The L Word (2004)

The L Word (2004)

Writer Michele Abbott, Ilene Chaiken, Kathy Greenberg

Genre Drama, Romance

Year 2004

Actors Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner

IMDB : 7.6 (19,474 votes)


Description '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.


  • GrimeKid789 2016-02-22 01:16:25
    Season 1 Episode 14 34:00 XD
  • Aj Tomas 2015-12-17 03:24:32
    As the definition of a stereotypical lesbian I know i should like it, but its just so, ehhh.
  • The Dragon Killer 2015-09-13 17:53:14
    Entertaining, but too full of Hollywood's stereotypes that portray lesbians as promiscuous and immoral, willing to have sex with anyone, anywhere, anytime, regardless of whether or not they're in a relationship. I've only watched the first two seasons through, and it seems like in 4 out of 5 love scenes, one partner is cheating on someone. The exchange between Bette and Alice at the beginning just went to show that its the same old story of the homophobic bullshit of Hollywood. If anyone noticed, the first season's story portrayed one of the most famous stereotypes out there: a lesbian (Marina) "recruiting" a straight woman (Jenny) into the group and making her bisexual or lesbian, even though she was engaged to be married to a man (though she could previously have had those unknown feelings, of course, but its the harmful stereotype all over again, since it shows that Marina knew perfectly well that this would ruin Jenny and Tim's relationship but didn't give a damn). Then the other stories such as Alice and Dana having a relationship behind Tonya's back (and Tonya doing the same), Lacey resorting to defaming Shane because she won't fuck her, and Bette having sex with Candace when Tina becomes depressed (instead of remaining faithful to her in her hour of need), all the while portraying straight people as faithful and loving. I strongly believe Ilene Chaiken was paid a good amount of money by the right people to portray her own community in such a negative way, so audiences would believe it to be true if the series was written by a lesbian (without including the fact that male audiences would obviously be drawn to the sex scenes most of all for the ratings). Simple people won't know it, but that "gaydar" thing had to be one of Hollywood's most offensive moves ever. I mean, to be able to detect if a woman is straight or gay because of her little movements? Honestly, that's a stereotype if I ever saw one. Even though the cast played their parts brilliantly, people have to see the underlying, horrible stereotypes this series (and Hollywood in general) portrays about the gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans community, often depicting them as immoral liars and cheaters. I have a handful of gay and lesbian friends, and to me, they are just as faithful or unfaithful as straight people. They are human beings, with the same desires and restrictions. "American Beauty" had an accurate depiction, where there are numerous straight couples who have troubles, while the only couple who seem loving and well-off are the two gay men who politely welcome the homophobic colonel to the neighbourhood.
  • alltimeSKYLER 2015-03-24 01:44:07
    i just finished watching the first season and how CUTE is this promo. how i wish i was a teenager when this first came on!! 
  • Dude10271 2012-06-23 15:41:36
    I was 11 years old when this Showtime Original Series first aired, and I was in my Sweet 16 when it ended. LOL and I didn't even have Showtime when it first aired.
  • Felicity Murphy 2012-05-07 13:46:12
    Love this show -3 xo
  • InevitableDesire 2012-03-28 13:46:18
    amazing show...i love it soo much!!! i want more episodes xD
  • Rous Rose 2012-02-25 23:55:38
    @littlemonsterpoland same :)
  • Abena20 2011-12-13 22:13:33
    Was thinking of watching it. Not enough diversity for me.
  • pav morgan 2011-11-09 05:44:35
    Love this serie!!!
  • RebeccaAgneta qaf 2011-09-27 18:56:25
    havent seen it yet but sens showtime gave us Queer as folk btw best show ever mayby i should watch it. ps I dident know that isobel from tvd was on this love her
  • SaraAngelify 2011-05-26 04:08:13
    Made me come out (:
  • @HausOfAlex_aj 2011-04-23 11:35:15
    L Word help me to be a proud lesbian ... Thank U :)
  • crissbee811 2011-03-21 06:20:08
    @TiFFiNiE88 did you ever figure it out because im wondering too
  • ElizaLover100 2011-01-13 08:39:13
    @UnOblivous yeah. she plays a lesbian sooo often! but i think that's mostly the androgyny and typecast. and considering she won't tell, i'm leaning toward she's either bi or gay.
  • xXxGutlessWonderxXx 2010-10-20 23:47:22
    too many characters to keep up with...
  • knightsofstjoan2004 2010-04-25 01:37:39
    @ElizaLover100=Megan Fox, Anna Paquin, and Lady Gaga are bisexuals.
  • ElizaLover100 2010-02-11 01:49:25
    this is what i heard: bette - jennifer beals - straight tina - laurel holloman - bi alice - leisha hailey - gay shane - kate moennig - no one knows jodi - marlee matlin - straight dana - erin daniels - straight kit - pam grier - straight helena - rachel shelley - straight carmen - sarah shahi - straight tasha - rose rollins - straight max/moira - daniela sea - gay jenny - mia kirshner - hinted bisexual
  • RockJay2NayMe 2009-10-04 20:57:30
    wow thats bad how old are you again!!!! lol
  • zoe taylor 2009-09-13 12:14:52
    i thought the L word means - the Lesbian word... actually... =)

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