The L Word

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Jenny's marriage to Tim crumbles; Tina and Bette struggle with pregnancy.
Starring
Jennifer BealsErin DanielsLeisha Hailey
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Pilot: Part 1
    June 2, 2014
    53min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Series premiere - part 1. Jenny moves to L.A. and meets her new neighbors.
  2. 2. The Pilot: Part 2
    January 18, 2004
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years and want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is about to form a couple when his girlfriend, talented young writer Jenny Schecter, moves in. Soon, mixing with Bette and Tina's circle of lesbian friends, Jenny learns that her mid-west university may not have prepared her for what she will learn about life, lust and love in Los Angeles.
  3. 3. Let's Do It
    January 25, 2004
    46min
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    Bette and Tina wait eagerly to see if Tina will get pregnant; Tim, unaware of her encounter with Jenny, invites Marina to a dinner party, outraging Bette, and once more, Kit tries to make amends.
  4. 4. Longing
    February 1, 2004
    49min
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    Bette engages in a battle of wills with the chairman of the gallery board and takes a desperate step; Jenny struggles with her feelings for Marina; Alice tries to regain her self-respect and Dana finally gets a date.
  5. 5. Lies, Lies, Lies
    February 8, 2004
    50min
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    Bette greets Tina's pregnancy with apparent delight despite her work problems; Jenny's relationship with Marina endangers her life with Tim; Dana's insecurity continues while Alice's mother problems escalate.
  6. 6. Lawfully
    February 15, 2004
    53min
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    Season 1. Tim discovers Jenny's affair, leading to a major decision.
  7. 7. Losing It
    February 22, 2004
    49min
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    English [CC]
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    Season 1. Bette's commitment is tested; Tim and Jenny return home.
  8. 8. L'ennui
    February 29, 2004
    52min
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    Relationships can be painful. Tim rejects Jenny, who learns about Marina's other lover; Bette struggles with her fears about parenthood, while Dana runs from her fears and from Lara; Kit is stung when her son doesn't show up for their meeting.
  9. 9. Listen Up
    March 7, 2004
    48min
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    Identities, sexual and other, are in question as Jenny tries to explain her situation to her one-time roommate; Dana comes out to her right-wing parents, and Bette begins to consider her own self-image.
  10. 10. Luck, Next Time
    March 14, 2004
    50min
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    Bette faces serious personal and professional problems; Dana starts to find herself, while fame - along with complications - finds Shane; Alice just finds complications; Jenny is in turmoil and Kit is rehearsing for Slim Daddy's video. SNOOP DOGG appears as Slim.
  11. 11. Liberally
    March 21, 2004
    47min
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    An unexpected opportunity eases Tina's grief while Bette defends the gallery against a right-wing attack; Shane's relationship with her patrons gets complicated; Marina and Francesca fight, and Jenny tries to help Tim.
  12. 12. Looking Back
    March 28, 2004
    45min
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    Bette prepares for the gallery's new show and hires Candace, an attractive female contractor, to handle the set-up; Tina, Jenny, Shane, Alice and Dana share an eventful trip to Palm Springs.
  13. 13. Locked Up
    April 4, 2004
    45min
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    A near-riot at the gallery lands Bette and her friends in jail, putting Bette in dangerous proximity to Candace; Shane's relationships grow more convoluted; Kit meets Ivan, a drag king; Marina contemplates life without Francesca, and Tim and Jenny discuss divorce.
  14. 14. Limb from Limb
    April 11, 2004
    59min
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    Season 1 finale. Jenny's ever-more-complicated love life pushes Tim away.

