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The L Word 

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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jennifer Beals ...  Bette Porter 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Leisha Hailey ...  Alice Pieszecki 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Laurel Holloman ...  Tina Kennard 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Mia Kirshner ...  Jenny Schecter 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Katherine Moennig ...  Shane McCutcheon 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Pam Grier ...  Kit Porter 70 episodes, 2004-2009
Rachel Shelley ...  Helena Peabody 54 episodes, 2005-2009
Daniela Sea ...  Max Sweeney / ... 44 episodes, 2006-2009
Erin Daniels ...  Dana Fairbanks 39 episodes, 2004-2007
Marlee Matlin ...  Jodi Lerner 29 episodes, 2007-2009
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Storyline

'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 »

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Showtime [United States]

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earthlings See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Bette: [Bette and Tina are talking on the phone] And you know who's responsible for this? Your buddy Helena Peabody. The woman is a fucking dragon and she's making my life a living hell.
[Tina doesn't respond. Instead, she looks around impatiently, no longer looking interested in the call]
Bette: Oh, please tell me you're not sleeping with her, Tina.
Tina: [frustrated] Bette.
Bette: Are you sleeping with her? Are you fucking sleeping with her?
Tina: It's none of your fucking business.
Bette: Don't do it, Tina, that woman will eat you ...
[...]
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22 December 2004 | by lmulleneauxSee all my reviews

I find it interesting that someone who only watched one episode could make such a broad statement of an entire season of episodes. I've watched the whole thing. It's more than worth watching a bunch of straight women (with the exclusion of, I believe, one or two of the actors) believably pull off a lesbian role. It's unabashedly a lesbian show. Written by, as I understand, mostly lesbian writers for a mostly lesbian audience. The lesbian community has been under represented for far too long. While there are some short comings in the script, the acting is hardly bad. In fact, it's the shows subtleties that give it the life it has. These are situations and representations of people who could exist in real life. As the show progresses, it is almost certain to be inclusive to most if not all lesbian life styles. Give it more than one episode, and try to watch it from beginning to end. As a 20 something lesbian myself, I find it a relief to have such an involved show with an excellent cast. You don't have to be a major name in acting to have talent worth watching!! On an end note, I wouldn't mind seeing the writers get into the possibility of an second generation homosexual character... just a thought.


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