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Life 2 Seasons 2007

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (136) IMDb 8.2/10

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. In Season One, 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.

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Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi

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1. Merit Badge

After spending twelve years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Charlie Crews rejoins the force with a shiny new Detective badge. Crews, accompanied by his new partner Dani Reese, works to solve the inexplicable murder of a young boy. Crews' unconventional tactics put Reese on edge causing both Reese and Lt. Karen Davis to question his motives for rejoining the force.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 26 September 2007
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2. Tear Asunder

Detective Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) and Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi) search for the killer of a newlywed bride. The bride's husband is the number one suspect, however, despite the evidence stacking up against him, Crews has a gut feeling the husband is innocent.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 3 October 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. The husband refuses to ID the suspect allowing him to walk free. Confused by this, Crews and Reese work to figure out what the husband is hiding.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 10 October 2007
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4. What They Saw

When one man ends up dead in his own home, the hunt is on to find his killer. Crews then stumbles upon a homeless man who had several of the dead man's personal belongings on him. The homeless man, who swears he's innocent, is taken into custody as a precaution and Crews and Reese continue to search as their investigation leads them to the neighbours.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: 17 October 2007
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5. The Fallen Woman

When a woman wearing angel wings falls to her death, Detective Charlie Crews and Danni Reese must figure out if she was pushed or if she jumped. After interviewing a long line of witnesses about the fallen angel, they come across Jasper Williams who claims to be the angel's husband. Jasper reveals his wife was part of a Russian scam targeting American men who marry Russian brides.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 24 October 2007
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6. Powerless

While attending one of her AA meetings, Dani Reese thinks she hears a fellow attendee confess to rape. Unable to let go of this information, and despite Crews' advice to drop it, Reese becomes preoccupied with getting this individual to confess. Her persistence puts her face to face with a very dangerous man in a life threatening standoff.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 31 October 2007
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7. A Civil War

When two Persian Americans are killed and a third is kidnapped, Detective Charlie Crews and Dani Reese believe they have a hate crime on their hands. They race to meet the kidnappers' demands before it's too late. What unfolds is a complicated scheme involving drugs, money and ultimately a young man's desperate attempt to win his mother's affection.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 7 November 2007
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8. Farthingale

When a gas explosion vaporizes half a man's torso, Charlie Crews and Dani Reese work to figure out if the explosion was an accident or arson. Their investigation reveals the man with half a torso was an IRS agent living a complex life complete with two careers and two wives.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 14 November 2007
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9. Serious Control Issues

When a runaway girl is found dead underneath a freeway overpass, Detective Charlie Crews and Dani Reese are struck by the death scene. The girl is discovered sitting upright, clutching a guitar with her throat slit. Crews and Reese are able to figure out the girl used to play her guitar outside a grocery store nearby.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 28 November 2007
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10. Dig A Hole

Charlie Crews and Dani Reese track the killer of a Zen Master who was buried alive ten years prior. After interviewing the Zen Master's former students, Crews and Reese find out this Zen Master's life was anything but tranquil.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: 3 December 2007
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11. Fill It Up

Charlie Crews and Dani Reese arrive on the scene shortly after a wife has shot and killed her husband. A search of their apartment reveals an ample amount of illegal narcotics but no murder weapon. Amidst the search, Crews asks Reese to cover for him saying he has something he needs to deal with.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 5 December 2007
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Damian Lewis, one of Britain's hottest stars (both professionally and physically), is in a new American TV show called "Life". Here he plays Charlie Crews, a cop who was mistakenly convicted of a violent multiple murder and sent to prison for life. After 12 years behind bars, they found out that the DNA at the scene proved him innocent and was released. Even though the state financially compensated him for this wrongful conviction, Charlie goes back to work on the beat, but he's a very changed man, indeed. What's more, aside from his day job, he's also trying to find out who the real murderer was - because the people who were killed were close friends of his.

