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10 Reasons Why I Hate the L Word

1) This show sucks. I mean, seriously. It sucks a lot. Ridiculous plot lines, total lack of character development, idiotic dialogue, and just a dearth of likeable characters. This show sucks. It’s almost Claire of the Moon sucky.


I hate Bette. I like Jennifer Beals – but I hate Bette. I don’t care how hard it is for her to accept that Tina is moving on with Mr. My Big Fat Greek Life. Would it kill her to do something on-screen other than a) be a total beeyotch; and b) look like she has cancer of the puppy? She’s insufferable. Also, that whole “I’m the one who’s going to be able to give her a sense of belonging…I do not want my daughter growing up in a house where she feels like an outsider because everyone else is white and when she looks around she doesn’t see another familiar face that looks like her own” speech? Why must they make Bette spew such DOOKY? I mean, first, Angelica is Tina’s birth daughter – Angelica is supposed to look more like Tina than Bette, who has no biological connection. Also, you’re going to bring a bi-racial daughter into an Angelica-Has-Two-Dysfunctional-Mommies situation and then complain that it’s TOO MUCH DIFFERENCE FOR HER TO HANDLE? I hate Bette. If I were Tina, I’d leave her too. Although not for some skanky dad who drags his kid to a strange lady’s house overnight so dad can get some schtupping in on his joint custody weekend.


I hate Tina. She has always been an annoying Valley Girl whiner. You’re trying to tell me that first you get pregnant, then you find out your partner is cheating on you with some morally-bankrupt carpenter, then you have a revolting affair with a spoiled sociopath (Helena, I’m talking to you. You are not redeemed no matter how many Degeneres exes roleplay their fantasy lives by pretending to break your heart.), then you have an even more revolting affair with a creepy lawyer who wears men’s ties and has a pregnancy fetish, then you move back in with bitchy-sad Bette, then you give birth, then you go to work for the spoiled sociopath, and then suddenly you’ve got a hankering for man meat? Leave already, you pasty ho.


I hate Shane. I know, I know. There are super-fans out there who would sell half a liver to get in her emaciated pants, but I am tired, tired, tired of being told that 80% of the women in Los Angeles find this waif-in boots irresistable, much less someone they would let cut their hair. LOOK AT HER HAIR, PEOPLE! Visually-impaired guinea pigs could do a better job!

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They made me miss TonTon. Surely that must be a felony of some kind.


I hate Max. No, I really hate Max. Never mind that the actress who plays him is, now how shall I put this…TERRIBLE. The character she plays is so ridiculously wooden and one-dimensional that you’d rather put your own eyes out than watch. Oh, how many times have I reached for the eye-poker during this show… Way to represent FTM transpeople, L Word. Let’s create a character with the emotional maturity of a mealworm and have her/him represent the complicated world of the transgendered! Let’s make sure the character is totally inarticulate! And socially dysfunctional! And incapable of deep thought! Let’s make sure people think that transitioning means turning into an total asshole! Hey, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s put a horrible, horrible “moustache” on his face! Dude! And a flavor-saver too!! As poor Candice said of insufferable Stephen on last night’s episode of Top Chef, “You’re a tool and a douchebag.” And you are, Max.


Do I need to say any more?


You killed Dana. You bastards! Seriously, people. Dana was one of only 2 semi-likeable characters on the show. The other being Alice, of course, who everyone likes despite the fact The Powers That Be refuse to give her a real storyline or any depth whatsoever. But back to Dana. She’s dead. From breast cancer. First they make her break up with Alice – because no lesbians are allowed to have decent, enjoyable relationships on this show. Then they put her together with the Soup Chef – who everyone loved from Season 1, when she was allowed to have more than 2 lines of dialogue per show. Then they give her cancer and make her a bitter asshole who alienates the Soup Chef so much that the poor SC is forced to flee, in her own dialogue-less way, to the mudbaths in France. Then they kill her. For no good reason. Just to show that they can. Don’t give me this bullcrap about how the show has to “deal with the things that happen to people in life…Including death.” A realistic way to deal with Dana’s death is to have the rest of the characters commit mass suicide as they suddenly realize that they are stuck with each other for the next miserable season – without the brilliant comic stylings of Erin Daniels. Also – the little PSA they aired after the Dana Dies episode? Give me a freaking break. Like the L Word is soooooo brave for producing an episode about breast cancer. My god. Surely that’s never been done before! What a milestone! How courageous! How…what? What’s this “Lifetime” you speak of? What about the last ten years of Meredith Baxter Birney‘s career? Lalalala…I can’t hear you!


The word “Manny.” Plus, the image of this particular “Manny.” Who hires someone for child care who so clearly hasn’t bathed in the last calendar year? Oh, that’s right…Angelica’s Two Psychotic Mommies.


