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The L Word: Season 5

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Unresolved romances and a long-simmering film project finally bear fruit in the fifth season of THE L WORDr. Dreams come true and new life paths are forged for many of the series' characters this year, but not without the The L Word's trademark provocative storylines, sizzling sexuality, and heart-rending emotion.

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In a clever move, the producers of The L Word use season five to revisit the origins of their own creation. After Jenny (Mia Kirshner) sets out to direct the silver-screen edition of her novel, Lez Girls, she enters a parallel world populated by actors playing thinly-veiled versions of the central cast (in a typical Jenny move, she sleeps with the star who portrays "Jesse"). This post-modern plotline brings newcomers up to speed, while offering early-adapters new perspectives on the past. Naturally, the shoot doesn't go smoothly. When the increasingly self-absorbed Jenny hires adoring fan Adele (ER's Malaya Rivera Drew) as her assistant, events take on All About Eve overtones. Since Jenny is turning her life into a movie, it only makes sense for the two to bleed into each other. In other developments, Tina (Laurel Holloman) and Bette (Jennifer Beals) consider reconciliation, Helena (Rachel Shelley) does time in prison, Alice (Leisha Hailey) takes her penchant for gossip too far, Tasha (Rose Rollins) fights to stay in the military, and Shane (Katherine Moennig), a dead ringer for Warren Beatty in Shampoo, rejoins the ranks of the single, only to fall for straight girl Molly (Cybill Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford).

In a more melodramatic, but equally entertaining move, Dawn Denbo (Elizabeth Keener), proprietor of new hotspot SheBar makes life hell for the Planet, but Kit (Pam Grier) and her loyal clientele refuse to go down without a fight--even if they don't offer "Lesbian Turkish Oil Wrestling." Aside from the fact that Max (Daniela Sea) continues to get short shrift, The L Word's fifth year proves the show has more than a little lusty and gutsy life left in it, and was renewed for a sixth season. Extras include cast biographies and episodes of Showtime's Dexter, Californication, and This American Life. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig
  • Directors: Angela Robinson, Ilene Chaiken, Jamie Babbit, John Stockwell, Leslie Libman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BN4WMC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The L Word: Season 5" on IMDb

