The BEST Episodes of The L Word

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2019

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

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 8.05
73 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Loud & Proud

#2 - 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 8.01
67 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Elizabeth Hunter
Liquid Heat

#3 - 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 8.00
53 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Looking Back

#4 - 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 7.97
79 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken

#5 - 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 7.95
73 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Loyal and True

#6 - 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 7.94
50 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Late, Later, Latent

#7 - 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 7.93
70 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: David Stenn

#8 - 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 7.93
57 votes
Directors: Angela Robinson
Writers: Angela Robinson
Let's Get This Party Started

#9 - 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 7.92
64 votes
Directors: John Stockwell
Writers: Elizabeth Ziff
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 7.92
87 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Losing the Light

#11 - 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 7.92
62 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Rose Troche

#12 - 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 7.92
70 votes
Directors: Alison Maclean
Writers: A.M. Homes

#13 - 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 7.91
90 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Guinevere Turner

#14 - 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 7.90
83 votes
Directors: Burr Steers
Writers: Rose Troche
Loneliest Number

#15 - 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 7.89
89 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Lara Spotts
Luck, Next Time

#16 - Luck, Next Time

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.85
90 votes
Directors: Mary Harron
Writers: Ilene Chaiken

#17 - Longing

Season 1 - Episode 4

Bette engages in a battle with the chairman of the gallery board who wants to close down the gallery. Alice rekindles her relationship with an ex-girlfriend, despite the objections of her friends. Jenny tries to deny her feelings for Marina, and Dana finally gets a date with Lara.

star 7.84
120 votes
Directors: Clément Virgo
Writers: Josh Senter
Lagrimas de Oro

#18 - 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 7.84
81 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Guinevere Turner
Last Couple Standing

#19 - 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 7.83
52 votes
Long Time Coming

#20 - 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 7.83
56 votes
Directors: Ilene Chaiken
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Look Out, Here They Come!

#21 - 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
50 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Cherien Dabis

#22 - 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 7.79
82 votes
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Land Ahoy

#23 - Land Ahoy

Season 2 - Episode 10

A lesbian cruise in the Caribbean proves eventful for Dana, Alice, Shane, Jenny and Carmen. Bette and Kit struggle to reconcile with their estranged father, Melvin, during his visit.

star 7.78
73 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Ilene Chaiken
Let's Do It

#24 - Let's Do It

Season 1 - Episode 3

Tina tries to get over her concerns about the new sperm donor. Tim decides to throw a dinner party and invites Marina, making Jenny feel uncomfortable. Alice runs into her abusive ex-girlfriend. Dana has her eye on a chef, but is hesitant to make a move on her.

star 7.77
134 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson (III)
Lies, Lies, Lies

#25 - Lies, Lies, Lies

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.76
115 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Rose Troche