The L Word: Season 1
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Set in the chic world of Los Angeles, this humor-laced dramatic series explores the lives of a group of lesbians, their friends, family and neighbors. The series takes a smart, sexy and fun look at the hopes, dreams and lives of these people as they deal with things like career struggles, relationship issues and the pressures of trying to start a family. The show provides a fresh look at everyday life, told with passion, frankness and humor.
Four years after Showtime made gay men the focus of its original series Queer as Folk, it was time for a little turnabout with The L Word (bad title, great show). Centering around a tight-knit group of lesbians in Los Angeles, this drama was far removed from its working-class male counterpart in both style and content. While the men of QAF enjoyed a fabulous if melodramatic life on the middle-class streets of Pittsburgh, the women of The L Word lived it up in sunny California, with gorgeous houses, glamorous careers, and sexy wardrobes. Ironically, though, The L Word adhered more to the everyday drama of ensemble shows like thirtysomething than the soap opera antics of QAF, and the results were surprisingly heartfelt and effective, appropriately stylish but never over the top. There was plenty of room for titillation, but creator Ilene Chaiken fashioned from the start a show centered on characters and not just sex, aiming for the heart rather than... well, other places.
The L Word focused primarily on committed couple Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), a former power-career duo who've decided to have a baby; however, artificial insemination and the changing dynamics of their relationship throw their previously happy existence off-kilter. Within their orbit are spunky journalist Alice (Leisha Hailey), sultry hairdresser Shane (Katherine Moenning), closeted pro tennis player Dana (Erin Daniels), and espresso bar owner Marina (Karina Lombard) who, in the show's most polarizing storyline, bedded the seemingly straight Jenny (Mia Kirschner) and shook up her heterosexual world. Jenny's am-I-straight-or-not? kvetching frustrated both her fiancé (Eric Mabius) and many viewers, who were alternately irritated and intrigued by her inability to decide one way or the other. But Jenny's weakness was part of The L Word's strength: in exploring many sides of many issues, both domestic and political, it never came up with an easy answer for any of them, making the show all that more fascinating--and compulsively watchable. --Mark Englehart
- All 14 episodes from the 2004 season
- Fashion Extra
- Puppet Movie
- The L Word Defined
- Power Up Panel
- Fan Mail
- Photo Gallery
- Previews & Promotions
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Then I actually watched it and got totally hooked. I found it incredibly well done and not trying to suggest that it was a representative sample. This is not research, it has to bow to the God of ratings and corporate sponsorship. Sex sells. And many of the sex scenes are very well done. The ones that bore me I fast forward through. Mostly, their sex is an extension of these women's lives, which is how most folk I know live.
It sports snatches of "Sex in the City" cafe check-ins and is the next generation, the female generation after "Queer as Folk"...the latter of which I could never get into. So, in summary, it isn't perfect but it is riveting, funny and brilliantly executed, weaving in elements of the queer community I've never seen even attempted before in a credible context rich with depth of characters and surprising plot twists. I wish I had this show to complain about when I was a teenager. I am eager to see what kind of "alternative life style" series is coming next.
feminine, sexy women together, for a change. There's nothing wrong with seeing beautiful women loving each other, living together, and making beautiful love with each other. I think it's awesome! Jennifer Beals is "gorgeous"! She still looks so "hot" after all these years! I had a crush on her back in the day, when she was the "star" of the movie "Flashdance". Just wish they had more "gorgeous" women like her on the show, but I know they are just being "realistic". Not all women are as beautiful as she is, in real life. Oh well! She plays the perfect "role" of a gorgeous lesbian woman on the show, that's for sure. The show covers so many great topics, that truly have to do with "real life" experiences in the lesbian lifestyle. If you are not a lesbian or gay person, and you are watching this show, it will still be very interesting, entertaining, and funny, guaranteed! The show is very realistic, when it comes to how the different lesbian lifestyles are portrayed. You will definitely be entertained!