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Life Sentence

Life Sentence

Photo Credit:  Nino Mu--oz/The CW
  • Premiered: 
    March 7, 2018
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  • Network: CW
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: coming of age

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Plot Synopsis

Created by Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith and executive produced by Bill Lawrence, LIFE SENTENCE is a one-hour multi-generational, coming-of-age story that centers on Stella, a girl who has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). Just like the "manic pixie dream girl" heroines in her favorite sappy cancer movies, Stella traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But when Stella finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the "live in the moment" decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger. And if that's not enough, she also finds out that her "perfect family" isn't so perfect after all. Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her. But, now that she's well, all bets are off. Stella is shocked to learn that her parents, Peter and Ida, have fallen out of love, partly because Peter spent their retirement helping Stella make the most of her final days, and partly because Ida has fallen in love with Poppy, her best friend and Stella's godmother. Also, it turns out Stella may be responsible for the fact that her sister, Elizabeth, gave up her own dreams to take care of Stella and start a family with her husband Diego, just to give her parents something positive to focus on. Then there's Stella's often overlooked brother, Aiden, who's pushing 30 and still lives above the garage, sells Adderall to soccer moms, and uses Stella's cancer to guilt them into sleeping with him. And, of course, there's her husband Wes, a handsome Londoner who she agreed to spend the rest of her life with, thinking that would only be six to eight months, tops. Now that their forever just got a whole lot longer than they were expecting, Wes begins to worry that he can't continue to pretend to be her perfect husband for the rest of his life. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella's cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she's dying, she will have to learn to live like she's living, and help her family and friends do the same.
On Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, The CW premiered "Then and Now," the series finale of LIFE SENTENCE. After Stella puts her and Wes's life on social media, they find themselves defending their relationship to the world and forcing them to question what the future holds for them. Peter's health scare makes him realize who he really wants to be with. Meanwhile, Aiden doesn't want to give up on his dream of the bar and clamors to find a solution.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Doozer Productions
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television
  • In association with CBS Television Studios