Not enough Peggy Peabody.


Bonus Reason Why I Hate the L Word:

3 Words: Watery Ghost-y Dana.


At least she’ll be reunited with Mr. Piddles.


BEFORE YOU POST A COMMENT: This post now has over a hundred comments. Some of them are polite, interesting, challenging, funny, etc. However, some of them are idiotic, mean, threatening, and hurtful. I’ve thought about closing comments on this post, but have decided to keep them open for the time being. That being said, I’d like to offer a few reminders/suggestions before you post a comment:

• The L Word is a TV show. It is fiction. The characters on the show are not real people.

• Criticism, tongue-in-cheek criticism, and snarky rants are all legitimate responses to creative media work (see Television Without Pity). I am entitled to my opinion. You are entitled to yours. If you think I’m wrong, that’s cool. If you think I’m not allowed to have an opinon, that’s not cool.

• No, I don’t really hate The L Word. Generally I think it’s entertaining enough. Sometimes it’s a lot of fun (mostly when it focuses on the ensemble). However, in my opinion, Seasons 2 and 3 were chock-full of ridiculous melodrama, predictable plotlines, and shallow character development. That’s what I was reacting to in this post. I like the fact that this show exists. It’s ridiculous, however, to think that just because you support the existence of something that you can’t be critical of it. Democracy, art, life – they don’t work that way.

• Frankly, I have been enjoying Season 4 much more (continuing predictable plotlines aside, that is). I’m glad they got rid of those annoying pre-show mini-scenes. I think they were trying to do too much in earlier seasons. I want to see character and story development, not short, disjointed nods from the producers to whatever hot topics come across their desks.

• This is a personal blog. I didn’t force you to come here. If you want to leave a comment, please do, and thanks for reading. However, if you want to leave a juvenile, name-calling, death-threatening comment, please don’t, and thanks for leaving.


{ 33 } Comments

  1. Lale | April 12, 2007 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Ok Miranda, entiendo que tus ideas son vlidas y tu opiniones deben ser despetadas, pero corazon tu te sabes toda y cuando digo toda es TODA la serie, relamente no te gusta??? jajaja

  2. Miranda | April 12, 2007 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Does *no one* have a sense of humor? Good grief, Charlie Brown.

  3. Liam | April 16, 2007 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the waterfall thing was ridiculous.

    What I REALLY hate about the L Word is that, they always focus on the crappy plot lines. Just when I finally start to get really interested in one particular sub-plot, they focus on something else. ANYTHING else. And they give the interesting plot maybe 2 or 3 scenes per show, all of which are about 20 seconds long. Then they go back and focus on Tina for a while. I’ve had about enough of just watching Tina, how about giving each plot line a little more time to “develop” [predictably]??

  4. jade | April 20, 2007 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    well everything has been said!!!

  5. Cy | April 22, 2007 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    hi..well actually i just dropped by…well uhmm Miranda, i would still cut my hair and dressed like Shane..hehe.. =p THe show is very nice….and well..uhm..nothing…got to go plvling! =)

  6. Daniela | April 22, 2007 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Ok, first off, I almost totally agree with you. L Word is a pathetic show, worse at showing leasbian life than Queer as Folk was at portraying gay males (well, I’m not gay, but I read and socialize 🙂 Most characters make you want to poke them with knitting needles, and then laugh and point. So why do I make my husband watch it with me week after week?? Kate Moennig. Sure the Shane character is ridiculous, but Kate is so incredibly hot that it’s driven me to get a “I’d go gay for Shane” sticker and put it on my car. On my car, people! And no, I wouldn’t give half my liver to sleep with her. (Besides, at this point in time my liver wouldn’t be any good to anybody, they’d probably go into toxic shock right after the transplant 🙂 5 minutes to convince her is all I would need! Oh, and I hate Bette and Tina especially much. Bette looks like like a 10 year old who didn’t get what she wanted for Christmas ALL THE TIME, and Tina looks like my fat neighbour with ratty blond hair..If you’re gonna have a show that dumb, you’ve got to have eye candy!

  7. neil | April 24, 2007 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    you guys are fuckin’ entertaining!

  8. Somepotty | May 15, 2007 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    You’re a funny person. I’ve never seen this show before and I won’t judge it by what you’ve said but still…this made me smile. I just randomly stumbled here and had to read it I guess. 🙂

  9. Amber | June 10, 2007 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    you are fucking stupid…dont watch it then and stop ur bitching, its a show

  10. angela | June 12, 2007 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    When i came across the comment “ten reasons why i hate the L word” i had to read on. I agree with some of the comments made here and i think its quite sad how seriously people take the l word.It is JUST TV and ofcourse it has the most unrealistic charcters who would probly never even bat eyes on eachother in the real world!Shane is my ultimate girlfriend fantasy. i think the people who posted hateful comments should seek proffesional help. We all watch tv we dont actually like sometimes. That dont mean we shouldnt have have a say on what we watch good or bad.
    Please excuse my bad spelling.