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Supporting actors
Laurel HollomanMia KirshnerKarina LombardEric MabiusKatherine MoennigPam Grier
Producers
Steve GolinLarry KennarIlene Chaiken
Season year
2004
Network
MGM/UA Communications
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentnudity
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Ngat73Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great job ladies, and there's nothing for you to be ashamed about!!
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I have had several experiences, usually I was trapped by my best friends that I trusted. And, I have rejected many other friends that I wasn't so close with. But, I had a best friend that I loved, and as naive as I was and looking back, what I thought was girl talk was her working me. And, I fell for her and I got my heart broken, just like some of the girls in this show. That was around 2010 and I never pay for cable aside for basic that comes along with my building or association. But, boy it would have helped if I knew that this show was around. It did get better as the show progressed and as one of the reviewers said it was cheesy to begin with and it got better. The show got better and so did the sex. Good job Laurel and Jennifer. ANd Jen, don't trip too much about people thinking your gay or bi. Many studies say that all women are bi. Everyone told me that I was just experimenting and there was no way I liked woman. But, I really fell in love with the person not the gender and I know you can too. You can't say that you can be that close to someone for that long and have "no feelings". However, you don't need to attach any title to it or nor is it anyone's business. This 28 year old girl didn't chase me down until I was 36 and she only got me because my guard was down because she was not my type if I had to pick a woman either. I'm with Laurel, Angelina Jolie is the bomb! But don't get me wrong, your a beautiful woman as well, you would even be more beautiful if you were more honest to yourself and us. You were a little more transparent at that meeting when you cried about people ending their shoot at different times. I mean I can't help but watch that unedited stir fry scene over and over and wipe my head and say "OMG". Bravo ladies.
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PanteraReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Evolution
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My first response, which lasted several years, was to be repelled by the air-brushed, skinny white supermodel push with the one token black chick. I felt that this was not representative of the lesbian community. I heard that they made lesbianism all about sex---lots of sex scenes, kind of like pornography.

Then I actually watched it and got totally hooked. I found it incredibly well done and not trying to suggest that it was a representative sample. This is not research, it has to bow to the God of ratings and corporate sponsorship. Sex sells. And many of the sex scenes are very well done. The ones that bore me I fast forward through. Mostly, their sex is an extension of these women's lives, which is how most folk I know live.

It sports snatches of "Sex in the City" cafe check-ins and is the next generation, the female generation after "Queer as Folk"...the latter of which I could never get into. So, in summary, it isn't perfect but it is riveting, funny and brilliantly executed, weaving in elements of the queer community I've never seen even attempted before in a credible context rich with depth of characters and surprising plot twists. I wish I had this show to complain about when I was a teenager. I am eager to see what kind of "alternative life style" series is coming next.
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Jackie ValdezReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the "L" Word - Only decent "Lesbian" show out there!
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Love the "L" Word! It was created and produced well, in a very classy way, and done very professionally! It's so nice to see beautiful,
feminine, sexy women together, for a change. There's nothing wrong with seeing beautiful women loving each other, living together, and making beautiful love with each other. I think it's awesome! Jennifer Beals is "gorgeous"! She still looks so "hot" after all these years! I had a crush on her back in the day, when she was the "star" of the movie "Flashdance". Just wish they had more "gorgeous" women like her on the show, but I know they are just being "realistic". Not all women are as beautiful as she is, in real life. Oh well! She plays the perfect "role" of a gorgeous lesbian woman on the show, that's for sure. The show covers so many great topics, that truly have to do with "real life" experiences in the lesbian lifestyle. If you are not a lesbian or gay person, and you are watching this show, it will still be very interesting, entertaining, and funny, guaranteed! The show is very realistic, when it comes to how the different lesbian lifestyles are portrayed. You will definitely be entertained!
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turtlexReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Show, Fun Cast, Easy To Watch, Good Guest Stars
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If you're considering this boxed set, then likely you've already seen the show. There's a lot written about the plot, characters and cast, so I thought I'd take some time to review the Bonus Disk in this set.

Disk 5 - in the same case as Disk 4 - contains Bonus Features. All of which are explained below :

Fashion Extras - This is a behind the scenes feature with the fashion consultants for the show. It shows them shopping for each characters wardrobe and includes a fitting session with Erin Daniels (Dana).

Puppet Movie - This is actually worth the price of the set. It's a terrifically funny "mouth puppet" presentation by some of the cast. It includes a recap of several scenes and show an appreciation of a cast that does not take itself too seriously. My particular favorite part is towards the end, where we see their trailers. I laughed out loud. This is a keeper.

The L Word Defined - Basically the extended promo that appeared on Showtime. There's a lot here about how the L Word is NOT the Lesbian Queer As Folk. To quote Guin Turner, the L Word has "a lot less drugs and a lot less dancing". You have to love her for that. We'll excuse the fact that QAF does feature two pretty fabulous lesbians.

Wardrobe Closet - This is just a still photo gallery with information on each character that also directs you to a website for more information. Do we need more information on their clothes? Um, anyone? Painfully, there is no background soundtrack on this feature.

Season 2 Sneak Peak - Just that, a montage of snippets from upcoming Season 2 episodes. Lots of teasers and glimpses of guest stars.

