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The L Word (2004)
The most exciting, most enjoyable, most underrated TV show
When The L Word started in 2004, it was a ground-breaking show. The first TV show to focus on a group of lesbians. Many people see this show as "the lesbian show", but it is much more than that.
Look beyond the fact the relationships, friendships and antagonism is between women, and you have some of the funniest, some of the most complex, some of the best characters, plots, and on-screen relationships on television.
When the show started in 2004, the main focus of the show was on Jenny (MIA KIRSHNER), who moved to L.A. to be with her boyfriend Tim (ERIC MABIUS). But soon Jenny began seeing Marina (KARINA LOMBARD), and was confused what she wanted in life. Unlike other TV shows, Jenny just didn't cry a bit, and decide what she wanted, and everyone lived happy ever after. Cut to season 2: Jenny is an emotional wreck, and starts cutting herself. Cut to season 3: Jenny is a strong, fun woman, helping her girlfriend on a female to male sex change.
Most fan interest is in the relationship between Bette (JENNIFER BEALS) and Tina (award-winning actress LAUREL HOLLOMAN). In season 1 they are the main couple of the show, and Tina is trying to get pregnant. By season 2 Tina is pregnant, but Bette has cheated on her, and Tina has begun dating Helena (RACHEL SHELLEY). The relationship between Bette and Tina has drastically changed since season 1, and constantly has fans wondering what will happen with them next.
SARAH SHAHI's Carmen was a great addition in season 2. Carmen is a DJ who falls for Shane (KATHERINE MOENNIG), a commitment-free woman who sleeps around. By the end of season 2 Shane has fallen for Carmen, and Katherine & Sarah are a joy to watch in season 3 how this handle this new relationship.
And while there is all this fantastic drama, The L Word also provides some of the best comedy on TV, thanks to Alice (LEISHA HAILEY), and Dana (ERIN DANIELS). Season 1 they are friends, Season 2 they are lovers. But as friends or girlfriend, they are hugely entertaining, and with their spoken words provide some of televisions wittiest dialog, delivered with a rare-to-find comedic touch that will have the hardest-to-amuse laugh. But season 3 see's a great dramatic performance from both these actresses, as Dana battles breast cancer, and Alice deals with heartache and medication.
PAM GRIER completes the cast at Kit, Bette's straight sister. Kit is dealing with overcoming addiction, losing her father, menopause, and running The Planet - the local lesbian hangout. Kit finds some love with Angus (DALLAS ROBERTS), Bette & Tina's nanny.
Look beyond the fast it's a "lesbian show", the problems, happiness, and complications between these lesbian couples are relatable to straight or gay viewers.
It is without doubt the best acted show on television. The directing and writing is different to anything out there. If you haven't watched this show, you're missing out.