The BEST Episodes of Life (2007)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019

Network: NBC

Complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Crews' new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude which can be challenging to maintain when someone he cares about is threatened -- or when he is investigating the mystery surrounding the murder he was falsely accused of.


#1 - One

Season 2 - Episode 21

Crews looking for Reese, who disappeared while on a case with the FBI. What he discovers is that his partners disappearance is connected to the conspiracy that had put Crews in jail.

star 8.55
198 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: Rand Ravich
Fill It Up

#2 - Fill It Up

Season 1 - Episode 11

Crews and Reese investigate a murder in which it looks like the wife shot her husband, but no murder weapon was found, what they do find is illegal drugs. Crews asks Reese and Stark to cover for him during the search because he has to take care of something. Crews is in for a shock as he tries to track the man he thinks actually committed the murders he was in jail for.

star 8.22
224 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Rand Ravich
Initiative 38

#3 - Initiative 38

Season 2 - Episode 20

The detectives look into a politician's murder. The victim had been working on a banning of handguns which would cost gun companies millions of dollars. Elsewhere, Crews looks into the new FBI duties of Reese.

star 8.08
176 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Rand Ravich, Far Shariat

#4 - Re-Entry

Season 2 - Episode 13

Charlie Crews and Dani Reese try to narrow down the list of suspects when a retired NASA pilot is shot mid-flight; Crews tries to remember who shot him.

star 8.07
175 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Far Shariat
Dig a Hole

#5 - Dig a Hole

Season 1 - Episode 10

Crews and Reese investigate the murder of a Zen Master who was buried alive ten years ago. Crews continues to investigate his own case. He finds some proof that his partner's father Jack Reese could be involved.

star 8.05
209 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Laurie Arent

#6 - Trapdoor

Season 2 - Episode 12

Crews's father, Charles Crews, Sr., shows up at his son's doorstep to try to mend fences. Crews and Reese investigate the death of three Russians; Reese falls into old habits.

star 8.04
182 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Rand Ravich

#7 - Powerless

Season 1 - Episode 6

While at an AA meeting Reese thinks she overheard someone admit to a rape. She finds herself in danger because she won't back down and keeps on investigating. Crews goes on a stakeout with Lt. Davis and learns some surprising information about his former partner Bobby Stark.

star 8.01
233 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Marjorie David
Merit Badge

#8 - Merit Badge

Season 1 - Episode 1

The pilot introduces us to Detective Charlie Crews and the painful cobwebs of his past as he returns to a world that's moved on without him. His appreciation for the details offers him up an unique insights into crime solving. Also his newfound Life reminds us of all the little things we easily take for granted.

star 8.00
344 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Rand Ravich
The Fallen Woman

#9 - The Fallen Woman

Season 1 - Episode 5

A woman is found wearing an angel costume dead. Crews and Reese must figure out if it was suicide or murder. They find out the victim might have been involved in a scam involving Russian brides. The big problem they face is that they can't get to the ringleader.

star 7.98
223 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Rand Ravich
Find Your Happy Place

#10 - Find Your Happy Place

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the season two premiere, detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese are on the hunt for a serial killer when three numbered trunks containing suffocated bodies are found scattered across Los Angeles. With their new boss New York transfer Captain Kevin Tidwell pressuring them to get answers, Crews and Reese race to find a connection between the murders before the killer strikes again. Meanwhile, Ted and Crews attempt to track down the daughter, the lone survivor, of the family Crews was wrongly convicted of killing.

star 7.97
211 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Rand Ravich
What They Saw

#11 - What They Saw

Season 1 - Episode 4

Things get confusing when a man is found dead in his own home. As Crews and Reese interview the neighbors they get all different ideas about the murder. When a homeless man is taken into custody but swears he's innocent, Crews and Reese continue to investigate.

star 7.96
231 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Jonathan Shapiro
Did You Feel That?

#12 - Did You Feel That?

