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Look, I've been taking care of people my whole life. It's about time I started to take care of myself.

Tina, "Lap Dance"

Tina Kennard is a main character in The L Word and a recurring character in its sequel The L Word: Generation Q. She is portrayed by Laurel Holloman and debuts in the series premiere.

Tina is the birth mother of Angelica Porter-Kennard, whom she had with her on-again, off-again girlfriend, and eventually ex-wife, Bette Porter.

Early life[]

Tina was born to an extremely conservative family in Arizona. Her father was a Republican politician who had extramarital affairs that her mother knew about. After her a particularly serious affair, Tina's mother left him, taking her children with her and moving them to Atlanta, Georgia. Tina's mother died around the time she graduated from college.[1]

After college, Tina worked in the film industry as a producer, moving up the ranks to become the head of development at Alphaville film studio. One night, Tina and her then-boyfriend Eric attended an art opening at Bette Porter's gallery. Tina and Bette were immediately attracted to one another and Bette invited Tina and Eric to one of her famed artist dinners. Tina later returned to the gallery to retrieve an earring she had lost at the dinner, which Bette had found and kept for her. As Bette handed her the earring, the pair shared their first kiss.[2]

Tina and Bette started dating and Tina moved into Bette's house at some point.[3] After around seven years together,[4] Tina gave up her career as a film studio development executive at Bette's urging[3] so as to carry their child.[5]

Throughout the series[]

The L Word[]

Interrogation Tapes[]

In between[]

Ten years passed between end of The L Word and the start of Generation Q. During this time, Tina and Bette got married but the marriage only lasted a couple of years and they got divorced around one year prior to GQ.[6] Tina was the one to instigate the breakup,[7] wanting to step outside of Bette's dominating shadow to find herself. They remained on good terms for their daughter, Angie, who was left in Bette's care.[6] Tina subsequently found love again with another woman, Carrie.[7][8]

Generation Q[]

In "Loose Ends", Bette's campaign to become mayor of Los Angeles is scandalized by her affair with a married woman. Following a confrontation between Bette and the woman's husband, Angie calls Tina who immediately comes over to help.

Physical appearance[]



Notable relationships[]

Episode appearances[]

The L Word, season 1
Episode Appearance Status
Let's Do ItAppears
Lies, Lies, LiesAppears
Losing ItAppears
Listen UpAppears
Luck, Next TimeAppears
Looking BackAppears
Locked UpAppears
Limb from LimbAppears
The L Word, season 2
Episode Appearance Status
Life, Loss, LeavingAppears
Lap DanceAppears
Loneliest NumberAppears
Lynch PinAppears
Lagrimas de OroAppears
Late, Later, LatentAppears
Land AhoyAppears
Loud & ProudAppears
The L Word, season 3
Episode Appearance Status
Labia MajoraAppears
Lost WeekendAppears
Light My FireAppears
Lone StarAppears
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the WayAppears
Losing the LightAppears
Last DanceAppears
Left Hand of the GoddessAppears
The L Word, season 4
Episode Appearance Status
Legend in the MakingAppears
Livin' La Vida LocaAppears
Lez GirlsAppears
Luck Be a LadyAppears
Lesson Number OneAppears
Lexington and ConcordAppears
Lacy Lilting LyricsAppears
Little Boy BlueAppears
Literary License to KillAppears
Long Time ComingAppears
The L Word, season 5
Episode Appearance Status
LGB TeaseAppears
Look Out, Here They Come!Appears
Lady of the LakeAppears
Let's Get This Party StartedAppears
Lookin' at You, KidAppears
Lights! Camera! Action!Appears
Lesbians Gone WildAppears
Lay Down the LawAppears
Liquid HeatAppears
Lunar CycleAppears
Loyal and TrueAppears
The L Word, season 6
Episode Appearance Status
Long Night's Journey Into DayAppears
Least LikelyAppears
Leaving Los AngelesAppears
Litmus TestAppears
Lactose IntolerantAppears
Last Couple StandingAppears
Last WordAppears
Generation Q, season 1
Episode Appearance Status
Let's Do It AgainMentioned
Less Is MoreMentioned
Lost LoveMentioned
LA TimesMentioned
Loose EndsAppears
Lose It AllAppears
Lapse in JudgementMentioned
Generation Q, season 2
Episode Appearance Status
Late to the PartyAppears
Lean on MeMentioned
Luck Be a LadyMentioned
Lake HouseMentioned
Lobsters, TooAppears
Love ShackAbsent
Launch PartyAbsent



Notes and trivia[]

  • Tina's pregnancy in The L Word season two was not part of the writers' original plan, but had to be written in because of the actress Laurel Holloman's real-life pregnancy at the time.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The L Word: Interrogation Tapes.
  2. The L Word, 1x11: "Looking Back".
  3. 3.0 3.1 The L Word, 2x02: "Lap Dance".
  4. The L Word, 1x07: "L'Ennui".
  5. The L Word, 1x05: "Lawfully".
  6. 6.0 6.1 Generation Q, 1x06: "Loose Ends".
  7. 7.0 7.1 Generation Q, 1x03: "Lost Love".
  8. Generation Q, 1x07: "Lose It All".

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