Netflix 5: Lifetime Movies for Your Lazy Saturday

My love of the LMN genre is well documented on this site. There’s nothing like turning your brain down to 1 and watching a parade of marginally pretty people do really dumb things, or formerly famous actors tackle lurid true crime tales while you lump around on the couch. It’s easy. It’s comforting. It goes well with a glass of white wine and some Twizzlers.

Given my geographic location, I’ve been limited in my terrible LMN watching, dependent on whatever turns up on can be totally legally acquired from the internet. So words can not adequately describe the sheer, unadulterated joy that ran through me when I discovered a treasure trove of LMNs showing up on Netflix. It’s glorious.


I’m wrapping up my first Big Project at the New Job tomorrow, which means that this weekend is prime couch vegging time. These are 5 of my top suggestions for a lazy Saturday afternoon  — if you indulge this weekend as well, I want to hear all about it in the comments.

Stalkers (Whisper of Fear)

Whisper of Fear

I don’t know what prompted the title change from the juicy Whisper of Fear to the blandly boring Stalkers when the film made the jump to Netflix, but this was one of my favorite debuts of the last couple years. Stalkers checks off the “women in peril,” “ballsy female cops,” and “based on a true story” boxes, while starring actresses with once-promising-careers Drea de Matteo and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, as well as a slumming Mena Suvari. Based on the non-fiction book, Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers, the film circumvents our expectations by proving that not all stalkers are unhinged former boyfriends — attractive lesbians like to torment their exes too!

Clearly filmed as a backdoor pilot, I was disappointed when it didn’t do well enough to get picked up as a series.

She Made Them Do It


I find Jenna Dewan inexplicably charming, which is one of the reasons I watched Witches of East End far longer than it deserved to be watched. She stars in this prison drama, about a woman who may or may not be a black widow, who may or may not manipulate everyone around her for her own devious ends. It all depends on your perspective! Also stars the blonde wig Dewan dons halfway through.

Restless Virgins

restless virgins

Our first teen drama pick, students at an elite private school get involved in a cheating scandal that may involve murder! And or a sex scandal! I don’t remember which! I think it’s the sex scandal one!

Based on a true story (aren’t they all?) about prestigious Milton Academy,  Restless Virgins has everything I love in a boarding school story — stuck up rich kids getting what’s theirs, plucky scholarship students trying to fit in with their wealthy schoolmates, and a very special message about morals.

The Pregnancy Project


Another teen true story, The Pregnancy Project is the rare entry that doesn’t revolve around kids having illicit sex and/or murdering people. Alex Vega, in her post-Spy Kids I’m-Trying-For-Grown-Up-Roles search, stars as Gaby Rodriguez, a high school senior who faked a pregnancy and recorded how she was treated by her community as her senior capstone project. Predictably, she is met with judgement and scorn.

A Killer Among Us


Teenager Alex is devastated by the seemingly random murder of her beloved mother. While trying to pick up her life again, she’s stunned to discover that her father is the principal suspect in the murder case. Will Alex believe the kindly but intense detective who accuses her father? Is her father a murder just because he’s been having an affair with a younger woman and always looks squirrelly and threatening? Will she risk her own life to prove her father’s innocence? Of course, because otherwise there wouldn’t be a movie.

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Slay Belle is an editor and the new writer mentor here at Persephone Magazine, where she writes about pop culture, Buffy, and her extreme love of Lifetime movies. She is also the editor of powderroom.jezebel.com. You can follow her on Twitter, @SlayBelle or email her at slay@persephonemagazine.com. She is awfully fond of unicorns and zombies, and will usually respond to any conversational volley that includes those topics.

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