After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?

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 Michael Britten (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Hannah Britten (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Detective Isaiah 'Bird' Freeman (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Rex Britten (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Dr. John Lee (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Tara (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Detective Efrem Vega (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Dr. Judith Evans (13 episodes, 2012)
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 Captain Tricia Harper (9 episodes, 2012)
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 Emma (7 episodes, 2012)
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Drama series about a detective who finds he is leading an arduous double life that defies reality. Following a tragic car accident, detective Michael Britten finds himself awake in two separate realities: one where his teen son, Rex, died in the crash and his wife, Hannah, survived and another where Hannah has perished, leaving Michael and Rex to pick up the pieces. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive, Michael begins living in two dueling realities, churning up confusion. In one reality, Michael and his wife debate having another child, while in the other, his son Rex is turning to his tennis coach, Tara, to fill the void from the loss of his mother. Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman and Detective Efrem Vega. Michael is assigned a different case in each reality and quickly discovers that his dual existence is actually a powerful tool. He begins to solve ... Written by NBC

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Two Dreams. One Reality.


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Each reality has a color scheme in relation to Michael's wife and son's favorite colors. When he is on Hannah's side, the color scheme consists of warmer colors, mainly red. While on Rex's cooler colors, mainly green, are seen. See more »

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Have Been Waiting for This One
16 February 2012 | by (San Diego CA, US) – See all my reviews

Finally we get to see the long awaited pilot of Awake. I loved Jason Isaacs in "The State Within" so I was looking forward to this show. As the tortured main character, Detective Michael Britten, Isaacs is up to the task to show the pain and joy that he experience when going between both worlds, one where his wife survived a crash and his son died and the other where the son survived and his wife died. I enjoyed the back and forth between the two therapists in both worlds, each seemingly trying to convince him that their world was the real one, and the way the criminal cases he investigated unfolded. I'm looking very forward to more of this show!


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