Life on Mars (U.K.)

2006 TV-14 1 season

Life on Mars (U.K.)

2006 TV-14 1 season
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This intriguing drama mixes sci-fi with a police procedural as DCI Sam Tyler is thrust from 2006 to 1973 after a traffic accident. As he continues to work cases, Tyler wonders whether he's insane, is in a coma or has really traveled through time.
John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White, Dean Andrews, Marshall Lancaster, Noreen Kershaw, Tony Marshall
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 2 (2007) - 4 discs

While butting heads with his chain-smoking, bigoted and dangerously dodgy colleagues, Sam is slowly beginning to discover a chilling meaning behind everything that's happened. Will he ever find a way to get back home?
Widescreen 1.66:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the detectives in this British crime procedural often use unorthodox methods to solve their cases, including roughing up suspects and accusing people even if they don't have enough evidence. Their actions fuel some of each episode's more violent, gritty scenes. In addition, the '70s setting opens the door for some decidedly un-PC humor and behavior, including sexism.

Sexual Content

The cops make sexist jokes.


Autopsy photos; a man is hit by a car; police rough up a suspect. Lots of gritty, crime-related violence, but usually not terribly graphic.


"Screw," "bloody hell," other British slang.

Social Behavior

Because it's a crime show, the series deals with lots of unsavory actions and people, including corrupt cops who rough up suspects to get answers and plant evidence to frame people. Because it's set in the '70s, there's a distinct lack of political correctness -- minorities are mocked, and sexual harassment is standard.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking and smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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