Life On Mars Season 1 Episode Guide

Life On Mars Season 1 Episode Guide


Episode 1  – Out Here In The Fields – Original Air Date – 10/09/2008

TV Ratings :  11.60 Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: 3.8/10

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NYPD Detective Sam Tyler finds himself in 1973 in the cultural hotbed of New York City during the tumultuous times of the Vietnam War, Watergate, women’s lib and the civil and gay rights movements – without a cell phone or computer — suddenly hurtled back in time, ripped from 2008 after being hit by a car while chasing down a criminal. He’s trying mightily to understand what’s just happened to him and how he can get back “home,” on the premiere of “Life on Mars,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

In the premiere episode, “Out Here in the Fields,” NYPD detectives Sam Tyler and Maya Daniels, partners on and off the beat, are in hot pursuit of Colin Raimes for the murder of a young woman. A questionable alibi forces them to let Raimes go, but when the couple has a personal falling out, Maya, unconvinced of Raimes’ innocence, goes it alone to track him down. Sam, scared for her safety, desperately searches for Maya and is hit by a car.  Regaining consciousness, he’s mysteriously back in 1973 New York, now assisting a new, tough and politically incorrect precinct boss, Lieutenant Gene Hunt, and the other squad members in searching for a killer who seems to use identical methods to those of Raimes. Is this why he was sent back in time? Will it help him save Maya? And will he ever get back to 2008?

Sam feels like he’s on a different planet. It’s the Wild West out there — uncontrollable criminals, police on the take. Forced to use a different moral code and without hi-tech crime fighting techniques, he clashes with his new boss at the 125th Precinct, the irascible Lt. Hunt, who would rather use his fists than his brains to solve a crime. The other squad members of the 1-2-5 include Detective Ray Carling, a big, mean guy in a street-fight with life. Ray may be a rough, tough sexist, but he’s a handy guy to have in your corner. Annie Norris is a member of the Police Women’s Bureau. At a time when females were only allowed to do menial tasks and not real police work, she’s the smartest person in the room. Annie struggles to deal with being undermined, under-used and, in general, against the sexism of the times, even while she dreams of becoming a real cop. She’s also the one person Sam can turn to for help in guiding him in his new reality. Then there’s rookie Detective Chris Skelton, a sweet guy trying to make it in this uncompromising world, but out of his league right now with Gene and Ray.

Just how will Sam deal with all this ambiguity while trying to remain a top detective, as he desperately attempts to get back to 2008? He might just find things aren’t so dissimilar in New York circa 1973 and 2008.

“Out Here in the Fields” was written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and directed by Gary Fleder.


Episode 2  – The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler – Original Air Date – 10/16/2008

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler” – Is this vintage1973 Sam Tyler real or not? Sam’s unbelieving ears clearly hear a radio station announcing that Elvis will perform a concert in memory of his mother, but he’s still not sure how or why he landed in these circumstances. Moreover, he doesn’t have much time to think about his own predicament. A string of fatal robberies at AAA Money check cashing stores are baffling the 1-2-5, and Sam jumps headlong into the case, which features no forced entries and no witnesses. Even with Lt. Hunt strong-arming the lead suspect, it still takes an unexpected turn of events to make the squad to look within to solve the crime. At the end of the day Sam, in spite of himself, might even experience some true happiness – temporary though it might be — on “Life on Mars,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Lisa Bonet as Maya Daniels, Heather Matarazzo as June, Pablo Schreiber as Kim Trent, Tanya Fischer as Windy, Sylvia Miles as Mrs. Salvaggio, John Cenatiempo as Sizable Ted, Lee Tergensen as Lee Crocker, Bruce Kirkpatrick as Freddy Gerald/uniform no. 1, Patrick Noonan as Dax Benson/uniform no. 2, Rob Falcone as policeman, Mike Russo as police officer no. 1 and Danny Aiello III as police officer no. 2.

“The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler” was written by Bryan Oh and directed by Michael Katleman.

Episode 3  – My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi – Original Air Date – 10/23/2008

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49:

“My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi” – The murder of a returning Vietnam veteran has Lieutenant Hunt outraged, as he demands a quick resolution to what quickly becomes a complicated and controversial case. As Sam and the squad’s team of detectives explore the circumstances surrounding the homicide, Tyler is sent down a mysterious path that may provide clues about his own family’s past and why he is back in 1973, on “Life on Mars,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Tanya Fischer as Windy, John Cenatiempo as Sizable Ted, John D’Leo as Robbie Reeves, Susan Misner as Carol Ann Reeves, Timothy Adams as John Philip Fisher, Arnie Burton as Lawrence Jones, Robin Lord Taylor as Jimmy, Jaron Farnham as Crew Cut, Chad Hessler as Crew Cut’s friend, Matthew Backer as hippie guy, Brian Avers as Sticker, Nimo Gandhi as the Maharishi, Marc Scrivo as hippie no. 1, Tom Hatton as hippie no. 2, Andre De Shields as bartender and Dean Winters as Vic Tyler.

“My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi” was written by Tracy McMillan and directed by Michael Pressman.

Episode 4  – My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi – Original Air Date – 10/30/2008

TV Ratings :  Million Viewers | Adults 18-49: