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LIFWLife Intertitle (2007-present)
Format Drama
Created by Callie Darveston
Currently Starring Eric Evans
Laura Martins
Marcus Harrison
Kelly Frandston
Paul Newton
Alexander Snick
Brittany Soaton
Philipa Yves
Xavier Charmicael
Meg Itford
Josh Barver
Ryan Craig
Emily Heiston
Michael Pallas
Natalie Wright
Opening theme

"Imagine" by John Lennon

Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 14
No. of episodes 300 (List of episodes)
Production
Location Rockland, Ananois (various others)
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 minutes (1998-1999)
45 minutes (1999-present)
Production company(s) Drama Television Ryan Broadcasting
Broadcast
Original channel DC (1998-2003)

RBC (2003-present)

Picture format 480i (SDTV)

1080i (HDTV)

Original run October 9, 1998 - May 17, 2012

Life is a DC/RBC Ryanland drama television series created by Callie Darveston that aired on DC from 1998, to 2003 and now currently airs on RBC from 2003 to present. It is set primally in Rockford, Ananois however sometimes other locations will be set. The show has been running for 13 seasons and is still acitve today, becomming the longest primetime drama in Ryanland teelvision history. Life has been officially renewed for a 14th season to air in the 2011-12 television season.

On June 29, 2011, it was announced that season 14 of Life would be it's last and that it would premiere on September 20, 2011. The final episode of the series was broadcast on Thursday, May 17, 2012 for two-hours.

Cast & CharactersEdit

The list of the cast members is to the side, however due to the large number of cast members that have been in the show, only the current cast is listed.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Even with the success of Make It Or Break It on The Dramatic Channel (DC) the network saw the lack of local shows so decided they needed some drama. They saw hundreds of ideas but when Callie Darveston suggested her ideas the network immediatly fell in love. On February 27, 1998, the network contacted Darveston and told her that they had accepted the series along with another upcoming series called 'The Adventures Of Lola' which would premiere the year after in 1999. The casting began and the search for writers and directors also began and by May 24, 1998, everything was sorted. In June, the network picked up the first season for 20 episodes, even before the show began. However The Adventures Of Lola (in 1999) was only picked up for a 13 episode season and was cancelled in 2001. The first season premiered on September 18, 1998 and attracted a huge amount of viewers and did the same until 2003. The Dramatic Channel closed down and shortly after, merged with TheRN and became RBC (RyanTV then). The network, knowing of it's success, automatically brought the series to the network and aired it on Friday's as well. The series wasn't as strong, but it was still the most watched show on the network. However in the 2008-09 season the episode number decreased from 22 to 16 for unknown reasons, it got worse next season when the episode count dropped to just 13. However for the 13th season the episode count has increased to 23, the highest amount since season 4 in 2001-02 with 25 episodes. The series has been officially renewed for a 14th season.

BroadcastingEdit

The first season of the show was in the Friday night timeslot and has remained there except for the second half of the 13th season will be on Saturday nights, however for season 14 it will air on Tuesdays. For the first season, each episode only ran for about 25 minutes and was at the 8/7c timeslot. After the length increased to about 45 minutes and still runs that long today. Seasons 2,3,4, half of season 6 and and season 12 the episodes timeslot was 8/7c, for seasons 5, half of 6 and 7,8,9,10,11 and 13 all air at 9/8c. The series has been renewed for a 14th season, and for the first time will air Tuesdays at 9/8c.

EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of Life episodes

For the first season, each episode lasted for 22 minutes approx, but season two to present they each run for 45 minutes approx. The show started to broadcast in HD television (1080i) on the sixth season in 2003. DC was never available in HD even though HD was introduced in 2000 in Ryanland.

ImpactEdit

RatingsEdit

The official ratings of seasons one to present of Life on DC and RBC

Season Timeslot (RET) Network Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Friday 8:00 pm (September 18, 1998 - April 13, 2002) DC September 28, 1998 March 19, 1999 1998-1999 #14 22.24
2 September 24, 1999 March 31, 2000 1999-2000 #1 26.65
3 September 22, 2000 May 4, 2001 2000-2001 #51 20.88
4 September 28, 2001 April 13, 2002 2001-2002 #58 16.04
5 Friday 9:00 pm (September 27, 2002 - April 11, 2003) September 27, 2002 April 11, 2003 2002-2003 #54 13.73
6 Friday 9:00 pm (September 26, 2003 – December 12, 2003)

Friday 8:00 pm (January 23, 2004 – April 17, 2004)

RBC September 26, 2003 April 17, 2004 2003-2004 #56 10.92
7 Friday 9:00 pm (October 1, 2004 - May 22, 2009) October 1, 2004 April 1, 2005 2004-2005 #60 10.48
8 September 23, 2005 April 21, 2006 2005-2006 #59 10.46
9 October 13, 2006 April 27, 2007 2006-2007 #62 10.06
10 September 21, 2007 April 25, 2008 2007-2008 #62 10.02
11 September 19, 2008 May 22, 2009 2008-2009 #69 9.41
12 Friday 8:00 pm (September 25, 2009 - August 6, 2010) September 25, 2009 August 6, 2010 2009-2010 #54 12.23
13 Friday 9:00 pm (September 24, 2010 – December 10, 2010)

Saturday 9:00 pm (January 15, 2011 – April 23, 2011)

September 24, 2010 April 23, 2011 2010-2011 #51 6.94
14 Tuesday 9:00 pm (September 20, 2011 – January 31, 2012) September 20, 2011 May 17, 2012 2011-2012 TBA TBA

DistributionEdit

Home videoEdit

Screen Home Video has released Life on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 3. Seasons 1–12 have been released to Regions 1 and 2 and Seasons 1-9 have been released in Region 3, season 13 has not been released, because the series is still airing.

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Life: The Complete First Season 23 January 17, 2002 January 19, 2002 February 18, 2005
Life: The Complete Second Season 23 March 6, 2002 March 8, 2002 February 19, 2005
Life: The Complete Third Season 24 May 23, 2002 May 25, 2002 February 23, 2005
Life: The Complete Fourth Season 25 August 16, 2002 October 21, 2002 February 27, 2005
Life: The Complete Fifth Season 23 July 3, 2003 September 23, 2003 May 19, 2006
Life: The Complete Sixth Season 24 June 28, 2004 October 15, 2004 May 18, 2007
Life: The Complete Seventh Season 24 June 29, 2005 September 16, 2005 June 17, 2008
Life: The Complete Eighth Season 24 July 15, 2006 November 15, 2006 June 15, 2009
Life: The Complete Ninth Season 23 July 5, 2007 October 23, 2007 July 2, 2010
Life: The Complete Tenth Season 23 July 4, 2008 October 22, 2008 May 17, 2011
Life: The Complete Eleventh Season 17 August 17, 2009 December 3, 2009 TBA
Life: The Complete Twelfth Season 13 November 12, 2010 January 24, 2010 TBA
Life: The Complete Thirteenth Season 24 August 2, 2011 TBA TBA
Life: The Complete 14th And Final Season 28

Multiple Season SetsEdit

Screen Home Video has also released multiple seasons in one boxset.