The L Word : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 18, 2004
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  • 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
    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).
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  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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. 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. 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: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    The L Word is hot, to be sure.
  5. 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]
  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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  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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