The L Word is back. Will a new generation of women embrace this iconic show?
When it first aired in 2004, The L Word – a high-production glossy drama all about lesbians – was ground-breaking entertainment.
At a time when representation of queer women – in any shape or form – was pretty thin on the ground, The L Word was a big deal.
Set in LA’s West Hollywood, the lives and loves of a group of attractive and affluent power-lesbians was aspirational for us all.
Obviously, things have changed a lot since 2004. The entertainment landscape has changed, and we’re seeing more queer representation on our screens. But we still don’t get many shows that revolve around queer women as the central characters. The L Word: Generation Q has big shoes to fill, but this is one re-boot that we are ready for.
It’s already begun airing in the US, with other territories to follow.
Three of the original characters are back – Bette, Alice, and Shane – and the action has shifted from West Hollywood to Silver Lake where we embrace a new generation of queer characters. Sophie and Dani are a couple about to get engaged, while their roommate Micah is navigating the dating scene, and Finley completes the gang.
Early reviews have been promising – a cast with good chemistry, solid stories, plenty of sex, and a nice balance between subjects relevant to both the older and younger generations.
“It felt more joyful to have it back than I could possibly have imagined…” writes Rebecca Nichols, reviewing the series for the Guardian. “It is popcorn fun, highly entertaining, rarely taking itself too seriously.”
The L Word: Generation Q is currently airing in the US on Showtime