My Life Is a Lifetime Movie

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dramatic women-centered stories with mature themes.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights real-life dramatic, different, or bizarre events in women's lives that made headlines around the country with a tone that suggests viewers take pleasure in hearing their sometimes horrifying stories.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the women featured are victims of crimes, false accusations, lies, or just weird situations.


Some episodes feature stories (and reenactments) about people being stalked, kidnapped, and/or murdered.


Infidelity and inappropriate sexual relationships (including with teens) are frequent themes. Contains crude references to specific sexual acts (some of which are muted out), as well as images of people engaged in reenacted sexual activity, but no nudity is visible.


Words like "whore" are audible. Curses like "f--k" are muted.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, beer) is sometimes visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Life Is a Lifetime Movie features women talking about dramatic, strange, and sensational events that have had a major impact on their lives. Salty vocab ("f--k")and crude sexual references are muted, but the stories contain lots of frank discussions about infidelity, sexual acts, and inappropriate sexual relationships, which make it a questionable viewing choice for young teens. The series also features stories about violent events, including murder.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byjc203166 November 29, 2015

my life is a lifetime movie

Is a dramatic story of women whose real-life was sad as the books tell.It's from a teacher that is wrongly accused of having a very innapropriate relations... Continue reading

What's the story?

MY LIFE IS A LIFETIME MOVIE tells the dramatic life stories of women whose real-life misfortunes were as sad, frightening, and/or bizarre as the stories Lifetime TV movies tell. From a teacher wrongly accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a obsessed student, to a loving wife who discovers that her husband is a foreign spy, these stories feature women from across the country sharing what it was like living through these ordeals. They each describe what happened in their own words, while actors reenact some of the more dramatic moments. News footage and home videos also help chronicle events. Throughout each detailed account, friends, family, and others who witnessed these experiences also share their thoughts about what went on.

Is it any good?

My Life Is a Lifetime Movie draws from sensational women-centered stories that have made headlines around the country, but allows the women involved to tell these stories from their point of view. It also offers a chance for viewers to learn more about some of the personal details surrounding each event that may not have been shared by the media.

Like most reality series, My Life Is a Lifetime Movie is produced to be voyeuristically entertaining, and has a tongue-in-cheek tone at times. It also deals with some very mature -- and sometimes disturbing -- themes, which aren't intended for younger viewers. But for those old enough to handle it, the series could be a fascinating guilty pleasure.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sensationalism. What makes a story sensational? Is it the topic? How it is told? The use of violent and/or sexually explicit material to tell it?

  • Why do you think the women featured in this show agreed to tell their stories here? What do they stand to gain or lose by appearing on TV?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 17, 2012
  • Network: Lifetime Television
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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