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The L Word - The Complete Third Season (2004)

Jennifer Beals , Leisha Hailey , Allison Anders , Angela Robinson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig
  • Directors: Allison Anders, Angela Robinson, Bille Eltringham, Bronwen Hughes, Frank Pierson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 644 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GTJSO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The L Word - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 12 episodes from the third season on four discs
  • "A Goodbye to Dana" featurette
  • L Word Charity Auction
  • Bette Live at Gay Games VII
  • The L Word Documentary
  • Interactive L Word Fanlib
  • Filmographies

Editorial Reviews

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The third season of Showtime's The L Word is all about transitions. The season opens with Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) coping with her between-seasons break-up with Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels), who is herself headed for an even heavier series of transitions. Kit Porter (Pam Grier) both falls in love with a younger man and discovers she is going through menopause. Shane (Katherine Moennig), who spent much of the first two seasons of the show hopping from bed to bed, finds herself more or less committed to Latina deejay Carmen (Sarah Shahi). And the second season's resident villain, Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley), becomes embroiled in a sexual harassment case that leaves her ultimately looking like the victim. As with previous seasons, The L Word gets all hot and bothered with various seductions filmed to sometimes jarring music on the soundtrack, but it's the day-to-day foibles and celebrations of Los Angeles's lesbian community that keep the show interesting. Newcomer Moira/Max (Daniela Sea) begins the process of gender reassignment, making for some curious situations with potential employers. Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman) begin to drift apart when Tina lands a big movie studio job and starts feeling attracted to men, leading to a custody battle over their baby daughter. Where The L Word starts getting preachy and obvious is in the opening flashback sequences. When these vignettes refer to current characters of the show, they make sense; when they depict situations meant to underline how queer identity has evolved over the years, they seem politically overloaded. The L Word works intelligently through its characters' concerns without having to resort to such direct appeals for tolerance. Its strength isn't in making lesbian culture appear more mainstream, but in making us care and identify with these women's struggles, regardless of our sexual orientation. --Ryan Boudinot

Product Description

The third season of the hit show, The L Word, follows a group of friends - both gay and straight - through stories of career, family, inner struggle, friendship and romantic relationships. Stars Jennifer Beals, Erin Daniels, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, Sarah Shahi, Rachel Shelley and Pam Grier.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best one yet January 22, 2007
Format:DVD
The third season of the L Word picks right up with all the excitement, romance, and sexual tension of the previous seasons. Alice is struggling to get over the loss of her best friend and her lover while Dana moves on with Lara. One of the biggest turns of the season comes when Dana is diagnosed with breast cancer and the women struggle to help her cope and to deal with it themselves. Tina and Bette's daughter, Angelica, is six months old and the two have done their best to reconcile and form a stable home for her. Bette is in the process of trying to adopt Angelica, so the couple has routine visits with a social worker. Shane and Carmen are in a committed relationship and living together in Jenny's house. Carmen's job as a dj is starting to pick up and she's even offered a position djing for Russell Simmons at some point. Shane opens a hair studio in the middle of a skateboard shop and, in typical Shane fashion, struggles to stay loyal to her (gorgeous) girlfriend. Jenny is off on a road trip somewhere with a girl named Moira who has a gender identity crisis. At some point during the season Moira becomes Max and decides to transition to a male. Meanwhile Jenny struggles to sell her book. Kit finally gets a storyline besides being the alcoholic has been sister and even finds a love interest. And finally, in one of the best additions, Helena Peabody is finally a full member of the cast and has her own story lines not involving Bette and Tina.

This season of the L Word is emotionally charged and takes some chances that they haven't in previous years. With the addition of Moira, the show brings the first transgendered recurring role to network television.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Portrayal of A GROUP of Lesbian!! November 7, 2006
Format:DVD
This show, including this season, is one that is groundbreaking and representative of many people who have not before been given representation. The focus is first and formost about women and the lives of women. There is love, loss, drama, and all that goes in between. It makes you laugh at times and cry at others, but life is not a fairytale and this show doesn't make it to be... that is what makes it so great. There a femmes and butches, a ton who are somewhere in the middle. It makes you reconsider the labels you place on people and realize there are all shades of gray. Whether you are a stay at home parent, trying to become a parent, happy in love, breaking up, sleeping around, or transitioning... from bed to bed or from female to male, you can see yourself in this show.

