The Lesbian Drama Series 'The L Word' Is Making A Comeback With 'Generation Q'
It's time to catch up with Bette, Shane and Alice!
Some series, like The L Word, were truly revolutionary when they were first screened. Following the professional and personal lives of a group of bi and lesbian women living in West Hollywood, California, for six seasons, Ilene Chaiken helped to make the "L" from the LGBTQ+ community more visible. Lesbians have traditionally been underrepresented in popular culture. Rather like Sex & the City at its time, The L Word was hugely progressive in 2004. But watch it in 2019 and you'll spot biphobic words and overwhelmingly white, fem and beautiful heroines.
But The L Word is a product of its time, rather less 'woke' than the present day, and Ilene Chaiken has now decided to create a follow-up to her cult series. As the official trailer released by Showtime reveals, this time, bi and lesbian women will be represented in all their diversity. The series is also inclusive in its mixing of different generations of LGBT characters.
We're keen to catch up with the three friends nearing the end of their 40s – Bette (Jennifer Beals), about to become the first lesbian mayor of Los Angeles, Alice (Leisha Hailey) and Shane (Katherine Moennig) – as well as a handful of new characters in their 20s, who face very different problems to the older women. Among the new faces, we see Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni and Rosanny Zayas. You'll have to wait a few weeks before discovering the gang's adventures, which are set in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. The eight episodes in the series will be screened on Showtime from December 8.
Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth
By Marion Olité, published on 29/10/2019