‘Love After Lockup’ is an American romance reality TV series which airs on WE tv. It first premiered on January 12, 2018. The series focuses on couples who found true love when their partners were behind bars. The audience was all praises for the first season and it appears there are plenty of stories in the genre to be told. The docuseries has become one of the most loved series on WE tv, following word of mouth praise.
The series follows six couples who share their romantic and emotional journey of getting united with their partners after a very long time. They only medium they are allowed to use to communicate with their partners is through recorded phone calls, supervised visits and handwritten letters. Their journeys have many ups and downs, but their love is strong. The series turns emotional when one of the couples has their partner land straight from behind the bars to their marriage altar. These couples do not get a chance to go on a date, have unsupervised contact, meet each other’s family, or have intimate moments. It is a trying period in their love lives.
The series is produced by Sharp Entertainment, the same company that is behind other popular shows like TLC’s ’90 day Fiance’ and Travel Channel’s ‘Man v. Food’. However, the idea of the show itself came from a brainstorming session among the WE tv employees. Marc Juris, the president of WE tv is of the opinion that it is the novel idea of showing love from behind bars that have made the show so talked about. While prison romances are something we have heard about, it is something rarely shown on television, and that is exactly what ‘Love After Lockup’ succeeds in doing.
Love After Lockup Cast: Who is in it?
Since every season features different couples, the cast keeps changing. However, there are some considerations to be made while selecting the cast. All members have to be people who have met while in prison and people who are getting out soon. Juris also elaborated on how they wanted the members to be relatable, so stayed away from, say, a mass murderer. The aim is to show people “who’ve changed, who’ve learned, so we could see their transformation as well”. While casting known criminals on the show might have an aura of danger to it, Juris assured that the former inmates were, “getting out of prison, and they’re on parole—you’re a little more assured that they’re going to be very calm and collected about everything”.
Love After Lockup Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Love After Lockup’ is basically an unscripted show that revolves around six couples who get united for the first time after years. The couples wait for their better halves till the big day arrives and they are released from the jail to get married to their beloved partners. Once they finally meet, there is only one question – Will their love blossom on the rocky road to the altar? Will their love triumph over everything? Only time can decide!
The series gives the term ‘ball and chain’ a whole new meaning, since the bars are only removed from the relationship much later, and from thereon, it is a rocky road to either happiness or disaster. However, if it was easy, it would not be love, right? That is for the couples on the show to find out, and as one of them discovered, his better half had a crack problem that his love could not overcome. The story starts when one of the halves is about to leave prison to start their relationship formally with the non-con, or the person who has not been to prison.