Lifetime is a cable TV channel in the United States with programming geared towards female audiences. It is well known for giving rise to a subgenre of Made For TV Movies that feature similar plots and themes.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
- Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
- Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011) starring Hayden Panettiere
- America's Most Wanted
- Army Wives
- Blood Ties
- Dance Moms
- Debt (1996-98)
- Devious Maids
- Drop Dead Diva
- The Lottery
- Project Runway
- The Protector
- Rita Rocks
- Shop 'Til You Drop (1991-95)
- Strong Medicine
- Supermarket Sweep (1990-1995; rerun until 1998)
- To Be Fat Like Me (2007) starring Kaley Cuoco
Tropes found in other Lifetime shows and movies include:
- 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.
- Not Good with Rejection: For romantic thrillers, the protagonist tends to fly off the handle when their loved one rejects their feelings.
- 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 creator.
- 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.
- 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.