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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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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.


Lucy Hale
as Stella
Brooke Lyons
as Elizabeth
Carlos Peña
as Darrius
Riley Smith
as Dr. Grant
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

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

March 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.

March 8, 2018 | Rating: C- | 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.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 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.

March 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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