The BEST Episodes of The L Word

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Network: Showtime

'The L Word' is billed as the intimate story about the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles. Mostly centering on Jenny (Mia Kirshner), a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, who moves to L.A. to live with her boyfriend Tim (Scott Bairstow) and begin a professional writing career. Jenny's life is turned upside down when she attends a party hosted by Tim's neighbors, Bette (Jennifer Beals) and Tina (Laurel Hollomon), a lesbian couple who are looking to take the step into parenthood after seven years of dating. A brief encounter at the party suddenly has Jenny thrust into the local lesbian community and a whole new world she never understood until she questions her own sexual orientation.

Limb from Limb

#1 - Limb from Limb

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 11, 2004

As the "Provocations" opening approaches, Bette struggles with a temptation. After some sad news, Dana turns to Tonya, leaving Alice unhappy. Shane tries to let Clea down gently but it backfires in her face.

star 8.20
162 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Locked Up

#2 - Locked Up

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 4, 2004

After a riot at the gallery, the entire gang ends up in jail. Shane rejects Clea's affections, Jenny goes on a date, and Marina makes a move on Robin as she prepares for Drag King night at The Planet.

star 7.91
318 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
L'Ennui

#3 - L'Ennui

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 29, 2004

Tina and Bette are stunned when their friends say their impending parenthood has made them boring. Jenny stays at Marina's when Tim throws her out but she is shocked to learn the truth about Marina's personal life. Dana rejects Lara as her sponsorship contract hangs on the line.

star 7.78
374 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Mark Zakarin
Liberally

#4 - Liberally

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2004

Bette is worried about Tina when she throws herself into volunteer work, Marina and Francesca get into an argument, Alice thinks she may be pregnant by Lisa, and Dana and Jenny try to console each other.

star 7.76
351 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Guinevere Turner
Listen Up

#5 - Listen Up

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2004

When Jenny's old roommate (guest star Sarah Strange) from college comes to stay, Jenny decides to use the opportunity to reveal the details about her affair with Marina. Bette and Tina join a group in preparation for becoming parents, and Dana faces a tough time when she must come out to her conservative parents.

star 7.68
358 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Rose Troche
Looking Back

#6 - Looking Back

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 28, 2004

Tina, Jenny, Shane, Alice and Dana all share an eventful trip to Palm Springs. While on the road, they all share their "first love" stories. Back in Los Angeles, Bette hires Candace, an attractive carpenter, to handle the set-up of the "Provocations" exhibit opening at the gallery.

star 7.68
338 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Lies, Lies, Lies

#7 - Lies, Lies, Lies

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 8, 2004

Jenny confides in her old college professor about her affair with Marina. Bette receives some delightful news. Dana's fears of being outed continue as she juggles between her tennis career and Lara. Alice's mother comes to stay with her daughter.

star 7.42
431 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Rose Troche
Labyrinth

#8 - Labyrinth

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 20, 2005

Bette tries to fix her relationship with Tina, but she gets a rude awakening with some bad news both at home and work. Alice and Dana try taking their relationship to a different level, Shane starts her new job as a PA to Veronica Bloom (guest star Camryn Manheim), and Jenny gets some confidence from her new hairstyle.

star 7.38
287 votes
Directors: Burr Steers
Writers: Rose Troche
Luck, Next Time

#9 - Luck, Next Time

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 14, 2004

Shane gets the opportunity to style a high-profile client's hair, Bette and Tina receive some devastating news, Jenny goes to dinner with Marina and Francesca, and Alice decides that her relationship with Lisa is too complex.

star 7.35
432 votes
Directors: Mary Harron
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Lap Dance

#10 - Lap Dance

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 27, 2005

Acting on Alice's advice, Tina decides to hire a famous lawyer. Dana and Alice struggle to stay away from each other, Ivan gives Kit the cold shoulder, and Jenny decides to have a serious discussion with Robin regarding their relationship.

star 7.34
299 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Luminous

#11 - Luminous

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 3, 2005

Shane tries to dull her pain in the hopes that she can forget about Carmen and Jenny's blossoming relationship. Tina comes between Helena and her ex over the custody of their kids and offers a glimmer of hope to Bette. Dana and Alice call everyone to The Planet to announce their new relationship.

star 7.31
228 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Lagrimas de Oro

#12 - Lagrimas de Oro

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 27, 2005

Alice pushes Dana to break up with Tonya, but Dana isn't prepared for when Tonya reveals her own secret. Tina considers her new attraction to Helena, Kit finally hooks up with Benjamin, and Jenny and Carmen continue to enjoy each other's company.

star 7.30
256 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Guinevere Turner
Loneliest Number

#13 - Loneliest Number

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 6, 2005

When she is rejected from the writing class, Jenny sets out to win over her intimidating professor. Tina is devastated when she finds an email from Candace on Bette's computer, Dana and Alice continue to hide their attraction for each other, and Kit tries to find an opening act for her new club.

