It's hard to believe that it's only been a decade since The L Word was last on air. The seminal series is most associated with its groundbreaking—and now rather dated—representation of early-aughts lesbian life in Los Angeles, with all the teeny tiny glasses, skinny scarves, and problematic perceptions of transgender individuals that came with it. And yet, as a newly platinum blonde Alice Pieszecki once again played by Leisha Hailey puts it in the new teaser for Showtime's reboot of the series, The L Word: Generation Q , "That hiatus felt really long. It felt like a decade, right? The teaser, which Showtime released on Thursday with the caption " gay panic ensues ," kicks off with Bette Porter Jennifer Beals announcing her bid for mayor of Los Angeles. Clearly, she's returned from New York City, where she and Tina were about to take off for when the show's sixth and final season came to an end.
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When Dana takes a turn for the worse, Alice keeps vigil at her bedside; Carmen drops the unexpected on Shane; Bette finds inner peace elusive; Jenny introduces her ex-husband to Max; Tina settles in Tina learns the truth about Candace; Dana loses a friend but gains a fiancee; Jenny finds herself in another romantic quandary involving Marina that pushes Tim further away. Alice steals some of Dana's ashes; Bette thinks about fighting for sole custody of Angelica; Lara arrives home too late; Max finally lands a job - one for which Moira was rejected.
The series follows an ensemble cast of friends, the majority of whom are lesbian women, who live in West Hollywood , California. The series' 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 was co-created by Ilene Chaiken , Michele Abbot, and Kathy Greenberg; Chaiken served as the primary creator and executive director of the series, as well as a writer and director. The series premiered on Showtime on January 18, and ran for a total of six seasons, airing its finale on March 8, Contemporary use of the phrase "the L word" as an alias for lesbian dates to at least the play My Blue Heaven by Jane Chambers , in which a character stammers out: "You're really?