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'The L Word' creator Ilene Chaiken on what fans can expect from the reboot
Why "The L Word" Was So Important in Shaping Femme Visibility | GO Magazine
W hen The L Word first appeared in , it was entirely new and different. LGBT stories on television had mostly been subplots up to this point, hungrily consumed by an audience of people desperate for any scraps of representation, but The L Word was all about them. It was soapy, explicit, entertaining and, at times, as infuriating as the season-two-onwards theme tune. By the time it saw out its sixth and final season in , you got the sense it had reached the end of the line, having taken the bizarre decision to bump off Jenny and coast off into the sunset on a whodunnit plot.
Leather vests at the ready! The L Word is coming back
Like so many other young women and gender non-binary people, I am hooked on The L Word a generation after it aired. The show — trashy, outdated and in many ways problematic — got many things right. Despite all this, I cringed when I first started watching the show.
This totally inexplicable decision is not the first time queer women have lost out in recent TV remakes. The Queer Eye reboot has been a hit. Unlike its predecessor, the new Queer Eye was more reflective and political: it tackled internalised homophobia, police violence, mental health, all the while teaching men to love themselves. Iconic gay sitcom Will and Grace was also revived last year.