The Best Episodes of The L Word

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2018

'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.

Liquid Heat

#1 - Liquid Heat

Season 5 - Episode 9

Jenny gets jealous on the set when a love scene between Niki and her on-screen boyfriend looks too realistic. Dawn Denbo invites the girls to a mafia-themed night to settle the dispute between The Planet and SheBar. Meanwhile, Bette and Tina decide to go see a couples counselor when they're interrupted by a rolling blackout due to a heat wave.

star 8.06
48 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Lifecycle

#2 - Lifecycle

Season 5 - Episode 10

The girls attend the Subaru Pink Ride to support breast cancer research. Tina is furious for Niki blowing her cover with Jenny but Adele assures her the two won't be seen together publicly. Meeting old friends prompts Tasha to ponder her long-term plans in life. A campfire game of "I never" turns into a discussion on cheating -- with devastating results.

star 8.04
51 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson
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Loyal and True

#3 - Loyal and True

Season 5 - Episode 12

The two Peabody ladies return to L.A. and Helena makes a tempting offer to lover Cindi. While Tasha has trouble fitting in in her new job, Alice has a fun day out with fashion designer Clea Mason. Bette gives a speech in honor of Jodi at the opening of her latest exhibition, but she is shocked by Jodi's new media installation. Phyllis demands Shane not to ruin her daughter's future. Finally, at the wrap-up party for Lez Girls, Jenny thanks the girls for their loyalty and friendship but is about to get a nasty surprise.

star 8.02
45 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Limb from Limb

#4 - Limb from Limb

Season 1 - Episode 14

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 8.01
62 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Let's Get This Party Started

#5 - Let's Get This Party Started

Season 5 - Episode 4

Tina and Jenny squabble over casting the lead role in Lez Girls. An incident at Alice's place triggers a change in Captain Beech's view on Tasha's defense. Being celibate takes its toll on Shane and she reaches a breaking point. Alice encourages Tasha to go with her to a "Secret Love" party for closeted gays and lesbians. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang attends the opening of the city's hottest new lesbian club, SheBar.

star 7.99
58 votes
Directors: John Stockwell
Writers: Elizabeth Ziff
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Loud & Proud

#6 - Loud & Proud

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.98
56 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Elizabeth Hunter
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Last Couple Standing

#7 - Last Couple Standing

Season 6 - Episode 7

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center dance marathon is on; someone is moving to the Big Apple; rumors fly fast around the dance floor that Alice and Tasha may be in couple trouble; The HIT!’s Sunset Blvd makes a shocking revelation to Kit; and there’s a no-show at the bus station.

star 7.96
47 votes
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Losing the Light

#8 - Losing the Light

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.95
55 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Rose Troche
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Late, Later, Latent

#9 - Late, Later, Latent

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.91
56 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: David Stenn
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Locked Up

#10 - Locked Up

Season 1 - Episode 13

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
75 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Loneliest Number

#11 - Loneliest Number

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.87
75 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Lara Spotts
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Lacuna

#12 - Lacuna

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 7.86
64 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Looking Back

#13 - Looking Back

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.85
66 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Liberally

#14 - Liberally

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.85
80 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Guinevere Turner
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Lights! Camera! Action!

#15 - Lights! Camera! Action!

Season 5 - Episode 6

The production of Lez Girls starts and Jenny runs into unexpected difficulties. When Adele impresses her on location scouting, Jenny treats her to a makeover. Dawn and Cindi try their best to sabotage Kit's business. Phyllis' daughter Molly catches Shane's eye. Meanwhile, Tina and Bette rekindle their passion.

star 7.85
46 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Long Time Coming

#16 - Long Time Coming

Season 4 - Episode 12

Bette seeks Tina's advice on how to get Jodi back, but is surprised to learn that Tina no longer wants to be straight. Alice is devastated when Tasha is called in for another tour in Iraq. Meanwhile, Phyllis seeks divorce, Jenny is excluded in any decisions regarding the movie, and Helena frees herself from her entanglement with Catherine.

star 7.84
50 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Lay Down the Law

#17 - Lay Down the Law

Season 5 - Episode 8

Niki's multi-million dollar action movie opens, but allegations about her sexuality lead Tina and her manager to suggest she take a date -- a male date -- to the premiere. Jenny is banned from the theater causing Adele to take the reins for the evening. Shane and Molly continue to play mind games with each other. Jodi throws a dinner party to some couples, and Bette is devastated to learn Tina and her date are also invited. Meanwhile, Tasha goes on trial and Alice delivers a shocking statement.

star 7.83
46 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Alexandra Kondracke
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Labyrinth

#18 - Labyrinth

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.83
71 votes
Directors: Burr Steers
Writers: Rose Troche
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Luck Be a Lady

#19 - Luck Be a Lady

Season 4 - Episode 6

The girls attend a movie premiere sponsored by Shane's underwear campaign. Papi teaches Helena and Alice how to play poker for a high-stakes private game hosted by a high-profile female gambler. Bette disagrees with Tina about Angelica's education, and goes on a date with Jodi. Meanwhile, Phyllis is having trouble letting go of Alice.

star 7.82
50 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson (III)
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Look Out, Here They Come!

#20 - Look Out, Here They Come!

Season 5 - Episode 2

Jenny's boss's daughter is getting married and Shane gets a gig as the hair stylist at her wedding. Kit and Max spot a young girl who's obsessed with Jenny's work and hook her up with her dream job. Alice and Tasha go on a double-date with Bette and Jodi. Meanwhile in prison, Helena is rescued by her cell mate.

star 7.82
45 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Cherien Dabis
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Loyal

#21 - Loyal

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Alice runs into her ex, she is surprised to find out that she is now dating Dana's ex-girlfriend. Bette and Tina reach an agreement over their relationship, Jenny is worried that she may have lost a writing job, and Shane finds some comfort in a church.

star 7.80
58 votes
Directors: Alison Maclean
Writers: A.M. Homes
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Lagrimas de Oro

#22 - Lagrimas de Oro

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.79
71 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Guinevere Turner
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Life, Loss, Leaving

#23 - Life, Loss, Leaving

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.79
84 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Luminous

#24 - Luminous

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.77
71 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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Last Dance

#25 - Last Dance

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 7.77
56 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
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