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I Love a Lifetime Movie

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The comedian Naomi Ekperigin has been a Lifetime fan since middle school. The thrillers are her favorites. It’s “gorgeous people in harrowing situations,” she says. “You don’t know if they have jobs, but you know they’ve got beautiful marble countertops.” So when the network asked her to do a podcast recapping their movies (she was already established in podcasting through her relationship-comedy series, Couples Therapy, which she hosts with her partner, Andy Beckerman), she jumped at the chance. To join her, Ekperigin turned to fellow comedian Megan Gailey. “Ninety percent of Lifetime movies feature white women in peril,” says Ekperigin. “I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t have a white woman in peril with me on the pod!” The first episode covers an exemplar film in this tradition: Sleepwalking in Suburbia, a 2017 psychodrama about a woman who has a rare condition called “sexsomnia.” It’s easy to find the humor in Lifetime’s insane plots, but these hosts, who pull no punches, draw out the films’ many absurd glories with next-level comedy. —C.J.F.

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