• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. The Hollywood Reporter
    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. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Apr 3, 2014
    88
    The L Word succeeds precisely because it isn't exploitative, and because its sexy scenes are anything but gratuitous. [16 Jan 2004, p.121]
  3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    The L Word is a better written series than "Queer as Folk" and seems less exploitative. Sex is a predominant theme, but relationships are presented as more important. Where the "Queer" boys often couple only for pleasure, most of the L Word characters are equally, if not more, interested in love. [16 Jan 2004, p.W-37]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    Nor is The L Word all sexual sturm und drang. Its light moments are laugh-out-loud funny. [18 Jan 2004, p.3M]
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    75
    Imagine a lesbian "Friends," only smarter and better-looking.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 17, 2013
    75
    A stylishly involving, amusing soap opera.
  9. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    The dialogue is often sharp, well-observed and very funny. It is sexy and, occasionally, raunchy in both language and love-making. The cast members make the lead characters warm and interesting. [16 Jan 2004, p.7G]
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 3, 2014
    63
    The L Word wants to be as liberating for gay women as Sex and the City was for their straight sisters. Instead, it comes across as a repetitive soap opera that reduces life to sex, and sex to a Joey Tribiani fantasy about girl-on-girl make-out sessions.
  11. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Apr 3, 2014
    63
    The question that needs to be asked of The L Word is this: Absent the novelty of seeing a cast of lesbian characters on TV, would the lives of these people make for fascinating drama?...The answer, I'm afraid, is -- probably not. [18 Jan 2004, p.TV-6]
  12. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    The L Word is hot, to be sure.
  13. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 3, 2014
    60
    Slow-going in developing its web of interconnected plots, this latest demonstration of cable's series-for-every-interest-group strategy is watchable enough, but probably not likely to be the sort of buzzworthy addiction-in-waiting Showtime would like and certainly could use. [13 Jan 2004, p.06]
  14. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 3, 2014
    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]
  15. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Apr 3, 2014
    60
    Like "Queer as Folk", this drama about lesbian friends in Los Angeles too often settles for slick melodrama and racy content. Premium cable can offer wonderful freedom, but that's no excuse for resorting to sex scenes with such frequency.
  16. 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.
  17. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 3, 2014
    50
    Like "Queer as Folk," The L Word is essentially a mediocre soap opera in soft-core porno drag. There's lots of hot, sweaty, half-naked bodies, but the heads attached spend so much time droning on and on and on about their mundane lives and loves that the sex scenes just feel like an intermission in between all the tepid girl-on-girl dialogue. [16 Jan 2004, p.55]
  18. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Apr 3, 2014
    50
    The sex scenes -- yes, there's plenty of bare skin and rising erotic temperatures -- alternate between sensitive and slightly cheesy, a la "Red Shoe Diaries." [16 Jan 2004, p.6H]
  19. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Apr 3, 2014
    50
    The dialogue is stuffy, the stories are predictable and, while the idea of a show all about beautiful gay Los Angeles women is interesting, this comes off like a second-rate "Melrose Place" with pretensions of depth. [16 Jan 2004, p.53]
  20. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Mar 31, 2014
    50
    When The L Word is judged on its dramatic merits, the real problem is not the stereotypical plot lines or limited scope, but the fact there's nothing here to make the viewer want to tune in every week. Sure, the series throws around catchphrases such as "nipple confidence" and frank talk of "butt waxing," but strip away the attention-grabbing antics and the show is rather boring. Perhaps The L Word stands for lackluster.
  21. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    L also stands for "lackluster."
  22. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, The L Word too often makes it seem as if having sex is all its characters are interested in doing, particularly in the 90-minute first episode. [17 Jan 2004, p.1E]
  23. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jan 16, 2017
    3
    Les actrices sont jolies, très jolies même, se trémoussent en cadence, se frottent et se léchouillent, s'embrassent et se roulent des pelles.Les actrices sont jolies, très jolies même, se trémoussent en cadence, se frottent et se léchouillent, s'embrassent et se roulent des pelles. Elles sont branchées et branchouilles et reflètent (à quel point ?) une certaine frange (ou caste ?) de la population lesbienne de Los Angeles, Etats-Unis. Elles sont cultivées, occupent de belles places, brassent une certaine quantité de pognon, évoluent dans les milieux artistiques ou créatifs, consomment de temps à autre quelques produits stupéfiants, font la fête sur des yachts privés, vont en boîte...

    De chaudes lapines qui n'aiment pas la pine mais qui tirent toutes les femelles hétéros ou pas qui bougent de 21 à 77 ans. Attention, lesbiennes en chasse. Quoique dans le lot, on a de la bi aussi, on est pas sectaire ! Elles veulent même faire des mômes, ouais, ouais, ouais.

    Mais le plus édifiant sans doute dans tout cela, c'est que les femmes restent des femmes, et d'entre elles les connes ne ressemblent qu'aux connes. Et je ne suis pas bien sûr (comme chantait Brel) qu'elles soient l'avenir de l'homme.

    Bref, cette série reste une série bien conne qui ressemble à n'importe quelle autre série bien conne et nunuche, colportant clichés et stéréotypes à l'envi au ras des pâquerettes. Ce n'est qu'un mauvais feuilleton sirupeux et ennuyeux, très ennuyeux. Gazon Maudit, une comédie sans prétention avait bien mieux couvert et ciblé le sujet, un comble.
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