This series is called Life. I found it by accident on Damian Lewis’s IMDb page. He’s a good actor and I was looking for something new to watch. I had seen him in a modern remake of several Shakespeare plays called ShakespeaRe-Told and in the drama series Homeland. Life is a police procedural, so I decided to give it a whirl. I’m glad I did. I was hooked immediately and all of the following stories were equally good.
It’s an American police procedural that first aired in 2007 and ran for 2 seasons. Damian Lewis plays the lead character, Detective Charlie Crews. The characters and stories are engaging, intelligent, out of the ordinary and well written. Detective Crews is a normal, likeable, intelligent, observant guy who has a few quirks. One of them is his use of Zen Buddhist philosophy in his work and personal life, which creates original plot twists and turns. There’s a lot more to it, but I’m not going to spoil them for you. Watch and see.
The characters and stories are well drawn and layered, all of which are revealed as the series progresses. It’s important to watch the series in order. Each episode adds more pieces of the many puzzles, all of which fall into place over time. With 32 episodes, there’s plenty to enjoy. I was sorry to see it end.
FYI, when you search for this series, you’ll find several called Life. To help you find the right one, add the date (Life 2007) or the star’s name (Life Damian Lewis) to your search terms.
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