Life Sentence (TV Series)
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Life Sentence TV Series
Life Sentence
Life Sentence Logo.jpg
Created by
Narrated byLucy Hale
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
  • Liza Katzer
  • Bonnie Weis
Production location(s)
CinematographyKamal Derkaoui
  • Robert Meed
  • Lise Johnson
  • Melissa Gearhart
  • Melissa McCoy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40-42 minutes
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkThe CW
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 7 (2018-03-07) -
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
External links

Life Sentence (stylized onscreen as L!fe Sentence) is an American comedy-drama television series, created by Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith, which debuted on The CW as a midseason entry during the 2017-18 television season. The series premiered on March 7, 2018, and concluded on June 15, 2018, with a total of 13 episodes.[1]

On May 8, 2018, The CW cancelled Life Sentence after one season.[2]


When Stella Abbott finds out her terminal cancer is cured, she is going to have to learn to live with all the choices she made when she decided to "live like she was dying". As she adjusts to her post-cancer world, she learns how her husband and family must also deal with the self-destructive choices they made to help Stella enjoy what they thought were her final years.

Cast and characters



  • Anna Enger as Helena Chang, Stella's doctor.
  • Claudia Rocafort as Poppy, Ida's ex-girlfriend and Stella's godmother.
  • Dominique Lucky Martell as Fiona Abbott Rojas, Elizabeth and Diego's daughter.
    • Noor Anna Maher played the role in the pilot episode.
  • Sebastian Vargas as Frank Abbott Rojas, Elizabeth and Diego's son.
    • Emanuel Eaton played the role in the pilot episode.
  • Alyshia Ochse as Marlene
  • Shannon Chan-Kent as Finley, Stella's cynical boss at the coffee shop
  • Lindsey Maxwell as Denise
  • Riley Smith as Dr. Will Grant, an oncologist with a soft spot for his patients.
  • Bre Blair as Lauren
  • Rana Roy as Pippa, Wes' ex-fiancée.
  • Alyssa Diaz as Kayla, Aiden's friend and coworker.
  • Valerie Cruz as Gina, Diego's boss and Peter's love interest.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Lee Toland KriegerErin Cardillo & Richard KeithMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)T25.101010.67[3]
When Stella Abbott finds out her cancer is cured after eight years of treatments, her life starts changing for the worse. First, she finds out her mother, Ida, is having an affair with her friend, who is also Stella's godmother, Poppy. Then, while Stella babysits her sister Elizabeth's children, she begins to feel like her husband, Wes, has been hiding things from her for the whole of their six-month marriage. To pile it all together, Stella's immature and irresponsible brother, Aiden, has been guilt-tripping hot married women into sleeping with him by using Stella's cancer, including Marlene, his latest conquest. As Stella hosts a thank-you party for her doctor, she figures it might be an easy way to fix all her family's problems in one go, however everything seemingly continues to get worse. She returns to the hospital and looks at the view of the city from her old hospital bed. As Stella speaks to another cancer patient, a young girl named Sadie, she realizes that Wes is always going to be there for her. The two reconcile and Stella starts to see her family become healthier.
2"Re-Inventing the Abbotts"John T. KretchmerErin Cardillo & Richard KeithMarch 14, 2018 (2018-03-14)T13.209520.56[4]
Stella and Wes try to fix their quick six-month old marriage, when a U.S. Immigration agent stops by to find out if their marriage is fraudulent, warning the two that her determination could result in Wes being deported. The truth, that he married an American citizen who was expected to die within months anyway, doesn't help. Peter and Ida get an offer on the heavily mortgaged (to finance Stella's "final" years) house, which Peter is reluctant to take. As a result, Ida takes a sledgehammer to a wall and digs a hole in the backyard. Meanwhile, Aiden hides from a newly pregnant Marlene despite Stella's nagging him to deal with what he has caused.
3"Clinical Trial and Error"David WarrenMargaret Easley & Laura PutneyMarch 21, 2018 (2018-03-21)T13.209540.49[5]
Stella volunteers at the hospital, where she learns Sadie doesn't have anyone on her side. She, and Sadie's new oncologist, the attractive and good-natured Dr. William Grant, petition the wealthy private funder of the last clinical trial that unexpectedly saved Stella to restart that trial, but the funder reveals that the FDA shut it down because Stella was the only one who survived. Stella, who doesn't bother thanking him for spending his millions to save her life, tells Sadie that they can try to get her into one of 17 other trials. Stella makes Wes babysit Diego and Elizabeth's children on his own, but while he is babysitting, Fiona becomes ill and Wes asks Ida for help, however she over-reacts, flashing back to the dangers of Stella situation during her cancer years. Elsewhere, Aiden takes his father on a lads night out to help him get over his breakup from Ida, which results in him sleeping with a recent divorcée named Lauren, whom Aiden has previously slept with.
