The untold truth of Lifetime movies
By now, Lifetime movies have become something of a national treasure, with an enduring legacy that resides somewhere between Jerry Springer-like camp and ABC After School Special-like melodrama. By turns shocking, tear-jerking, unhinged, and hilariously overwrought, Lifetime programming turned tabloid fodder into a beloved pastime throughout the '80s and '90s.
Women scorned, punk rock teens in jeopardy, homicidal maniacs on the loose, home wrecking femme fatales, mid-life crises turned pathological, Dynasty-like personality ("poisonality?") clashes, high school rivalries that turned into true crime bloodbaths … the channel had it all; and even though many of its early shows were predictably critically panned, viewers adored them.
In the 2000s, Lifetime changed their tune, started making critically acclaimed films, and eventually garnered a wealth of prestigious nominations. That's exactly why the evolution of the channel is so singularly fascinating and unique: rarely has a television entity, especially one that started out as bland Daytime talk TV, demonstrated such astonishing versatility. Read on to find out more about the channel that went from being America's sweetheart of guilty pleasures to being the stuff that Emmy Award statuettes are made of.