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The L Word: Generation Q

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

LGBTQ classic gets a solid reboot; sex and drama remain.

TV Showtime Drama 2019
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This revamp of the beloved 2000-era series scores by injecting some seriousness into the frothy soap-opera plotlines that characterized the original. The old-school trio of Shane, Bette, and Alice are all played by actors in their forties and fifties now, so it makes sense that instead of searching for romance and adventure they're now settled down into less playful pursuits: Bette's bid for mayor, Alice's parent problems, Shane's wreck of a personal life. Bette even has a hot flash in the show's first episode, mercy!

But just so things don't get too geriatric, The L Word: Generation Q introduces a fresh young quartet of queer folk, the nest of roommates who work in different ways for Bette (who hires Dani as her PR consult after Dani flees her family's morally-compromised investment firm), and Alice (who employs both Sophie and Finley). The show's trying to have it both ways: meet-cutes and hookups and heavy plotlines about comittment and family. It largely succeeds, thanks to appealing actors and good writing with a lived-in queer sensibility, with jokes about Roxanne Gay, #MeToo, and the time-honored association between lesbians and power tools. Though today's crop of LGBTQ viewers aren't quite as starved for lesbian-themed stories as they were in 2005, they still want to see themselves reflected onscreen, and Generation Q does a fine, honorable job of it.

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