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Life 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,090) IMDb 8.3/10

Detective Charlie Crews was framed, convicted and cleared for a crime he didn't commit. Twelve years of hard time have given him a unique philosophy on life and criminal investigation. Now he's readjusting to a world that's moved on without him, returning to a job he loves with an intense determination to solve the ultimate case: his own.

Starring:
Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

After spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Charlie Crews rejoins the force with a shiny new Detective badge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 26, 2007
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2. Tear Asunder

Newlywed bride killed the evening of her wedding – Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) search for the killer of a newlywed bride.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 3, 2007
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3. Let Her Go

Crews and Reese investigate a standard carjacking homicide involving a husband and wife. The case seems like a slam-dunk until they ask the husband to ID the suspected killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 10, 2007
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4. What They Saw

A bizarre set of circumstances binds four people together in a situation that takes friendly neighbors to the extreme.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 17, 2007
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5. The Fallen Woman

When a woman wearing angel wings falls to her death, Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Danni Reese (Sarah Shahi) must figure out if she was pushed or if she jumped.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 24, 2007
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6. Powerless

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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 31, 2007
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7. A Civil War

What seems like a hate crime turns out to be a young man's cry for help -- When two Persian Americans are killed and a third is kidnapped, Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) believe they have a hate crime on their hands.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 7, 2007
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8. Farthingale

A gas explosion vaporizes half a man's body and Charlie Crews becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 14, 2007
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9. Serious Control Issues

When a runaway girl is found dead underneath a freeway overpass, Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Danni Reese (Sarah Shahi) are struck by the death scene.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 28, 2007
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10. Dig a Hole

Mummified body of a Zen Master found ten years after he is buried alive.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: December 3, 2007
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11. Fill it Up

When a wife kills her husband the hunt is on to find the murder weapon.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: December 5, 2007
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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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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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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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This show's strength is in the cast, led by Damian Lewis. He plays his quirky character Charlie Crews with orginality and hilarity. As his partner, Sarah Shahi's Dani Reese is a great foil to Crews and their scenes together can be at once serious and intense, and then laugh-out-loud comical.

The two detectives are relectant partners (mostly on Dani's part), but as the series goes on they become grudging friends, finding that they work better with each other than without. Each episode focuses on two things: a case they must solve, and det. Crews's efforts to figure out who set him up for murder. He is a very rich man as a result of being unfairly incarcerated, but right from the beginning we can see that he has some demons to face. Dani also has her share of personal problems, and while we don't know everything that has brought her to her current emotionally distraught state, the show does reveal bits and pieces of her backstory. Crews makes some headway into his own case, but you'll have watch the show to see what it is.

Crews is such a cool character, and gives "Life" a flair that is often missing from other crime shows. The cases are serious, but det. Crews's...peculiar...personality make this show engaging and a delight to watch. "Life" gets my vote as the most underrated show on the air right now. I can't recommend it enough.
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