This Is Life with Lisa Ling

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This is Life with Lisa Ling
This is Life with Lisa Ling Title Card.jpg
Created byPart2 Pictures
Presented byLisa Ling
ComposerMike Shinoda
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkCNN
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseSeptember 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsOur America with Lisa Ling
External links
Website

This Is Life with Lisa Ling is a CNN original documentary television series produced by Brooklyn-based production company Part2 Pictures and American journalist Lisa Ling, who is also the show’s host. The program was announced on April 14, 2014, and its first season premiered September 28, 2014.

On October 27, 2020, it was announced that the seventh season would premiere on November 29, 2020.[1]

Host[edit]

Lisa Ling is a writer, journalist, and former co-host of ABC’s The View (1999–2002). She has been a special correspondent for CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network, from which she brought producer Amy Bucher of Part2 Pictures to work on This Is Life. The two have worked together for six years.[2]

Summary[edit]

In the investigative series, award-winning journalist and former The View host Lisa Ling goes on a gritty, breathtaking journey to far corners of America.[3] The premier episode features Ling investigating the world of "sugaring" and opening up about her own relationship experience being a self-proclaimed sugar baby.[4] Later in the season, Ling will delve into profound topics like drug abuse in Utah's Mormon community and the gay rodeo scene. The music to the season was composed by Mike Shinoda of American rock band Linkin Park.[5]

The series is largely a continuation of Ling's prior documentary series, Our America with Lisa Ling, which ran for five seasons until 2014 on OWN.

Background[edit]

This is Life was one of 12 anticipated nonfiction series to air on CNN, amid its typical daily newscasts, in 2015.[6] The influx of these original primetime shows was part of a new initiative to “help CNN reduce its dependence on the network’s traditional format,” according to a Variety article. Other nonfiction series that occupied primetime slots on CNN when her show debuted included Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and a series featuring the Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe.[7]

Celebrity writer Greg Gilman speculated that This is Life would be similar in concept to Lisa Ling’s previous show, Our America.[3] However, Ling told the Huffington Post that This is Life would be “edgier” and “much more in your face” than the last series, which aired on OWN.[8]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)
28September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)
38September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)November 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)
48October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)November 26, 2017 (2017-11-26)
58September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)November 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)
68September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)
76November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)December 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies"September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)0.59[9]
22"Unholy Addiction"October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)0.50[9]
33"The Genius Experiment"October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)0.60[9]
44"Filthy Rich"October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)0.66[9]
55"Jungle Fix"October 26, 2014 (2014-10-26)N/A
66"Road Strip"November 2, 2014 (2014-11-02)N/A
77"Gay Rodeo"November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)N/A
88"Called to the Collar"November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)N/A

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
91"Children of the Prophet"September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)0.72[10]
102"Inside Mongol Nation"October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)0.70[11]
113"Fatherless Towns"October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)0.46[12]
124"Faces That Sell"October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)0.44[13]
135"Electronic Woodstock"November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)0.44[14]
146"America's Busiest Coroners"November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)0.59[15]
157"The Seduction Game"December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)0.66[16]
168"The Satanist Next Door"December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)0.42[17]

Season 3 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
171"Locked Angeles"September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)0.71[18]
182"Women Who Fight"October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)0.47[19]
193"The Black and White of Heroin"October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)0.73[20]
204"21st Century Brothels"October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)0.83[21]
215"Silicon Valley Savants"October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)0.48[22]
226"Wired Philly"November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)0.49[23]
237"Sins of the Father"November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)0.49[24]
248"Prison Love"November 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)0.46[25]

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
251"Sexual Healing"October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)0.63[26]
262"Chinese in America"October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)0.73[27]
273"Age of Consent"October 15, 2017 (2017-10-15)0.58[28]
284"Patriot Movement"October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)0.62[29]
295"America's First Muslims"October 29, 2017 (2017-10-29)0.61[30]
306"Modern Love"November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05)0.72[31]
317"Lost Vegas"November 19, 2017 (2017-11-19)0.80[32]
328"Transbeauty"November 26, 2017 (2017-11-26)N/A

Season 5 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
331"The Myth of MS-13"September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)0.82[33]
342"The Meth Crossroads"September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)0.68[34]
353"Gender Fluidity"October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)0.54[35]
364"Screen Addiction"October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)0.62[36]
375"Children of Killers"October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)0.77[37]
386"The Mediums of Lily Dale"October 28, 2018 (2018-10-28)0.57[38]
397"The Dad Dilemma"November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)0.50[39]
408"Furry Nation"November 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)0.49[40]

Season 6 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
411"Porn Ed"September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)0.58[41]
422"The Benzos Crisis"October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)0.56[42]
433"A Few Good Women"October 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)0.47[43]
444"Mississippi Gangland"October 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)0.52[44]
455"Twinning"October 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)0.69[45]
466"When Women Kill"November 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)0.50[46]
477"Swingers"November 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)0.64[47]
488"Fighting Terror in NYC"November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)0.61[48]

Season 7 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
491"Prison & Prep School"November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)N/A
502"Lost Boys"November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)N/A
513"When Heroin Hits Home"December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)N/A
524"World of Massage Parlors"December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)N/A
535"Under the Gun"December 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)N/A
546"Psychedelic Healing"December 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2017 Gracie Awards Outstanding Non-Fiction or Reality Show Won

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