The L Word

Filed under: — marisa on April 7th, 2004 04:04:19 pm

sho.jpgOk, I have been conspicuously absent from posting on COP for a while. I changed jobs ‘ but that isn’t the real reason I have been so silent. In January, we had a historic first for the gay community in the US (and I’m not even talking about gay marriages.) Showtime (a cable TV rival of HBO) began the first ever TV series about the lives of a group of friends who are all lesbian or bisexual.

With the season finale coming up this weekend, I think its time for me to admit it, I’m totally addicted. I can’t even be bothered to get excited about any movies and I’m literally glued to the TV every week. Is the show that good? Well, yes and no. Probably the biggest fault I have with the show is that it was trying to do to much all at once.

candace_bette.jpgThe directors constrained themselves a little by creatively paying homage to the many of the lesbian films that have paved the way for this ground breaking series (Go Fish, Desert Hearts, etc.). I certainly give them credit for taking some risks, but in a one-hour show that is trying to present the lives of six very different and complex women, the visual allusions to the big screen sometimes seemed to take precedence over the more basic necessities of good writing and strong plot development.

And what a lot of plot development they attempted.shane_roseannaarquette.jpgThe storyline tackles a ton of “big” issues such as interracial relationships, lesbian pregnancy, substance abuse, and homophobia in the workplace just to name a few of the heavy things. They also try to present the ‘community,’ however much it can be characterized as such. So they rush to show the Dinah Shore Weekend, drag king shows, issues of bisexuality, and even a lesbian identified man. But in the composite, each of these topics is given such a small amount of attention that it becomes slightly overwhelming. I can only hope the writers will draw out the story a little more slowly now that they have such strong ratings and have been solidly renewed for another season.

jenny-marina.jpgThe strength of the show, however, is the humor, compassion and a friendship between the ensemble cast that is reminiscent of the girls from Sex and the City . So overall, I find myself endeared to the characters and delighted to see something that approximates my life shown regularly on TV. Albeit not network TV, but the tradeoff is that at least on Showtime we get to see the women kiss and have sex, which network television is terrified to show even on overtly gay shows like Will and Grace.

So, The L Word should be coming soon to the UK. Even with its faults, I highly recommend tuning in.
tina_bette.jpg

author picture marisa (44 posts)
Lives happily in upstate Manhattan with a small dog and an amazing woman who weirdly doesn't watch movies very often. (I guess you can't have perfection.)

191 Comments

  • sugarbaby.53@hotmail.com

    Comment by babygirl — Sat May 19, 2007 @ 16:29
  • hey every1 well i just stared watching it and i LOVE It.. but i dnt know where to dwnload it so some1 pls tell me…
    lil_bouncey@yahoo.com pls pls pls 😀

    Comment by Livii — Thu June 14, 2007 @ 0:33
  • can u send to link for download the seseon 2
    MAGIC_EYES110@HOTMAIL.COM

    Comment by hsv — Sat June 30, 2007 @ 14:33
  • i love The L Word. its really a very nice series. cant wait for season 5. i love alice ur so hot!!!

    Comment by lorna — Wed July 4, 2007 @ 17:45
  • Hello guys and girls

    Look, stop all the stressing. You can watch FULL episodes of the L Word at THIS http://tv-links.co.uk/show.do/1/2028 site

    Go there!! It has seasons 1-3

    Comment by Kim — Wed July 25, 2007 @ 17:34
  • i just came from japan2006(pardon my english) and i accidentally came to see the lword on youtube, and i love it…especially tibette..ibought all the season 1,2,3dvds…i guess season 4 is not in store yet…i’ll wait for its release…when is season 5 going to start?i’m not very familiar in american tv shows…what is meant by season?? can’t wait to see it anyway…i hope tibette will get back 2 gether AGAIN PLEASE…

    Comment by jo12 — Mon August 6, 2007 @ 5:26
  • I have to disagree with those people saying The L Word is crap and that it has no storyline’s.

    This show actually explains what it’s like for same sex couples to start a family and how prejudiced people can be about it. And the storyline with Max and the sex change and what she has to go through. Also, the biggest one… Coming out to your family and friends. I think The L Word handles it pretty well. The show has great storylines! In my honest opinion.

    Being a lesbian myself, I have found it pretty hard to deal with. I actually think The L Word has helped me feel more comfortable with myself and my sexuality, as it shows that there is nothing wrong with it.

    Comment by Sarah — Sat September 8, 2007 @ 2:43
  • Hey,
    I watched the whole of season 4 on you tube about a month ago but it was in 10min segments… I’ve tried searching for these episodes again but it appears that they have been taken down. Can anyone confirm this?

    Comment by jen — Sun September 9, 2007 @ 15:14
  • GET SOME REAL LATINAS!! An Indian chick and an Arab chick playing latinas (with horrible stereotypical ACCENTS) is so ridiculous!! I have nothing against those two actresses, BUT why did they need to play Latinas?!?!?!

    Comment by LOUISA — Tue September 11, 2007 @ 4:40
  • keep on rockin all the l word characters, writers and producers, fuckin A tv show. bette needs to meet a dominatrix find her submissive side. he he

    Comment by maxine x — Thu September 20, 2007 @ 2:14
  • keep on rockin all the l word characters, writers and producers, fuckin A tv show. bette needs to meet a dominatrix like me and find her submissive side. he he

    Comment by maxine x — Thu September 20, 2007 @ 2:15
  • bette needs to find a dominatrix like me to explore her submissive side mmmmmmmmm

    Comment by maxine x — Thu September 20, 2007 @ 2:19
  • hey,
    I’m very new to The L-word and have been watching episodes online,
    unfortunately, for various reasons I cannot download episodes onto my computer and so need to find a site that allows you to watch whole episodes online, as the site I have been using has ceased to provide active links…
    If anyone knows of any such sites… it would be GREATLY appreciated, as I have only seen a few episodes of season 1…

    I love this show, and would be VERY GRATEFUL for a good link
    Thanx so much!

    Comment by andie — Tue September 25, 2007 @ 1:55
  • Does anyone know where I could order copies of Season 5 of the L Word that is released in US January?
    Would be greatful for any help in getting down loads on DVD from UK.

    Comment by Puk — Thu September 27, 2007 @ 18:02
  • oh my goooood!!!! i need the l word now!!!!anyone who creates a homepage to download every single episode will save my life!!!how can i be so addicted to a fuc*ing tv show??

    Comment by Rox — Thu September 27, 2007 @ 19:38
  • How about replacing Eileen Chakin with a producer who can hire good writers and not feel the need to work out her personal dyke drama by screwing up a good show? This show jumped the shark in the 3rd season – the ep where Boira had sex twice, Tina had sex with a man, and Kit and her boyfriend as well. But NO love between lesbians. Put someone in charge who can put the L back in the L-Word. I don’t need the show to be PC and show the spectrum of the entire gay community. I’d just like to see LESBIANS loving and enjoying life.

    Comment by Annie — Fri September 28, 2007 @ 6:59
  • Right!!

    Comment by Rox — Fri September 28, 2007 @ 22:12
  • hi everyone iwas wondering if someone could tell me wre icould go to watch l word series 4 all the eps??? thnku

    Comment by kisses4u — Wed October 3, 2007 @ 22:22
  • Check out http://www.tv-links.co.uk, they’ve got Season 1 through to Season 3. Not sure if anyone mentioned it before or not, but thought I’d post anyway, since it looks like a lot of people wanted online links.

    Comment by Anonymous — Mon October 8, 2007 @ 1:59
  • I think my country or service provider blocked tv-links.co.uk. I USED to be able to watch L word there, and I got up to Season 1 Ep 11 before being so busy I stopped for a month or 2. Big mistake. Now I can’t watch anything from there. sob. Any other advice, anyone?

    Comment by sad — Sat October 13, 2007 @ 9:04
  • You know, the ironic thing is that I wouldn’t mind buying the series off Amazon, but I’m a bit worried the product wouldn’t get through customs or whatever checks airflown products are subjected to over here. sigh.

    Comment by sad — Sat October 13, 2007 @ 9:11
  • hey!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME THE L WORD EPISODES OR A EPISODE. THANKS HEAPS PLEASE SEND TO TIMTAMSYUM33@HOTMAIL.COM

    Comment by tammy — Thu October 18, 2007 @ 4:07
  • why did http://www.tv-links.co.uk stop working?!?!?! did that happen for anyone else?! I’m so frustrated!

    Comment by Lindsay — Fri October 19, 2007 @ 1:18
  • Yeah, stopped working for me as well. Where are you linday?

    Comment by kate — Fri October 19, 2007 @ 20:35
  • damn it!!
    and i thought i had connection problems! tv links doesn’t work for me too..and i’m in the middle of season 2. really, i’m in agony, it was there all the time, and now that i found a great show to watch, it’s gone!
    plz, is there any other place where we can watch on line? i’m dying here!

    Comment by nishaner — Sat October 20, 2007 @ 1:18
  • i found something (thank god,seems that i’m too addicted to the show!) it’s tudou, one of the sites that tv links were using. here the link to s2: http://www14.alluc.org/alluc/tv-shows.html?action=getviewcategory&category_uid=812 .it takes ages to upload an ep, and it has korean subs, but it’s better than nothing, huh?

    Comment by nishaner — Sat October 20, 2007 @ 9:29
  • is there no where to watch season 4 online?!! i quickly figured the tudou thing after tv-links started acting up, but they also only go up to s3!!!
    aaaaggggghhhh!!!

    Comment by akial — Thu October 25, 2007 @ 0:22
  • i would like some help to downloading all seasons or even just watch online, if anyone can help please email dunning_a@yahoo.com.au. thanks

    Comment by alex — Fri October 26, 2007 @ 8:44
  • kate, im in Pennsylvania in the US. Damn. This is horrible. This site (http://sharetv.org/shows/the_l_word/watch) stopped working for me too. Im going through withdraw!!!

    Comment by Lindsay — Tue October 30, 2007 @ 1:13
  • go here…it has all the episodes
    http://www.tibette.com

    Comment by avensteph — Thu November 8, 2007 @ 1:34
  • ugh never mind…they arent complete -___-

    Comment by avensteph — Thu November 8, 2007 @ 5:55
  • hola niñas como van la verdad e suqe me agrada muchisimo la serie y mas shane esa niñota me encanta….creanme casi siempre me dicen que tengo un parecido a esa mujer y uff que alago tan h p …creanme soy bisexual desde hace como 6 años tengo novia y la adoro con el alma te adoro mi pequeña luciana eeres mi vida sabes?? me encanta mucho conocer gente es bacano por si las moscas (jejeje) mi correo es ale_08vale@hotmail.com

    Comment by ******lae***** — Mon November 19, 2007 @ 20:28
  • Hello everyone….
    I am a self admitted L Word fine and mighty fan!
    Recently coming out to my family it has made me feel reasurred of where im at in life and what I want to do with it. I live in Australia and badly wanting to have to season four DVD. I can easily buy it in region 1…. but obviously living in Australia I need a region four DVD. I am a complete geek and will even download the season until I can buy the hard copy here in Australia!
    If anyone at all can help me it would be vey much appreciated! my email address is missymoo_44@hotmail.com
    Thank You! XxxX

    Comment by Emma-Kate — Wed December 5, 2007 @ 13:49
  • okay, i didnt all the replys. way to lazy.
    i live in canada and the L word is AMAZING if you get the chance to see it. I’m sorry i dont know where you can look on the internet to find it, but you can download episoides like downloading songs, if it is anything like limewire (if you know what limewire is). anyway, it is an amazing show. you become completely intranced with their lives and all the different characters introduced, and it helps that almost the entire cast is freaking hot. its lesbian humour never heard before. this show can allow lesbians around the world to realise that someone out there understands what we go through sometimes, transgenders are even included. most of the show makes you forget that there is even a different world, it allows you to feel like everyone is equal and the same, that no one is judgeing. the l word is wonderful in all aspects, except the carmen ordeal…. you’ll find out what i mean. Byes.

