasons....
however, it is refreshing to see a show that does not run on too long.

Jul 20, 2017

Whomever created this series was really thinking outside the box. Drama, humor, sci-fi, and action all rolled into a unique story line. Very enjoyable.

Jan 10, 2017

Can't believe I waited so long to check this one out. Incredible acting, fun storyline, and a great overall drama. Would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a fun show to binge watch on a rainy afternoon.

Nov 02, 2016

John Simm does a phenomenal job in this show. I enjoyed the way the show keeps you guessing up to the end about what is actually going on with his character.

Aug 20, 2016

Binge worthy. I have list of other binge worthy UK TV series at

Aug 05, 2016

Keeping the storyline open and full of questions keeps this series alive and allows the many writers / directors much freedom to create original content.

Dark comedy, crime / mystery, drama, possible sci-fi..

Stellar dialogue, wit, intelligence, acting, stories, themes, cinematography, as expected from the British.

Characters believable, multidimentional, evolve with ephisodes.

Entertaining in every way: visual, intellectual, action, etc.

Filled with common universal themes: Life, death, love, loss, fear, integrity, violence, passion, focus, teamwork, morals, values, crime, corruption, power, doing things "by the book" (law and order) , doing your best..

I could go on and on.

Well worth watching bonus interviews, commentaries, and deleted scenes to better understand the process of story telling in this series.

Excelelnce in all aspects of the creatve process.

Mar 19, 2016

The beauty of this show is that it's not your usual any-genre thing. There's the fun buddy cop aspects, which are subtly subverted at times, and lampooned at times. There's a mystery (time travel? coma? the first season leans heavily toward one, but the second season plays more with the other, and the conclusion is pretty much perfect). There's the social commentary regarding justice and personal power- where's the line between good cops and bad cops? And the background....fantastic music from the period, and you'll swear it was shot in 1973. The hair, the clothes, the makeup, the sets (interior and exterior), the props, even some of the camera angles and tricks. I was blown away by the layers of this series and how fun, and intelligent, it is.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 16, 2015

If you are running low on high-quality British detective shows, this one is for you! Time travel, super acting, interesting characters, smart dialog, and great soundtrack. Love, love love the writing on this this.

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Jan 10, 2017

Sexual Content: Sexual content is mostly suggestive, except for one instance of very brief nudity.

Jan 10, 2017

Violence: Mild violence throughout, mostly people punching each other a few gunshots. Nothing to graphic.

Jan 10, 2017

Coarse Language: Very mild language, typical British slang that may be deemed worse than they are to Americans.


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Jan 10, 2017

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Jan 10, 2017

A DCI from 2006 wakes from a car crash in 1973 and must figure out how he got there in order to get back and save his girlfriend.


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Jan 10, 2017

Sam Tyler: I need you to connect me to a Virgin number. A Virgin mobile...
Operator: Don't you start that sexy business with me, young man, I can trace this call.

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