4"How Stella Got Her Groove On"Roger KumbleLisa Melamed & Erin Cardillo & Richard KeithMarch 28, 2018 (2018-03-28)T13.209530.40[6]
Stella finds out that she never graduated from high school. Aiden finds out Marlene is rich and moves in with her, and subsequently get engaged, until they find out Marlene's baby isn't his. Stella catches Wes on video chat to a woman called Linda and mistakenly thinks he is giving her a strip tease, but he is only working on web investments overseas in his native England. Also, Diego takes Wes to kickball to work out his stress. Stella tries to get promoted to manager at the coffee shop, and her dad gets her a high school diploma from their principal.
5"Wes Side Story"Arlene SanfordOliver GoldstickApril 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)T13.209550.44[7]
Stella and Dr. Grant find out about a new trial for Sadie, however Stella refuses to meet the composer due to her and Wes planning a 'love bubble' to get back into a romantic rhythm. As Wes and Stella enter their love bubble, Pippa, Wes' ex-fiancée from London, arrives at Stella's door, giving Stella a lot of questions. Meanwhile, Peter and Lauren grow closer, but Ida grows wary after she pressures him into taking drugs. She reveals to Peter that Aiden and Lauren slept together, and subsequently they find out about Aiden's drug selling business.
6"Who Framed ?"Norman BuckleyNelson SolerApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)T13.209560.42[8]
Stella has a sexual fantasy about Dr. Grant, then a second one in the middle of instigating sex with Wes, causing her to stop. Elizabeth returns from her writers' retreat, but Ida moves in with her and Diego after breaking up with Poppy. Meanwhile, Aiden gets a job at Finley's coffee shop, and the two hit it off, however Aiden restarts selling his A.D.D. meds to soccer moms who pressure him to start selling to them, and gets arrested as a result. The family decides he needs to learn by spending a night in jail, so Stella sells her moped and some of her possessions to bail him out after he explains to her how he began taking meds when rendered numb while worrying about her cancer. Wes ultimately bails him out, to support Stella, only to hear her telling Dr. Grant that she connects with him unlike anything she has with Wes. She tries to explain to Wes, but only makes it worse, causing Wes to tell her that he needs some time alone. Ida decides to give Elizabeth and Diego some space.
7"Our Father the Hero"Viet NguyenTad SafranMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)T13.209570.37[9]
As Peter pushes Aiden down a risky path, Stella considers her loyalties to her father and brother. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Diego face a parental predicament.
8"Sleepless Near Seattle"Ellen S. PressmanZach DodesMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)T13.209580.37[10]
Stella vows to keep things professional between her and Dr. Grant, but finds it harder than she realizes. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Diego learn that their son is being bullied at school. Aiden makes a new friend.
9"What to Expect When You're Not Expecting"John T. KretchmerLouisa LevyMay 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)T13.209590.45[11]
Wes returns from his business trip to San Francisco with big news for Stella. Meanwhile, Aiden struggles with unfamiliar feelings, while Stella drops a premature bombshell.
10"The Way We Work"Janice CookeLaura Putney & Margaret EasleyMay 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)T13.209600.36[12]
Stella and Wes seek out professional relationship help to try to repair their crumbling marriage. Meanwhile, Aiden gets some feedback on his new business plan to open his own bar. Also, Peter tries to focus on his future romance with Gina.
11"Frisky Business"Tessa BlakeNelson Soler & Erin Cardillo & Richard KeithJune 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)T13.209610.46[13]
Feeling confident after another marriage coaching session, Stella receives a big opportunity. Meanwhile, tensions brew at Aiden and Wes' bar as a new investor steps in.
12"Love Factually"Michael GrossmanOliver GoldstickJune 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)T13.209620.38[14]
Stella and Wes try to clear the air between them, but their continuing life problems get in the way. A crisis brings the entire Abbott family together.
13"Then and Now"John T. KretchmerErin Cardillo & Richard KeithJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)T13.209630.37[15]
Stella posts an online video about Wes that sparks confusion about their future. Peter decides to follow his heard. Also, Aiden looks for a business solution.


