Life on Mars: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)

Season 1
Life on Mars

Critics Consensus

While its script might not live up to the quality of its British predecessor, the American version of Life on Mars does feature some fine acting, subtle satire, and real chemistry between Sam and Lt. Hunt.



Critic Ratings: 25

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Oct 9, 2008
Air date: Oct 16, 2008
Air date: Oct 23, 2008
Air date: Oct 30, 2008
Air date: Nov 6, 2008
Air date: Nov 13, 2008
Air date: Nov 20, 2008
Air date: Jan 28, 2009
Air date: Feb 4, 2009
Air date: Feb 11, 2009
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Jason O'Mara
as Sam Tyler
Harvey Keitel
as Gene Hunt
Michael Imperioli
as Ray Carling
Gretchen Mol
as Annie Norris
Lisa Bonet
as Maya Daniels
Jonathan Murphy
as Chris Skelton
Christopher Backus
as Rodney Slavin
John Cenatiempo
as Sizable Ted
Maggie Siff
as Maria Belanger
Caleb Wallace
as Young Sammy
Laura Benanti
as Denise Carling
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Chief Harry Woolf
Dean Winters
as Vic Tyler
Kevin Kilner
as Dr Richard Olsen
Bill Irwin
as Dr. Schwahn
Mark Linn-Baker
as Lincoln James
Wallace Shawn
as The Sorcerer
Christian Wallace
as Young Sammy
Alexandra Dadario
as Rocket Girl
Robert Creighton
as Little Patrick
Cheyenne Jackson
as Sebastian Grace
Clarke Peters
as Captain Bellow
Emerald Young
as Lullaby Girl
Kerry Bishé
as Eve Flannery
Eric Balfour
as Eddie Carling
Don Puglisi
as Jim Croce
Robert L. Putterman
as Desk Sergeant
Kay Walbye
as Adrienne's Mom
Carleigh Chirico
as Laura Olsen
Whoopi Goldberg
as Brother Lovebutter
Kevin Conway
as Donovan Stamp
Chris Bowers
as Tony Crane
Robert Klein
as Elliot Casso
Joseph McKenna
as Disfigured Man
Brendan Sexton III
as Danny Krasner
Sylvia Miles
as Mrs. Salvaggio
Edi Gathegi
as Fletcher Bellow
Peter Appel
as Demetri Pantos
John D'Leo
as Robbie Reeves
Corey Stoll
as Russell/Detective Ventura
Anne Marie Nest
as Reporter number one
Mark Deklin
as Ronald Harris
Peter Greene
as Jimmy McManus
Tom Hammond
as Reporter number two
Peter Gerety
as Agent Frank Morgan
Lee Tergesen
as Lee Crocker
Michael Aronov
as Yuri Demidov
Armand Schultz
as Councilman Prince
Michael Bertolini
as Colin Raimes
Susan Misner
as Carol Ann Reeves
Lenny Venito
as Nick Profaci
Jesse Perez
as Angel Ramirez
Anselm Richardson
as Sergeant Hoyte
Timothy Adams
as John Philip Fisher
Manoel Felciano
as Bradley Thomas
Scott Adsit
as Dr. Clifford Corsett
Joel Marsh Garland
as Seven Fifty
Quisha Saunders
as Misty/Elena
John Wernke
as Orderly
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Freddy Gerald
Olek Krupa
as Vasilli Lukin
Arnie Burton
as Lawrence Jones
Patrick Noonan
as Dax Benson
Grant Aleksander
as Soap Opera Doctor
Bridget Berger
as Biker Chick
Duke Valenti
as Grizzly
Annie Meisels
as The Bride
Rob Falcone
as Policeman
Antonia Rey
as Latina Woman
Ken Marks
as Scientist
Geoffrey Cantor
as Ed Redlich
Chris Bauer
as Father Tim
Elizabeth Hubbard
as Sam's Soap Opera Mother
Daniel Yelsky
as Lexi Voronin
René Ifrah
as The Groom
Michael Cullen
as Fire Chief Gibney
Mike Russo
as Police Officer #1
Eric Chan
as Chinese Delivery Man
Christopher Backus
as Rodney Slaven
Alicia Minshew
as Soap Opera Nurse
Jaron Farnham
as Crew Cut
Guy Paul
as Willis Ashton
Michael J. Burg
as Truman Capote
Libby George
as Old Lady
Yelana Shmulenson
as Lexi's Mother
Austin Basis
as Willy Kramer
Jessica Maksimov
as Yuri's Daughter
Robert Clohessy
as Frank Wyatt
Chad Hessler
as Crew Cut's friend
Marla Sucharetza
as Mrs. Collins
Billy Devlin
as Bomb Squad Guy
Jeff Wiens
as Ruben Penzler
John O'Creagh
as Drunk Petey
Matthew Backer
as Hippie guy
Del Pentecost
as Carl Stefanski
Brian McCormack
as Unit Commander
Laura Esterman
as Sue Moyer
Joe Toronto
as Officer Priore
Carrie Getman
as Dora Keene
Kevin Henderson
as Uniformed New Jersey Cop
Ramsey Faragallah
as Raimes' Lawyer
Shirley Rumierk
as Marta Ramirez
Nimo Gandhi
as The Maharishi
Malachy McCourt
as The Wizard
Patrick Salerno
as 10-year-old Sammy
Michael H. Bush
as Paramedic
Marc Scrivo
as Hippie #1
Harry Raab Alderson
as 16-year-old Sammy
Greg Butler
as Pipe Bomber/Perp #1
Tom Hatton
as Hippie #2
Aru Banks
as Boy 2
Richard Kain
as Officer Kane
Royce Johnson
as Man in uniform #1
Robert Salerno
as Young Lawrence
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Critic Reviews for Life on Mars Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

The show raises all these questions, and fans of the paranormal will find they're kept open in reasonably interesting ways.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

That's something the UK original had in spades, but somehow that got left on this side of the Atlantic.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

I'd like to think that this was a case of the writers being so frustrated with the cancellation that they were venting their anger at ABC with this stupid ending.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

I knew I liked "Life on Mars" when New York's World Trade Center appeared and I didn't feel like I was supposed to cry.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

In lesser hands, a story like this would be a mess, but executive producers Matthew Graham and Jane Featherstone have a track record of putting out complex series that, against the odds, hook you for the entire season.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It effectively combines elements of science fiction and procedural crime solving in a way that's both mysterious and entertaining.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Harvey Keitel makes a great entrance in Life on Mars. You expect as much, of course, because he's Harvey Keitel.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The new American version moves a little faster, which may sacrifice some of the subtlety of the original, but overall this first episode is a faithful adaptation.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

There certainly were good things--its quirky sense of humor, its winking nods to present-day pop culture...and the charming performance of O'Mara.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Sadly, someone decided we needed a literal cover version of Life On Mars, and we wound up with a shadow of the Brit version.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

One hour of exposure to "Life on Mars" and you might indeed wish time travel were possible -- at least so you could travel back to the beginning of that hour and spend it some other way.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Not only is O'Mara able to carry the drama, but the new cast members are, without exception, well-chosen.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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