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Life on Mars Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

17 Episodes 2008 - 2009

Episode 1

Out Here in the Fields

Thu, Oct 9, 2008 59 mins

In the series opener, NYPD detective Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) is hit by a car in 2008 and wakes up in 1973. There, he works with politically incorrect boss Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) and tough detective Ray Carling (Michael Imperioli) to help find a killer whose case is similar to one he was working on in 2008, all the while trying to figure out how to get home to 2008. Loosely based on the British drama of the same name. Annie Norris: Gretchen Mol.

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Episode 2

The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler

Thu, Oct 16, 2008 60 mins

Sam investigates a series of fatal robberies at check-cashing stores, and evidence points to someone in the squad being involved. June: Heather Matarazzo. Mrs. Salvaggio: Sylvia Miles.

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Episode 3

My Maharishi's Bigger Than Your Maharishi

Thu, Oct 23, 2008 60 mins

Lt. Hunt is on the warpath when a Vietnam vet is murdered, and the complicated and controversial case may lead Sam to some information about his family's past.

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Episode 4

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows?

Thu, Oct 30, 2008 60 mins

Sam tangles with the mob when a woman---who is actually his mother---is assaulted. Evidence leads Sam to the troubling suspicion that members of the precinct may be involved with organized crime. Elliot Casso: Robert Klein. Rose Tyler: Jennifer Ferrin. Nick Profaci: Lenny Venito.

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Episode 5

Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead

Thu, Nov 6, 2008 60 mins

A black girl is thrown from a rooftop, touching off racial tensions between the black and Puerto Rican communities. Sam works the case with officer Fletcher Bellow, his mentor in 2008, who doesn't know him in 1973. Whoopi Goldberg guest stars.

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Episode 6

Tuesday's Dead

Thu, Nov 13, 2008 59 mins

A hostage crisis at County Hospital finds Sam, Ray, Annie and Lt. Hunt in a gunman's crosshairs while he tries to force a doctor to reverse a dangerous operation on the hostage taker's brother. Meanwhile, Sam is troubled by a phone call in which he seems to hear his mother's voice in 2008 begging him to wake up.

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Episode 7

The Man Who Sold the World

Thu, Nov 20, 2008 59 mins

When a baby from a prominent family is kidnapped, Sam is stunned to learn that his father, Vic (Dean Winters), may be involved. Vic abandoned the family under mysterious circumstances in 1973 when Sam was 4, and Sam wonders if his time trip is linked to that incident in some way.

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Episode 8

Take a Look at the Lawmen

Wed, Jan 28, 2009 60 mins

A bank robbery that may be linked to the Russian mob renews a long-standing rivalry between Lt. Hunt's squad and Lt. Nunzio's crew. Meanwhile, Sam takes a shine to a pretty, young social worker.

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Episode 9

The Dark Side of the Mook

Wed, Feb 4, 2009 60 mins

The squad investigates a series of decapitations, and Ray's shady brother, Eddie (Eric Balfour), may be involved. But there are also connections to a biker, a Wall Street exec and a badly disfigured man.

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Episode 10

Let All the Children Boogie

Wed, Feb 11, 2009 58 mins

Death threats against a rock star pull Sam and Chris into the rocker's over-the-top world, where a spacey groupie and an FBI agent known as The Sorcerer (Wallace Shawn) play prominent roles. A turn in the investigation makes Sam wonder if he has now found a way to get back to his time.

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Episode 11

Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster

Wed, Feb 18, 2009 60 mins

A councilman caught with a hooker in a police raid on a motel reveals a shocking secret to Sam. Meanwhile, a chaotic shooting breaks out at the precinct, so Lt. Hunt puts it on lockdown; and Hunt has an emotional confrontation with his daughter, Maria.

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Episode 12

The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All

Wed, Feb 25, 2009 60 mins

A newspaper columnist is killed, and Sam is sure he knows who did it. The problem: It's someone he remembers from another murder case 35 years in the future, and the rest of the squad has another suspect in mind. Chief Harry Woolf: Fred D. Thompson.

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Episode 13

Revenge of Broken Jaw

Wed, Mar 4, 2009 58 mins

Student radicals target police with bomb threats on the anniversary of the death of their charismatic leader, and Lt. Hunt loses several close friends in the fiery carnage. The subsequent investigation turns up ties to a political-science professor (Janel Moloney).

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Episode 14

Coffee, Tea or Annie

Wed, Mar 11, 2009 60 mins

Annie and Sam go undercover to investigate a flight attendant's murder and wind up being invited to a swingers' party, where they run into a familiar face. Rita: Gina Gershon. Lincoln James: Mark Linn-Baker.

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Episode 15

All the Young Dudes

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 60 mins

Sam goes undercover to infiltrate a gang suspected of truck hijackings. He's hard-pressed to keep his cover intact, and his attraction to the gang leader's sister (Paige Turco) could be a problem, too. Jimmy McManus: Peter Greene.

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Episode 16

Everyone Knows It's Windy

Wed, Mar 18, 2009 58 mins

Detectives Carling and Skelton are shot by a gang leader. When the shooter is then murdered outside of a bar, evidence points to Sam, who has been working undercover with the gang.

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Episode 17

Life Is a Rock

Wed, Apr 1, 2009 58 mins

In the series finale, a mysterious caller offers Sam a chance to return to 2008, but a confusing set of circumstances makes him wonder whether he even wants to do it.

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