In the Life
|In The Life|
|Created by||In The Life Media|
|Theme music composer||Chimes Charisma|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||20|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Picture format||NTSC or
ATSC 720p60 pillarbox
|Audio format||Dolby Surround (NTSC)
Dolby Digital 2.0 (ATSC)
|Original run||June 9, 1992 – December 5, 2012|
Produced by In The Life Media, In the Life was a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) television newsmagazine, broadcast on PBS. Premiering on June 9, 1992, it was the longest running LGBT television program in history.
In September 2012, In The Life Media announced that the December 2012 broadcast would be the last. ITLM said it will work with other organizations to create a web-based archive of historical videos documenting the LGBT rights movement, enhancing the organization's online presence and hopefully broadening its reach.
The series was regularly commentated by Tony Award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein from 2001-2004. Past hosts of the show include Kate Clinton and Katherine Linton. Guest hosts for the series have included Cherry Jones, Paris Barclay, Janeane Garofalo, Lesley Gore, Lea DeLaria, Madonna, Jade Esteban Estrada, Nathan Lane, Howard Dean, Gavin Newsom, Helen Thomas, Nancy Grace, RuPaul, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Herman, Carol Channing, Larry Kramer, Barbara Gittings, Lillian Faderman, Judy Shepard, Susan Sarandon, Billie-Jean King, Lily Tomlin, Melissa Etheridge, Esera Tuaolo, Martina Navratilova, Judith Light, Margaret Cho, Le Tigre, Lady Bunny, Wilson Cruz, Alan Cumming, Bill Brochtrup, Staceyann Chin and Lisa Leslie. In its 18th season, In the Life moved from a hosted format to a documentary style series narrated by guest voice-overs.