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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing, dark sci-fi series has language, death.

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Smart, thoughtful, and seeded with compelling ideas about time travel, this show gives off a Black Mirror or Twilight Zone vibe, even though it's clearly a lower-budget affair. There aren't many actors, and there aren't many sets; most of the action takes place in living rooms and offices. Yet the smart plotting and brisk pacing make the action compelling enough that you'll quickly forget all that. Lifeline wins points by jumping right into the action. Viewers will quickly catch on, and they're expected to -- a refreshing approach when all too many sci-fi shows belabor their points.

The notion that time travel only works in one direction -- meaning that if mistakes are made, no one can go back to fix them -- and that agents who make frequent month-plus time jumps will miss out on a lot of life adds a lot of juice to the narrative, alerting viewers that here is a relatively rare beast: a sci-fi show with a lot of thought put into the details. Despite the cheap sets and cruddy special effects, this show intrigues, and it's worth a look -- especially for sci-fi fans.

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