The L Word (2004–2009)

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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 loath 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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The opening title offers a variety of "L words" They are:
  • lunch


  • laughter


  • lashes


  • lure


  • legs


  • limber


  • literary


  • linger


  • lattes


  • life


  • learn


  • luxurious


  • long


  • looking


  • lap


  • Los Angeles


  • lullaby


  • labyrinth


  • lesbian


  • love


  • labels


  • liberty


  • lotion


  • lithe


  • lust


  • linger


  • lady


  • lickable?


  • libido


  • letting go


  • lips


  • liberal


  • lace


  • loft


  • lovely


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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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Well-Done TV Series about Lesbians with Universal Themes that Appeal to All Audience
27 January 2005 | by (Chiba City, Japan) – See all my reviews

This artistically well-done Showtime-made TV series primarily focuses on portrayal of lesbians in their 20s to 40s as urban professionals and deals with their everyday issues; at the same time, thematic materials such as working on relationships or struggling against temptations have universal qualities so that any open-minded persons, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, can associate with the happenings in the show. Also, dramas without males' chauvinistic nature create a uniquely comfortable mood, which even the straight audience may feel refreshing. Gaining a wide range of supporters and fans beyond the lesbian community must be a big factor of the show's success, which made it possible for the series to continue to Season Two.

Speaking of the show's success, one cannot overlook its artistic merits, which are extraordinary as a TV show's. Many incidents are interwoven into one compelling story; a lovable ensemble cast that consists of a variety of personas engages in acting; and the director of photography Robert Aschmann takes full advantage of his skills and creativity in amazing long takes, aggressive crane shots, and illuminative lightings. There is inconsistency among episodes on writing, directing, and editing due to the fact that several different artists have worked on each episode; this drawback may be inevitable for a TV series. Among writers and directors, Rose Troche, the legendary director of Go Fish, writes believable dialogues and directs intimate scenes with crafts, while Lenka Svab stands out among editors, dazzling and mesmerizing the viewers with a deliberate disorientation. Some writers make homage to historic filmmakers such as Godard, Cassavetes, and Soderbergh by having the characters refer to them; this is a tiny detail but certainly amuses film fans.


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