Season 9 of CNN’s This Is Life With Lisa Ling to Premiere Nov. 20

By Mark Mwachiro 

This Is Life with Lisa Ling returns to CNN for a ninth season on Sunday, November 20, at 10 p.m. ET/CT.

This season, This Is Life will embark on a new cross-country journey that will take Ling to far corners of America, where she will explore communities that she feels are often unknown or misunderstood.

“In these divided times, when we are increasingly inhabiting our respective bubbles, it has never been more important to get to know the stories of those who call America home,” said Ling, who also executive produces the program. “For nine seasons, people have welcomed us into their homes and their lives, and I am truly honored to tell their stories.”


Issues Ling will explore in this six-episode season include:

  • Surveying mothers who seek out sperm donors on Facebook and she also reveals the true motives of a man who has fathered over one hundred children with more on the way.
  • Heading to the backwoods of Arkansas where she will discover the fate of hundreds of tigers, bred and held captive by the so-called “kings” of a blockbuster TV series.
  • Examining how technology is shaping love, sex, and human relationships following the widespread social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Journeying to the streets of her hometown of Los Angeles, an area that has become ground zero for America’s severe mental health crisis, uncovering the horror but also the hope for those society seems to have cast aside.
  • Communing with the followers of a newer religion that proclaims interracial marriage as a possible pathway to world peace.
  • Traveling to Denver, a city often known for its legal pot culture, and found that another legal substance – alcohol – has become America’s worst addiction

This ninth season of This Is Life is produced by Part2 Pictures for CNN Original Series. Executive Producers are Ling, Amy Bucher, David Shadrack Smith, Amy Entelis, and Nomi Ernst Leidner. The co-Executive Producer is Heidi Burke.

The previous seasons of This is Life can be found on the CNN Originals hub on Discovery+.