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The L Word - Seasons 1-6 [DVD]

Jennifer Beals , Laurel Holloman    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Beals, Laurel Holloman, Rachel Shelley, Kate Moennig, Leisha Hailey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 23
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 3593 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WYK7AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,883 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Season 1: Four years after the American version of Queer as Folk made gay men the focus, it was time for a little turnabout with The L Word (bad title, great show). Centering around a tight-knit group of lesbians in Los Angeles, this drama was far removed from its working-class male counterpart in both style and content. While the men of QAF enjoyed a fabulous if melodramatic life on the middle-class streets of Pittsburgh, the women of The L Word lived it up in sunny California, with gorgeous houses, glamorous careers and sexy wardrobes. Ironically, though, The L Word adhered more to the everyday drama of ensemble shows like thirtysomething than the soap opera antics of QAF, and the results were surprisingly heartfelt and effective, appropriately stylish but never over the top. There was plenty of room for titillation, but creator Ilene Chaiken fashioned from the start a show centered on characters and not just sex, aiming for the heart rather than... well, other places. The L Word focused primarily on committed couple Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman), a former power-career duo who've decided to have a baby; however, artificial insemination and the changing dynamics of their relationship throw their previously happy existence off-kilter. Within their orbit are spunky journalist Alice (Leisha Hailey), sultry hairdresser Shane (Katherine Moenning), closeted pro tennis player Dana (Erin Daniels), and espresso bar owner Marina (Karina Lombard) who, in the show's most polarising storyline, bedded the seemingly straight Jenny (Mia Kirschner) and shook up her heterosexual world. Jenny's "am-I-straight-or-not?" kvetching frustrated both her fiancé (Eric Mabius) and many viewers, who were alternately irritated and intrigued by her inability to decide one way or the other. But Jenny's weakness was part of The L Word's strength: in exploring many sides of many issues, both domestic and political, it never came up with an easy answer for any of them, making the show all that more fascinating--and compulsively watchable. --Mark Englehart

Season 2: Once a series has broken new ground, where does it go from there? Showtime's The L Word, concerning the relationships of a community of lesbian Los Angelenos, turned heads with its smart, funny writing and fully realized characters. Season Two offers more of the same, with some notable guest stars and experiments in narrative and music. This season, Jenny (Mia Kirshner) fully embraces her sexuality as her ex-husband/roomie (Eric Mabius) departs and voyeuristic documentary filmmaker Mark (Eric Lively) and womanchaser Shane (Katherine Moennig) move in. Shane and Jenny struggle good-heartedly over the affections of new character Carmen (Sarah Shahi), who isn't given much to do plot-wise apart from occasionally spinning records and serving as one corner of the love triangle. Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman) start the season on the rocks due to Bette's infidelity; the introduction of the one-dimensionally nasty Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley) causes further friction between Bette and Tina while playing havoc with Bette's curatorial career. Meanwhile, Dana (Erin Daniels) and Alice (Leisha Hailey) go from being best friends to being a whole lot more, providing some of the most touching scenes of the season. Kit (Pam Grier) takes on The Planet, the seeming center of LA's lesbian universe, converting it into a nightclub where, conveniently, guest-starring bands can play. Strong points of the season include Bette and Kit confronting the death of their father (the superb Ossie Davis) and Shane's new job as a gopher for a high-powered Hollywood producer (the equally superb Camryn Manheim). Less strong are the distracting, neo-expressionistic passages meant to be glimpses into Jenny's creative mind and the interminable use of the series' theme song--re-interpreted in a number of genres--to the point of distraction. Mark's voyeurism, which crosses all sorts of boundaries as he installs hidden cameras around the house, is a brilliant way to challenge male viewers who may tune in just to TiVo their way to the sex scenes. That said, the arc of that particular story grows increasingly far-fetched as Mark somehow avoids criminal prosecution and instead endures the horrible fate of having Jenny refuse his offer of coffee and a muffin. Despite its flaws, The L Word is a show that deserves to be cheered on, not for its politics, but for the skillful way it conveys complex human entanglements with sensitivity. --Ryan Boudinot

