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Thursday, Jan 21, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Seth Stevenson
Slate (19 January 2010)

“This is the highest of high-concept concepts. And it might just be the cleverest premise in the history of televised drama. Consider that in its first few minutes of airtime, Life on Mars manages to establish a triple-genre mashup: 1) a Law & Order-style police procedural, with each episode presenting a discrete 1973 crime for Sam to solve; 2) a Mad Men-style period piece, reanimating a bygone era’s delicious aesthetics and risible workplace dynamics; 3) a Lost-style supernatural serial in which a mystery looms spookily over the program’s whole arc, stringing us along with dribbled-out clues and revelations.”


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