Hollywood wife Molly Kagen's life of luxury comes tumbling down when her husband Kenny asks for a divorce.

The Starter Wife - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2007-05-31

The Starter Wife - Starter marriage - Netflix

A starter marriage is a first marriage that lasts five years or less and ends without the couple having any children together. The concept of starter marriages was first introduced and explored in a 1994 New York Times article by Deborah Schupack. Then, in a 2002 book The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony Pamela Paul analyzed historical trends in American matrimony, pointing out that, as of 2002, Americans were getting married only slightly older than 100 years before, but that they were living decades longer. (In fact, Americans of Generation X are getting married at a rate closer to that of their grandparents than of their Baby Boomer parents.) She also claimed that some young couples get married for reasons not strong enough to support a long relationship, and that an increasing number of them end their marriages quickly. Paul's book caused controversy for suggesting that these divorces are a good thing, if the couple have not had children. The book came out at the same time as some highly public celebrity breakups, including those of Tom Green and Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley, and socialite Nina Griscom.

The Starter Wife - Etymology of starter marriage - Netflix

The term, a play on the expression “starter home”, appears as one of the footnotes in Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel Generation X. Published usage of the term grew significantly after “'Starter Marriages': So Early, So Brief,” a New York Times article by Deborah Schupack, as well as the subsequent publication of Pamela Paul's 2002 book The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. In 2005, Kate Harrison's The Starter Marriage: A Novel and Gigi Levangie Grazer's The Starter Wife referenced Paul's use of the term. The latter became the basis for a USA Network miniseries of the same name in 2007, and a television series that ran from 2008 to 2009, though it expanded the use of the term since the starter marriage in question had produced a daughter.

The Starter Wife - References - Netflix