Life Sentence: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
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Life Sentence avoids asking tough questions about serious issues, settling instead for a cloying sweetness.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 191

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Air date: Mar 7, 2018

In the premiere, Stella learns that the cancer she thought would kill her has been cured, forcing her to face the consequences of her "live in the moment" decisions. She is also shocked to discover that her family hid their problems from her: Her parents have fallen out of love; her sister gave up her dreams of starting a family to care for her; and her brother deals Adderall to soccer moms.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2018

When the INS unexpectedly shows up to Stella and Wes' apartment to check the legitimacy of their marriage, they realize that they need to defend their marriage or Wes might be deported back to London. Peter and Ida decide to sell the house, but when an offer comes in, Peter hesitates on following through. Stella tries to help Aiden step up to his responsibilities and to stop avoiding reality. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is having writer's block and Stella thinks she has a fix.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2018

As Stella settles into her new volunteer role as patient advocate, she learns that Sadie doesn't have anyone to fight for her. Stella suggests Sadie try the clinical trial that worked for her, but their hopes are dashed when they learn the trial ended. While Wes is babysitting Diego's kids, one of them gets sick, and Ida offers her help. Meanwhile, Aiden pushes his father to have a guy's night out to help him move on from Ida.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2018

When Stella decides to apply for a manager position, she learns another secret about her past, forcing her to figure out what she really wants to do with her life. Knowing they need money, Wes starts secretly working on a project which upsets Stella. With the house sold, Peter and Aiden find themselves in an interesting living situation. Meanwhile, Aiden is ready to take on the responsibility of being a father, but learns some shocking news that changes things.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2018

Stella feels like she and Wes need to get back into a romantic rhythm, but things take a turn when Wes gets a surprise visitor. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Apr 27, 2018

When Stella and Wes agree to always tell each other the truth, it becomes a problem for Wes when it comes to Dr. Grant. Stella helps Aiden get a job at her coffee shop, but she soon begins to notice Aiden is up to something. When Stella reaches out to Wes and her family for help with the situation, they all agree that Aiden needs to figure it out on his own. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego are trying to get things back to normal with the kids.

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Air date: May 4, 2018

With Aiden facing a growing problem, he keeps the faith that Peter will keep him out of trouble. Stella struggles with not telling Aiden the truth about who really tipped of the police. Wes is not happy when he sees Dr. Grant performing at the bar. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego struggle with making the right choice about the twins' academics.

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Air date: May 11, 2018

Stella suddenly finds herself on a road trip with Dr. Grant and Sadie to help get Sadie into a clinical trial. While Stella is away, Wes gets a call from his ex about a job opportunity. Peter and Aiden try to find a new normal between them, and Aiden discovers an unexpected new friend. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego learn that their son is being bullied at school, which brings out a new side of Diego.

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Air date: May 18, 2018

When Stella and Wes start discussing their future, they learn some news that neither expected. After discussing the issue with Lizzie, Stella realizes that she might not be as ready for the future as she thought. Normally a ladies man, Aiden realizes he has unfamiliar feelings for a girl at his community service job which puts him in uncharted waters. Meanwhile, Diego's plan to impress his new boss at brunch turns awkward when both Ida and Peter are interested in her.

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Air date: May 25, 2018

Stella and Wes realize that their issues are bigger than they thought and seek professional help. Aiden starts looking for a job and enlists the help of Wes. Lizzie and Ida begin working together, but it brings up issues that neither anticipated. Meanwhile, Peter's relationship seems to be going well, but he has to make a tough decision about who comes first.

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

Can a series succeed on cuteness alone? If so then there is a life for "Life Sentence"...

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This all might make a passable movie, perhaps on Lifetime. But as a series, its cloying tone had me thinking I'd rather die than subject myself to these flimsy complications on a weekly basis.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life Sentence: Season 1

  • Oct 16, 2020
    This was an enjoyable show and had potential. It's a shame it was canceled.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    Poor 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, 2019
    This 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, 2019
    SPOILERS*** Sad to hear it was cancelled. I binged the first season on Netflix and wanted to watch Stella���s journey as a single woman getting to know herself/come into her own. I identify so much with that storyline and really think that���s a narrative 18-40 yo women could���ve used. Plus, the parents��� 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. It���s still worth a watch as a stand-alone season, though.
  • Oct 01, 2018
    Sad 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, 2018
    This 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, 2018
    I 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, 2018
    Endearing and precious, great messages for young women and a good reminder of how we ought to live each day to the fullest.
  • Jul 21, 2018
    While a little cheesy at times, very enjoyable and hits topics that can be challenging.
  • Jul 19, 2018
    Love this show. Enjoyable. Characters are warm and you can relate to them.

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