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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2018
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  • Summary: Stella (Lucy Hale) was told she had terminal cancer and for the past eight years had been living life as if she would die soon, including marrying after a whirlwind romance with Wes (Elliot Knight). However, when she discovers she's been cured, she and her family must learn to live life again.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 7, 2018
    80
    A witty show full of attractive, well-spoken people that manages to be a feel-good series even as it remains skeptical about its being a feel-good series. It has it both ways, all the way. ... Cake is eaten, and had, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Mar 7, 2018
    63
    Keeping things light and airy works for Life Sentence. As a pure form of escapism, the series is as effective as those weepy movies Stella used to watch in the hospital.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 5, 2018
    62
    It’s warm and funny-adjacent but it has too much voiceover narration and doesn’t offer the emotional truths of reigning prime-time family drama champ “This is Us.”
  4. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Mar 6, 2018
    50
    There’s almost no conflict anywhere. The show radiates likability but lacks narrative bite, which makes it vanish from one’s mind the moment the episode is over.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 7, 2018
    45
    As the financial and emotional dominoes keep tumbling, there are only so many chuckles to be wrung from financial ruin and emotional defenestration. The show goes from morbidly funny to morbid to jagged and depressing at record speed. There are a lot of jokes in Life Sentence about patients watching "sappy cancer movies."
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Mar 7, 2018
    42
    Living in a constant state of denial or as part of a concerted effort to keep someone happy in their final months and years is undoubtedly exhausting. Of all the ways to show how a group of people choose what to do next, Life Sentence picks one of the least dramatically satisfying paths, one that doesn’t leave room for much truth either.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 7, 2018
    25
    Life Sentence has an off-putting preciousness to it while grinding through one “crisis” after another. It doesn’t earn any sympathies because its principal characters don’t merit much more than one big “Oh, shaddup!” With the exception, perhaps, of poor Wes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 28, 2018
    10
    what an awesome show! I am hopeful that The CW will renew Life Sentence for a 2nd Season. It's a nice "Difference" to the other Superherowhat an awesome show! I am hopeful that The CW will renew Life Sentence for a 2nd Season. It's a nice "Difference" to the other Superhero drama's they are known for. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2018
    10
    I love this show and hope they reconsider having a second seasons. Cast is so appealing and the premise keeps a great tension going betweenI love this show and hope they reconsider having a second seasons. Cast is so appealing and the premise keeps a great tension going between deep topics like life length and value with a lively family dynamic. Styling is great of all sets and wardrobe. Reminds me the qualities of Parentood. Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2018
    10
    I just finished watching the pilot and episode for this show, and it was a "wow", a top notch level of excellence. It might be too early toI just finished watching the pilot and episode for this show, and it was a "wow", a top notch level of excellence. It might be too early to say it is a potential Emmy-winner or other awards winner show just by the first episodes, but I would say it is on the "MUST SEE" list. Look forward to the next episode! Expand