Season 3: The third season of The L Word is all about transitions. The season opens with Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) coping with her between-seasons break-up with Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels), who is herself headed for an even heavier series of transitions. Kit Porter (Pam Grier) both falls in love with a younger man and discovers she is going through menopause. Shane (Katherine Moennig), who spent much of the first two seasons of the show hopping from bed to bed, finds herself more or less committed to Latina deejay Carmen (Sarah Shahi). And the second season's resident villain, Helena Peabody (Rachel Shelley), becomes embroiled in a sexual harassment case that leaves her ultimately looking like the victim. As with previous seasons, The L Word gets all hot and bothered with various seductions filmed to sometimes jarring music on the soundtrack, but it's the day-to-day foibles and celebrations of Los Angeles's lesbian community that keep the show interesting. Newcomer Moira/Max (Daniela Sea) begins the process of gender reassignment, making for some curious situations with potential employers. Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman) begin to drift apart when Tina lands a big movie studio job and starts feeling attracted to men, leading to a custody battle over their baby daughter. Where The L Word starts getting preachy and obvious is in the opening flashback sequences. When these vignettes refer to current characters of the show, they make sense; when they depict situations meant to underline how queer identity has evolved over the years, they seem politically overloaded. The L Word works intelligently through its characters' concerns without having to resort to such direct appeals for tolerance. Its strength isn't in making lesbian culture appear more mainstream, but in making us care and identify with these women's struggles, regardless of our sexual orientation. --Ryan Boudinot

Season 4
: If the third season was marked by transitions, The L Word's fourth concerns growing up--or trying to, at any rate. Shane (Katherine Moennig) becomes her brother Shay's guardian, Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Holloman) stop fighting over their daughter Angelica, and Bette's new boss, Phyllis (a very game Cybill Shepherd), decides it's time to embrace her true nature. So, after 25 years of marriage (Bruce Davison plays her husband), Chancellor Kroll comes out of the closet--and sets her sights on Alice (Leisha Hailey). For all the inclusiveness, Max (Daniela Sea), still remains on the margins. Dumped by Jenny (Mia Kirshner) the year before, Max continues to share her apartment while acclimating to life as a man. For those who felt season three was too dark, four offers a welcome corrective. There's still plenty of angst--Jenny's memoir meets with a few negative notices (Heather Matarazzo's journalist pens the harshest critique) and Helena (Rachel Shelley) learns to live without Mommy's money--but there are plenty of moving moments to compensate (most revolving around Shane and Shay). New additions also arrive to shake things up, like Marlee Matlin as an artist who helps Bette to broaden her horizons, Kristanna Loken as a single mother with a yen for Shane, and Rose Rollins as an Iraq War veteran with whom Alice has a tryst (leading to a well intentioned, if heavy-handed message about how even liberals should support the troops). As in seasons past, the directorial line-up impresses as much as the acting talent, and includes Oscar winner Marleen Gorris (Antonia's Line) and playwright Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project). --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com

