A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though the action is a little soapy for messages to really land, there are themes of commitment, living authentically, and investing time and energy in things that are important and worthwhile.
Positive Role Models
The cast is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religion, and sexual and gender identity. Many parents and children have warm, close relationships, and friends are supportive of each other. With that said, there are plenty of hookups, as well as infidelity.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is frequent and explicit: nudity, sexual noises and movements, talk about orgasms and body parts; characters have sex on countertops, up against walls, in bathrooms, etc., with lots of enthusiasm. Since the show focuses on gay woman, expect mostly opposite-sex kissing and sex. In the show's first episode's opening scene one woman gives another oral sex; genitals are hidden but breasts and buttocks are seen at length and a woman moves her hands and head suggesting oral sex; that's just the first of many sex scenes. Expect romantic complications, infidelity, casual sex, serial dating and other typical soapy plot devices.
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Language is often peppered into conversation: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," "jackass," "hell," "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes take place in bars, with adults imbibing and sometimes acting sloppy and volatile; they also drink at parties, dinners, and gatherings. Teens vape something while they drive; later on, her mother discovers she's high. The teen says "It's legal," but her mom reminds her she's only 16.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The L Word: Generation Q is based on the series The L Word that ran from 2004 to 2009. Like the original, this series focuses on a group of mostly lesbian coworkers and friends in Los Angeles. Also like the original, it's sexually explicit: Women have sex with each other in all kinds of situations and places. There's committed sex, hook-up sex, sex on countertops and tables and showers. Breasts and buttocks are visible and there are sexual noises and suggestive movements; genitals are hidden, but the action is steamy. Language is also mature: "f--k," "s--t," "jackass," "hell," "bitch," and lots of talk about sex and romance. Scenes take place in bars with adults drinking, sometimes to excess; a 16-year-old girl vapes pot with her friend. The cast is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religion, and sexual and gender identity, and there are warm and supportive relationships between friends and family members.
Is It Any Good?
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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