Season 1 is the first season of The CW dramedy, Life Sentence. It began airing on March 7, 2018 and consisted of 13 episodes.

On March 30, 2018, the show moved to Fridays at 9pm, starting from Friday 27th April with the sixth episode.[1]

On May 8th, 2018, The CW cancelled the show after one season due to low ratings. [2]

Premise Edit

When Stella finds out her terminal cancer is cured, she's going to have to learn to live with all the choices she made when she decided to "live like she was dying".

Official SynopsisEdit

LIFE SENTENCE follows Stella (Lucy Hale), 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 (Dylan Walsh) and Ida (Gillian Vigman), 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 her best friend (Stella’s godmother), Poppy. Also, it turns out Stella may be responsible for the fact that her sister, Elizabeth (Brooke Lyons), gave up her own dreams to take care of Stella and start a family with her husband Diego (Carlos PenaVega), just to give her parents something positive to focus on. Then there’s Stella’s often overlooked brother, Aiden (Jayson Blair), 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 (Elliot Knight), 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. This multi-generational, coming-of-age story proves that we all end up living somewhere between our dreams and reality… and maybe that’s okay.[3]


Main CastEdit

Supporting CastEdit

  • Riley Smith as Dr. Will Grant 9/13
  • Noor Anna Maher as Fiona Rojas 9/13
  • Emanuel Eaton as Frank Rojas 9/13
  • Shannon Chan-Kent as Finley 7/12
  • Rana Roy as Pippa 4/13
  • Valerie Cruz as Gina 4/13
  • Alyshia Ochse as Marlene 4/13
  • Anna Enger as Dr. Helena Chang 3/13
  • Claudia Rocafort as Poppy 3/13
  • Alysa Diaz as Kayla as 3/13
  • Bre Blair as Lauren 3/13


Image Title Airdate Written by Directed by # (episode)
LS-1x01-Promotional Photo-04
March 7, 2018
Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith
Lee Toland Krieger
When Stella, a young woman who has spent the last eight years living like she was dying, 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.
LS-1x02-Promotional Photo-06
Re-Inventing the Abbotts
March 14, 2018
Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith
John Kretchmer
When the INS unexpectedly shows up, Stella and Wes need to defend their marriage or Wes might be deported back to London. Peter hesitates on following through selling the house.  Elizabeth is having writer’s block and Stella thinks she has a fix, but Diego is not overjoyed by the idea.
Life Sentence 1x03 promotional photo 02
Clinical Trial and Error
March 21, 2018
Margaret Easley and Laura Putney
David Warren
As Stella settles into her new volunteer role as Patient Advocate, she learns that Sadie doesn’t have anyone to fight for her. Stella suggests Sadie try the clinical trial that worked for her, but their hopes are dashed when they learn that the trial has ended.
Life Sentence 1x04 01
How Stella Got Her Groove On
March 28, 2018
Lisa Melamed,Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith
Roger Kumble
When Stella decides to apply for a manager position, she learns another secret about her past, forcing her to figure out what she really wants to do with her life. Wes starts secretly working on a project. Aiden is ready to take on the responsibility of being a father, but learns some shocking news that changes things.
Life Sentence 1x05 01
Wes Side Story
April 4, 2018
Oliver Godstick
Arlene Sanford
Stella feels like she and Wes need to get back into a romantic rhythm, but things take a turn when Wes gets a surprise visitor. Aiden is torn over whether or not he should tell Peter the truth about the woman he's dating. Ida struggles with Peter’s new relationship, causing problems in her own life.
Life Sentence 1x06 Promo 1
Who Framed Stella Abbott?
April 27, 2018
Nelson Soler
Norman Buckley
When Stella and Wes agree to always tell each other the truth, it becomes a problem for Wes when it comes to Dr. Grant. Stella helps Aiden get a job at her coffee shop, but she soon begins to notice Aiden is up to something.
Our Father Still 1
Our Father the Hero
May 4, 2018
Tad Safran
Viet Nguyen
With Aiden facing a growing problem, he keeps the faith that Peter will keep him out of trouble. Stella struggles with not telling Aiden the truth about who really tipped of the police. Wes is not happy when he sees Dr. Grant performing at the bar.
Sleepless Near Seattle Photo 1
Sleepless Near Seattle
May 11, 2018
Zach Dodes
Ellen S. Pressman
Stella suddenly finds herself on a road trip with Dr. Grant and Sadie to help get Sadie into a clinical trial. Wes gets a call from his ex about a job opportunity. Aiden discovers an unexpected new friend. Lizzie and Diego learn that their son is being bullied at school.
Life Sentence 1x09 Still 2
What to Expect When You're Not Expecting
May 18, 2018
Louisa Levy
John T. Kretchmer
Stella and Wes learn some unexpected news. Aiden's unfamiliar feelings for a girl puts him in uncharted waters. Diego’s plan to impress his new boss at brunch turns awkward when both Ida and Peter are interested in her.
Life Sentence 1x10 Promo 1
The Way We Work
May 25, 2018
Laura Putney and Margaret Easly
Janice Cook
Stella and Wes seek professional help. Aiden starts looking for a job. Lizzie and Ida begin working together, but it brings up issues that neither anticipated. Peter makes a tough decision.
Life Sentence 1x11 Promo 1
Frisky Business
June 1, 2018
Nelson Soler, Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith
Tessa Blake
Stella's opportunity to help plan an event for the hospital touches a nerve for Dr. Grant. Aiden spends money without consulting Wes, forcing Wes to find an investor that no one is happy about. Peter learns about Ida's dream.
Life Sentence 1x12 Promo 3
Love Factually
June 8, 2018
Oliver Goldstick
Michael Grossman
Trying to focus on her new job at the hospital, Stella discovers some concerning information about Wes. The Abbott family comes to a standstill when someone other than Stella gets sick.
Life Sentence 1x13 Promo 1
Then & Now
June 15, 2018
Erin Cardillo & Richard Keith
John T. Kretchmer
Stella and Wes find themselves defending their relationship after Stella puts details about their life on social media. Peter realizes who he wants to be with. Aiden refuses to give up on his dream.


  • The season was expected to premiere in January 2018, but was pushed to March 7, 2018. [4]



Behind the ScenesEdit