star 7.29
294 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Lara Spotts
Losing the Light

#14 - Losing the Light

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 2006

While Lara is vacationing in Paris, oblivious, Dana's condition takes a turn for the worse. Alice runs into Dana's ex, Jenny introduces Max to a man from her past, Carmen evens the score with Shane, and Peggy Peabody flies to town to help her daughter. Frustrated, Bette leaves the Buddhist retreat but receives a dose of life wisdom from an unexpected source.

star 7.28
151 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Rose Troche
Life, Loss, Leaving

#15 - Life, Loss, Leaving

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 20, 2005

As Bette desperately begs for Tina's forgiveness, Tina herself is hiding a shocking secret from Bette and all her friends. Alice and Dana continue to hide their romantic trysts from the others, and Jenny finds herself saying goodbye to Tim as he prepares to leave.

star 7.24
360 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Late, Later, Latent

#16 - Late, Later, Latent

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 17, 2005

Dana is stunned when Alice requests a bold sexual favor from her. Burr Connor (guest star Tony Goldwyn) reveals a secret to Jenny. Jenny learns about Carmen's real feelings for Shane, Kit plans a romantic night for Benjamin, and Bette and Tina have an intimate encounter as they bond over their unborn baby.

star 7.20
186 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: David Stenn
Lacuna

#17 - Lacuna

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired May 15, 2005

A surprise guest shows up at a sad event as Bette gets stunning news about her job. Tina goes into a surprisingly difficult labor, Jenny finally reaches breaking point over her painful childhood memory, Alice struggles with her jealousy, and Peggy Peabody lays down the laws with her daughter, Helena.

star 7.14
221 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Loud & Proud

#18 - Loud & Proud

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired May 1, 2005

Dana is stunned when she learns a big secret about her brother, Howie, at Gay Pride 2005. Mark tries to make amends with Jenny and Shane, Kit and Bette learn that their father, Melvin, is refusing treatment for his illness, and a shocking memory about Jenny's childhood is revealed.

star 7.13
184 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Elizabeth Hunter
Lynch Pin

#19 - Lynch Pin

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 13, 2005

Bette travels to New York on a business trip. Tina is shocked and angry about her lawyer's true intentions. Jenny and Shane search for a new roommate, and Kit bonds with an inspirational speaker.

star 7.12
293 votes
Directors: Lisa Cholodenko
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Last Dance

#20 - Last Dance

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 19, 2006

After Dana's family treats the girls coldly, Alice is determined to arrange a special event to commemorate their friend. While Helena's lawsuit is resolved with a surprising outcome, Bette is willing to fight for Angelica's custody. Max lands a job, giving Jenny something to write about. Dealing with her grief, Shane is willing to make the ultimate commitment to Carmen. Finally, Lara arrives from Paris and is comforted by Alice.

star 7.12
181 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Pilot (2)

#21 - Pilot (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 18, 2004

Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years, and they want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is excited that his girlfriend, a talented young writer named Jenny Schecter, is moving in with him. But soon mixing with Bette and Tina's circle of lesbian friends, Jenny learns that her midwest university education may not have prepared her for what she will learn about life, lust, and love in Los Angeles.

star 7.11
347 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Susan Miller
Losing It

#22 - Losing It

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 22, 2004

After arriving home, Tim starts to worry when he learns that Jenny has vanished. Bette travels to New York for an art opening and her relationship with Tina is put to the test. Back in Los Angeles, the sperm donor's girlfriend discovers a lonely Tina and starts to harass her.

star 7.09
382 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Left Hand of the Goddess

#23 - Left Hand of the Goddess

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 26, 2006

Wedding plans occupy the girls, and Shane is reunited with her family. Helena pitches in to have Carmen's family flown to Canada, Jenny and Max drift apart, and Kit has stunning news. Peggy Peabody reconnects with her daughter -- but does it last? Finally, Tina has second thoughts about Angelica's custody arrangements, leading Bette to take desperate measures to be with her daughter.

star 7.07
182 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Pilot (1)

#24 - Pilot (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 18, 2004

Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years, and they want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is excited that his girlfriend, a talented young writer named Jenny Schecter, is moving in with him. But soon mixing with Bette and Tina's circle of lesbian friends, Jenny learns that her midwest university education may not have prepared her for what she will learn about life, lust, and love in Los Angeles.

star 7.06
608 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Lifesize

#25 - Lifesize

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2006

Bette gives Tina her consent -- and a possible ultimatum -- to explore her feelings for men. Jenny meets with a publisher about her manuscript for a book, Billie makes Moira a tempting, but shady offer, Kit gives in to Angus' advances, and Carmen lays down the law to Shane regarding their relationship. Alice offers her support to Lara and celebrations are cut short when the girls finally find out the truth about Dana's condition.

star 7.05
184 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Adam Rapp