Creator / Lifetime

Lifetime is an American cable TV channel with programming geared towards female audiences, owned by A+E Networks (through Lifetime Entertainment Services), a joint venture between Disney and the Hearst Corporation. It is well-known for giving rise to a subgenre of Made For TV Movies that feature similar plots and themes.

The network was launched in 1984 as the result of a merger between two networks co-owned by ABC and Hearst—Cable Health Network, which was Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Daytime, a female-targeted network. Originally focused on talk shows, it later added game shows (most notably Supermarket Sweep and Shop 'Til You Drop) and syndicated programs to its lineup.

Currently, the channel broadcasts many shows such as Will & Grace and Desperate Housewives, although it also includes original programming such as The Protector (no, not that one) and Drop Dead Diva.

Lifetime is the Trope Namer for

Original works with their own pages

Tropes found in other Lifetime shows and movies include:

  • Based on a True Story: A good chunk of their movies and miniseries (either theirs or bought from other networks) are this. And their Intimate Portrait series was basically "Biography" for women.
  • The Cheerleader: Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, which is the true story about five spoiled high school cheerleaders in McKinney, Texas.
  • Dead Man Honking: In Sleeping With The Devil, a woman deliberately invokes this (although she's merely injured, not dead) in an attempt to call for help, having just been shot several times by the hitman hired by her ex-boyfriend to kill her.
  • Either/Or Title: Some movies have alternate titles, which may be left in the end credits. If you look at some of the movie posters, they may have a completely different title than what the movie officially has.
  • Here We Go Again!: With some dramatic films, Yandere films specifically, the Villain Protagonist sometimes finds someone new that they obsess over.
  • Mama Bear: Thrillers tend to have women protect their children when they're in danger.
  • My Beloved Smother: A few movies include very overprotective parents who attempt or succeed in killing their child's significant other. One of the more prominent examples is Diana Donahue who clung to her 30-year-old son and killed her daughter-in-law for trying to take him away from her. She was actually based off a real woman who was the exact same way.
  • Network Decay: There was a time when this channel actually put out very good and topical shows, movies, miniseries (many of which were acquired from the three major networks), and it occasionally still does, but it's pretty much devolved into parody, sterotypes, and cliches, as described by many of the tropes listed here.
    • And despite supposedly being geared towards women, it also airs a lot of programs that don't really fit this bill—reruns of Frasier, Unsolved Mysteries, Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother, I Survived, etc. (Although on a plus side, quite a few cases on Unsolved Mysteries were solved by viewers who watched it on this channel instead of on its original station NBC.)
  • Not Good with Rejection: For romantic thrillers, the protagonist tends to fly off the handle when their loved one rejects their feelings.
    • Devon from The Perfect Teacher makes up a story about Jim, her teacher and the object of her obsession, raping her after he rejects her advances. She offers to get him reinstated and deny the story if he agreed to love her.
  • Police Are Useless: A good chunk of these movies tend to make the police as incompetent as possible. This usually results in the hero/heroine stopping the antagonist on their own. It's pretty rare to see police officers portrayed correctly with this network.
  • Rescue Romance: Inverted with the Stalked By My Doctor movies. Dr. Beck becomes obsessed with young women that he saves. His deranged mind creates fantasies where these women reciprocate his feelings, thus making him believe that this trope is in effect on both sides.
  • Sporting Event: A&E Networks signed a three-year deal with the National Women's Soccer League in 2017, buying an equity stake in the league. Under this deal, Lifetime broadcasts an NWSL Game of the Week.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Some characters turn into this for the people they love.
  • Villain Protagonist: For the Yandere movies, they focus on this type of protagonist who is slowly losing their mind because of their obsession.
  • Yandere: For all types of people, all types of age groups, and all types of love.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Occasionally, the protagonist or the protagonist's lover/spouse ends up having an affair with another character. This is sometimes subverted where a character thinks or is led to believe that an affair is taking place.