Life Sentence: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1
Life Sentence

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 187
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Air date: Mar 7, 2018
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Air date: Apr 4, 2018
Air date: Apr 27, 2018
Air date: May 4, 2018
Air date: May 11, 2018
Air date: May 18, 2018
Air date: May 25, 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Life Sentence: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jul 16, 2018
    Please bring this show back!!!!
  • Jul 14, 2018
    This show is amazing! It shows the real struggles of a girl who? was sick as a child and is learning how to grow up after being healed of her illness. This story is very personal to me and I would love for a season2!

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