The L Word

The L Word

  • TV-MA
  • 2004
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.6  (24,249)

The L Word is a television drama series produced in America that was originally shown on Showtime's cable network. Created by Ilene Chaiken, executive producer, the show was written by Chaiken, along with Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner and Cherien Dabis. Other producers of the show included Larry Kenmar and Steve Golin. Originally titled Earthlings, a slang term rarely used for lesbians, the series portrays the lives of a tight group of lesbian, transgender and bisexual characters in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood area of Southern California, from 2004 to 2009. In addition to Los Angeles, the show was also filmed at Coast Mountain Films Studios in in Vancouver, British Columbia. The main cast that appeared in Seasons 1 through 6 included: Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter; Laurel Holloman as Tina Kennard; Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki; Mia Kirshner as Jenny Schecter; Katherine Moennig (cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow) as Shane McCutcheon; and Pam Grier as Kate "Kit" Porter, the only straight character in the main cast. The pilot introduced a love triangle and coming out story that involved Tim Haspel and just arrived girlfriend, Jenny Schecter with Marina Ferrer. Marina owns a neighborhood cafe, The Planet, and is in Tina and Bette's close circle. Also introduced is Shane McCutcheon, a very sexualized, androgynous looking hairstylist. Bisexual and girly journalist, Alice Pieszecki also appears, as does pro tennis player, Dana Fairbanks, who still happens to be in the closet. The show debuted on January 18, 2004 in the U.S. Bette Porter and Tina Kennard are introduced, in a seven year relationship desiring a child. Tina experiences a miscarriage after artificial insemination. Bette enters into an affair with minor character, Candace Jewell, played by Ion Overman. She also had a relationship with Yolanda Watkins. Dana falls for the sexually ambiguous sous chef, Lara Perkins, whose sexuality becomes clear after they meet unexpectedly in a locker room. A Best Actress Satellite Award was given to Laurel Holloman in 2006 for her portrayal of Tina Kennard. The show was also nominated by Satellite for Best Drama Television Series. Ossie Davis, who appeared in Season Two won an Emmy Award nomination posthumously for Guest Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Kit and Bette Porter's father. The show also garnered multiple nods from the GLAAD Media Awards. Actresses Pam Grier and Jennifer Beals both received repeated nominations at the NAACP Image Awards.

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Seasons
Last Word
8. Last Word
March 8, 2009
In the final episode of the series, what starts out as a celebration of friendship quickly ends in a web of betrayal and deceit; the girls find themselves in the slammer with Sergeant Duffy; and the investigation into Jenny's death begins.
Last Couple Standing
7. Last Couple Standing
March 1, 2009
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center dance marathon is on; someone is moving to the Big Apple; rumors fly fast around the dance floor that Alice and Tasha may be in couple trouble; The HIT!'s Sunset Blvd makes a shocking revelation to Kit; and there's a no-show at the bus station.
Lactose Intolerant
6. Lactose Intolerant
February 22, 2009
Jenny throws a baby shower for Max; Bette and Tina hit a roadblock in the adoption process; Bette goes solo to her gallery's opening night celebration leading Kelly to go in for the kill; Shane is feeling boxed in by Jenny; and Alice starts to feel like three is a crowd.
Litmus Test
5. Litmus Test
February 15, 2009
Jenny writes another script that sells; Bette and Kelly go into business; Alice and Tasha have a third-wheel crush; the girls plot a sting operation to test Dylan; and, Jenny encroaches more on Shane.
Leaving Los Angeles
4. Leaving Los Angeles
February 8, 2009
Shane and Jenny are still melting over each other; Bette and Tina go to Nevada to meet a potential birth mother; Max is trying to deal with being pregnant; Alice and Tasha play matchmaker; and Kelly Wentworth may have what Bette needs.
LMFAO
3. LMFAO
February 1, 2009
The negative of Lez Girls goes missing; Shane's incessant apologizing to Jenny finally gets noticed; Alice's feelings are hurt when Jenny denounces her desire to write a screenplay; Phyllis lets Bette in on a suppressed secret; and it's opening night at Kit and Helena's new club, HIT!
Least Likely
2. Least Likely
January 25, 2009
Bette and Tina talk about expanding their family and beginning a new life but the plan could be ruined when Bette bumps into an old friend with dangerous potential; Alice and Tasha ponder their compatibility as they seek counseling; an old flame appears sending Helena reeling; and Max is faced with an extraordinary situation.
Long Night's Journey Into Day
1. Long Night's Journey Into Day
January 18, 2009
Careers evolve, relationships are tested and friendships end in murder. It begins with Jenny found dead! As a result, everyone's lives are turned upside down leaving all the friends despondent but also suspects - who did it and how did it happen? Flashbacks of the months leading up to the murder will be the only way to put the pieces together to learn why.
The L Word
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The L Word is a television drama series produced in America that was originally shown on Showtime's cable network. Created by Ilene Chaiken, executive producer, the show was written by Chaiken, along with Rose Troche, Guinevere Turner and Cherien Dabis. Other producers of the show included Larry Kenmar and Steve Golin.

Originally titled Earthlings, a slang term rarely used for lesbians, the series portrays the lives of a tight group of lesbian, transgender and bisexual characters in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood area of Southern California, from 2004 to 2009. In addition to Los Angeles, the show was also filmed at Coast Mountain Films Studios in in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The main cast that appeared in Seasons 1 through 6 included: Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter;

Laurel Holloman as Tina Kennard; Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki; Mia Kirshner as Jenny Schecter; Katherine Moennig (cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow) as Shane McCutcheon; and Pam Grier as Kate "Kit" Porter, the only straight character in the main cast.

The pilot introduced a love triangle and coming out story that involved Tim Haspel and just arrived girlfriend, Jenny Schecter with Marina Ferrer. Marina owns a neighborhood cafe, The Planet, and is in Tina and Bette's close circle. Also introduced is Shane McCutcheon, a very sexualized, androgynous looking hairstylist. Bisexual and girly journalist, Alice Pieszecki also appears, as does pro tennis player, Dana Fairbanks, who still happens to be in the closet.

The show debuted on January 18, 2004 in the U.S. Bette Porter and Tina Kennard are introduced, in a seven year relationship desiring a child. Tina experiences a miscarriage after artificial insemination. Bette enters into an affair with minor character, Candace Jewell, played by Ion Overman. She also had a relationship with Yolanda Watkins. Dana falls for the sexually ambiguous sous chef, Lara Perkins, whose sexuality becomes clear after they meet unexpectedly in a locker room.

A Best Actress Satellite Award was given to Laurel Holloman in 2006 for her portrayal of Tina Kennard. The show was also nominated by Satellite for Best Drama Television Series. Ossie Davis, who appeared in Season Two won an Emmy Award nomination posthumously for Guest Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Kit and Bette Porter's father. The show also garnered multiple nods from the GLAAD Media Awards. Actresses Pam Grier and Jennifer Beals both received repeated nominations at the NAACP Image Awards.The L Word is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (71 episodes). The series first aired on January 18, 2004.

The L Word is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The L Word on demand at Showtime, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.

  • Premiere Date
    January 18, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (24,249)