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Summer on August 31, 2008
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The fifth season of The L Word was probably my second favorite aside from the first season. I loved Jenny's character in this season. She became even more outrageous but I thought she was funny and cute at the same time. The idea of watching them make her book into a movie was great! Because she finally got her book published and now having studios fighting over the rights to her movie...her spoiled girl act was my favorites of all. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I can't believe what Adele did! There's that saying: always watch out for the quiet ones and wow, is that true in this case. The only thing I didn't care for was having Marlie Matlin back in this season. For some reason, I thought she was leaving after the end of the fourth season. I miss Kristanna Loken, who played Shane's love interest in season 4. But Shane is Shane, as I noticed at the end of seasons 3, 4 and 5. But as a Jenny fan, I really liked this season. Even after watching a week's episode, I couldn't help watching the repeat of it, which was right after. Lot of good things were in this season but if you're a Jenny fan, I think you'll really love it!! Did I mention I liked Jenny?
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Nln on July 26, 2008
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I'm a huge Tibette fan!! I never seen any other actors/actresses who have the best chemistry on screen, like JB and LuH. So after all the drama, the heartache, FINALLY my favorite coupLe in the show are BACK TOGETHER! And hope this time it'll stick! Lots of Laughter this season which I Love! and much more Tibette's Love this season as well! I can't wait to own this DVD! Most importantly, can't wait for the new season, which sadly would be the Last one. I don't know what I'd do when the show ended, although there will be a spin-off, but still don't know which character. Love the L word! :)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Wesley on November 23, 2008
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The only "L Word" fans who could have enjoyed this season are the ones who jumped on the bandwagon with Season 5 being their first viewing, or fans who previously throught the show had too much weight and wanted to see just "more sex." Because that's all this season is. Sex. Normally on a soap opera this isn't the problem, but for those of us who watched the show for the characters, we have sorely missed them since the viewing of season 5. Nobody has learned anything from their past mistakes (Bette), many characters have suddenly regressed (Alice), and most have just completely lost the sense of who they were (Shane). When Chaiken said she was gonna start listening to the fans more, I think a few of us older fans had no idea that included demoting the show to nothing but fivalous eye candy promiscuity with such hokey and corny plots that they couldn't be saved by the few fun things that DID happen! None of the blame can befall the actors, however, who, as always, commit to everything with all they have, but as a viewer everything becomes redundant (the constant "will they or won't they" of tina and bette") and in many cases unbelivable and unrealistic (max's sudden urge to be with men). The show lost a lot of it's bite and dynamic after season 3, however season 4 had it's grace points and a lot of the characters had great storylines, this, sad to say, isn't so of season 5. And it makes me sad to think ANYONE would consider this the best season of "The L Word" yet. I will continue to watch just like one cannot tear their eyes away from a natural disaster, but I hope a show that I used to love will go out with better dignity than it's previous season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SolarRay on December 12, 2008
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After watching Season 5 and comparing it with other seasons, the storyline is still good and entertaining. However in this season I lack enthusiasm, emotional appeal - as if the emotional connection between the characters has weaked. I don't know if it depends on how the actors are directed or that the viewers is not drawn deeply enough into the lives, feelings and issues of the characters as in previous seasons.
In some of the episodes the storyline is abrupted, and the viewer just see the outcome but now how something happened (took place).
Overall L-word is worth watching and has a few funny episodes and scenes like the mud wrestling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jus' Me on November 24, 2008
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If you ever liked watching the L Word, this series will not disapoint you, check it out!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Whitney on December 6, 2008
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To anyone who is an L Word fan this was the season of all seasons! Jenny and her crazy movie, Shane and her shane-nanagins, Alice and Tasha, Helena as we've never seen her before, and of course, the reunion of Bette and Tina...ahhh! We met a whole new cast of characters from Lez Girls and of course, Dawn Denbo and lover Cindy!

From movie sets, to pot brownie parties, to hot elevator sex and a rousing game of "I Never" around a campfire, Season 5 is the season to own!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R on November 30, 2014
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The plot has way too many holes in it. Most of the characters (Bette, Tina, Shane, Max, Jenny, Helena) seems to have weird dual, bipolar personalities. Over the seasons, at one minute you love them, at the next minute they turn around and do the most cringe-worthy things ever. At one point, I couldn't convince myself to take whatever the characters say or do seriously anymore. This is unfortunate since these are all great actors, just that the writers screwed up the stories. The main character who has the least inconsistent personality lately is probably Alice (except for her weird relationship with a straight guy who considered himself a "lesbian" (WTF) in an earlier episode). This could be one of the reasons why she is among the very few I can still bear watching.

The sex scenes are so cheesy, predictable and aren't believable, as if they're there just to attract "broader" (i.e. male) audience: when they're sad, they have sex; when they're happy, they have sex; when they're angry, the have sex; when they're confused, the have sex. This pattern is very obvious, predictable, and unrealistic. Furthermore, Max hooking up with a guy is a real joke, and a big slap in the face for transgenders and butches who are already under-, or more accurately, unrepresented.

I suspect that one reason behind the need for the writers to hook Max up with a guy is because of a pressure from some higher people behind the scene, requiring that each season must contain at least one story involving a man having sex with a main character (ugh).
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To anyone who buys the 5th season-what are the extras?
I wish I could tell you - got my set yesterday, I had disc 1, 2 disc 2s and disc 3. No disc 4. They are sending me a replacement copy that I should get tomorrow. Will let you know.
Oct 30, 2008 by Amazon Customer |  See all 6 posts
My DVD Set is Missing Episodes....anyone else's?
Check it again - disc 2 and 3 both have 4 episodes. Lifecycle and lunar cycle are on disc 3.
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