Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

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Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp
Genre Reality
Starring Bristol Palin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 14
Executive producer(s) David Martin
David McKenzie
Gena McCarthy
Jim Romanovich
Matt Lutz
Noah Pollack
Rob Sharenow
Robyn Schnieders
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Associated Television International
Original network Lifetime
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release June 19 (2012-06-19) – July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)
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Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp is an American reality television series that premiered on Lifetime. The series debuted on June 19, 2012.[1]


The series follows the day-to-day life of Bristol Palin as she adjusts to life back in Alaska after temporarily residing in California.[2]


No. Title Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Spreading My Wings" June 19, 2012 (2012-06-19) 0.726[3]
2 "From Bad to Worse" June 19, 2012 (2012-06-19) 0.726[3]
3 "Bristol, a Book, and the Beach" June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26) 0.586[4]
4 "Baby Daddy Dilemma (FKA The Levi Blues. Back in Alaska)" June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26) 0.426[4]
5 "Ms. Palin Goes to Washington" July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03) N/A
6 "Sarah's Surprise" July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03) N/A
7 "Valen-Times" July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10) N/A
8 "Reindeer Games" July 10, 2012 (2012-07-10) N/A
9 "Cabin Fever" July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) N/A
10 "New Beginnings" July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17) N/A
11 "Bearizona" July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) N/A
12 "Kicked to the Curb" July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) N/A
13 "The Bet (Mom's the Word)" July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) N/A
14 "The Ring Bear-er" July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31) N/A


The pilot episode of Palin's series had an estimated 726,000 viewers, with a rating of 0.2 percent among adults aged 18–49.[5] After performing even worse the second week, Lifetime decided to move the show from its original primetime slot, at 10:00 p.m., to an hour later, and to show repeats of the series Dance Moms at 10:00 p.m.

Palin's series has received mostly negative reviews, with Entertainment Weekly calling it a "weird, miserable reality show."[citation needed] San Francisco Chronicle's David Wiegand said, "She's just not that interesting."[citation needed] TIME's James Poniewozik has called the show "misguided" and commented that it fails to show Palin as a struggling young mother as she is seen at boutiques, Starbucks, and at bars. The Washington Post's Hank Steuver said everything in Palin's show "reeks of reality TV tropes: The massive SUVs Bristol cruises around in, the insipid boutiques where she shops, her Beverly Hills mansion that looks like a Bachelorette set, the blatantly staged conversations, the annoyingly visible microphone packs." He then called the show "maddeningly unreal."[6]


Prior to the show's airing, it had already been the subject of lawsuits. In September 2011, Palin was heckled by Stephen Hanks in a West Hollywood bar while being filmed for the show. When footage of the heated argument was shown on the show's advertisements, Hanks sued Palin for defamation saying he never signed any permission waiver to be shown on television.[7]

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  1. ^ ""Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" Premieres Tuesday, June 19 at 10:00 PM on Lifetime". thefutoncritic. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Highly Anticipated Docuseries, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," to Premiere Tuesday, June 19th, on Lifetime". thefutoncritic. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Storage Wars" Tops Demos, "Rizzoli & Isles" Is Most-Watched". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Storage Wars," "Rizzoli & Isles" Lead the Pack". Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  5. ^ James Hibberd (June 20, 2012). "Bristol Palin's reality show ratings tank". Entertainment Weekly. 
  6. ^ "Just how dull is Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp?". Yahoo! News. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Bristol Palin Sued For Defamation By Bar Heckler". The Huffington Post. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

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