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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: Laurel Holloman, Jennifer Beals, Erin Daniels
  • Summary: The L Word is the intimate story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles. The show has received a lot of praise for its brilliant storylines and its portrayal of the lesbian community.

    The L Word is created and executive produced by Ilene Chaiken
    (Barb Wire, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), who also serves as a writer on the show. Other executive producers include Steve Golin (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Larry Kennar (Barbershop). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Staff
    Apr 3, 2014
    90
    A dramatic series that is steamy, provocative and filled with smart dialogue and richly drawn characters, none of whom are entirely predictable. [15 Jan 2004]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    The L Word may in its way do some sort of good, in addition to being wickedly provocative drama and undeniably seductive TV.
  3. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    The series has something to offer besides sexual imagery and sophistry -- it is a well-written, entertaining show, with or without the L word.
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    The L Word is hot, to be sure.
  5. 60
    But is it too much to ask for these girls to have a bit more fun? This is one series that really needs to swing that way. For a bunch of glamorous, well-dressed womyn who spend a lot of time hanging out at a cool cafe, they sure do suffer from an excess of unease. [17 Jan 2004, p.E2]
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 3, 2014
    60
    The L Word will get some notice because of its frank, soft-core-tinged portrayal of lesbian sexuality. Just as gay men are neutered in the mainstream, shown only as fit, fashion-obsessed, show-tune-savvy fellas, gay women are still trying to shake the Boston marriage image.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 1, 2013
    30
    The problem is, those aspects of the show that are not about lesbianism are tedious, and those that are, are predictable.

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