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Awake was a drama broadcast on the NBC network from March 1 to May 24, 2012. Combining supernatural elements with a police procedural theme, Awake told the story of Detective Michael Britten who finds himself caught between two realities following an auto accident involving his family. In the "red reality", Britten's wife Hannah survived the crash with him. In the "green reality", his son Rex is the survivor. Britten keeps track of the reality he is currently in by wearing either a red or green rubber band on his wrist. He travels between realities by going to sleep in one and waking up in the other. Britten does not know which reality is the truth, and he is being treated by a therapist in each one.

While Britten is a detective in both realities, he has a different partner in each. In the green world, he is with the same partner, Detective Isaiah Freeman, that he had prior to the accident. In the red world, Freeman has moved on to another division and Britten is partnered with Detective Efrem Vega, who has been promoted from beat cop. Britten's division captain, Tricia Harper, is also a constant in both realities and plays a pivotal, albeit mysterious role in Britten's situation. Elements of both worlds echo in Britten's work.

At home, Britten struggles for balance as he bounces between the green and red worlds. His wife talks of moving to Oregon, which Britten finds strange and sudden after her repainting of the house. Rex secretly rebuilds a motorcycle with a friend and begins a relationship with an attractive girl. The move is postponed after Britten discovers his son's former girlfriend is pregnant, and he and Hannah debate whether to adopt the baby. He also uncovers an underlying plot involving drugs and his captain in the police department. In the green reality, Rex's girlfriend loses the baby, and Britten discovers the identity of the man who caused the auto accident and has been manipulating events all along. While the two realties merge in the end, it remains unclear as to which one is real or a dream, or if Detective Britten is even in fact alive.

Despite several award nominations for acting, writing and editing as well as Most Exciting New Series, Awake was canceled after the airing of its 11th episode.

NBC
1 Season, 13 Episodes
March 1, 2012
Crime, Drama
7.9/10
Cast: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette
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Awake Full Episode Guide

  • Britten begins uncovering the truth behind the accidents which threatens both of his realities. Dr. Lee and Dr. Evans force Britten to choose a path.

  • The truth about the accident comes out and Detective Britten doesn't know who to trust.

  • An odd dream interrupts Britten's ability to change realities.

  • Detective Britten and Bird investigate a case that appears to be gang related, but clues from his other reality force him to look a little closer. Meanwhile, Hannah uses her intuition to talk through a tough situation with Rex's girlfriend Emma. Later, Captain Harper finds herself having to take back a promise and Detective Vega is planning Britten's going away party.

  • The final play in a big football rivalry happens differently in Detective Britten's two realities; Rex's heart is broken; Vega and Hannah plan a going-away party for Britten.

  • Detective Britten helps reunite and prepare a couple for a new life in the witness protection program; an introduction between Detective Vega and Britten's longtime informant doesn't go as planned.

  • A tip takes Detective Britten to an empty warehouse that was connected to a case he was working on before the accident.

  • Detective Britten tries to calm down a mental patient that is threatening on blowing up a mental hospital.

  • Detective Britten is a suspect in his own case for the ways he has been tracking a serial killer.

  • Britten runs across Rex's former babysitter in both worlds - in which she's two shockingly different people.

  • Detective Britten's son is kidnapped by a man he arrested 10 years ago. His other reality has Hannah upset with him because he is trying to find a missing teenage boy and can't come to an event honoring their deceased son. Clues from both realities leads to Britten's sanity being questioned.

  • Detective Michael Britten is trying to cope with his parallel versions of reality. One has him trying to bond with his son, Rex, as they suffer from losing Rex's mother. The other has him consoling his grieving wife, Hannah. A homeless man is murdered and a witness tells Britten and his rookie partner, Vega, that he saw a "small guy" at the scene of the crime. Britten ends up using a clue from one reality in the other and confuses his partner. Britten's captain is worried about his behavior.

  • Following a car accident, Detective Michael Britten struggles with reality and has a unique coping mechanism for his recent loss.

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