For most people, their wedding day ignites dreams of a bright future and the hope of fading into the sunset with the one they love. But for some brides and grooms, the reality of "til death do you part" hits come sooner than expected. Narrated by Emmy Award-winner Marlo Thomas, HAPPILY NEVER AFTER tells the true stories of people who meet untimely ends on or around their wedding days. Leading viewers through these tales of romance, sex, greed and betrayal is Dr. Wendy Walsh, a clinical psychologist and relationship expert. As this new series suggests, perhaps love found is not always happily ever after.
Yet another poorly-made true crime show on ID Discovery, this time with the hook that the crime victim was newly married.
I don't expect much from these types of shows, but this one is truly awful. The worst part for me is the frequent talking heads from their supposed relationship expert. Her "analysis" is generally of the blatantly obvious common sense variety, but she often veers into the bizarrely sexist territory. Some nuggets of her wisdom have been (barely paraphrasing) "women love big rocks, because it shows the man has money to waste", "women dream of men who can provide them financial security", and "women love male attention, it makes them feel like they must be worth his love". Ugh. No doubt some women may feel that way, but the sweeping generalizations bug. Plus, she often makes her proclamations in the most laughably dramatic way with exaggerated facial expressions and the camera pulling in for sudden close ups as if to emphasize certain points like dun...dun...DUN. Hate.