Like any self-respecting (albeit then-closeted) queer woman, I was alert to “The Real L Word,” Ilene Chaiken’s 2010-12 spin-off regarding the reveal that identified a generation people within one way or some other. At the time the program broadcast, I happened to ben’t interested. It had nothing at all to do with my personal assertion of my personal bisexual identification and every little thing to do with that I became nonetheless pissed at Chaiken for performing

my personal woman Jenny Schecter

so very, really incorrect for the period finale regarding the original “The L keyword.”

Fast forward 10 years whenever the gay performers lined up in my situation and I discovered my self bingeing all three months in a single week. A lot of factors added to this unconscious decision. One: I found myself in the home stretch of edits for my 2nd queer YA unique in 2021 and that I anxiously required head chocolate. Two: Showtime struck up my personal email with a 30-day free trial, basically for your new season of “massive amounts,” a show You will find never observed. Three: Really, I Happened To Be curious.

In older times, I became a loyal fan of “The Hills,” MTV’s utterly ridiculous, utterly addictive real life drama about fairly, hetero 20-somethings located in Los Angeles. “the actual L phrase” held the exact same sun-drenched, sugary sense of escapism — best possible way, means,


gayer — plus with increased dogs and, starting in season two, an extremely adorable kitty. Certain, there is mess: fake drama that’s clearly staged by manufacturers, plenty of very real shouting in really congested clubs, and well, Romi. Having said that, “the true L keyword” had most good stuff that held myself enjoying till the very conclusion of Whitney and Sara’s large gay marriage, immediately Googling what every person’s up to today, and following my faves on Insta (

hi, Kacy!

) — not forgetting dorkily moving around my apartment to

that appealing motif tune

. Here’s what we unexpectedly adored:

Strong Coupling

Jill and Nikki are lovable as they squabble over a chandelier and preparing a marriage that wasn’t legal at the time but was actually essential all of them on your own degree. Kacy and Cori retain the notion of an infant just who may appear, while never ever wavering in their really love and support for just one another. Tracy and Stamie learn how to balance work, sex, and also the proper care of three adorable kids — certainly one of whom had special needs. I completely cherished the storylines among these three partners navigating lesbian life in a straight world together. (and that I had been solidly group Jill in Chandelier-Gate. That thing ended up being hazardous!)

Sweet Smashing

At the start of season three, I found myselfn’t positive the way I thought about Kiyomi, the Hunter Valentine frontwoman whose way of training polyamory was not exactly reasonable to her partner, Allie. When Kiyomi found enviably pink-haired and pearly white-teethed Angeleno Lauren at Dinah Shore, but all wagers had been off. When they kissed throughout the grass, it absolutely was cute. Once they shyly gazed at each other and giggled during confessional interviews, it absolutely was cuter. As soon as Lauren could not keep away from Kiyomi’s home of brand new York City for example a lot more minute? Cutest.

Moments With Mothers

Seem, we’re in
and I miss my personal
. This could describe why it rained on my face everytime a warm mummy figure made an appearance. Whether it was actually Jill shouting happily when the woman mother made a surprise visit to assist the lady select a marriage gown, Kacy’s mummy satisfying the woman girl for meal and consoling the woman about child Charlie, or Whitney’s grandma witnessing Whitney’s garden Connecticut event, I happened to be a mess, y’all. Let’s keep in mind Francine coming out to the woman ultra-glam mom Yoko, exactly who instantly reacted “Everyone loves love a whole lot you,” and Sadjah’s mummy Sarita praising Sadjah’s Vote for Equality peers for living their own truth.

I recently think it really is beautiful for your family all to face up for the rights and fight for just what you truly, certainly have confidence in,” she states.

Genuine, Real Time Bisexuality!

Do I favor the way in which Chaiken deals with bisexual figures and storylines? Not always. But as a bi myself personally, Im eager for just about any as well as representation of my folks in the news (Spoiler: nonetheless maybe not alot!). Nowadays, we’ll get the thing I may, and I think it is heartening to see Romi with boyfriends inside the tv series’s third period, as well as the causing conversations of how bi/queer/pansexual ladies frequently feel excluded from the homosexual neighborhood all together. It’s rare i came across Romi relatable, but I relished this kind of topic that ‘s stilln’t talked about adequate.

Claire. Enough mentioned.

Oh, Claire. She left the woman positively gorgeous girl Vivian in ny to “start a lesbian website” in LA — and shack with ex Francine (estimate how good that finally any went). She blithely turned down an internship with “But I’m a Cheerleader” manager and queer icon Jamie Babbit. And she would drunkenly scream in organizations. Claire was the undisputed


This year two major member had been as unpleasant as her ‘80s rock and roll star-esque gothic shag, that’s


what you want in reality TV. Aren’t getting me personally completely wrong, I became a fan of the quieter minutes in “the actual L Word,” but Claire introduced the sheer dramz, and I was right here for it. (additionally, we spent my youth not not even close to the woman hometown of St. Louis, so hell yeah for fellow weirdo Midwesterners!)

This Is The Method In Which We Live

Bringing it returning to “The L term” theme track all of us appreciated: There however are not many programs, flicks, etc. about queer ladies


(talking, laughing, enjoying, inhaling, etc.). Even when I found myself sick and tired of Whitney’s pre-engagement player ways, Sajdah and Chanel getting too really serious too fast and hearing the millionth variation of “just what’s up with both you and so-and-so,” I relished spending some time with queer women in numerous phases of their physical lives, just calculating circumstances down. I can’t state I miss out the times when unscripted shows dominated the airwaves, but “the true L term” was actually worth watching, not only when it comes to club-screaming, chandelier-squabbling and damaged keyboard-pouting (bad Somer), but also for the major lady-loving lesbian fuel.

Incentive: No one dies in a pool.