    Comment by tay — Sun December 30, 2007 @ 9:49
  • I really impressed when I watched this serial, I have been waiting for long time to release a new series of it, But I am not sure that i will pick this series cuz Now I’m out of american and living in middle east. I need help can anyone provide any neceesary inforamtion about getting the season 5 of the serial. I’d highly obliged if anyone could provide me.

    Send to me via

    lucidorb@yahoo.com

    thanks in advance

    Comment by jason — Sat March 29, 2008 @ 20:25
  • http://show-links.tv/tv_shows/50781/The_L_Word/

    You can watch most of the episodes here. Some sections are missing and some of the video quality is bad. The majority of the videos are hosted by Tudou.com which is illegible because it is in Japanese but perhaps there is a chance you may be able to figure something more out. Also, someone has uploaded the majority of the first season up on Youtube.com, the larger part of the fifth season was up too but I think it got deleated because of content. Metacafe might have it up. Hope that helps.

    Comment by document x — Tue April 29, 2008 @ 4:08
  • two years ago the L word literally saved my life.

    aged 26, i was checked in to…let’s call it a “rehabilitation center” for my problems with manic and suicidal depression which was caused by years of emotional and physical abuse. as i said i was suicidal, just wanting to end it all. i filled my days with nothing but staring and wanting to kill myself. when i told this to one of my carers who i always had a crush on, but (as a straight man) she was a lesbian so i had no chance ha,ha, anyway she became a friend and she invited me to watch “her favourite show” (the l word) with her in the lobby one night. i did and i loved it. we watched it every week and it gave a schedule. i had something to do and something to look forward to. it wasn’t a typical boring, dumbed down american show. the people were real and they gave me hope. as a straight man, i can still say that i could relate to the characters and feel what they were going through. i owe everything to this show.

    i have been out of rehab now for eighteen months (and counting!) and have just started dating a girl who is very sweet, she likes cats and isn’t violent like most people. 🙂

    Comment by Tobias — Fri September 12, 2008 @ 2:11
  • I can only say this.
    I love the l word and hope the serie stays, at least for a
    few seasons more. It just makes my life a little more less
    boring. thank you very much miss Chalken and crew.
    I can’t almost wait to see some news about season 7 or 8 maybe? please? pretty please miss chalken? lol 😉

    Comment by cdelands — Thu November 6, 2008 @ 23:07
  • You can watch new episodes of the l word on my blog! (NO POPUPS!) http://www.lwordepisodes.com

    Comment by wathcthelword — Tue January 20, 2009 @ 9:03
  • The series was wonderful, despite the inconsiderate way they portrayed the character of FTM Moira/Max.. it was embarassing to say the least because they made it look like all FTM’s fall into a specific category and well, they don’t. I also hate Jenny and when she was killed off at the beginning of the final season, I am ecstatic.. but to my unfortunate surprise the final season was all about her… evil and manipulative. To be honest, I am glad the show is over but I hope they come up with another Lesbian show that shows a little more variety of lesbians in the community.

    Comment by Cerridwen — Fri March 13, 2009 @ 10:45
  • Hi everyone,

    My name is Freddy and I’ve wasted nearly a month of my life on this place 😉 I found it after being recommended by a few friends who have been hanging out here for quite some time.

    I am a writer, graphics artist, photographer and just about anything else that comes up around the office. Aside from the above interests i’m really into scifi as I know that is so much more out there to be discovered, and a feeling that the universe is just teaming with life.

    Well, I hope that I get to know more people here, share some experience and start learning. Have a greay day!

    Comment by CaptainFreddy — Tue December 29, 2009 @ 6:48

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.