Like any self-respecting (albeit then-closeted) queer woman, I happened to be conscious of «the true L Word,» Ilene Chaiken’s 2010-12 spin-off for the reveal that identified a generation people in one means or another. During the time the show aired, I found myselfn’t interested. It had nothing in connection with my denial of my bisexual identity and every little thing regarding the truth that I happened to be however pissed at Chaiken for undertaking

my personal woman Jenny Schecter

therefore really, extremely completely wrong inside season finale with the initial «The L term.»

Quickly forward ten years after homosexual stars aligned for me personally and I found myself bingeing all three times in one few days. Lots of factors added to the involuntary choice. One: I found myself at home stretch of edits for my personal 2nd queer YA unique call at 2021 and I desperately required brain sweets. Two: Showtime struck up my personal email with a 30-day trial offer, fundamentally for your year of «massive amounts,» a show i’ve never ever observed. Three: Really, I Became wondering.

Back in the day, I found myself a faithful fan of «The Hills,» MTV’s thoroughly ridiculous, entirely addicting real life drama about very, hetero 20-somethings located in LA. «the true L Word» held alike sun-drenched, sugary sense of escapism — best way, means,


gayer — plus with puppies and, beginning in period two, a very adorable kitty. Yes, there is mess: fake crisis that’s obviously staged by manufacturers, plenty of real shouting in really packed clubs, and well, Romi. Having said that, «the true L keyword» had plenty of good things that kept me viewing till ab muscles conclusion of Whitney and Sara’s large homosexual wedding, right away Googling what everyone’s doing today, and after my faves on Insta (

hi, Kacy!

) — not to mention dorkily moving around my personal apartment to

that catchy motif track

. Here’s what we unexpectedly adored:

Solid Coupling

Jill and Nikki are lovable as they squabble over a chandelier and planning a wedding which wasn’t appropriate at that time but ended up being essential them on your own level. Kacy and Cori keep the concept of an infant who might or might not appear, while never ever wavering in their love and assistance for one another. Tracy and Stamie work out how to stabilize work, gender, while the care of three lovable children — among whom had special requirements. I carefully appreciated the storylines of these three partners navigating lesbian life in a straight world collectively. (and I also ended up being firmly Team Jill in Chandelier-Gate. That thing ended up being harmful!)

Sweet Crushing

At the beginning of period three, I wasn’t sure the way I thought about Kiyomi, the Hunter Valentine frontwoman whose way of exercising polyamory was not just reasonable to her companion, Allie. When Kiyomi came across enviably pink-haired and pearly white-teethed Angeleno Lauren at Dinah Shore, but all wagers happened to be down. If they kissed on the garden, it had been adorable. When they shyly gazed at one another and giggled during confessional interviews, it had been cuter. So when Lauren cannot avoid Kiyomi’s residence of New York City for one even more moment? Cutest.

Minutes With Mothers

Check, we are in
and I miss my
. This may describe exactly why it rained on my face every time a loving mommy figure appeared. Whether or not it ended up being Jill screaming cheerfully whenever her mommy made a shock day at help her choose a marriage gown, Kacy’s mother meeting her daughter for meal and consoling the woman about infant Charlie, or Whitney’s grandmother witnessing Whitney’s lawn Connecticut Wedding, I was a mess, y’all. Why don’t we not forget Francine being released to the woman ultra-glam mom Yoko, exactly who right away reacted «I favor love a whole lot you,» and Sadjah’s mom Sarita praising Sadjah’s Vote for Equality colleagues for residing their particular reality.


I recently think its breathtaking for your family all to stand up for your liberties and battle for just what you truly, undoubtedly trust,» she states.

Actual, Real Time Bisexuality!

Do I like just how Chaiken deals with bisexual figures and storylines? Never. But as a bi me, i will be eager regarding as well as representation of my personal people in the mass media (Spoiler: however perhaps not many!). Right now, I’ll take the thing I can get, and that I found it heartening observe Romi with men in program’s third period, along with the ensuing discussions of how bi/queer/pansexual females usually think excluded from the homosexual area in general. Its rare i discovered Romi relatable, but I relished this type of topic that continues to ben’t discussed enough.

Claire. Adequate said.

Oh, Claire. She kept her definitely gorgeous gf Vivian in nyc to «begin a ebony lesbian website» in Los Angeles — and shack with ex Francine (estimate how good that finally one went). She blithely refused an internship with «But I’m a Cheerleader» manager and queer icon Jamie Babbit. And she would drunkenly scream in clubs. Claire ended up being the undisputed


This coming year two main user was actually because sloppy as the woman ‘80s rock star-esque blonde shag, which can be


what you need in reality television. Don’t get me personally wrong, I found myself a fan of the quieter minutes in «the true L term,» but Claire brought the pure dramz, and I was actually right here for this. (Also, I spent my youth not not even close to the woman home town of St. Louis, so hell yeah for fellow weirdo Midwesterners!)

This Is Basically The Manner In Which We Live

Bringing it back to «The L keyword» motif tune we all enjoyed: There however aren’t plenty of shows, flicks, etc. about queer females


(chatting, chuckling, loving, inhaling, etc.). Even when I happened to be frustrated with Whitney’s pre-engagement user methods, Sajdah and Chanel getting too major too fast and reading the millionth difference of «just what exactly’s up with both you and so-and-so,» we relished spending time with queer ladies in numerous phases of these physical lives, simply calculating circumstances . I can not state I miss the times whenever unscripted shows reigned over the airwaves, but «the actual L Word» had been worth seeing, not merely for all the club-screaming, chandelier-squabbling and damaged keyboard-pouting (bad Somer), however for the big lady-loving lesbian energy.

Incentive: No one dies in a swimming pool.