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The L Word is an American-Canadian co-production television drama series that aired on Showtime from January 18, 2004 to March 8, 2009. The premise originated with Ilene Chaiken, Michele Abbot and Kathy Greenberg; Chaiken is credited as the primary creator of the series and also served as its executive producer.

The L Word follows a group of lesbian and bisexual women as they navigate romance and careers in Los Angeles, California. A sequel series, The L Word: Generation Q, debuted on Showtime on December 8, 2019.

Premise[]

This groundbreaking Showtime series features intertwined stories about the lives and loves of a group of lesbians and bisexual women in Los Angeles. The characters date, get into committed relationships, consider having families, hook up, break up, question their sexuality, stay in the closet, come out or sleep around -- sometimes all of the above.

Series overview[]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 January 18, 2004 April 11, 2004
2 13 February 20, 2005 May 15, 2005
3 12 January 8, 2006 March 26, 2006
4 12 January 7, 2007 March 25, 2007
5 12 January 6, 2008 March 23, 2008
6 8 January 18, 2009 March 8, 2009

Cast[]

Main article: The L Word/Character appearances

Main cast[]

Actor Character Appearances Total number of episodes
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Jennifer Beals Bette Porter Main 70
Leisha Hailey Alice Pieszecki Main 70
Laurel Holloman Tina Kennard Main 70
Mia Kirshner Jenny Schecter Main 70
Katherine Moennig Shane McCutcheon Main 70
Pam Grier Kit Porter Main 70
Rachel Shelley Helena Peabody Main 46
Daniela Sea Max Sweeney Main 41
Erin Daniels Dana Fairbanks Main Guest 38
Marlee Matlin Jodi Lerner Main 29
Rose Rollins Tasha Williams Main 28
Sarah Shahi Carmen de la Pica Morales Main Guest 25
Dallas Roberts Angus Partridge Main Guest 24
Karina Lombard Marina Ferrer Main Guest Guest 16
Eric Mabius Tim Haspel Main Guest Guest 16
Janina Gavankar Eva "Papi" Torres Main Guest 12
Eric Lively Mark Wayland Main 10

Major recurring cast[]

Actor Character Appearances Total number of episodes
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Preston Cook James Appears Appears 24
Olivia Windbiel Angelica Porter-Kennard Appears 24
Lauren Lee Smith Lara Perkins Appears 20
Cybill Shepherd Phyllis Kroll Appears 18
Jon Wolfe Nelson Tom Mater Appears 17
Jane Lynch Joyce Wischnia Appears 15
Kate French Niki Stevens Appears 15
Alexandra Hedison Dylan Moreland Appears Appears 14
Brian Markinson Aaron Kornbluth Appears 13
Malaya Rivera Drew Adele Channing Appears 12
Aidan Jarrar Shay McCutcheon Appears 11
Meredith McGeachie Tonya Appears 10
Kristanna Loken Paige Sobel Appears 10
Michael Tomlinson Franklin Phillips Appears 9
Holland Taylor Peggy Peabody Appears Appears 9
Clementine Ford Molly Kroll Appears 9
Steven Eckholdt Henry Young Appears 8
Alicia Leigh Willis Cindi Annabelle Tucker Appears 8
Daryl Shuttleworth Dan Foxworthy Appears Appears 7
Elizabeth Keener Dawn Denbo Appears 7
Kwesi Ameyaw Randy Jackson Appears Appears 6
Kelly Lynch Ivan Aycock Appears Appears 6
Alan Cumming Billie Blaikie Appears 6
Danielle Kremeniuk Sam Makavejev Appears 6
Roger Cross Sunset Boulevard Appears 6
Mei Melançon Jamie Chen Appears 6
Anne Ramsay Robin Appears 5
Ion Overman Candace Jewell Appears 5
Rosanna Arquette Cherie Jaffe Appears Appears 5
Sandra Bernhard Charlotte Birch Appears 5
Sandrine Holt Catherine Rothberg Appears 5
Guinevere Turner Gabby Deveaux Appears Appears 4
Ossie Davis Melvin Porter Appears 4
Lolita Davidovich Francesca Wolff Appears 4
Heather Matarazzo Stacy Merkin Appears 4
Elizabeth Berkley Kelly Wentworth Appears 4
Anne Archer Lenore Pieszecki Appears 3

Production[]

The premise originated with Ilene Chaiken, Michele Abbot and Kathy Greenberg; Chaiken is credited as the primary creator of the series and also served as executive producer, writer, and director.

The series was primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, with some exterior shots filmed in Los Angeles, California.

The L Word: Generation Q[]

Main article: Generation Q

A sequel series titled The L Word: Generation Q began airing on Showtime in December 2019. The original characters of Bette, Shane and Alice returned alongside a new cast.

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