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Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.
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 Bette Porter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Alice Pieszecki (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Tina Kennard (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Jenny Schecter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Shane McCutcheon (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Kit Porter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Helena Peabody (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Max Sweeney / ... (44 episodes, 2006-2009)
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 Dana Fairbanks (39 episodes, 2004-2007)
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 Jodi Lerner (29 episodes, 2007-2009)
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'The L Word' follows the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles. The main character, Jenny, is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, who moves to Los Angeles to live with her boyfriend Tim and begin a professional writing career. Jenny's life is turned upside down when she attends a party hosted by Tim's next-door neighbors, Bette and Tina, a lesbian couple who are about to take the step into parenthood after being together for seven years. A brief encounter at the party with Marina, the owner of the local coffeehouse, suddenly has Jenny thrust into a whole new world that makes her question her own sexual orientation. Other friends of Bette and Tina include Dana, a professional tennis player who is shy but eager to meet the right woman; Alice, a magazine writer who has a brief relationship with a self-identified "lesbian" man; and Shane, a hairstylist who can't stick to just one woman, and Kit, Bette's half sister who struggles with alcoholism. Written by Anonymous

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Among the main female characters, Kit is the one who's sexually straight (though she has her little detours). See more »

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Alice: [sitting down in a cafe to enjoy a nice afternoon with one another because The Planet is closed] Does she know that we're having coffee?
Dana: Um... She's in New Port beach with her family.
[Alice nods]
Dana: No... no she doesn't know but, I'm not hiding it.
Alice: Well, if she was at the beach we could have met at your place, like the good old days.
[waves fist in the air]
Dana: But, we have rules and we're trying to follow them.
[looking down at the table, or anywhere else that's not Alice's face]
Alice: Does that mean that ...
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Mediocre at best.
23 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my humble opinion, the L Word leaves much to be desired. First of all, the lesbians here are all very sleek-looking, and always dressed to-the-nines. Where are all the plainly dressed, overweight, average-looking, or senior citizen lesbians in this series? I mean c'mon! I realize that there are plenty of feminine, lip-stick lesbian sisters out there. And, I say that they should fully exercise their right to dress and act however they wish. But, the L Word is SATURATED with mainly high-femme lesbians with long, dark hair, and stunning out-fits. I know that they have Shane in this show, but she seems to be just a token butch. And Max is the show's token transman.

If the L Word truly wants to be representative of the lesbian community, then they should include more lesbians that are on the butch side, working-class, punk, poor, struggling entertainers and artists, etc. I know that LA is the glam-chic capital of the US. But it's also a major metropolis, with a rich variety of lesbians-NOT just up-scale high-femmes.

Another thing that bothers me about this show, is that they use too much gratuitous profanity. I know that most people do use some profanity in real life, but most of these characters use too much gutter language to be believable. It's as if the producers want to show how 'cool' this show is, by having the characters constantly spewing four-letter words.

They also have too many cheap, tawdry sex-scenes on this show. Yes, plenty of cheap, tawdry sex probably happens in the lesbian community. It's a long-standing myth, that most lesbians don't value plain old raw sex. Many (if not most) can, and do. But sex is definitely over-emphasized in the show. It's thrown in your face, in a manner so blatant, that it's obviously done only for shock-value. It doesn't enhance the plot-lines, and seems tacky and contrived.

We need a show on the air about lesbians from all segments of the community. And the L Word just isn't presenting that. This show is so lacking in depth, realistic characters, and taste, that it's mediocre at best.


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