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LIFE ON MARS:

Sea­son 1 – Af­ter be­ing in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent in 2006, DCI (De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor) Sam Tyler (Ja­son O’Mara, pic­tured above, cen­tre, with the cast) wakes up to find him­self in 1973, the era of “Sweeney”type polic­ing, Mark III Corti­nas and flared trousers. As­signed to the 125th Precinct De­tec­tive Squad of the New York City Po­lice Depart­ment, Tyler had been liv­ing with his girl­friend and co­worker, De­tec­tive Maya Daniels, who was kid­napped by a mur­derer the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing. In the midst of this fi­asco, Tyler was hit by a speed­ing car. He re­gains con­scious­ness in the same spot in the year 1973, dressed in pe­riod civil­ian at­tire, car­ry­ing a pe­riod-ac­cu­rate iden­tity card with his badge and equipped with a vin­tage car, a 1971 Chevro­let Chev­elle. He re­turns to his precinct house to find an un­fa­mil­iar early-1970s po­lice squad, with con­tem­po­rary equip­ment and cul­ture he likens to be­ing on an­other planet. Con­stantly con­flicted be­tween his 2006 val­ues and the more cor­rupt, al­most vig­i­lante-style polic­ing of the 70s, Sam’s bom­barded by sur­real vi­sions and cryptic tele­phone calls, giv­ing him con­fus­ing con­nec­tions to 2006. He engages in an on­go­ing strug­gle to fig­ure out what has hap­pened to him, torn be­tween his de­vel­op­ing re­la­tion­ships in 1973 and his de­sire to re­turn to 2006.

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