Life: Season 1 (2007)

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Season 1
Life

Critics Consensus

Life is distinguished by star Damian Lewis' undeniable charisma, but let down by a rote procedural formula and one too many quirks for its Zen protagonist.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 26, 2007
2
Air date: Oct 3, 2007
3
Air date: Oct 10, 2007
4
Air date: Oct 17, 2007
5
Air date: Oct 24, 2007
6
Air date: Oct 31, 2007
7
Air date: Nov 7, 2007
8
Air date: Nov 14, 2007
9
Air date: Nov 28, 2007
10
Air date: Dec 3, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Life Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

Damian Lewis, who uses a flawless American accent, makes Life worth a gander. And he is surrounded by a distinctive cast.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

There is nothing patrician about Mr. Lewis's ruddy, almost dockworker look, but he wears an aristocrat's sense of entitlement with an ease that suits his character perfectly.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Crews' idiosyncrasies are already tired by the end of the first episode.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

I enjoyed it, even in a patience-straining double bill. But it's frustrating to see an actor as good as Lewis getting mixed up in such patent tosh.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Essentially, if you add up his quirks you have the character. And if you plug those quirks into an otherwise formulaic police procedural you have the show.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Rand Ravich and David Semel have breathed fresh life into the common-sounding concept of Life. They've done it by concocting interesting mysteries and offbeat characters - and, most of all, by filling Life with one remarkable actor after another.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's all in what Lewis brings to the man beneath the loopiness... It's a bravura performance, and sets Life apart from the police procedural pack. Because without Lewis, Life is a solid if mostly unremarkable program.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Wants to be a character study of what prison does to the wrongfully accused, but it gets bogged down by so many procedural elements that all the character moments get squished and forced out around the edges.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

And yet, even with all these complaints, it's actually not a horrible show. It's just not anything special. If you're looking for yet another procedural, I suppose you could do worse.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Charlie is focused on enjoying the moment, every moment, which helps him gain witnesses' trust and glean suspects' motives. His quirky mannerisms are certainly a gimmick and, while amusing, Charlie isn't a believable character.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Damian Lewis, who plays the quirky, fruit-loving Detective Charlie Crews, simply may not be enough to keep this show on the air.

Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

While one can never count out a decent cop show, Life's main character is so weird he either fascinates you immediately or turns you off; the paint-by-number mystery skews its chances toward the latter feeling.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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