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The L Word 

Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women 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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'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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L hath no fury... 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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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Moira Sweeney: [to Jenny] If you think that men are the enemy, then you and I are going to have a serious problem.
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Referenced in The Eric Andre Show: Russell Brand (2012) See more »

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See it before you critique it...

...and by seeing it, I mean watching more than just one episode, particularly a pilot which automatically alerts someone to the fact that a show is just starting out and hey, give it some credit or a chance before you blow it off.

that said, obviously I'm a huge fan of the show. While it does have a somewhat shaky start (and what doesn't?) the show really hits it's stride during the middle of the season as the characters and, I'm led to believe, actors really begin making and displaying the bonds they share.

While it may a lesbian show, an hour long, a drama, a comedy, a creative reflection of real life, it is ultimately a television show and I personally think it's brilliant for what it is. Some argue that the characters aren't believable, the plots too 'out there', the lesbian characters too beautiful or glamorous and I don't agree with any one of them for the simple reason that it's a TELEVISION SHOW, television itself being the epitome of glamour and idealization, and a damn good television show at that. Television is, as I said above, a creative reflection of real life, it's not meant to actually be real life.

Erin Daniels, in particular, is amazing as Dana Fairbanks. She has you laughing hysterically one minute and in sympathetic tears the next. Not to mention the rest of the cast, who neither under or over play their characters and sort of allow their characters to come through them instead of being forced. It's hard to explain, but there's something about the dynamic of this cast, of this show, that just draws you and doesn't let you go.

I recommend you give it a watch, and a chance and if at the end you still don't enjoy it than it's fair enough, at least you tried. However, I do believe the show is strong enough and that well put together that you can't help but like it, you can't help but care what becomes of these characters, and you can't help but want more.

on a side note, Lauren Lee Smith who plays a guest character called Lara is so adorable it's not even funny. As Leisha Hailey. And Jennifer Beals. (who are both mains)

(as you can see, the show also makes it hard to have and hold onto a favourite character, they're all appealing and all wonderful)


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