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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.

Where do I stream The L Word online? The L Word is available for streaming on Showtime, 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, iTunes, Showtime Anytime online.

6 Seasons, 71 Episodes
January 18, 2004
Cast: Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner
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The L Word Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kit finds an advantage in having Helena return. Jodi's latest "sculptural expression" surprises Bette. Alice finds concern in Tasha's post military career choice. Tina is infuriated by Adele's on air power play. Phyllis has a talk with Shane about her relationship with Molly. The film's wrap party erupts with emotional fireworks.

  • Adele shocks the producers of Lez Girls as she gathers everyone together to reveal a steamy sex tape between the film's director and leading lady. With the film's reputation at stake, she informs everyone of her blackmailing agenda. Breaking up is tough to do as Jodi returns to Bette for answers. Back at The Planet, the girls are outraged when SheBar owners Dawn Denbo and her lover Cindi announce their newest purchase.

  • As the girls prepare to set off on the Subaru Pink Ride, Tina spots Niki Stevens embarking on more than just a bike ride with Jenny. Shane is confronted by her new admirer, or shall we say 'stalker' Molly. A sympathetic Tina pedals through the topic of Jodi and Bette.

  • Kit and the owners of Shebar convene to mediate their grievances and stake claims for lesbo turf. Meanwhile, Shane and her "straight girl crush" have an encounter, and Jenny fires male actor who hit on Niki. Also, Tina and Bette decide that they will see a therapist to help come to an understanding, Max's admire makes a move, and Tasha tries adjusting to a non-military life.

  • Now that her scandalous behavior has hit the magazines, Niki's manager feel the need to go into damage control. Meanwhile, Alice is called on to testify at Tasha's military hearing; Shane has his eyes on Phyllis's straight daughter; and Jodi invites Tina and a date to her dinner party.

  • Production in Jenny's movie is slowed by on set clashes as the star makes a fool of herself. Meanwhile, Bette is left in charge of babysitting Phyllis's grown up child, who objects to her mom's new lifestyle. The tough colonel who is in charge of Tanya's discharge arrives on the base. Alice makes an audition for a daytime talk show, while Adele, Jenny's assistant continues to exhibit her devious behavior.

  • The film based on Jenny's novel begins production and already she has to deal with a problematic star. Tina and Bette need to think about their rekindled relationship they are in. Also, the gang and the owners of the new lesbian bar have animosity regarding their competition for The Planet.

  • Jenny and the producers of her movie battle over the casting, while one eager actress goes all out to grab the lead role. The gals hit the Planet's competition by attending the opening of a new lesbian club. Meanwhile, Bette has an unusual reaction to Tina's new dating woes, and Alice is surprised by a visit from military investigators.

  • When Shane swears of sex, she reaps the benefits of the new energy and focus that celibacy brings. Tina's dating mishaps finally start to improve. Meanwhile, The Planet is broken into and Kit is attacked.

  • While Tina's dating woes continue, Shane has a number of erotic encounters when he agrees to style hair for a wedding party. Tasha explains to Alice why she didn't leave with her detachment back to Iraq.

  • Shane puts off moving in with Paige, but suffers the consequences of doing so. Jenny returns from her vacation with a new fling, a billionaire movie financier. Meanwhile, Phyllis begins to doubt her relationship with Joyce.

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'The L Word' Star Leisha Hailey Kicked Off Southwest Plane for Kissing Girlfriend

Leisha Hailey, an actress on the popular Showtime series "The L Word" was reportedly escorted off a Southwest Airlines plane after passengers complained about her kissing her unnamed girlfriend during a flight to St. Louis from Baltimore. Hailey is trying to organize a boycott of the airline through Twitter.