The L Word is an American television drama series created by Michele Abbot, Ilene Chaiken and Kathy Greenberg that portrays the lives of a group of lesbian and bisexual women and their friends, family and lovers in the trendy Los Angeles-area city of West Hollywood.
The series aired in the USA on Showtime from 18 January, 2004 to 8 March, 2009. There are 70 hour-long episodes in six seasons.
The L Word originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Thursday 21 October 2004, at 21h30. The first season aired on M-Net, after which the show moved to DStv's M-Net Series channel for the second season onwards. It began airing on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) on 31 December 2007.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates by channel.
The L Word 2 originally aired in South Africa on M-Net Series from 11 October 2006 to 3 January 2007, on Wednesdays at 21h00. There are 13 hour-long episodes in the season.
Season 2 premiered on DStv's Sony Entertainment Television (SET) channel on Sunday 30 March 2008, at 23h00. Double episodes aired back to back each week, from 23h00-01h00.
The L-Word girls are back for a second season of this edgy drama series that takes a no-holds-barred look at living and loving Lesbian.
The first season introduced fiction writer Jenny Schecter who had just graduated from the University of Chicago. With a major literary award and one published short story to her credit, she arrived in Los Angeles to begin her "adult life" with her boyfriend, Tim Haspel, an anthropology student.
Tim resides in West Hollywood, next door to Bette Porter and Tina Kennard, two thirty-something professionals, who, after seven years together, have been navigating the choices and challenges that lesbians face when trying to start a family. They also struggle with the direction of their relationship and what the future holds for them.
Bette and Tina’s close network of friends include Shane McCutcheon, a hairdresser and the resident heartthrob, Dana Fairbanks, a tennis pro not yet out of the closet, her bisexual pal, Alice Pieszecki and Bette's half-sister Kit Porter, who is a musician and a recovering alcoholic.
As Season 1 unfolded, Jenny’s self-image and future plans were rocked from their foundation when, at a party hosted by Bette and Tina, Marina, a beautiful and compelling café owner, makes a pass at her in the bathroom. Amid denial and confusion, Jenny started questioning her love for Tim and her attraction to Marina.
In this second season Jenny and her friends continue their sexploits and struggles and discover new things together, including new people who get involved in their lives.
New to the season are:
Carmen de la Pica Morales
A bold, sassy DJ who wants to make it big in the music spinning scene and pays her bills by working as a production assistant. When she meets Shane it's lust at first sight.
The daughter of a wealthy arts benefactor, who takes Tina's fancy.
A documentary film maker who moves in with Shane and Jenny and makes them part of a documentary.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 21 Oct 2004 | Finale: 13 Jan 2005 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SET | Premiere: 31 Dec 2007 | Finale: 21 Jan 2008 | Mondays, 22h00 (4-hour block)
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 Oct 2006 | Finale: 3 Jan 2007 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Channel: SET | Premiere: 30 Mar 2008 | Finale: 11 May 2008 | Sundays, 23h00 (double bill)
Season 3 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 10 Jan 2007 | Finale: 28 Mar 2007 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Season 4 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 4 Apr 2007 | Finale: 20 Jun 2007 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Season 5 (12 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 16 Apr 2008 | Finale: 2 Jul 2008 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Season 6 (8 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 8 Jul 2009 | Finale: 26 Aug 2009 | Wednesdays, 21h00