The L Word: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (18 Jan. 2004)

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Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years and want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is about to form a couple when his girlfriend, talented ... See full summary »



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Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years and want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is about to form a couple when his girlfriend, talented young writer Jenny Schecter, moves in. Soon, mixing with Bette and Tina's circle of lesbian friends, Jenny learns that her mid-west university may not have prepared her for what she will learn about life, lust and love in Los Angeles. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Co-creator Ilene Chaiken said that many of Bette and Tina's experiences looking for a donor are based on Chaiken and her partner's. See more »


Dana: When are you going to make up your mind between dick and pussy? And please spare us the gory bisexual details.
Alice: Well, for your information, Dana, I am looking for the same qualities in a man as I am in a woman.
Dana: [to Tina, gesturing] Big tits.
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References And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003) See more »


Written by Mark Lazeski and Mary Ancheta
Performed by Mark Lazeski and Mary Ancheta
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The introduction to the characters and the start of a very good series
10 April 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

In this very first episode, we have an introduction to the main characters of the L Word: Bette and Tina, a lesbian couple who are together for almost 8 years and have the apparently perfect relationship; they are also trying to find a sperm donor, in order to have their own baby; Marina, the European and beautiful owner of ''The Planet'', a famous cafeteria in West Hollywood; Shane, a hot hairdresser who is a lesbian Don Juan, but gets followed by Lacey, one of her last sexual conquests; Dana Fairbanks, a conservative tennis player who hides her gay identity in the closet , in order to continue to have success in her career;

Alice Pieszecki, a modern magazine writer who wasn't lucky with her last relationships;

Tim and Jenny, a couple who start to live together in Los Angeles; Jenny is a recent graduated writer, who comes to L.A. to start writing her first novel and to live with her boyfriend; and Tim, a cute coach's assistant who works with the girls from the swim team at UCLA.

Kit Porter is Bette's half sister and fights against alcoholism, that already brought her many problems.

When Marina kisses Jenny in a (mainly lesbian) party promoted by Better Porter and Tina Kennard, it's only the beginning of many things Jenny will start to experiment..

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