Some have been critical of Ilene Chaiken (not Irene as the misguided poster at top called her) claiming that the show isn't realisitc or that the writing is bad. We should remember that this show is about a group of lesbians, not all the lesbians in the world. It could be people we know but it might not be. To claim a show unrealistic because it isn't a story of your own life is to also say that every representation of every woman is only real if that woman goes through what you go through, that every reprentation of whatever race you are is only real if that person goes through what you go through, and given the wide variety of diversity in programming any reasonable person knows that to be untrue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Season Yet April 18, 2007
Format:DVD
I breathe a huge sigh of relief as the writers have finally seemed to hit their stride! The writing in this season is the best so far.

The storyline keeps moving and changing in a way that creates a very unique journey among this group of friends. Once again, commendations for taking on very real topics, including trans identity, menopause, joint parenting, and cancer.

The acting shines on almost everyones part. My new favorite character, "Angus the Manny" is probably the worst actor, but he's so likeable, it's okay.

As others have said, unfortuately the Betty music is still around, but it is _much_ less prevalent and distracting. The rest of the music is actually pretty decent.

Another negative point is that not only are old dropped story lines not picked up, but the habit of dropping stories w/o explaination continues. Also, no amazing guest stars ala Cameron Manhiem or Sandra Bernhardt from Season 2.

Packaging: They finally got wise and used slim-case design, which is great b/c it doesn't waste space, but now it doesn't match the other 2 seasons. There are some great special features, but there are at least two major spoilers right on the package, so don't look at it too closely as you're putting the discs in.

Still a solid 4-star show - can't wait for season 4. Maybe I can finally give it 5 stars...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The L Word - Third Season February 23, 2007
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What can I say. Since I don't subscribe to HBO, this is the only way I can view this series. I love the music and the plots. I heard that Cybil Sheppard will be appearing on this years series. When she was asked why she chose to appear on this series, her answer was, "My mentor told me in order to become a better actor, always play a character you have never played; and I've never played a Lesbian." I feel it's pretty good acting since the greater majority of actors playing these parts are not gay. I am glad to see the success of this show. Looking forward to purchasing the next series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who doesn't love hot lesbians ?????
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5.0 out of 5 stars The L Word
This show covers a lot of the variations in the lesbian world, the characters are well acted, and I really care what happens to each individual. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Linda S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in L word love!!
Love it! Unexpected events leave you up till 2:00 a.m. wanting to watch just one more episode! I just keep falling more in love with Shane♡ ♡ ♡
Published 1 month ago by Amber Mae
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic character development
The writers for this show do an excellent job keeping the story lines moving. You never know what to expect. You truly get invested in the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Antoinette Shafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love this show. I can watch it over and over. I enjoy visiting this world. I start missing them after awhile.
Published 3 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES
there are not enough words to explain how AWESOME having the L Word is, being able to relive all those years and moments. Very great series, sorry it's no longer on
Published 3 months ago by SherrieTindal
5.0 out of 5 stars The L Word lesbian life.
I enjoyed this story very much, after starting to watch it i couldn't stop till i watched the full six seasons. I would recommend it to anyone who is into that kind of story.
Published 4 months ago by Dave C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
I would highly recommend this addictive show to anyone who is open-minded and loves a good drama! I have been a huge fan of the L Word for years and I am thrilled with my purchase! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shawna Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it so much I had to buy the entire series!
I love the series so much that I bought the collection so I could have it forever.I never saw it when it was on television... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katya
1.0 out of 5 stars Immorality at it's worst! Recommend stearing clear of this show!
This show feeds the desire to go against the physical faculties of our body created to procreate.
Society has compromised by creating a "Do it if it feels right"... Read more
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