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The L Word Season 1

The first season of American/Canadian co-produced drama television series The L Word premiered on Showtime on January 18, 2004 and ended on April 11, 2004, created by Ilene Chaiken, Michele Abbot and Kathy Greenberg. The series portrayed the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, connections, family and lovers in the trendy Greater Los Angeles, California city of West Hollywood. The series was highly popular and was Showtime's highest rated series. It was renewed for a second and third season.

The L Word Season 1

This season one episode tracks the increasing problems in Bette and Tina's relationship, while all of the principal characters (minus Bette) visit Palm Springs for a women's golf event. Throughout the season, Jenny has been coming to terms with her sexuality after moving to L.A. with her underwhelming boyfriend Tim (Eric Mabius) and then cheating on him.

As fans of The L Word will recall, the initially layered and empathetic character Jenny Schecter gradually transforms into one of the most infamously depicted characters on the show. The season five episode "Lookin' at You, Kid" illustrates some causes of hatred toward Jenny, both by fans and the show's characters.

This season three premiere abruptly reveals that Alice and Dana, whose relationship blossomed in season two, are now broken up. Admittedly, the plot development is a bit jarring because viewers don't initially witness the downfall of this relationship, just some issues of jealousy (on Alice's part) in season two.

The breakup does, however, add complexity to some of season three's most important moments, including Dana's battle with breast cancer and how her relationship with Alice evolves as a result. And anyway, abrupt relationship catastrophes are par for the course on The L Word.

One of the series's most layered relationships takes root in this season four episode, in which Alice encounters Tasha, whose military status and political views are utterly removed from Alice's own. The episode also attempts to tackle issues of transphobia and sexism in the workplace when Max observes the poor treatment of his female co-workers.

Ironically, one of the most traumatic moments of The L Word occurs in its highest-rated episode. Throughout the third season, Dana has faced a tumultuous battle with breast cancer, but she briefly appears to be in recovery. Things take a dramatically negative turn, however, and Dana returns to the hospital with an infection, passing away at the end of "Losing the Light."

So Season One went out with a bang, leaving all the poor lesbians watching in real time to bite their nails anxiously re: the future of Tibette and the general state of the crew. Oh cruel television seasons, how we suffered under thee before the arrival of our lord Netflix.

8. Jenny starts to self-identify as a mermaid and wish to be referred as mer and merself. (This is just a joke, Tumblr! Jenny would obviously be more comfortable as a manatee.) Gene Fineman will sadly float out of the picture early in season two. But on a brighter note, so will Marina! GOODBYE FOREVER MARINAAAAA.

In honor of Pride Month, Showtime is making over 50 hours of LGBTQ+ content available to watch or stream for free throughout the entire month of June. Among the titles included are the first seasons of the groundbreaking series The L Word and Queer as Folk.

With a new season returning soon, catch up on the late-night series hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, who offer a unique mix of comedy and freestyle commentary on current events, pop culture and politics combined with interviews with megastar guests.

Dana Heller's collection is a welcome 'sequel' (p. vii) to Kim Akass and Janet McCabe's Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (1) and makes a fine contribution to I. B. Tauris's Reading Contemporary Television series edited by Akass and McCabe. Where the earlier volume captured critical responses to the first two seasons, Loving The L Word is able to extend those discussions to consider the entire run of The L Word (2004-09), (2) which ran to six seasons. Despite the implication of the title, the collection is not a homogeneous 'love-in' for The L Word. Instead, the book offers a range of engagements that explore the show's representations of lesbians, transgender people and people of colour, as well as the concepts of community and of consumption. 041b061a72


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