There’s a lot happening in the world right now, but for those of us looking for something to distract us for just a little bit — and celebrate Pride (it is June!) — “The L Word” series and “Work in Progress” are here to help.
In honor of Pride, Showtime has made the full first seasons of “The L Word,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” and “Work in Progress” available for free on YouTube. That means, if you’ve never seen Bette and Tina scream at each other or had the chance to check out those steamy sex scenes or neurotic struggle comedy, now’s your chance!
“The L Word” is, of course, the lesbian show that awakened so many of our hearts and, er, minds. The show follows iconic characters like Bette (Jennifer Beals), Tina (Laurel Holloman), Alice (Leisha Hailey), Shane (Kate Moennig), Jenny (Mia Kirschner), and Dana (Erin Daniels) who are part of a group of lesbian friends living in West Hollywood. It originally ran from 2004-2009 and pushed TV forward in a major way when it came to lesbian representation. It showed us lesbians weren’t just one thing, they were every occupation, background, and creed. It also taught us to have nipple confidence.
“The L Word: Generation Q” is the newest addition to “The L Word” family. It follows another group of friends — this time queer, rather than all lesbian (although Alice is bisexual in “The L Word,” so that was queer too). The show brought back three of the original characters Bette (Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Kate Moennig) and threw them together with new characters like Dani (Arienne Mandi), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), and Sophie (Rosanny Zayas).
“Work in Progress” was a newcomer last year, but it immediately became one of our absolute favorites. The show follows Abby (Abby McEnany), a 45-year-old self-proclaimed “fat, queer dyke” struggling with depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. “Work in Progress” follows the star as she enters into a relationship with Chris, a 23-year-old trans man played by Theo Germain.
These three shows are very, very queer and are worth checking out ASAP. (If you’re reading this, I feel like you knew that about “The L Word,” but “Work in Progress” may be new to some.) I mean, you need something new to binge anyway, right? Grab that latest quarantine snack and start watching ASAP!