You may not know it, but Lifetime is actually responsible for some of the most iconic docuseries/movies of all time. They had America’s Most Wanted, which trucked through the ‘80s as one of the most popular crime shows. They have Unsolved Mysteries, which is exactly the type of lifetime docu-series you would watch when you stayed home sick from school in the ‘90s (which admittedly was terrifying until your parents came home from work).
Today, the current docuseries lifetime movies are breaking boundaries. Sure, some err on the side of silly (let’s all just openly admit we actually do watch Dance Moms) and shows like the Little Women series have helped coin the term "docu-soap," but others are enacting real change. After Surviving R. Kelly unwrapped years of stomach-turning allegations about the famed singer, he was dropped from RCA Records.
This complete list of lifetime docuseries shows and films spans decades and opens up a window into the lives of some of the most interesting people and situations on the planet. Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you wish were canceled sooner.
Premiered: March 5, 2014
Bring It! is a new dance reality show which focuses on the dance team, The Dancing Dolls, from Mississippi. They are a competition dance team, and their style is, "Hip-Hop Majorettes."
Beyond the Headlines
A documentary series exploring the subject matter of Lifetime original movies.
Biography Presents is where A&E tells the stories of the world's most original people. With exclusive access and fresh perspectives, Biography Presents offers a deep dive or a short take on the most captivating lives today. Select Biography Presents also air on Lifetime.
Raising AsiaAsia Monet Ray, Bill Hufsey
Asia as a dancer, singer, and actress has her whole life planned out.
Another spinoff of The Little Women franchise. This one is about the lives of Little Women living in Dallas, Texas.Little Women: Dallas (Lifetime, 2016) is an American reality television series. The series chronicles the lives of little women who are friends living in The Lone Star State of Dallas, Texas.... more
Cheerleader NationSaleem Habash, Donna Martin
Premiered: March 12, 2006
Members of the Dunbar High School's cheerleading squad are on a mission -- they want to dance and shout their way to winning a national championship. If they make it, it will be their third consecutive win, which is unprecedented.
Hosted by teen behavioral specialist Josh Shipp, this series tries to set troubled teens on the right track to lead successful lives before it is too late for them to stop their self-destructive activities.
America's SupernannyJay Zurlinden, Deborah Tillman
America's Supernanny features the first true U.S. homegrown supernanny, Deborah Tillman, a Virginia-based childcare specialist. Tillman visits the homes of parents throughout the U.S. seeking guidance and assistance on how to best raise their children.
Roseanne's NutsRoseanne Barr, John Argent
A reality show in which Roseanne Barr lives on a Hawaiian farm.
What Should You Do?Gary Fredo, Hosea Chanchez
Hosted by Leeza Gibbons, the program recreates real-life stories of life-threatening or emergency situations and dilemmas.What Should You Do? is an American reality series that aired on Lifetime from April 2003 to January 2004.... more
Double DivasCynthia Richards, Molly Hopkins
Two Georgia women own and operate a lingerie store called 'Livi Rae Lingerie'. They not only sell hot lingerie and bras they help bra-illiterate women who want and need to feel good again with an undergarment that truly fits their body. They wholeheartedly believe in their motto 'No bust too big or too small, we fit 'em all.'
Premiered: 2021Cellmate Secrets (Lifetime, 2021) is an American documentary series. Narrated by Angie Harmon, the series reveals new insights and information as former friends, guards, cellmates and lovers give... more
Vivica's Black Magic
Lifetime turns up the heat to melt the winter snow this January with the all-new series premiere of “Vivica’s Black Magic.” Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day”) brings sexy back in a big way as she launches her newest business venture Black Magic, an exotic male revue and ultimate ladies’ night experience featuring her magic men.
Premiered: April 10, 1988
True crimes are dramatized in hopes that viewers can give information leading to the capture of the criminals.America's Most Wanted is an American television program produced by 20th Television, and was the longest-running program of any kind in the history of the Fox Television Network until it was... more
Premiered: January 3, 2019
In the ground-breaking documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” women are emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices to share their stories. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s genre defining career and playboy lifestyle has been riddled with rumors of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia.
Chasing NashvilleAutumn Blair, Helena Hunt
Follows four ambitious teen singers from Appalachia, and the high drama and competition they encounter like no other singing show as they, and their equally determined families, lay everything on the line in pursuit of fame and fortune in country music.
Premiered: September 14, 1988
Dennis Farina (“Law & Order”) hosts this revamped version of the vintage docudrama series that re-creates real-life cases that revolve around unsolved crimes, missing persons and unexplained paranormal phenomena.
True ToriTori Spelling, Dean McDermott
Premiered: April 22, 2014
Tori Spelling decides to allow cameras to follow her to capture her real life story.True Tori is an American docu-series starring Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. It premiered on April 22, 2014, on Lifetime. The series ostensibly chronicles the couple's life from three weeks after... more
7 Days of SexRoyce Binion, Chantal Lashon
Whether it's kids, schedules, or just life in general, sex has taken a backseat in too many marriages today. Can one week of romantic homework assignments help struggling couples reconnect and rekindle the passion that first brought them together? Find out in Lifetime's new real-life series, 7 Days of Sex.
Escaping PolygamyJessica Christensen, Andrea Brewer
Premiered: July 14, 2015
“Escaping Polygamy” follows the work of three sisters who left the Kingston clan, a secretive polygamist group based in Salt Lake City, Utah known as the Order, as they help both loved ones and strangers break free of polygamy.
Premiered: July 13, 2011
Set in Pittsburgh's renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, the series follows children's early steps on the road to stardom, and their doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow...all under the discerning eye of Miller. Seeing the highs and lows surrounding competition season delivers an intriguing and dramatic look at the cast's frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title.
Russian DollsDiana Kosov, Anastasia Kurinnaya
Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighbourhood is home to a vibrant Russian-American community. This docuseries (referred to by some as a Russian `Jersey Shore') follows eight larger-than-life men and women who live life to the fullest, love passionately and work hard in the historic neighbourhood.
Premiered: January 27, 2016
This is a reality show that follows a group of little women living in Atlanta as they deal with drama, friendship, careers and men.Little Women: Atlanta (Lifetime, 2016) is an American reality television series, and a spinoff of Little Women: LA. The series chronicles the lives of little women who are friends living in Atlanta,... more
Little Women: NYLila Call, Dawn Lang
Follows a group of fabulous little women, and one handsome and equally fabulous guy, living in New York City.Little Women: NY (Lifetime, 2015) is an American reality television series. The series chronicles the life of a group of little women living in New York City.... more
Find out more about the women you love and admire who have made their mark in movies, music, politics, sports and more in these "Intimate Portraits."Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. People which have been profiled... more