Life Sentence: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: Life Sentence avoids asking tough questions about serious issues, settling instead for a cloying sweetness.


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Air date: Mar 7, 2018
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For the last eight years, Stella (Lucy Hale) lived her life to the fullest, due to being diagnosed with terminal cancer. However - after learning she is cured - Stella now has to face all of the consequences of her actions, including marrying Wes (Elliot Knight), someone she barely knows. Plus, Stella comes to find that her own family has been hiding their problems from her. Her parents, Peter (Dylan Walsh) and Ida (Gillian Vigman), have grown bitter towards each other. Meanwhile, her sister Elizabeth (Brooke Lyons) sacrificed her own dreams to take care of Stella; and her brother Aiden (Jayson Blair) is still living above the garage and seems stuck in life.

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Critic Reviews for Life Sentence Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Life Sentence has an off-putting preciousness to it while grinding through one "crisis" after another.

Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Life Sentence picks one of the least dramatically satisfying paths, one that doesn't leave room for much truth either.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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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.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the cliches, Brooke Lyons and Jayson Blair are instantly appealing.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The relentless cheer can be annoying, but Hale's charms, and the appeal of the wider cast mostly smooths it over.

Mar 7, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Can a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for "Life Sentence"...

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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