Life 2 Seasons 2007

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Season 1
(1,017) IMDb 7.9/10

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When Danni Reese witnesses what she thinks is a confession to rape she takes action -- While attending one of her AA meetings, Danni Reese (Sarah Shahi) thinks she hears a fellow attendee confess to rape. Unable to let go of this information, and despite Crews' (Damian Lewis) advice to drop it, Reese becomes preoccupied with getting this individual to confess.

Starring:
Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
October 31, 2007

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director John Dahl
Starring Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
Supporting actors Robin Weigert, Brent Sexton, Adam Arkin, Jeffrey Pierce, Deborah Ann Woll, Benjamín Benítez, Dale Dickey, Doug McKeon, Kent Faulcon, Rob Brownstein, James Moses Black, Harry Karp, James Howell, Jamie Anderson, Julia Flint, Jesse Escochea, Julia Sanford, Jeff Staron
Network NBC
Executive Producer Laurie Arent
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Great show, solid acting, and very intriguing story line and good well rounded characters.
Montgomery D. Bonner
So instead of backing the show, putting their faith behind it, they just canned it like everything else that's good.
SeaGoddess2403
The characters and the story lines have a nice twist that keeps you interested and entertained.
Phyllisoboyle

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2008
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Prison changes a man, and it certainly changed former LAPD police officer Charlie Crews. From 1995 to 2007 he served hard time for murders he didn't commit. When DNA evidence surfaces proving his innocence, Crews is released and reinstated in the force (he also lands some serious settlement money). Now Detective Crews finds himself working with a new partner even as he covertly seeks answers to what the hell happened.

LIFE looks to be a very promising cop detective show, and not because the mysteries themselves are dynamite stuff or anything. No, the viewing addiction lies in watching the lead actor work his craft. Britisher Damian Lewis is simply fabulous as the wounded, brooding protagonist, trying to piece his life back together. It's fun watching Crews apply his askewed perspective on his cases. I'm normally not a fan of folks who sling zen about, but Lewis makes it such a quirky and integral part of his character. And if it's a loose cannon with an agenda slinging that zen, all the better. After all, zen helped Crews survive the penitentiary. I also like the little touches which remind us that Crews is still coping with his new found freedom, whether it's his habit of munching on fresh fruit (they never have fresh fruit in prison) or his preference for light and open air or the fact that he still doesn't have furniture in his home.

Lewis's supporting cast is so-so. I do enjoy Sarah Shahi, who's a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. She plays the no-nonsense Dani Reese, Crews' new partner and not ecstatic about it. It's true that her character tends to fall in the generic character-saddled-with-demons category, so, yeah, nothing new from that angle.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By R. Weeda on December 13, 2007
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The show started off a little shaky, seeming not to know what its balance between procedural and character drama should be. But, considering the characters have all been fantastic from the start, the more recent turn in that direction is very smart. Damian Lewis has always been a talented actor, but this is one of his most riveting performances ever. I've never seen a character like Charlie Crews, and now I'm dying to see more of him. As he gets deeper into the conspiracy to frame him, all the little layers are getting pulled back. I sincerely hope NBC realizes what a gem they have here and starts giving it better promotions.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SeaGoddess2403 on February 27, 2010
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I have run out of words for the utter disgust I feel towards the NBC network. They really, REALLY screwed up by canceling this INCREDIBLE show called Life.

The peacock network has a habit of arrogantly canceling shows long before their time. They do away with quality programming for lesser quality shows that cost them pennies to produce. All they care about is the bottom line. If it's too expensive, too smart or high quality, you can forget about it having a long life on this networkk.

It started with Surface. Remember the wonderfully creative show about oceanographers back in 2005/2006? If not, it's no wonder. They cancelled that after one season. Just one. They didn't bother to look beyond the numbers. If they had, they would have seen a very large fan base of loyal viewers. Surface went on to be one of the best selling TV series on DVD, still being steadily purchased almost 4 years later.

And now we have Life. A show that was so unique, so intelligent, so funny, so high quality, so well scripted and acted that it's unlike any other show I've seen. Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi & Adam Arkin were unbelievable in bringing deep, sensitive, complex characters to life. Sure, NBC gave Life two seasons, but wasn't fair to it when it was on. Like another reviewer mentioned, they bounced it all around the schedule like a rubber ball. They didn't promote it; I barely saw commercials when it was on. So instead of backing the show, putting their faith behind it, they just canned it like everything else that's good. Didn't even think twice. All for that so-brilliant idea of putting Leno on at 10 (robbing 5 shows a spot in prime time). What a great business move, guys!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dlfan123 on June 1, 2008
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Life is the best new television series that I've seen in years. The stories are well-written and beautifully-filmed and the characters are engaging. Damian Lewis is mesmerizing as Charlie Crews and the chemistry among all the cast members is terrific. The language is funny and smart and the music is great. I'm thrilled that NBC has renewed this wonderful series and I am looking forward to the season one DVD in September and new programs in October, 2008.
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85 of 109 people found the following review helpful By fred on August 22, 2008
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I LOVE this show, it was the best new series of the season, and I fell in love with everything it is. It looks at first like another cop drama with a twist, but that description couldn't be more further from the truth.

LIFE is great, funny, light, intelligent, serious, dark, it's got it all, the writing is awesome, so many terrific lines/one-liner that are just brilliant, directing, acting, music selection, it's a masterpiece of art!

BUT : I have not and will not buy the DVDs, and I recommend against it, because NBC screw things up and IT IS NOT THE ORIGINAL MUSIC !!!

The replaced the music everywhere by some other songs, and it's far from being anywhere near as good as it originally was!!

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No way I buy DVDs like that, that's not the show I watched, love, and want to watch over & over again, not like that. NBC, you just lost a customer.
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