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The pregnancy of Tina Kennard in the show during Season 2 was filmed around the real-life pregnancy of actress Laurel Holloman.
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Shane (Katherine Moennig) is sometimes seen wearing a t-shirt with the word "GUSH". Leisha Hailey (Alice Pieszecki) is/was in a band called Gush.
Ossie Davis had a recurring role as the father of the Jennifer Beals's character. In the second season, Davis filmed scenes that showed his character becoming ill, then dying. Davis then died before his final episode was broadcast, so that episode was dedicated to him.
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.
Besides the main cast (Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig and Pam Grier), Eric Mabius (Tim), Karina Lombard (Marina) and Preston Cook (James) are the only actors who appeared in the pilot and the finale.
Ilene Chaiken tried to get openly gay women to guest direct in every season. She managed to achieve, for example, Lisa Cholodenko (season 2), Kimberly Peirce and Allison Anders (season 3) and Marleen Gorris (season 4).
Scott Bairstow was originally cast as the male lead , but was replaced by Eric Mabius soon after allegations of sexual assault on a minor were made against him in 2003 (he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second degree assault on 9 December 2003).
Although they are not displayed, all episode titles begin with the letter "L". For the Spanish translation and dubbing, the trade mark was kept, even though some of the titles didn't translate exactly. Same for the French version.
Jennifer Beals is one of the only main characters whose bare breasts are never shown throughout the entire series.
During Season Three, Jennifer Beals was pregnant with her daughter, Ella.
Kristanna Loken asked to be written off the series because she was overwhelmed by the mainly female crew. She said: "It's an entire show of women and the amount of egos and insecurities and cattiness that can go with a bunch of women - that's what you get." "It attracts certain people that want to do something different in their career, but the girls were tough." "Sometimes you wonder if they've bit off more than they can chew."
The actresses playing the characters of Phyllis and Molly are mother-daughter in real life.
During the pilot episode, as Bette drives to Kit's apartment, Kit can be seen riding a bicycle on the left side of the screen.
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
Season 3 episode 1 starts with a flash back of a woman group in 1973 and it shows two women, Marilyn and Teri making out. In the last episode of the season, the same Marilyn is the marriage commissioner that takes off with Peggy Peabody.
Among the main female characters, Kit is the one who's sexually straight (though she has her little detours).
Lily Tomlin was offered a role, but turned down because the character was described as an "old lesbian" and she didn't feel connected to that concept.
According to Ilene Chaiken, the romantic relationship between Shane and Jenny was suggested and heavily championed by one of these actresses (Chaiken didn't reveal which one).
Susan Hogan and Michael Hogan (who play Dana Fairbanks's parents) are married in real life.
The exploration of Bette's mixed race parenting was suggested by Jennifer Beals, whose own heritage is really important to her.
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The scene in season 2 episode 1 where Tina and Bette are at the planet and Tina throws the table towards Bette wasn't scripted. She was in fact suppose to throw a coffee cup or plate, not the table.
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The photograph of a man's face hanging on the wall in the art gallery during the show's opening montage sequence is that of Vito Russo.
Paris Hilton was considered for the role of Nikki Stevens.
Guest star Lucy Lawless (Sgt. Marybeth Duffy) is famous for playing Xena, the title protagonist of the hit TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995). The series had enjoyed a particular cult status in the lesbian community and a lesbian fan base saw Xena and Gabrielle as a couple and embraces them as role models and lesbian icons. Much debate surrounded the possible lesbian relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, which the writers deliberately kept ambiguous. Since the demise of the show however, Lucy Lawless had stated that she believed the characters were romantically involved.
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Jenny Schecter was the series most hated character.


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Mia Kirshner said in an interview that she was sad seeing how her character ended up being a lunatic and a stereotype.
Even though she doesn't regret telling the story, Ilene Chaiken admitted on an interview that if she had known how much anger the death of Dana as a result of breast cancer was going to rise in people, she would have done it differently.
Lucy Lawless revealed in an interview that when shooting the scenes where her character questioned the women of the show about Jenny's death, the actresses were openly unhappy with the decision of killing the character and making the storyline into a possible murder mystery, with them as suspects.
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Shane doesn't have the tattoo on the back of her neck after Carmen isn't in the picture anymore
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