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The L Word: Season One

Jennifer Beals , Leisha Hailey , Clement Virgo , Daniel Minahan    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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L Word ~ Season 1


Four years after Showtime made gay men the focus of its original series Queer as Folk, it was time for a little turnabout with The L Word (bad title, great show). Centering around a tight-knit group of lesbians in Los Angeles, this drama was far removed from its working-class male counterpart in both style and content. While the men of QAF enjoyed a fabulous if melodramatic life on the middle-class streets of Pittsburgh, the women of The L Word lived it up in sunny California, with gorgeous houses, glamorous careers, and sexy wardrobes. Ironically, though, The L Word adhered more to the everyday drama of ensemble shows like thirtysomething than the soap opera antics of QAF, and the results were surprisingly heartfelt and effective, appropriately stylish but never over the top. There was plenty of room for titillation, but creator Ilene Chaiken fashioned from the start a show centered on characters and not just sex, aiming for the heart rather than... well, other places.

The L Word focused primarily on committed couple Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), a former power-career duo who've decided to have a baby; however, artificial insemination and the changing dynamics of their relationship throw their previously happy existence off-kilter. Within their orbit are spunky journalist Alice (Leisha Hailey), sultry hairdresser Shane (Katherine Moenning), closeted pro tennis player Dana (Erin Daniels), and espresso bar owner Marina (Karina Lombard) who, in the show's most polarizing storyline, bedded the seemingly straight Jenny (Mia Kirschner) and shook up her heterosexual world. Jenny's am-I-straight-or-not? kvetching frustrated both her fiancé (Eric Mabius) and many viewers, who were alternately irritated and intrigued by her inability to decide one way or the other. But Jenny's weakness was part of The L Word's strength: in exploring many sides of many issues, both domestic and political, it never came up with an easy answer for any of them, making the show all that more fascinating--and compulsively watchable. --Mark Englehart

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic! July 22 2004
By A Customer
I heard about this show when I was sitting on a bubble tea cafe with a friend of mine and flipping at some magazine and saw the ad. I thought, hey, this might be an interesting show to watch. I started to google it and found some materials on it. If you want to know a little about the show, go to http://www.thelwordonline.com. This site provides a lot of info abt the show that you might want to know.
Since I live in Vancouver (ironically where the shooting takes place) and the show has not arrived in Canada, I downloaded all the episodes from internet and I enjoyed every episode.
It's a narrative about a group of professional women in LA. The story centers around the 7 yrs couple and their group of friends. What I love about this show is that it's not self conscious and it's not desperately trying to make a statement yet finds itself offering viewpoints about the issues related to queer lifestyle. It's intelligent, witty, sharp, passionate, warm, groovy and trendy show. Yes, this show has taken nudity on TV to a whole new level but what I love about it, the show is not self-conscious about it and the sex scenes that are included are part of the story and not the story itself. It has a good breadth and delve into the depth but not being overbearingly intense. It's like watching an entertaining well made independent film or foreign film. Not to mention that the soundtrack is awsome too. So, if you're looking into watching a good story... you might want to check this one out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series - can't wait for season 2 Nov. 18 2004
By Spyder
I first heard about this show from a friend in Vancouver who raved about how good it is. So I watched the first episode and I must admit that I was disappointed with the image of the show. I found that the women were too trendy, stylish, attractive and well, too feminine. They don't look nor dress like any lesbians I know.
Two things that bother me about the first season: the character Jenny is tiresome, annoying, immature, and just too messed up. The second thing is that they seem to put so much focus on her and not enough on the storyline of some of the other characters. But other than that,the dialogue and situations are very real. The show deals with a lot of issues that not only gay people face (having children, coming out, etc.), but also straight people who are in the dating scene. It is witty, very funny, intelligent, and exciting. The writing is such that you can relate to the characters. They face normal, everyday issues and deal with them in a way that makes me think, yeah that is how someone would react in that situation.
Unlike Queer as Folk with its over-abundance of and focus on sex, the sex scenes in The L Word complement the storyline. The sex is erotic rather than in-your-face in graphic detail.
And the music! To hear songs from groups like Portishead and Bet. e & Stef is such a treat. The show's producers have this uncanny ability to choose the perfect music that fits so well with the scenes.
I highly recommend it. This is a show for people who are looking for something fresh, different, exciting, and well... sexy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Anon
I saw the series on showtime and I was hooked since the first episode. The characters and their lives are detailed, complex, and very entertaining. They all have their quirks and it's great to see a collection portraying lesbians as normal people. The relationships between all eight woman (20s to early 30s)are complex yet you still "get" the feelings they encounter with eachother.
There is plenty of sexual scenes however you don't feel like your watching porn because it's filled with various emotions: passion, lust, desire, pain, and much more. It varies from casual sex to commitment so you're covered any way you go.
Anyone who's looking for something more than just girl on girl porn and movies that lack any plot please watch/buy this. You're gauranteed to love the characters and wish some of them were your own friends. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' the L Word! Jan. 31 2005
At first I heard about this show and was quite skeptical, But it really grows on you, I love it!!! I love all of the characters!
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