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Old 12-10-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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I would love to know if the writer of lifetime movies really believes that these movies portray what high school is like.
Betrayed at 17
Murdered at 17
Etc. Etc.

As a high school student I find these images completely unrealistic and I wonder how many people actually believe what they say on tv. I feel like lifetime (and ABC for that matter) portrays teens as sex crazed ( on a huge scale), people who always have an alterior motive. Like in a movie I saw the girl killed her "friend" over a boy and then came up with this elaborate plan to cover it up. Or Secret life of the American teenager where every other word is sex.

What are your opinions on ABC and LifeTime?
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Pretty Little Liars?
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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"What are your opinions on ABC and LifeTime?"

- The same as they are about any of today's garbage television programming.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Pretty Little Liars?
That's the show bit there was a movie first and I have no clue what it's called. Lol
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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Movies made by the brainless for the brain damaged.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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I always found Lifetime odd because it's ostensibly a "Woman's Network" but when I'd tried it so much of it seemed to be women who are obnoxious or even psycho. There were exceptions, that movie "Homeless to Harvard" involved a woman (technically I think she might have even been a teen, like 18-19) whose story could be seen as "empowering" or "admirable", but the few times I'd seen those they were "exceptions." I almost wondered if it was like "Lifetime: Television for Women, Women who hate themselves or alternatively hate 'other' women." Hopefully it's improved since then.

Anyway on teens specifically I think some of this is just the general perspective of TV. Some of it is unfair, but it is a period of transition in biological terms. I didn't want to believe that at 12, but it happened anyway. And transitional periods can be difficult. The rate of accidental death in males, in particular, increases as they enter sexual maturity And this is true in pretty much all cultures.

Boys reach sexual maturity younger and younger: Phase between being physically but not socially adult is getting longer

And as your body or mind is maybe new to sexuality or its pleasures there's a certain degree of confusion on how to handle it, at least, that can happen.

TV has a tendency to take certain things and then exaggerate it to the Nth degree to be more entertaining. So you add this up and you get sex-crazed teens killing each other with their recklessness or malice. Instead of something more normal like "teens absentmindedly driving off the road, but not getting seriously hurt" or "teen is embarrassed to be caught watching porn" or "teen starts smoking, but doesn't get lung-cancer for another forty years" or whatever.

It might be worse for teens than some groups, but lots of groups get this or have gotten it. They take one element that might be more true of a population than the rest of us, but then exaggerate it to everything. Although another factor is teens that just go to school, peaceably go to the Mall with friends, etc are harder to make dramatic. And in the case of ABC Family and Lifetime I think they go for "unsubtle" and "melodramatic" fairly often. So if you watch the portrayal of adults on ABC Family or Lifetime, and many others, I'd wager it's a tad melodramatic/unreal too. Or their presentation of kids or old people or whatever.

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Old 12-10-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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I would love to know if the writer of lifetime movies really believes that these movies portray what high school is like.
Betrayed at 17
Murdered at 17
Etc. Etc.

As a high school student I find these images completely unrealistic and I wonder how many people actually believe what they say on tv. I feel like lifetime (and ABC for that matter) portrays teens as sex crazed ( on a huge scale), people who always have an alterior motive. Like in a movie I saw the girl killed her "friend" over a boy and then came up with this elaborate plan to cover it up. Or Secret life of the American teenager where every other word is sex.

What are your opinions on ABC and LifeTime?
I can't speak for ABC but I did my share of Lifetime movie-watching and I thought it was very interesting and there was a lot to learn from a relatively dramatic yet fictional storyline that a lot of Lifetime movies portray. People have disagreed with me and thought it was all wrong and not a portrayal of real life but I disagree. Most Lifetime movies I've ever seen were really good and worth watching.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Default Lifetime channel?

It should be named what they really want to say: The Man Hater Channel
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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It should be named what they really want to say: The Man Hater Channel
I'm not a huge watcher of Lifetime or ABC family, but I do watch occasionally and have seen nothing to show that either is a "man hater" channel, I find that absurd, and another instance of saying just because something is focused on women it must be "anti man," which is a load of crap, most women love men, and most shows, and movies geared towards women feature plenty of good men.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Remember when the "Big Three" networks used to have their weekly "made for TV movies"? Now the Lifetime network is the main provider (or should I say "perpetrator"?) of that art form! They are usually Canadian-made potboilers (most of these movies are set in the American Northwest or Northeast) dealing with evil spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends.

A typical plot:

1. A couple in love
2. One spouse/lover picks up hints that something is not quite right with the other. No one else believes him/her.
3. Eventually, our hero(ine) wins the support of a sympathetic police officer.
4. Villain(ess) surprises our hero(ine) when he/she discovers damning evidence that the villain(ess) is a murderer/rapist/abuser/world-class creep. A struggle insues.
5. Villain(ess) attacks hero(ine) one last time before being subdued by hero(ine) and/or police officer.
6. Officer asks hero(ine) "Are you all right"? Hero(ine) nods weakly then sighs, "I don't know how to thank you"!
7. Hero(ine) goes on with his/her life on a cautiously optimistic note. THE END.
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