Awake follows a man named Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) who wakes up after a car accident. he learns that his wife, who was in the car with him, died. He tries to put everything together to find what is going on. However, after a few days, he finds that his wife is not dead, but that it was his son who died. Confused, Michael goes back to work as a detective trying to put things normal again. One moment he is talking to his wife about having another baby and then the next he is at a tennis match talking to his son’s coach about how his son is dealing with the loss. All this time, he is trying to do the job he loves and thinking that he is going insane.
Created by Kyle Killen (Lone Star), Awake dives into a story about a man wanting to know what is real and what is in his mind. The creativity of the show allows for the viewers to enjoy themselves and try to help Michael through his cases. It is a new age type of plot that turns a normal, sane man into something that he never thought of happening to him ever.
When Detective Michael Britten regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah perished, but that his teen son, Rex, has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together he awakens again in a world in which his wife is very much alive, but his son Rex died in the accident. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive he begins living two dueling realities. Trying to regain some normalcy Michael turns to his work solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman and Detective Efrem Vega. He begins to solve impossible cases by using his dueling realities to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world. Helping Michael to navigate his new existence are his bureau assigned therapists Dr. Evans and Dr. Lee..