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Life on Mars
Life on Mars (2008 TV series)
Title: Life on Mars
Format: Live-action
Running time: 60 min.
country: USA
Network: ABC
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 17
Production company: 20th Century Fox Television
ABC Studios
Executive producers: Josh Appelbaum; Jane Featherstone; Stephen Garrett; Michael Katleman; André Nemec; Scott Rosenberg; David Wilcox
Producers: Jane Raab; Adele Kim; Paul Rabwin; Becky Hartman Edwards
Principal cast: Jason O'Mara; Michael Imperioli; Gretchen Mol; Jonathan Murphy; Harvey Keitel
Air dates
First aired: October 9th, 2008
Last aired: April 1st, 2009

Life on Mars is an American television program that blends elements of a standard police procedural with science fiction. It is a remake of the British television series Life on Mars, which aired on BBC One from January, 2006 to April, 2007. The U.S. series was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios and aired for a single season, totaling seventeen episodes plus an unaired pilot rom October, 2008 to April, 2009. The show starred Jason O'Mara as Sam Tyler, Michael Imperioli as Ray Carling, Gretchen Mol as Annie "No Nuts" Norris, Jonathan Murphy as Chris Skelton and Harvey Keitel as Gene Hunt.

The premise of the show focused on New York City police detective Sam Tyler, who finds himself the victim of an automobile collision that appears to transport him back in time to the year 1973 where he now works for the 125th precinct. Both the character and the viewer are left guessing as to whether Sam actually travels backwards through time, or is perhaps suffering from a coma dream, or if he is just insane. The series finale, "Life Is a Rock", brings closure to all of the show's plot threads.

Cast Edit

Principal cast Edit

Actor Role
Jason O'Mara Detective Sam Tyler
Michael Imperioli Detective Ray Carling
Gretchen Mol Annie "No Nuts" Norris
Jonathan Murphy Detective Chris Skelton
Harvey Keitel Lieutenant Gene Hunt

Supporting cast Edit

Actor Role
Lisa Bonet Maya Daniels
Tanya Fischer Windy
John Cenatiempo Sizable Ted
Jennifer Ferrin Ruth Tyler
Caleb Wallace Young Sam Tyler
Emerald-Angel Young Keisha
Dean Winters Vic Tyler

Episodes Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x01 Out Here in the Fields October 9th, 2008
1x02 The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler October 16th, 2008
1x03 My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi October 23rd, 2008
1x04 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows? October 30th, 2008
1x05 Things to Do In New York When You Think You're Dead November 6th, 2008
1x06 Tuesday's Dead November 13th, 2008
1x07 The Man Who Sold the World November 20th, 2008
1x08 Take a Look at the Lawmen January 28th, 2009
1x09 The Dark Side of the Mook February 4th, 2009
1x10 Let All the Children Boogie February 11th, 2009
1x11 Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster February 18th, 2009
1x12 The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All February 25th, 2009
1x13 Revenge of Broken Jaw March 4th, 2009
1x14 Coffee, Tea or Annie March 11th, 2009
1x15 All the Young Dudes March 18th, 2009
1x16 Everyone Knows It's Windy March 25th, 2009
1x17 Life Is a Rock April 1st, 2009

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The U.S. version of Life on Mars was created by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Scott Rosenberg based on concepts originally developed by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharaoh.
  • Life on Mars aired on Wednesday evenings at 10:00 pm (EST) on ABC.
  • The title of the program is taken from the 1971 song "Life on Mars?" by artist David Bowie, which was first released as a single and also appeared on the album Hunky Dory.
  • All episodes of the series were released on the Life on Mars: The Complete Series DVD collection, which was released by ABC Studios on September 29th, 2009. Episodes of the series have also been made available on Netflix instant streaming.
  • The original unaired pilot movie as the title "Hit and Run".
  • Many of the episode titles for the series are taken from notable pop culture references of the 1970s - mostly songs, lyrics or albums. For example, the pilot episode, 'Out Here in the Fields" is originally a lyric from the song "Teenage Wasteland" by The Who. "Dark Side of the Moon" is the title track and to the 1973 album of the same name by Pink Floyd.

Awards Edit

  • Life on Mars was nominated for a Saturn Award in 2008 for the Categories of Best Television Series (Drama) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series for Harvey Keitel. The show was nominated again in 2009 for a Saturn Award for the category of Best Network Television Series.
  • Episode 1x03, "My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi", was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for the category of Outstanding Individual Episode.
  • Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the pilot episode of the series, "Out Here In The Fields", in 2009.

See also Edit


U.K. Series

U.S. Series

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