Nothing will stop the women of Lifetime‘s upcoming reality show, Prison Brides, from marrying the men they love– not even prison bars!
The network announced earlier this week that its adding ‘Prison Brides’ to its 2024 roster. The show will follow seven women from all over the world who are planning to marry a man imprisoned in the United States.
“While they started off as prison pen pals, these women fell hard and found themselves willing to risk it all for love,” a press release from Lifetime states. “The docuseries follows the women as they travel from their homes –- many visiting the United States for the first time –- to meet their prisoner fiancés, husbands, or partners, to chart their futures together.”
In the first trailer for ‘Prison Brides,’ the brides-to-be are discussing heading to America to meet and marry their legally-challenged lovers.
“If something happens, nobody will help you there,” one bride’s mother tells her. “You’re alone in a country where you’ve never been before.”
One women, Andreaa is shown driving by the prison to catch a glimpse (and get a wave from) her prison Prince Charming, Cage (no pun intended).
“I was sentenced to 50 years for aggravated robbery,” Cage tells us later.
Another prison, Joseph, promises that he and his bride-to-be will “create a life together”— just as soon as he’s released from the slammer.
“With the couples facing harsh judgment from friends, family and strangers, the brides grapple with uncertainty and their ultimate decision to risk it all for true love,” the press release states. “Will true love prevail for these star-crossed lovers with the odds stacked against them?”
Meet the ‘Prison Brides’ Season 1 cast below!
Erin & Michael
Erin is a single mom from Australia who plans to move to Ohio so she can marry Michael, who is about to be released from prison after spending most of his adult life in jail.
“She’s moving away from everyone and everything that she’s ever known for someone that she’s only met once, that is in prison!” Erin’s friend says in the trailer.
Svea & Joseph
Svea hails from Germany and met Joseph when they became online penpals. She is going to move to Michigan to be with him once he’s released.
Jessica & Craig
Jessica is from Australia, but has already married prisoner Craig and moved to Kansas to start a life with him.
Emma & Curtis
UK native Emma is ready to marry Curtis, a convicted carjacker, despite the fact that Curtis is still in prison. Her parents are against the marriage and are urging her not to go to the United States.
Andreea & Cage
Andreea, a student in London, plans to get hitched to Texas prisoner Cage. He was convicted of aggravated burglary and still has 40 years left to serve on his sentence.
Olivia & KJ
Olivia, a dance teacher from the UK, is planning to move to America to marry KJ, a man who proposed to her three days after they met.
Gabby & Jamal
Gabby– who hails from Germany–is in a relationship with Jamal, who is a convicted murderer. Gabby is trying to figure out how to appeal Jamal’s sentence.
‘Prison Brides’ premieres January 10 on Lifetime. Watch the first trailer below!