Season 2 - Episode 6

Crews and Reese must track down a killer who escaped from prison after an earthquake hit Los Angeles.

star 7.92
186 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Jonathan Shapiro, Scott M. Gimple
Let Her Go

#13 - Let Her Go

Season 1 - Episode 3

When a husband and wife are victims of a carjacking the wife is murdered. Crews and Reese become suspicious of the husband when he refuses to identify the suspect and they have to let him go free. Crews goes to see the detective that handled his case.

star 7.89
244 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara
Hit Me Baby

#14 - Hit Me Baby

Season 2 - Episode 16

Reese receives an offer to join an FBI organized crime task force, leaving Crews and Stark to partner up. The former partners work on a case of a philandering financial adviser who was murdered and discover a case of corporate and political corruption.

star 7.88
181 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Rand Ravich
Black Friday

#15 - Black Friday

Season 2 - Episode 8

Crews and Reese must track down the body of a murder victim and a killer when a murder takes place in one of the largest malls in America on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

star 7.87
182 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Melissa Scrivner, Marjorie David
Tear Asunder

#16 - Tear Asunder

Season 1 - Episode 2

When a new bride is murdered her husband is the prime suspect. Crews has his doubts and becomes determined to help, not wanting to send an innocent man to prison. Crews goes back to the crime scene that put him in prison and discovers something.

star 7.87
285 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Rand Ravich
Serious Control Issues

#17 - Serious Control Issues

Season 1 - Episode 9

Crews and Reese investigate the murder of a runaway girl found dead under a freeway overpass holding her guitar. A grocery store employee and his son become the prime suspects when they find out the girl used to play her guitar in front of the store. During the investigation they find ties to a kidnapping 12 years earlier. Are they connected?

star 7.86
226 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Laurie Arent
Shelf Life

#18 - Shelf Life

Season 2 - Episode 17

Crews and Stark experience the world of extreme corporate power while investigating the stabbing death of a soldier killed while on leave in Los Angeles.

star 7.85
177 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Marjorie David, Wendolyn Calhoun, Melissa Scrivner
Everything... All the Time

#19 - Everything... All the Time

Season 2 - Episode 2

Charlie Crews and Dani Reese investigate the death of a family man who is found beaten and bound to a chair at the bottom of an empty pool. Captain Tidwell is convinced the murder was an act of gang violence and sends the detectives on assignment. After interviewing the victim’s daughters and two gang members, Crews and Reese’s only clues are an underground party circuit, a bottle of steroids, and a myth about a man only known as Monster. Meanwhile, Ted gets an unexpected visit from Dani’s father who is determined to find out what information Crews has on him and consequently has a request of Ted. Crews also enlists the help of his ex-wife Jennifer to reach out to Rachel , the lone survivor of the murdered family Crews was wrongly convicted of killing.

star 7.85
204 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Rand Ravich

#20 - Jackpot

Season 2 - Episode 7

A woman is found in a pool of blood sitting at a table set with a romantic dinner for two; Rachel and Crews realize they share a common bond.

star 7.85
185 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Rand Ravich
Badge Bunny

#21 - Badge Bunny

Season 2 - Episode 9

Crews and Reese discover that a dead elementary teacher was a woman who exclusively dated cops, and that the killer could be one of their own; Crews and Jennifer address their complex relationship.

star 7.84
194 votes
Directors: Jay Torres
Writers: Rand Ravich

#22 - Farthingale

Season 1 - Episode 8

Crews and Reese investigate a gas explosion in which an IRS agent leading a double life is the victim. Was it an accident or arson? Was the IRS agent trying to be a hero? Crews is once again a suspect in a murder investigation when the detective who handled his case is found dead.

star 7.84
215 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Rand Ravich
I Heart Mom

#23 - I Heart Mom

Season 2 - Episode 15

A con-man is found dead with his mouth full of money in a house without a roof; Crews has a confrontation that sheds some light on the conspiracy against him.

star 7.84
185 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: R.J. Colleary
A Civil War

#24 - A Civil War

Season 1 - Episode 7

Crews and Reese investigate the murder of two Iranian Americans and kidnapping of another. Not sure if this is a hate crime or not they try to work with the kidnappers. What they uncover is a boy trying to his mother's love. Earley becomes concerned about Crews' impulsiveness when he wants to buy a solar farm after having a dream.

star 7.84
219 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Rafael Alvarez
Evil... and his Brother Ziggy

#25 - Evil... and his Brother Ziggy

Season 2 - Episode 10

When a sheriff’s deputy is found murdered on an Indian reservation, Crews and Reese find themselves in the middle of a turf war between Tribal police and the county sheriff’s department. The detectives learn the victim was not well-liked on the reservation and the opening of a new profitable casino may have led to the deputy’s demise. Crews attends a fundraiser thrown by Mickey Rayborn, one of the individuals Crews believes was involved in the conspiracy against him.

star 7.83
192 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Far Shariat