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The TV Show "Life" is an excellent example of how superb acting and writing can come together to make a unique, outstanding show. The show has a premise that has never been done before and the filming and acting is unmatched. Damian Lewis, a top notch, fairly unknown actor until he starred previously in HBO's Band of Brothers, is the main star of the show and he packs wallop. Lewis is in top form as a former detective, Charlie Crews, who was wrongly accused of the heinous crime of murdering his best friend and the friend's family. Not much is actually shown about the murders, which is a nice difference in a world of cop shows where on every one the more gruesome the exploitation of the crime the better it seems.

At the premiere of the show, convicted murderer, Crews, who was sentenced to life in prison, and served 12 years of this unjust sentence, is being released. New DNA evidence shows Crews did not commit the murders, which of course he always maintained, and he is released and must rejoin society after not functioning in it for quite sometime.

He resumes being a detective and interwoven to the story lines of the case being solved each week is an ongoing story of Charlie and his demons and the other things thrown into his life by means of the conviction and sentence. But interestingly the writers also choose to weave in some dark humor and comedic moments as well.

Charlie is a complex, interesting character who comes out of prison with a new enlightenment and Zen like attitude. This calm attitude is counteracted, however, with a obsessive desire to solve the crime that he was accused of and for which he was imprisoned.

The intense drama is balanced nicely with warped black humor. Crews never got fresh fruit in prison as it is unavailable, so he has a ravenous desire to always have it now and some of the funniest moments that break up the drama come when he obsesses about fruit.

He has a intricate ongoing secretive wall where he has mapped out his many theories and thoughts. The wall shows a mastery of both research and paranoia.

Watching this show makes you think along with simply entertaining you. Days after watching an episode, I guarantee you will be trying to figure things out right along with Charlie.

NBC
3 Seasons, 38 Episodes - Canceled
September 26, 2007
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8.3/10
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  • Ryan faces on of the biggest challenges in his life when he finds out his two best friends are moving away for college. Ryan is offered a major role in a Hollywood movie, but struggles with how his haters will respond.

  • Ryan's younger brother, Shane, needs Ryan's help convincing mom to le him go on a skate trip, but even Ryan doubts if he's ready to be on the road unsupervised. Meanwhile, Ryan meets a super cute model named Melissa.

  • The X Games competition is the most important contest of the year to Ryan, but can he overcome his injury in order to break his losing streak? Steve encourages Ryan to cut down on frivolous spending.

  • Ryan is hosting the first annual Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Golf Tournament, but when Ryan invites his buddies, Steve gets concerned. Ryan must prove to his younger brother that he is still an important part of his life.

  • Ryan must overcome his pre-season injury and silence his critics in the first contest of the skate season, The Maloof Money Cup. Ryan invites Casey's ex-girlfriend to the contest in hopes Casey will let bygones be bygones.

  • Ryan has been enjoying the freedoms of living on his own, but when his late night parties start getting out of hand, Ryan must decide if the thrill of the chaos is worth the risk.

  • In the second-season finale, Crews searches for Reese, who vanished while working with the FBI. He soon discovers that his partner's disappearance is related to the conspiracy that landed him in jail.

  • The detectives investigate the murder of a politician. The victim had been working on a handgun ban that had the potential to cost a gun company millions of dollars. Elsewhere, Crews looks into Reese's new duties with the FBI.

  • Crews and Seever investigate the murder of a coroner, whose coworkers are suspected of the crime. The detectives must solve the case quickly because if a coroner is the culprit, many other cases could be compromised. Elsewhere, Ted tries to make peace with his daughter.

  • With his new overachieving partner, Crews investigates the murder of a woman who was in a relationship with her just-released convict pen pal.

  • Crews and Starks investigate the murder of an Iraq War soldier who despite being killed in broad daylight on a crowded sidewalk, no one witnessed the crime.

  • Reese receives and offer to join an FBI organized crime task force, leaving Crews and Stark to partner up. The former partners work on a case of a philandering financial advisor who was murdered and discover a case of corporate and political corruption.

  • A man is found beaten and shot dead with a mouth full of money in a house with no roof. Crews and Reese begin their investigation and discover the victim was running an elaborate construction scam that left his clients without roofs or money. While interviewing the duped customers, they meet an eccentric man with a violent streak and the intimidating son of an old woman with a long rap sheet. The detectives work to figure out if either of these men could be the murderer. Meanwhile, Crews has a confrontation with Mickey Rayborn (William Atherton) which sheds some light on the conspiracy against him.

