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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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Series cast summary:
 Bette Porter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Alice Pieszecki (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Tina Kennard (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Jenny Schecter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Shane McCutcheon (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Kit Porter (70 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Helena Peabody (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Max Sweeney / ... (44 episodes, 2006-2009)
 Dana Fairbanks (39 episodes, 2004-2007)
 Jodi Lerner (29 episodes, 2007-2009)


'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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Same sex. Different city. See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earthlings  »

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Because of the unexpectedly huge number of viewers, the show was renewed for a second season one day after the pilot aired, and it was renewed for a third season before the second season even began airing. See more »


[Jenny and Annette are in the bathroom at Tim's house having a light conversation about Jenny's affair. Jenny is on the floor sipping a cup of water, while Annette gets ready in the mirror]
Annette: So Jen... were you always a lesbian?
Jenny: [Takes a sip of water] I never said I was a lesbian.
Annette: So it just came outta no where and bit you on the ass like that? Cause I mean... I love women... yeah I mean, for the companionship. I figure I could do without the company of men entirely except dude
[turns to Jenny]
Annette: I ...
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Referenced in Sex: The Revolution: Tainted Love (2008) See more »

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i'm a straight man who watches it for the right reason
19 April 2005 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

i checked out the show, to be honest, for the reason you might expect. and for that purpose i was pretty disappointed. but i'm not entirely crass and i continued watching. now i'm a cinephile who doesn't make a lot of time for TV shows, but this was a truly terrific achievement.

this is a top shelf, highbrow, a-class, quality show for intelligent people almost exclusively. the characters are well-developed, and backed by nuanced performances. the dialogue rings true, never TV-like at all. and the story arcs are present without that pesky soap-opera feeling.

on top of that, the shot selection and cinematography are freewheeling and experimental(sometimes to a fault-as in the rotating camera in the Chinese restaurant-but no matter). the show is more than worth an hour out of my week.

that damn theme song however is the worst. so ham-handed and silly, ugh. it practically undoes all the subtlety of the show when it wails "this is the way that we live!!" not to mention that awful list of verbs in the middle. and such a long song too! that and the sometimes equally obtuse selection of music for the soundtrack is the worst bit.

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