Life Sentence

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  • TV-PG
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 6.5  (4,167)

Life Sentence is a heartwarming and poignant dramedy that aired on The CW in 2018. The show stars the talented Lucy Hale in the lead role of Stella Abbott, a young woman who has been living her life as if she's dying, only to find out that she's just been cured of cancer. Elliot Knight plays her husband, Wes, who has been by her side through it all.

The other members of the Abbott family are Dylan Walsh and Gillian Vigman as Stella's parents, Peter and Ida, Jayson Blair as Stella's brother, Aiden, Brooke Lyons as her sister, Elizabeth, and Carlos Pena as her brother-in-law, Diego. The show also features Claudia Rocafort and Riley Smith in recurring roles.

The show begins with Stella hearing the great news that her cancer has been cured, and that she has her whole life ahead of her. She's elated, but soon realizes that her entire life has been built around the idea that she was going to die young. She's spent her savings, dropped out of college, and married her fiancé, Wes, whom she barely knows, all under the assumption that she was going to die.

As she tries to readjust to her new reality, Stella finds that her relationships with her family and friends have all been built around her cancer diagnosis. They all treated her differently, trying to protect her from the world, and now she has to deal with the fallout of those actions.

Through it all, Stella remains optimistic and determined to make the most of her second chance at life. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery, trying to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life. She starts by reconnecting with her estranged sister, Elizabeth, who has been living in Paris with her husband, Diego. Stella also starts to question her marriage to Wes, wondering if they truly know each other and if they're really right for each other.

The show explores themes of family, love, friendship, and living in the moment. It's a heartwarming and emotional story that will have viewers laughing, crying, and feeling grateful for the little things in life.

One of the standout performances in the show comes from Lucy Hale, who proves that she's not just a pretty face, but a talented actress with a natural charm and charisma. Her portrayal of Stella is both relatable and endearing, and viewers will root for her from beginning to end.

Elliot Knight also delivers a strong performance as Wes, who is struggling to hold his marriage together while dealing with his own personal demons. The chemistry between Hale and Knight is palpable, and their scenes together are some of the highlights of the show.

The supporting cast is also top-notch, with Dylan Walsh and Gillian Vigman providing comedic relief as Stella's quirky parents, and Jayson Blair and Brooke Lyons as her siblings who are also navigating their own complicated lives.

Overall, Life Sentence is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys heartwarming and emotional stories about love, family, and second chances. The show delivers on all fronts, thanks to its talented cast, well-written storylines, and relatable themes. It's a shame that the show was canceled after only one season, but it's definitely worth checking out for those who missed it during its original run.

Life Sentence is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on March 7, 2018.

