Like any self-respecting (albeit then-closeted) queer girl, I happened to be alert to “The Real L term,” Ilene Chaiken’s 2010-12 spin-off of this demonstrate that defined a generation folks within one means or any other. At the time the tv series broadcast, I wasn’t interested. It had nothing to do with my personal assertion of my personal bisexual identification and every thing related to the point that I happened to be nonetheless pissed at Chaiken for carrying out

my personal woman Jenny Schecter

so extremely, extremely incorrect into the season finale associated with the initial “The L Word.”

Fast ahead a decade as soon as the gay stars aligned for me personally and I discovered my self bingeing all three periods within one few days. Numerous aspects added for this involuntary decision. One: I became in the house stretch of edits for my personal next queer YA book call at 2021 and I desperately needed mind chocolate. Two: Showtime struck right up my personal inbox with a 30-day free trial, ostensibly your new season of “massive amounts,” a show i’ve never observed. Three: Really, I Happened To Be interesting.

Back in the day, I happened to be a loyal fan of “The Hills,” MTV’s entirely ridiculous, thoroughly addicting fact crisis about rather, hetero 20-somethings residing in LA. “the true L Word” possessed exactly the same sun-drenched, sweet feeling of escapism — best possible way, method,


gayer — plus with increased dogs and, beginning in season two, an extremely adorable kitty. Sure, there is mess: fake crisis which is obviously staged by manufacturers, countless genuine yelling in extremely congested groups, and really, Romi. Nevertheless, “the true L keyword” had some good things that kept myself viewing till the conclusion of Whitney and Sara’s huge homosexual marriage, instantly Googling what every person’s doing nowadays, and soon after my faves on Insta (

hi, Kacy!

) — as well as dorkily dancing around my apartment to

that catchy theme song

. Some tips about what we all of a sudden adored:

Good Coupling

Jill and Nikki are adorable because they squabble over a chandelier and planning a wedding that wasn’t appropriate at that time but was necessary for all of them on a personal amount. Kacy and Cori keep the concept of a child exactly who may appear, while never ever wavering within really love and help for one another. Tracy and Stamie work out how to balance work, sex, and care of three adorable kids — certainly one of whom had special requirements. We completely loved the storylines of the three lovers navigating lesbian existence in a straight world with each other. (and that I was actually firmly Team Jill in Chandelier-Gate. That thing was actually dangerous!)

Sweet Crushing

At the outset of period three, I happened to ben’t yes how I felt about Kiyomi, the Hunter Valentine frontwoman whose means of practicing polyamory wasn’t exactly fair to her spouse, Allie. Whenever Kiyomi found enviably pink-haired and pearly white-teethed Angeleno Lauren at Dinah Shore, but all wagers happened to be off. When they kissed from the lawn, it had been attractive. When they shyly gazed at the other person and giggled during confessional interviews, it had been cuter. So when Lauren couldn’t avoid Kiyomi’s residence of New York City for 1 more moment? Cutest.

Minutes With Mothers

Check, we’re in
and I also miss my
. This could clarify the reason why it rained-on my face anytime a warm mummy figure came out. Whether it was Jill yelling happily when the woman mother made a surprise visit to help her choose a marriage gown, Kacy’s mama satisfying her daughter for lunch and consoling the woman about baby Charlie, or Whitney’s granny witnessing Whitney’s lawn Connecticut Wedding, I was chaos, y’all. Let’s remember Francine developing to her ultra-glam mother Yoko, whom right away responded “I favor love a whole lot you,” and Sadjah’s mama Sarita praising Sadjah’s Vote for Equality peers for living their own truth.

I simply think its stunning for you all to face upwards for the legal rights and fight for just what you really, certainly trust,” she states.

Actual, Real Time Bisexuality!

Do I like the way in which Chaiken manages bisexual characters and storylines? Not always. But as a bi myself personally, i’m eager for any and all sorts of representation of my folks in the mass media (Spoiler: however not a great deal!). Now, we’ll just take everything I get, and I found it heartening to see Romi with boyfriends within the show’s next period, as well as the causing discussions of just how bi/queer/pansexual ladies usually believe omitted from gay area all together. It’s uncommon I found Romi relatable, but We relished this topic that is stilln’t discussed sufficient.

Claire. Adequate stated.

Oh, Claire. She remaining her positively attractive gf Vivian in nyc to “begin a asian lesbian website” in Los Angeles — and shack with ex Francine (guess how good that final one moved). She blithely refused an internship with “But I’m a Cheerleader” manager and queer symbol Jamie Babbit. And she would drunkenly scream in groups. Claire had been the undisputed


This coming year two major member was actually as sloppy as her ‘80s rock and roll star-esque gothic shag, which will be


what you need the truth is TV. Do not get me incorrect, I found myself keen on the quieter moments in “the true L Word,” but Claire introduced the pure dramz, and that I ended up being right here for it. (additionally, I spent my youth maybe not far from the woman hometown of St. Louis, so hell yeah for other weirdo Midwesterners!)

This Is Basically The Manner In Which We Live

Bringing it back to “The L Word” motif song all of us loved: There nonetheless aren’t some programs, flicks, etc. about queer women


(chatting, chuckling, enjoying, inhaling, etc.). Even though I was frustrated with Whitney’s pre-engagement member means, Sajdah and Chanel acquiring as well serious too quickly and hearing the millionth version of “just what’s with you and so-and-so,” I relished spending time with queer feamales in various stages of their schedules, just figuring situations out. I can not say We miss the times whenever unscripted shows ruled the airwaves, but “the actual L keyword” had been well worth watching, not only for any club-screaming, chandelier-squabbling and broken keyboard-pouting (bad Somer), but also for the major lady-loving lesbian fuel.

Bonus: No one dies in a swimming pool.