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Life Sentence has an off-putting preciousness to it while grinding through one "crisis" after another.
Life Sentence picks one of the least dramatically satisfying paths, one that doesn't leave room for much truth either.
Life Sentence comes from that vein of CW shows that echo programming from the old WB, sentimental and amusing dramedies that generally haven't succeeded.
The relentless cheer can be annoying, but Hale's charms, and the appeal of the wider cast mostly smooths it over.
It is a witty show full of attractive, well-spoken people that manages to be a feel-good series even as it remains skeptical about its being a feel-good series. It has it both ways, all the way.
It's reluctant to go for the big, complicated, messy emotions without reflexively softening the hard edges, and trying to make everything and everyone onscreen seem as adorable and harmless as possible.
Life Sentence only seems to want to laugh at life's propensity for head-kicking. That, in turn, makes the series' investigation of second chances overly saccharine. And that feels like a disservice to the cast, which is really quite enjoyable.
Despite the cliches, Brooke Lyons and Jayson Blair are instantly appealing.
You can see why the CW was intrigued by this setup from show creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith: Girl escapes death and lives not-so-happily ever after. Hale is a winning presence, all wide eyes and cute Peter Pan collars.
Life's humor is cringey, its dramatic moments rarely authentic. I'm hard pressed to think of another show in recent memory that gave you so little reason to tune in the following week.
Can a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for "Life Sentence"...
Audience Reviews for Life Sentence: Season 1
Oct 16, 2020This was an enjoyable show and had potential. It's a shame it was canceled.
Aug 03, 2020Poor Lucy Hale. She just can't find a tv show worthy of her. She is the only thing that works in this unfunny mess.
Mar 13, 2019This is the most AMAZING show ever, it changed my life. It inspired me to move on with the wonderful things of my life and not just the bad. It inspired me be positive and never lose hope even when things are bad. I am incredibly sad and disappointed that it was cancelled and I am extremely hopeful that The CW will start it again. Please!!!!!!!!
Feb 24, 2019SPOILERS*** Sad to hear it was cancelled. I binged the first season on Netflix and wanted to watch Stellaï¿½Â?Â?s journey as a single woman getting to know herself/come into her own. I identify so much with that storyline and really think thatï¿½Â?Â?s a narrative 18-40 yo women couldï¿½Â?Â?ve used. Plus, the parentsï¿½Â?Â? story is something the 40+ demo could use, as well as entertaining for everyone else. I wish Netflix had picked it up for season 2. Itï¿½Â?Â?s still worth a watch as a stand-alone season, though.
Oct 01, 2018Sad to see this one cancelled. The show wasn't perfect but had many things going for it. Hopefully Netflix can pick it up and heal her once again.
Sep 24, 2018This show has helped me through a really tough time. I hate to hear that it won't be renewed. Maybe in the future someone will realize the full potential this show has to thrive.
Aug 15, 2018I love the show so much and I really don't understand why it got such bad reviews. This show kind of reminds me of my all time favorite show, Glee. I really enjoyed it. 5 stars.
Jul 23, 2018Endearing and precious, great messages for young women and a good reminder of how we ought to live each day to the fullest.
Jul 21, 2018While a little cheesy at times, very enjoyable and hits topics that can be challenging.
Jul 19, 2018Love this show. Enjoyable. Characters are warm and you can relate to them.