The L Word

Description: The L Word is a drama that focuses on an ensemble of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in the LA area, and their lives as they live in and out of the gay world.

This one’s a little long, and that’s because this show is a bit of a cornerstone in lesbian culture. The L Word is one of the first to display so many different types of queer women, in this queer community. If you were a queer girl, you could find yourself in at least one if not multiples of these characters. EXCEPT YOU JENNY!

If you find yourself in Jenny, god help you, because she is the absolute worst.

And that’s where the story begins. We see a couple, Jenny and her boyfriend, who is so insignificant I can’t remember his name, move next to the lesbian couple Bette and Tina. And they are Jenny’s porthole into the world of gay. When she and her boyfriend are invited to a party at Bette and Tina’s house. There she finds her self attracted to a French lady, who could blame her, and zippity doo dah

she’s a lesbian.

We meet our main cast, you already know about Better and Tina: the couple

Alice: is a quirky, funny girl who has a talk radio show and a chart of all the lesbians that are sleeping together.

Shane: who is… well Shane. I feel like she’s so much of an architype in the lesbian community that she doesn’t need an explanation.

Woman #1 – Infinity: Shane sleeps with them.

Dana: Famous Tennis player, trying to hide her sexuality from the public light.

and Kit: Bette’s older sister, and pretty much older sister to the whole group. She is not gay, but owns the café in the day time, club at night that the women always hang out in.

 

And throughout the seasons some interesting women join the cast, like Jodi a lesbian that is an artist and also deaf , and Tasha a black army chick who is gay in the time of don’t ask don’t tell. And others leave the cast for stupid reasons like break ups and DEATH (we all know what bullshit I’m referring to…)

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2 thoughts on “The L Word

  1. Plot

    7

    Writing

    4

    Acting

    7

    LGBT Positivity

    8.5

    The L Word has a lot of sex. Like a lot. Starting from episode 1. So it is definitely not a show to watch with your parents. And it is definitely not a realistic representation of the lesbians in real life (come on, no one really have that much sex.) But with that said, it IS the show that introduce young lesbians to the lesbian community, and the show that makes people of all ages realize they maybe into girls. And not only that, it showed us that lesbians are all shapes, all colors, all types, and all appearances. There is no one look to lesbians. In fact, you might not be able to tell if someone is a lesbian by appearance (Except Shane. Shane is hella gay). And despite the show being named the L word, there are bisexual and transgender characters. How positive the representation are? I don’t remember.

    As for the plot- this show is a drama. It is dramatic. There are a lot of crazy stuff happening that would never happen in real life. But it is also why the show is so good, and so fun to watch. That and the sex. But mostly the sex. Speaking of sex, the best thing that ever happened in the show is Shane and Carmen. Namely, Shane and Carmen having sex, getting engaged. What happened next is the biggest mistake of the entire show. Yes, I am still very bitter about it. They deserved to be together. Oh, and the show handled Carmen coming out to her big Mexican family well enough. They even put Shane in a dress. So yeah, their storyline is the best part of the show. Everything else, I can live without.

    The L word is a must see for lesbians. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, you are not receiving the proper lesbian education. So if you are a girl loving girl, go snuggle under the blanket, find the show, and binge watch it. Just make sure the volume is not too loud, and that no one else can see the TV screen. Because some part of it, well, it is essentially porn.

     
  2. Plot

    7

    Writing

    4

    Acting

    7

    LGBT Positivity

    8.5

    Is this a good show? It’s not the best. The L Word is a melodrama, almost on soap opera levels. Some of the arcs are so contrived, I’M LOOKING AT YOU JENNY! She is the main character in the sense that we start off with her, learn about the world with her, and end the show with her. And everyone hates her, the women in the show don’t even like her as a person.

    It’s because she is a psychopathic sociopath that messes with people for kicks and kills a dog(?) because she so insecure that she needs to pull people down into her abyss of insanity. She started off, sort of ok, confused and trying to adjust to her new world, but she took a sharp left into crazy town. And I just can’t understand why the writers chose to do that.

    There are other story lines outside of Jenny that are also not that awesome, Bette and Tina’s relationship. I’m sorry I didn’t really care about them and their boring problems, cancer which is handle poorly, and just typical soap opera stuff.

    BUT there were things that were handled with care and it was nice. I thought that Tasha and Alice’s story line was great, it was realistic. A gay woman in the army, during the time of don’t ask don’t tell, is dating the liberal of all liberal lesbians. The show writes both sides of the conflict well. Tasha comes from a military family and that’s all she’s ever wanted to do was serve, but she is also gay and loves Alice. Ultimately in the end she can’t have both. And we see them fighting to stay together on a couple different levels, personal and governmental.

    I think that they also deal with Shane’s story pretty well as well. She was someone who came from a home where no one cared for her. And she grew up to be someone who can’t keep a table relationship and tries to mask it with her stoicism. She has a lot of baggage, and throughout the show we see her reach highs and the lowest lows, but it doesn’t seem trite.

    Max a transgender man, is another that’s handled pretty well. They show that being transgender and your sexuality are two different things. And the struggles that he faces, but also the joy when he feels like he’s finally fitting into his body (though that’s his whole reasons for being on the show, he doesn’t really move outside of the transgender identity). So it’s like the writers of this show can write great arcs, and then they give us Satan spawn Jenny, so it’s like a love hate relationship I have with it.

    Would I recommend this show? Yes, yes I would. Even though the story lines suck a lot of the times, there are so many different types of characters, their representation is nuts! You have women of all colors, backgrounds, rich and poor, old and young and THEY HAVE BISEXUAL PEOPLE! This is so important, because bi people are not like fairies they do exist. Alice is bi and she doesn’t run rampant trying to sleep with everyone, she’s not confused. She’s just a person. And that’s who we see these women as, people. No one’s really too much of a stereotype. And for that you can sort of roll your eyes at the story lines but continue watching because you are invested in you characters. And I am sure there is at least one character in there for you.

     

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