In the US: Mondays and Fridays, 10/9c, NBC. Moving to just Fridays from the 3rd.
In the UK: Still not yet acquired, unless Hallmark hasn't told me something
There are so many cop shows out there that each needs its own gimmick to differentiate itself from the other. The traditional way of doing this is with the lead cop - Columbo, the down-at-heel, working class detective; Ironside, the detective in a wheelchair; Raines, the detective who imagines he can see dead people; and so on.
Life is no different, although it's always had a confusing focus. On the one hand, Damian Lewis's Charlie Crews could be 'the Buddhist detective', following some intensive reading of Zen books on enlightenment.
"Have you ever shot anyone?" a kid asks him on the subway when he sees Crews' gun.
"Why would I do that? Violence against another is violence against everyone. Violence against everyone is violence against the self," replies Crews.
But Crews was framed for a murder he didn't commit and spent over a decade in jail. He's picked up some odd skills and tendencies inside; he's missed out on the Internet and other modern inventions; he's also a multi-millionaire and a cop again after the lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment was settled. And now he's out, he wants to find out who framed him then punish them.
"Yes, I have. And they all had it coming," Crews further explains to the kid.
The 'Buddhist, ex-con, multi-millionaire, out-of-time detective"? That's not easy to get a handle on.
With that schizoid attitude, Life has always had a tricky time working out what to do with its life. Should it focus on the cases that Crews solves with his Buddhist insights? Should it focus on Crews or build up the supporting cast of not quite so interesting regular-type people? Should it stick with the general story arc of who framed Crews?
Lots of questions - has it worked out its happy place in the second season, and what is the sound of one hand pressing the buttons on a Nielsen box?