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Then and Now
13. Then and Now
June 15, 2018
After Stella puts her and Wes's life on social media, they find themselves defending their relationship to the world and forcing them to question what the future holds for them. Peter's health scare makes him realize who he really wants to be with. Meanwhile, Aiden doesn't want to give up on his dream of the bar and clamors to find a solution.
Love Factually
12. Love Factually
June 8, 2018
Stella is desperate to talk to Wes, but a problem at the bar keeps getting in the way. Trying to focus on her new job at the hospital, Stella discovers some concerning information about Wes. Peter and Ida celebrate their last anniversary in an unusual way. Meanwhile, the Abbott family comes to a standstill when someone other than Stella gets sick.
Frisky Business
11. Frisky Business
June 1, 2018
Stella and Wes feel like they are finally in a good place but they soon find that staying in that good place is harder than they thought. Stella is given the opportunity to help plan an event for the hospital, which touches a nerve for Dr. Grant. Aiden spends money without consulting Wes, forcing Wes to find an investor that no one is happy about. Meanwhile, Peter learns about Ida's dream and has to decide if he will help her make it real.
The Way We Work
10. The Way We Work
May 25, 2018
Stella and Wes realize that their issues are bigger than they thought and seek out professional help. Aiden starts looking for a job and enlists the help of Wes. Lizzie and Ida begin working together, but it brings up issues that neither anticipated. Meanwhile, Peter's relationship seems to be going well, but he has to make a tough decision about who comes first.
What to Expect When You're Not Expecting
9. What to Expect When You're Not Expecting
May 18, 2018
When Stella and Wes start discussing their future, they learn some news that neither expected. After discussing the issue with Lizzie, Stella realizes that she might not be as ready for the future as she thought. Normally a ladies man, Aiden realizes he has unfamiliar feelings for a girl at his community service job which puts him in uncharted waters. Meanwhile, Diego's plan to impress his new boss at brunch turns awkward when both Ida and Peter are interested in her.
Sleepless Near Seattle
8. Sleepless Near Seattle
May 11, 2018
Stella suddenly finds herself on a road trip with Dr. Grant and Sadie to help get Sadie into a clinical trial. While Stella is away, Wes gets a call from his ex about a job opportunity. Peter and Aiden try to find a new normal between them, and Aiden discovers an unexpected new friend. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego learn that their son is being bullied at school, which brings out a new side of Diego.
Our Father, The Hero
7. Our Father, The Hero
May 4, 2018
With Aiden facing a growing problem, he keeps the faith that Peter will keep him out of trouble. Stella struggles with not telling Aiden the truth about who really tipped of the police. Wes is not happy when he sees Dr. Grant performing at the bar. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego struggle with making the right choice about the twins' academics.
Who Framed Stella Abbott?
6. Who Framed Stella Abbott?
April 27, 2018
When Stella and Wes agree to always tell each other the truth, it becomes a problem for Wes when it comes to Dr. Grant. Stella helps Aiden get a job at her coffee shop, but she soon begins to notice Aiden is up to something. When Stella reaches out to Wes and her family for help with the situation, they all agree that Aiden needs to figure it out on his own. Meanwhile, Lizzie and Diego are trying to get things back to normal with the kids.
Wes Side Story
5. Wes Side Story
April 4, 2018
Stella feels like she and Wes need to get back into a romantic rhythm, but things take a turn when Wes gets a surprise visitor. Aiden is torn over whether or not he should tell his father the truth about the woman he is dating. Meanwhile, Ida seems to be struggling with Peter's new relationship which starts to cause problems in her own life.
How Stella Got Her Groove On
4. How Stella Got Her Groove On
March 28, 2018
When Stella decides to apply for a manager position, she learns another secret about her past, forcing her to figure out what she really wants to do with her life. Knowing that they need money, Wes starts secretly working on a project which upsets Stella. With the house sold, Peter and Aiden find themselves in an interesting living situation. Meanwhile, Aiden is ready to take on the responsibility of being a father, but learns some shocking news that changes things.
Clinical Trial and Error
3. Clinical Trial and Error
March 21, 2018
As Stella settles into her new volunteer role as Patient Advocate, she learns that Sadie doesn't have anyone to fight for her. Stella suggests Sadie try the clinical trial that worked for her, but their hopes are dashed when they learn that the trial has ended. While Wes is babysitting Diego's kids, one of them gets sick, and Ida offers her help. Meanwhile, Aiden pushes his father to have a guy's night out to help him move on from.
Re-Inventing the Abbotts
2. Re-Inventing the Abbotts
March 14, 2018
When the INS unexpectedly shows up to Stella and Wes' apartment to check the legitimacy of their marriage, they realize that they need to defend their marriage or Wes might be deported back to London. Peter and Ida decide to sell the house, but when an offer comes in, Peter hesitates on following through. Stella tries to help Aiden step up to his responsibilities and to stop avoiding reality. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is having writer's block and Stella thinks she has a fix, but Elizabeth's husband Diego is not overjoyed by the idea.
1. Pilot
March 7, 2018
In the premiere, Stella learns that the cancer she thought would kill her has been cured, forcing her to face the consequences of her "live in the moment" decisions. She is also shocked to discover that her family hid their problems from her: Her parents have fallen out of love; her sister gave up her dreams of starting a family to care for her; and her brother deals Adderall to soccer moms.
Where to Watch Life Sentence
Life Sentence is available for streaming on the The CW website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Life Sentence on demand at and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 7, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (4,167)