  • The team investigates the death of a heavy metal lead singer, who was suffocated to death. They question all the other band members and learn that the previous lead singer of that group have problems with the dead singer after he was kicked of the band. When they get the former singer, he seems to have a legitimate alibi. Then the team stumbles with a homeless man who appears to be a groupie. Could this groupie be the murderer? Meanwhile, Crews learns that his father's wedding to Olivia has been called off.

  • The team investigates the death of a former astronaut.

  • When three Russians, including an engineer, are found dead the investigation leads Crews and Reese to Russian mobster Roman Nevikov who Crews believes is somehow linked to his own case.Crews shoots an intruder who turns out to be someone he knows very well and Reese falls back into old habits.

  • A food bank delivery man is found buried up to his neck in a backyard. Crews disregards the FBI's warning and confronts Mickey Rayborn about his role in the conspiracy that put Crews in jail.

  • Cop groupies are true to their men - until one of the girls is murdered.

  • The team investigates a murder in a mall on the biggest shopping day of the year, black friday. In a moment of confusion the body disappears, Crews and Reese are then faced with the task of tracking down both the body and the killer. Meanwhile, Crews gets an unexpected visit from an F.B.I. agent.

  • A woman is found in a pool of blood sitting at a table with a romantic dinner set for two. The investigation leads Crews and Reese to a support group for lottery winners full of eccentric characters. The detectives soon discover lottery winners often suffer broken psyches after suddenly becoming richer than they ever could have imagined.Rachel (Jessy Schram) refuses to tell Crews anything about her family's murder or about Jack Reese, however, the two unexpectedly realize they share a common bond. Erik Estrada makes a cameo.

  • An earthquake hits Los Angeles and the city is a mess. In the middle of all the havoc, Crews and Reese must track down an escaped criminal and killer they put behind bars a year ago. At first, the detectives want to find him in order to prevent him from being killed, but it becomes clear that the escapee is far from a victim. Ted suffers an inconvenient injury from the earthquake and makes a call for help.

  • A worker at a tow/wrecking yard is killed on site. The investigation has the team question fellow workers as well as the family of Arthur Grey, an ex-badass who cleaned up is life and now is a music mogul. The episode will also focus on the widow of a police officer who was accidentally killed 20 years ago. The widow was told it was suicide but there is more to this death. Some students who attend Ted's business school class are more interested in learning how to cheat the system than following the laws and rules.

  • A university's prison experiment goes horribly wrong when one of the students acting as a corrections officer ends up dead. Crews and Reese are in a race against the clock to find the killer. As they interview both prisoners and guards, the detectives discover the social experiment may have done more damage than good. Meanwhile, determined to figure out Jack Reese's connection to his case, Crews obsesses over a recording he obtained from a wiretap he placed on Reese.

  • The body of a cancer research scientist is discovered literally frozen solid, baffling Crews and Reese. The crime scene suggests that an animal rights group took revenge on the doctor by switching out his oxygen tank with pure liquid nitrogen. As the detectives delve into the victim's tangled private life, they become increasingly skeptical about the identity of the murderer. Meanwhile, Crews is determined to prove Jack Reese was involved in his incarceration, and Ted asks Crews to act as a reference for a business school interview.

  • Charlie Crews and Dani Reese investigate the death of a family man who is found beaten and bound to a chair at the bottom of an empty pool. Captain Tidwell is convinced the murder was an act of gang violence and sends the detectives on assignment. After interviewing the victim's daughters and two gang members, Crews and Reese's only clues are an underground party circuit, a bottle of steroids, and a myth about a man only known as Monster. Meanwhile, Ted gets an unexpected visit from Dani's father who is determined to find out what information Crews has on him and consequently has a request of Ted. Crews also enlists the help of his ex-wife Jennifer to reach out to Rachel , the lone survivor of the murdered family Crews was wrongly convicted of killing.

  • In the season two premiere, detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese are on the hunt for a serial killer when three numbered trunks containing suffocated bodies are found scattered across Los Angeles. With their new boss New York transfer Captain Kevin Tidwell pressuring them to get answers, Crews and Reese race to find a connection between the murders before the killer strikes again. Meanwhile, Ted and Crews attempt to track down the daughter, the lone survivor, of the family Crews was wrongly convicted of killing.

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