The series was created by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith for The CW as a midseason entry during the 2017-18 television season. They are also executive producers on the series along with Oliver Goldstick, Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, and director Lee Toland Krieger. The show is produced by In Good Company, Doozer Productions, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television and filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[16] The series is set in the fictional town of Asheville, Oregon.

The CW officially ordered Life Sentence to series on May 10, 2017.[17] In January 2018, the network announced the premiere date of Life Sentence on March 7, 2018.[18]

On March 30, 2018, The CW announced that Life Sentence would move to Fridays at 9:00 pm, which began with the sixth episode.[19]


In late January 2017, Lucy Hale was cast as Stella Abbott,[20] followed in February by the casting of Jayson Blair as her older brother, Aiden,[21] and Dylan Walsh as her father, Peter.[22] On February 24, 2017, Gillian Vigman and Brooke Lyons were cast as Ida and Elizabeth, Abbott's mother and sister, respectively.[23][24] During March 2017, it was announced that Elliot Knight and Carlos PenaVega had joined the cast as Wes, Abbott's husband, and Diego, her brother-in-law, respectively.[25][26] During September 2017, Riley Smith was cast in the recurring role of Dr. Will Grant, a rough-around-the-edges oncologist with a secret soft spot for his patients.[27]


Production on the pilot took place from March 15 to March 31, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.[28] Filming moved to Vancouver, British Columbia after being picked up to series. Production began on August 9, 2017, and concluded on January 12, 2018.[29]


Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 37% based on 19 reviews, and an average rating of 4.47/10. Its critical consensus reads, "Life Sentence avoids asking tough questions about serious issues, settling instead for a cloying sweetness."[30] On Metacritic, which assigns normalized rating to reviews, the series has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" March 7, 2018 0.2/1 0.67[3] 0.2 0.51 0.4 1.19[32]
2 "Re-Inventing the Abbotts" March 14, 2018 0.2/1 0.56[4] N/A 0.35 N/A 0.91[33]
3 "Clinical Trial and Error" March 21, 2018 0.2/1 0.49[5] N/A 0.31 N/A 0.79[34]
4 "How Stella Got Her Groove On" March 28, 2018 0.1/1 0.40[6] 0.1 0.26 0.2 0.66[35]
5 "Wes Side Story" April 4, 2018 0.1/1 0.44[7] 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.69[36]
6 "Who Framed Stella Abbott?" April 27, 2018 0.1/1 0.42[8] 0.1 0.27 0.2 0.69[37]
7 "Our Father the Hero" May 4, 2018 0.1/1 0.37[9] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Sleepless Near Seattle" May 11, 2018 0.1/1 0.37[10] 0.1 N/A 0.2[38] N/A
9 "What to Expect When You're Not Expecting" May 18, 2018 0.1/1 0.45[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "The Way We Work" May 25, 2018 0.1/1 0.36[12] 0.1 0.18 0.2 0.54[39]
11 "Frisky Business" June 1, 2018 0.1/1 0.46[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "Love Factually" June 8, 2018 0.1/1 0.38[14] 0.1 0.18 0.2 0.56[40]
13 "Then and Now" June 15, 2018 0.1/1 0.37[15] 0.1 0.18 0.2 0.57[41]


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