This very plausible back-story is great fodder for mystery, thrills and no small measure of comedy as well. Understanding that the best way to figure out the real murderer of his friends, is to hunt them down from the inside out, so going back to work makes perfect sense. Like most crime drama shows, this takes one case per episode which also parallels something in one of the main character's personal lives. What makes this special is (partially) the ongoing thread of Charlie's personal investigation when he's off the clock. In each episode we not only get to see a crime solved, but also get another tiny piece to the larger puzzle - making this a very cohesive series indeed.

The other thing that makes this unique is watching how Charlie readjusts to living outside prison after 12 years inside. There are little things like catching up on new technology, or his dislike of fences and his deep appreciation for fresh fruit. But it's more than just that, as we also see the ex-con mentality of hating the penal system and police, combined with the fact that he's one of the people those 12 years taught him to despise.
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A cop series with a difference.

Damian Lewis(who starred in Band of Brothers)plays Detective Charlie Crews. A cop wrongly convicted and after spending 12 years in jail, he is back. Not just back, but financially compensated and promoted to detective.

Like all the good recent dramas there is a thread running through each series that slowly gets revealed. Who set him up? While he is trying to work this out he continues his day job, and enjoys his wealthy bachelor lifestyle.

The series is original, involving, and well acted. If you liked Dexter you will enjoy this.
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I don't know why I bother!

I try to avoid getting invested in new series as I don't like the idea of being hooked to my couch for another hour per week. But, every now and then I'll catch something or be told about something that peaks my interest.

As there has been a lot of great American series' lately with British actors in the leading role (House & Lie to me featuring highly on that list) I decided to check out another - Life.

I won't go into the ins and outs of the story, there are plenty of reviews already on that. But, I will point out that, after the grit of the aforementioned House & Lie to me it took me a few episodes to feel this was up to par. But after about the third episode I was leaving each episode desperate to see the next (which is why I always get these things on DVD now or download them now). By the end of season 1 I was completely hooked and had to get a hold of season 2.

Getting to the end of that my wife and I were both keen to find out when season 3 was going to be coming out only to find to our horror that NBC have cancelled it!

Apparently they are focusing more on the 'reality TV' genre. Morons!

So unless another network decides to pick this fantastic series up, I'd suggest it may be worth avoiding if unresolved plots annoy you.

I can't understand these American networks. The last time I got really invested in a series it was Shark. Again, 2 series and cancelled. The thing is, they make these things where the first seasons are fairly well tied up (in a way) but once they get the 2nd they finish the story more confident they will have a third season to run the plot, so cancelling it then is extremely frustrating.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2010
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Fresh out of prison and now back in the force, Charlie Clews has been cleared of the murders that caused his incarceration. Colleagues are wary. Is he truly innocent? Even if so, surely he must be unstable after twelve years amongst vicious criminals who at one time or other broke virtually every bone in his body? Certainly he seems more than a trifle erratic, prone to eating much fruit and spouting enigmatic philosophy. His assigned partner Dani Reese, just out of rehab and anxious to prove she is again up to the job, fears he will prove a hindrance. Others may have greater cause for concern. Charlie has a hidden agenda, exposing the ones responsible for those killings and for framing him. They HAVE to be fellow officers.

The stage is thus set for eleven episodes and many intriguing cases - that bigamous tax man, for example, with his lower half vaporized; not to mention the woman wearing angel's wings who plummeted onto a car roof.

Damian Lewis is yet another fine British actor thoroughly at home in a major American role. It is a fascinating one too. Charlie's prison experiences have caused him to delve deeply into himself, he now with great insight - skilled at seeing beyond the facade. Head gently tilting sideways, he gazes through eyes - right into the soul. He also has many highly useful extra contacts, invaluable for helping to cut a corner or two. Best mate is fellow ex-convict Ted Earley (Adam Arkin), finance his speciality. Ideal, for somehow money seems behind those murders so many years ago. The trail goes back to an earlier bank raid where several were shot dead and eighteen million dollars were stolen. There IS a connection and Charlie WILL find it.

Admittedly the series has its creaky moments.
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