Life on Mars (2008–2009)

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A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. An American remake of the BBC series.

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Series cast summary:
 Detective Sam Tyler (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Detective Ray Carling (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Annie Norris (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Detective Chris Skelton (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Lieutenant Gene Hunt (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Sizable Ted (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
 Detective (12 episodes, 2008-2009)


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

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Život na Marsu  »

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


Green and white street signs can frequently be seen. These colors were not introduced in NYC until the mid-1980s. See more »


Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.6 (2008) See more »

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Life On Mars (needs another season)
1 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Life On Mars: is a fresh and new look back into the 70's...

Great writing,and the cast & crew are superb... This show needs a *SecoundSeason*...... Lets give it a chance...... The show has such a wonderful cast of seasoned actors... Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli, Jason O'Mara, Gretchin Mol, and Jonathan Murphy. Imagine yourself going back in time 30 year's and trying to adjust...How would you deal with it? Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) just can't help but to get confused,but seems to find a way to make it right...way to go Sam. Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) is his hard hitting boss,and I do mean hard hitting,(the nose know's).... Ray Carling (Michael Imperioli) is the wise crack-in bad ass,his one liners,always hit there mark,no one does it better... Annie Norris (Gretchin Mol) has to be the strongest women I know,being called "no nuts" in a room filled with men in the day would freak anyone out ...go Annie! and guys She's cute too!!! Chris Skelton (Joanthan Murphy) is the young-in of the crew,and hanging with these guys could make you get smart fast,"street smart",but watch out he does have some moves of his own,and is learning fast...

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