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Life on Mars (U.S.)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intriguing remake of UK time-travel/cop show.

TV ABC Drama 2008
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Intriguing and funny

I really enjoy watching this show because it involves topics and ideas that would seem completely ludicrous now, but were acceptable in the times, which makes you think about how the world and society are changing. I like how the overall story has arched up to this point and am glad each episode does a bit to incorporate it while adding depth to the characters and tying up loose ends, just to add others. Some of the language can be a bit strong for younger viewers, but the concept and execution of the story are great!

Is It Any Good?

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While this remake of the original award-winning British series doesn't have the same sophistication and subtle humor as its predecessor, it succeeds in capturing the original show's overall spirit. It effectively combines elements of science fiction and procedural crime solving in a way that's both mysterious and entertaining. Adding to the fun are the constant '70s references, including popular crime shows like Kojak and songs from a variety of '70s performers.

Not surprisingly, the show highlights some of the issues raised by the era's cultural revolution and features some of the attitudes and behaviors that were typical of that time period. While some of the more negative aspects of the time -- like institutionalized sexism, racism, and unchecked police violence -- are introduced within the context of the time (and usually to Tyler's dismay), they aren't very positive messages. Teens who watch may benefit from a discussion about what was socially acceptable then and why some of these behaviors are no longer viewed as politically (or legally) correct. But that aside, it's fair to say that this series is a great pick for viewers who enjoy a little intrigue mixed into their detective shows.

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