Season 5: In a clever move, the producers of The L Word use season five to revisit the origins of their own creation. After Jenny (Mia Kirshner) sets out to direct the silver-screen edition of her novel, Lez Girls, she enters a parallel world populated by actors playing thinly-veiled versions of the central cast (in a typical Jenny move, she sleeps with the star who portrays "Jesse"). This post-modern plotline brings newcomers up to speed, while offering early-adapters new perspectives on the past. Naturally, the shoot doesn't go smoothly. When the increasingly self-absorbed Jenny hires adoring fan Adele (ER's Malaya Rivera Drew) as her assistant, events take on All About Eve overtones. Since Jenny is turning her life into a movie, it only makes sense for the two to bleed into each other. In other developments, Tina (Laurel Holloman) and Bette (Jennifer Beals) consider reconciliation, Helena (Rachel Shelley) does time in prison, Alice (Leisha Hailey) takes her penchant for gossip too far, Tasha (Rose Rollins) fights to stay in the military, and Shane (Katherine Moennig), a dead ringer for Warren Beatty in Shampoo, rejoins the ranks of the single, only to fall for straight girl Molly (Cybill Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford). In a more melodramatic, but equally entertaining move, Dawn Denbo (Elizabeth Keener), proprietor of new hotspot SheBar makes life hell for the Planet, but Kit (Pam Grier) and her loyal clientele refuse to go down without a fight--even if they don't offer "Lesbian Turkish Oil Wrestling". Aside from the fact that Max (Daniela Sea) continues to get short shrift, The L Word's fifth season proves the show has more than a little lusty and gutsy life left in it. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Season 6 Description: In the sixth and final season of The L Word, careers evolve, relationships are tested and friendships end in murder. It begins with Jenny found dead and as a result, everyone’s lives are turned upside down leaving all the friends despondent, but also suspects. Who did it and how did it happen? Flashbacks of the months leading up to the murder will be the only way to put the pieces together to learn why.

Product Description

The complete seasons 1-6 of the drama series following the lives of a group of lesbians and their friends, families and neighbours in Los Angeles. Season 1 episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Let's Do It', 'Longing', 'Lies, Lies, Lies', 'Lawfully', 'Losing It', 'L'Ennui', 'Listen Up', 'Luck, Next Time', 'Liberally', 'Looking Back', 'Locked Up' and 'Limb from Limb'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Life, Loss, Leaving', 'Lap Dance', 'Loneliest Number', 'Lynch Pin', 'Labyrinth', 'Lagrimas de Oro', 'Luminous', 'Loyal', 'Late, Later, Latent', 'Land Ahoy', 'Loud and Proud', 'L'Chaim' and 'Lacuna'. Season 3 episodes are: 'Labia Majora', 'Lost Weekend', 'Lobsters', 'Light My Fire', 'Lifeline', 'Lifesize', 'Lonestar', 'Latecomer', 'Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of the Way', 'Losing the Light', 'Last Dance' and 'Left Hand of the Goddess'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Legend in the Making', 'Livin' La Vida Loca', 'Lassoed', 'Layup', 'Lez Girls', 'Luck Be a Lady', 'Lesson Number One', 'Lexington and Concord', 'Lacy Lilting Lyrics', 'Little Boy Blue', 'Literary License to Kill' and 'Long Time Coming'. Season 5 episodes are: 'LGB Tease', 'Look Out, Here They Come!', 'Lady of the Lake', 'Let's Get This Party Started', 'Lookin' at You, Kid', 'Lights! Camera! Action!', 'Lesbians Gone Wild', 'Lay Down the Law', 'Liquid Heat', 'Lifecycle', 'Lunar Cycle' and 'Loyal and True'. Season 6 episodes are; 'Long Night's Journey Into Day', 'Least Likely', 'LMFAO', 'Leaving Los Angeles', 'Litmus Test', 'Lactose Intolerant', 'Last Couple Standing' and 'Last Word'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need sub-titles ? 19 Mar 2013
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Please note that sub-titles vary from Season to Season.

Season 1 has subtitles in English and German for the hard of hearing, and also in French and Dutch.

Season 2 has English, German and Turkish

Season 3 has English for the Hard of Hearing, and in Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Portuguese

Seasons 4, 5 and 6 have English for the Hard of Hearing, and in Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The L Word season 1-6 27 Feb 2013
By Jodie
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Fantastic buy and well worth the price. I would recommend it to everyone especially since you can not get it in any shops in the uk.
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I first saw The L Word about 5-6 years ago. I still remember the feeling of surprise, watching a tv-show about lesbians and with more sex that I've ever seen before in a tv-show. So I have to say I got curious and watched some episodes, unfortunately the channel only sent maybe two seasons. And ever since I've wanted to see more, well see it all and so the only way was to buy the complete series.
I haven't been disappointed, I really just enjoyed watching it, in fact I saw season 3-6 within four days, so it really got "under my skin". I very much like the fact that it's an almost all-women cast.