Power-Up Panel - This is a moderator lead panel discussion featuring some of the cast, producers and Showtime execs talking about the show. Power-Up is a professional organization for lesbians and women in the Entertainment, Arts and Media fields. You can check out their website. This is an interesting feature, though the camera work is shakey.

Fan Mail - Well, its basically... fan mail. Yes, you read that right, this is still pictures of women who wrote in praising the show, and typed out versions of their letters. Again, painfully, there is no background sound track. I guess it's cool for the women featured, but otherwise, I was sort of bored.

Biographies - Again with the still picture (would putting in clips have been so difficult) and a type written bio on each featured actress/actor. Again no background music or soundtrack. You can get this information anywhere, and incase you didn't know... Jennifer Beals was in a quiet little film called "Flashdance" before starring in The L Word.

Photo Gallery - Finally, some music! This is stills from the show, cast and crew, edited to music. Some you've probably seen already, from the Showtime website.

Previews - No, not of the L-Word but of other Showtime programs: "Fat Actress" and "Queer As Folk" (dvds).

Promotions - Well, at least they tell you what you're getting. Basically, commercials.

Though I've read several descriptions indicating a gag/blooper reel. I was not able to find out. It's possible that it's hidden, read "as an Easter Egg", but I haven't been able to locate it yet.

Hope this was helpful. Enjoy your set.
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Sarah Spence-LizarragaReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The music is not the original music
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I love the show but after purchasing the first season I immediately noticed that the music is completely different and gives it a different vibe. I regret my purchase and pulled out my old, dusty DVDs to watch instead. If you've never seen the show or only watched it on Netflix you probably won't notice, which is fine. But for me, the music was like a very important character in the show that they got rid of.
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David FarhiReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I had heard many good things about this series
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I had heard many good things about this series, and since I do not get HBO, I watched it as part of my Prime membership. I have a close friend who happens to be a lesbian, and she said this was a great show and that the lifestyle was very well portrayed. I have to say that it is well acted, very sexy, and educational if you want to see and understand another viewpoint. Very well done and highly recommended.
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SapphyreReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
How It All Began ... May Contain Spoilers
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One of the main reasons I purchased the first season of The L Word was because I came into the series late, at the beginning of Season 3. So of course I wanted to know how it all came about.

Season One finds Jenny Scheckter moving in with her fiancee Tim in sunny LA. Soon, she finds out her neighbors are something else again. After witnessing Shane and her girlfriend making out in the pool, Jenny becomes fascinated with the lesbian lifestyle. As she gets out and begins meeting people, her curiosity soars. When she meets Marina at a party ... fascination becomes infatuation. Then the drama really begins.

Unable to resist Marina's attentions, she and Jenny enter into an affair. Tim one day finds them out and after a brief reconciliation the marriage ends in an annulment.

Season one introduced some of the most interesting characters, only to let them slowly slip into oblivion by mid Season Two. The most sorely missed to me is the character of Ivan ... a drag king who became deeply smitten with Kit. I thought this character lent a lighthearted romantic tag to the series and I'd love to see her written back in.

The most tense moment was in the end when Tina caught on to Bette and the carpenter (sorry the character's name escapes me at the moment) and Tina leaves. The heartwrenching struggle Dana had to endure coming out, not only to the public but to her parents lent good drama to the series as well, and was handled, I thought, in an appropriate manner, although I'd like to have seen her mother come around a little sooner.

Overall, I adore this series, I'll be purchasing Season Two so I have the whole thing to watch over and over again. There are life lessons thoughout this thought-provoking series for all of us out there.
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M. FletcherReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enough with the whining!
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I have been waiting for a long time, like most lesbians, to have a series to relate to on TV. When Queer as Folk came along, I fell in love with it, even though it is mostly about gay men. Then The L Word FINALLY entered the picture! While I'll agree that the character of Jenny is annoying (to say the least), and that the first/second episode was a little boring and hard to get through, I will not agree with most other points people have made about the show. I'm so tired of reading reviews where people say the women on the show don't look like anyone they know. I look like them, and I am proud to! It's great to see that Showtime doesn't play into stereotypes and make them all butch and brawny. There are all types of lesbians out there, and these gals may not look like all of us, but the point is that they DO look like some of us! So stop the whining, and just be thankful that you can watch lesbians on TV at all! And one more thing - Shane is so hot! It is worth watching the whole season just for her! But please, watch this season-it's well worth the money and you will fall in love with this show!
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