The L Word, Showtime's controversial show about lesbians in Los Angeles, wrapped its final season this past winter after a six year run. The show centered around the lives of Bette, Tina, Alice, Shane, Dana, Helena and the always unpredictable new comer, Jenny.
The first season of The L Word has Jenny, played with intensity and dedication by Mia Kirshner
, arriving in Los Angeles to live with her boyfriend from college. She discovers that her new neighbors, Bette and Tina, are a lesbian couple; a concept quite foreign yet fascinating to Jenny. The ensuing story is about Jenny's self discovery of her own sexuality and the tragic past that leads her to the realization that she is meant to be with women.
The neighbors, Bette (a brilliant portrayal of power and grace by Jennifer Beals
) and Tina (a sometimes annoying but ultimately believable Laurel Holloman
), have troubles all their own. Their seemingly perfect union is filled with pitfalls, including Bette's tumultuous love affair with a female contractor behind Tina's back.
The show also includes the Casanova like character of Shane, an androgynous playgirl who can't keep her hands off any woman that comes her way. Kate Moenigs performance as Shane is gritty and sex fueled yet infused with moments of gentleness.
The L Word was arguably not one of the best written shows on television. But the strong female characters, the gifted cast, the impressive rotation of guest stars and the no holds barred girl on girl sex made the show a guilty pleasure enjoyed by many.