Life On Mars: The Complete Collection (U.K.)
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"Not your mother’s procedural drama" --Entertainment Weekly
"Intelligently entertaining" --USA Today
Seen on BBC America
"An intoxicating treat" --Variety
"One of the best TV series ever made" --San Francisco Chronicle
Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm, State of Play, Doctor Who) wakes up in 1973, where he’s the newest member of his old police squad. Sam’s respect for proper procedure and 21st-century mentality clash mightily with his bullying boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister, Cranford). Still, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world, despite hearing strange voices that call him back to his former life. When he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White, The Fixer), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?
Winner of two International Emmys® for best drama series, Life on Mars is "an entertaining collision of bare-knuckled police-procedural realism and mind-blowing surrealism" (TV Guide), acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
Audio commentaries for all Series 1 episodes
Take a Look at the Lawman documentary (64 min.)
Interview clip with director Bharat Nalluri (3 min.)
The Music of Life on Mars featurette (14 min.)
Get Sykes production design featurette (8 min.)
Outtakes reel (6 min.)
The Return of Life on Mars documentary (45 min.)
Series 2 behind-the-scenes footage and set tour (48 min.)
The End of Life on Mars featurette (28 min.)
Top customer reviews
There isn't a bad episode or a dull moment in "Life on Mars", and trying to work out its complex skeleton is gripping at all times. There are occasionally details that don't pay off, but when a program is as entertaining as this, it's best to be forgiving. If I have a single criticism it is related to the ending, which to me was unduly prolonged and ultimately disappointing. Regardless, I promise you'll enjoy the journey that takes you there.
Beyond being a psychological and philosophical thriller, "Life on Mars" is a compelling study of people, beautifully written and acted throughout. This is a series that makes the viewer think, never able to quite guess what's coming next. In general, top quality English television is more subtle, deeper and less artificial than American television, even when the subject might be viewed as pretentious. "Life on Mars" is an example of this finesse at its best.
I highly recommend the show for viewers who are not easily confused and who don't get so frustrated by being unable to suss out what's going on at all times that they turn it off. This is ultimately an uplifting, beautiful series -- one of the best I've ever had the pleasure to enjoy.
I won't go into a long winded IMDB breakdown of the entire cast or every episode. Suffice to say that if you like cop series (especially the "kick down the doors & rough up the bad guys" type with a little mystery added in you'll love this.
The ending (without giving away any details) is heartbreaking & joyously fulfiling at the same time. It is one of the best I've seen in a long time.
The nice thing about only 2 series is that the show never gets too bogged down & the mystery angle isn't artificially dragged out.
It's great fun to watch all the characters try to figure each other out and seeing how they all interact. I deliberately did not find out how the show ends, so I know I'll be surprised at exactly how it does end.
Great humor in the show. And the music! You'll want to watch it over and over again just for the period music and themes.
Most recent customer reviews
This is the worst piece of crap I've ever suffered thru. Bad story, bad acting, bad everything.