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Life on Mars

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 16
User ratings: 26,602
Average rating: 8.4

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

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Episode #1.1
A DCI from 2006 wakes from a car crash in 1973 and must figure out how he got there in order to get back and save his girlfriend.
User ratings: 531
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #1.2
Sam and Gene are at loggerheads when tragedy results from Sam's ethics.
User ratings: 414
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.3
A murder at a factory brings some nostalgia to Sam -- it's where is flat is in the future, and he and Hunt each have a tenner on which is best: Hunt's instincts or Tyler's forensics.
User ratings: 355
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.4
After discovering most of the police force is on the take, Sam must decide how to handle it and figure a way to get DCI Hunt on board. The fact the mob boss is responsible for terrorizing his mother only firms his resolve.
User ratings: 370
Average rating: 8.4
Episode #1.5
The death of a Manchester United fan may send the city into a riot when a City fan is suspected, so Sam, Gene and Annie go undercover at a pub to get clues as to the murderer.
User ratings: 348
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #1.6
A hostage situation becomes increasingly more nerve-wracking for Sam when he discovers the hostage taker's deadline coincides with the time that his life support machine is due to be turned off in 2006. Meanwhile Annie gets sent into the room with the hostage taker, dressed as a nurse, in an attempt to gain information about the situation.
User ratings: 330
Average rating: 8.0
Episode #1.7
Sam believes exposing a dirty cop will make his tests in 2006 show a response, but will the sacrifice of the unit be worth it?
User ratings: 315
Average rating: 8.3
Episode #1.8
Sam's encounter with his father brings back memories and challenges his belief of his purpose for being in 1973.
User ratings: 353
Average rating: 8.7
Episode #2.1
Sam is experiencing visions and pains that suggest that his life is in danger in 2006. At the same time, he runs into the younger version Tony Crane, a twenty-first century killer who Sam helped to convict. Sam comes to believe that Crane has escaped justice in 2006 and has come to wreak revenge on his comatose nemesis by torturing death.
User ratings: 322
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #2.2
Sam receives messages from 2006 saying that his mentor, Glen Fletcher (Ray Emmet Brown) has died. He's shocked to meet a younger version of Fletcher in 1973, especially when he finds that his mentor has not yet grown into the man who he looked up to. Meanwhile, a prisoner's escape triggers Sam's suspicions about crooked dealings within the CID.
User ratings: 290
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #2.3
Manchester is beset with bomb threats that Gene readily pins on the IRA, but Sam's knowledge of history makes him doubt Gene's assertion. However, messages from 2006 and a grave mistake in 1973 are giving Sam reason to question his own judgment.
User ratings: 272
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #2.4
Sam and Annie investigate a world of suburban swingers' parties to investigate a murder.
User ratings: 289
Average rating: 8.2
Episode #2.5
A very ill Sam Tyler has reason to believe that he's been given an overdose of medication in 2006. While struggling with this, he's called into CID to assist with a troubling kidnapping case. With Sam not quite himself, it's up to the rest of the team to solve the case and save the lives of a mother and daughter.
User ratings: 294
Average rating: 8.4
Episode #2.6
Sam hears the voice of his girlfriend Maya (Archie Panjabi) from 2006, asking him to let her go. At the same time, an investigation of the burgeoning Manchester heroin trade leads him to meet an unexpected acquaintance from his twenty first century life.
User ratings: 278
Average rating: 8.1
Episode #2.7
DCI Gene Hunt finds himself on trial for murder and soon all of CID are after him. But DI Sam Tyler believes otherwise. He goes to find his innocence. Even if that means making Gene dress as a road safety squirrel.
User ratings: 280
Average rating: 8.5
Episode #2.8
The CID investigates the murder of a miner, and determine that a cop killer is behind it.
User ratings: 397
Average rating: 8.9
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