When Showtime first aired The L Word in 2004, it was an absolute game changer. The show’s spaghetti-strapped melodrama about twiggy lesbians living ("talking, loving, fighting, fucking, crying") against the backdrop of mid-aughts Los Angeles rewrote pop culture, and countless LGBT women saw themselves reflected in its fizzy fictional universe.
From the moment Jenny (Mia Kirshner) laid eyes on Marina (Karina Lombard) to the final scene of Bette and Tina trying to steal that dude’s sperm, The L Word was groundbreaking television. It was also a quiet but radical moment in television history, where lesbians stepped into the light and no longer remained ancillary or the brunt of jokes.
It’s been almost a decade since the end of the original series, and we haven’t seen a good replacement for it. That’s about to change with the upcoming reboot, The L Word: Generation Q, which is set 10 years after the original and features many of the original cast members.
Some of the actors from the original series have spoken openly about their sexuality, while others have not. Leisha Hailey, who starred on The L Word and the sequel series Generation Q as Carmen, has said that she is bisexual. Sepideh Moafi, who portrayed Gigi on the series and the film L Word: Beyond The Planet, has not stated her sexuality publicly.
The creators of the show, Ilene Chaiken, Michele Abbott, and Kathy Greenberg, are all lesbians, while cast members like Alexandra Hedison, Mia Kirshner, and Laurel Holloman are lesbians. Additionally, Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Judith Light are all lesbians. However, some actors from the original series have not made their sexuality public, including Leigh-Anne McGillis and Sarah Shahi.