What is Life on Mars?

The title makes it sound like some kind of sci-fi space saga set on the planet Mars, but that’s not the case. It’s actually a time traveling cop show (yes, you heard me right) that will be showing up on ABC later this year, and is a remake of a British TV show of the same name. The premise: A cop from the present day is mysteriously transported back to the 1970s after a car accident; he ends up doing the same thing, working as a cop, only in the past. But wait, that’s not all — it’s also from the prolific TV creator David E. Kelley (Boston Public, Boston Legal, just to name a few).

The BBC original (pictured, below) starred John Simm as Sam Tyler, the cop who gets into an accident. Here’s how IMDB.com describes the original show’s premise:

After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler (Simm) wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of ‘Sweeney’ type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

If the remake has Sam Tyler being the hero again, it’ll star Jason O’Mara (pictured, top), las seen on Grey’s Anatomy and Men in Trees, as well as the movies “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “Marlowe”. It will co-star Rachelle Lefevre and Colm Meaney as fellow detectives, and Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen, Lenny Clarke, Chelsea Connell, Doug Scott Kramer, and Abby Eiland.

ABC has the show scheduled to make its bow in the Fall.

Life on Mars on the BBC

  • David Thomas

    I have watched the BBC version. The Sci-fi element is very minimal.

    The more interesting aspect is the juxtaposition of a modern day enlightened cop having to work in the shovenist brutal cop environment of 1975.

    Fun to watch but not for the Sci-fi

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