Ten years ago this Sunday, Showtime premiered the first ever television series focused on lesbian life and relationships. “The L Word“ boasted star power from lead Jennifer Beals, legendary actress Pam Grier and the Murmurs‘ frontwoman Leisha Hailey. Creator Ilene Chaiken has been the subject of much contempt for the way some storylines played out over the years, as well as some of the very white casting choices. But it is undeniable that “The L Word” has been a major influence on how queer women are written on television (and film, too).
From “The Fosters” to “Orange is the New Black“, “The Good Wife”, “South of Nowhere”, “Exes & Ohs”, “Lip Service” and, of course, “The Real L Word“, here’s how lesbian TV has played out in the last decade.
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