The show is filled with drama, love, sex, women and a lot of fun :) and it's really nice and important to get a look and a better understanding of the gay/lesbian world.

The only thing missing is some more extra features, but I've seen more on YouTube, so the urge can be fulfilled.

I'm at a place in my life where I wonder what my sexuality is and The L Word certainly doesn't make the lesbian way uninteresting. I might be an Alice, hope to discover at some point..
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish it didnt have to end!! 3 July 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this box set to replace my single season sets-It looks neat and tidy,which is something the individual box sets were not.I am a huge fan of the show,i only started watching it because a national newspaper ran a story when it started questioning if it suitable for prime time tv.I wanted to see what all the fuss was about,so i watched it,and have never missed an episode since.

You cant help but form an opinion on the characters-my personal favourite was Rachel Shelleys character Helena.And you dont have to be gay to enjoy this show and the storys it tells.Theres alot of faces,be it main cast or guest cahracters,that you will recognize.Its a bit lean on the extras,but im not bothered about that.Give it a go-i dont think you will be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is very good, i love it. 21 Feb 2013
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I love all about the L word.

A close family member told me about the L word, and i must say it is good :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L-Word Fab viewing 10 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
We absolutely love this series. We missed the L-Word when it aired on TV so we bought the set. I love the mix of lesbian lifestyles (some believable some not), with real social and political issues. It has been refreshing to see Americans with a social conscience like Bush/Republican bashing. Sometimes the acting can be a bit off, but other times there are great performances. We know that some of these women are really gay so that adds to the authenticity of the programme. Some of the sex scenes are tame, but others are refreshing to see on a mainstream programme. You would think from the L-Word that every second woman was a lesbian in LA which makes it more amusing, and well, we can only dream can't we?
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4.0 out of 5 stars L Word true American fantasy 5 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
Are all American lesbians stunning beauties with slim toned bodies and a bank balance to be envious of in these hard economic times. Put off your worries and enjoy the pure escapism of the plastic air headed lady loving lesbians and oddbods. Swallow with a pinch of salt and you will find this mildly entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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Finally got it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic all 6 series I was really disappointed when it ended and very sad no more was made I really enjoyed them
Published 4 months ago by renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection
the L word is definitely one of my favourite series; the characters are all believable, realistic, and connect to the audience. Definitely an 18+ though!!
Published 4 months ago by banks10
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the Seasons!
Only half way through the Seasons so far but enjoying them. Arrived on time, plenty of viewing for the money. I would recommend this box set.
Published 5 months ago by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
I bought this for my work colleague, as she really enjoys the show. Hope she enjoys all 70 episodes of it.
Published 8 months ago by Seanie11
5.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly
We loved this women focused show. I raised issues on attitudes towards lesbians without being preachy, something the Americans do well and eastenders doesn't.
Published 8 months ago by Ms G. Lovell
5.0 out of 5 stars The L Word
A great series and I've really enjoyed watching these. Depending upon watch you like to watch I would recommend this series.
Published 11 months ago by Colleen Weedon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It was a really good series, I only wished it could have lasted longer. Great for anyone. Would recommend to friends
Published 12 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
Loved this box set, my friend told me to get it and I couldn't stop watching it, watch the whole thing within a matter of weeks loved it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing
The box set arrived really quickly and was in good condition. I have really enjoyed watching it and have not found any problems.
Published 14 months ago by Nolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the L word!
Massive fan of the show, very happy that i now have the full series to watch whenever i like :D
must watch - must buy!
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