In my opinion one of the best shows on television (cable) is also one of the least known by the mainstream public.
If you’re a lesbian or know a lesbian you have probably seen several episodes of The “L” Word, and it’s quite possible you have seen every episode more than once. Dubbed “Sex And The City” for gays, The “L” Word came on the scene in 2004 with a bang and has been driving hard and pulling in audiences ever since.
While the produced for Showtime series has gained some recognition I don’t believe the general public has truly been able to appreciate what this incredible series has to offer.
The show features well known celebrity actresses such as Jennifer Beals (former Flashdance phenom) and Pam Grier (known for her role as Jackie Brown, produced by Quentin Tarantino) who ironically in the series play half-sisters.
The series also features some incredible talent from actresses Leisha Hailey who plays Alice, Daniela Sea who plays Moira, Katherine Moennig who plays Shane McCutcheon and is real-life cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mia Kirshner who plays the annoying and mousy wanna-be writer Jenny Schecter.
If people can get past the fact that yes there is lesbian sex in the series they are seriously in for quite possibly the best made for Showtime series. Ever. I do find it a bit disturbing that The “L” Word has not gained the respect and international acclaim that it should have.
If you’re reading this and don’t agree with me its most likely because you are more exposed to a gay crowd but if you are in the mainstream straight crowd you know this show is underrated among heterosexuals.
Showtime should take some of the blame as they pretty much determined their target audience was the lesbian audience. The show and series has so much more to offer than lesbian sex and lesbian relationships.
The underlying theme of the series is friendship, love, being single and the difficulties that accompany that, but mostly the theme of the series is relationships and friends.
Since the inception of the series in 2004 the stars of the show have not received much work elsewhere. Is this because they have been pigeon-toed as only having the ability to play lesbians? Or is it the industry big-wigs fear the actresses can only be seen by the general public as lesbians?