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A present day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s.
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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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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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A modern day cop in a 1973 world. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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ABC

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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 #2.15 (2008) See more »

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Unlike most network TV . . .and well worth a watch
20 October 2008 | by podmartinSee all my reviews

The energetic and entertaining "Life on Mars" is a cop-show tonic for those tired of being CSI-ed five night a weeks. It's managed to craft a very watchable balance of humor and light science fiction in the frame of a traditional 1970's police story, and yet it's backed by some pretty solid acting chops from Harvey Keitel and Jason O'Mara. Yes, it's different from the British series which it takes its inspiration from, but if you can accept the premise, it makes for some pretty solid entertainment. For those of you fearing or thinking this could develop into another "Lost" with multiple incomprehensible story lines, the tenor of the first couple of episodes makes it clear that this show won't get overly weighted down by its time traveling premise.


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