  11. MoMo | June 13, 2007 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. I have NO idea how i got to this blog…but I’m SO happy I did. I just spent at least a half an hour reading everyone’s comments and the bickering going on. Hilarious. I think that all of you who are getting so defensive for the L word, and the characters in said TV Show, dont really realize how crazy what they are saying is. I loved your rant Miranda. LOVED IT. lol. I have to say I totally agree about Max. I HATE that they added max. Horrible acting and very shallow. They for sure should have given Max the breast cancer. But when you think about it….i wouldnt have really cried like I did when Dana died. It wouldnt really have gotten a reaction. Sad. Anyways, i love the L word. No matter how bad it can sometimes be…thanks for entertaining me for the last 45 mins. Everyone chill out with the threats. hahahahaha. peace and love.

  12. MoMo | June 13, 2007 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Oh ya…and i dont care how unrealistic Shane is….the is F**KING hott. And i LOVED her and Carmen. SO hott. k thanks. Peace.

  13. Em | July 12, 2007 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    K so when I read this title I totally thought I was going to hate you for bashing the show but after reading them I realized we have the same views, however I wouldn’t say I hate the show. I refuse to watch it without Dana, her and Alice made that show. Wanna kill someone off?Kill bette, tina or max. No one likes them anywaise.

    Plus Peggy Peabody was where it’s at.

  14. Maximus | July 20, 2007 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    This made me smile. Even more than the L word does.

  15. chelsea | August 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    i LOVE the L word. i think its one of the best shows on TV, but what i think i love ever more, is how all you had to do was put a picture of Jenny on there and say “need i say more?” someone needs to blow her twat off already.

  16. J | August 19, 2007 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    I love the l word so know,mabye because of shane.i understand you but i still fuck love her very very very much.oh my god,i dont know how to experss,its so gay.

  17. meta4 | October 23, 2007 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    U rock Miranda :)) Keep watching and keep ranting. Ur fun to read. And whoevers out there who owns “the truth” – let them sit with their sour selves. Again – TY

  18. jj | December 5, 2007 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    Season 4 was an improvement from season 3. I mean you can only go UP from season 3. But that’s not saying a lot. Predictable plot lines and medicore story development is still occuring and the lack of Dana still pisses me off. There is only so much you can come back from in season 3 and still make it good. Season 4 although better fails to do so in a whole. The L word will never be like it was in the first two season (L word at it’s best)

  19. Reid | December 10, 2007 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Well aren’t you just the angriest little critic out there. Anouncing that you hate something and spewing out aethstetic reasons for not finding it functional is a bit childish. There is so much more effort put into these shows than basic character development and clothing styles. It’s a show dear, no need to get all hot and bothered.

  20. Miranda | December 11, 2007 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Dear Reid. Please go back and read the “Before You Post a Comment Section.” Also, please note that this post is nearly two years old. If you feel the need to troll for and comment on ancient posts about long-gone seasons of the L Word, you might want to get your own blog. Also, I’m not your “dear,” dear.

  21. Brittany | December 26, 2007 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I completely understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    But my god people seriously, this is someones blog its HER point of view its not as if shes trying to shove these things in your face.
    I don’t even agree with a lot of it, its simply a TV show though.
    No reason to freak out because someone thinks differently as you or ‘doesn’t like shane’ oh boo fucking hoo give me a break people.

  22. Noah | January 2, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I was just telling someone how much the show irritated me as I searched for a more recent picture of Max, trying to figure out how there were going to fake several years of transition on television. Not very well, so I found out. I wanted to acknowledge your bit about Max because I do feel inadequately represented by the character. While my temper is shorter, I in no way became as cranky as Max. What really bothers me, though, is that there is no real representation of “butch” women. The instant something comes tromping along resembling a butch girl, they make her trans. Since none of the lesbians are butch, that sorta makes it look like all butches intend on living as men, which sorta puts me off, since I already have enough problem with the people who know I am trans telling me how I am still a lesbian. I prefer to escape into cartoons and sports. If I want drama, all I have to do is leave my house and let someone who used to know me recognize me.

  23. Mara Creed | October 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    The L word – very good film. It’s learn me many good things in relationships with people

  24. Mia | August 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I agree about Max. S/he is whiny and annoying. But I don’t think s/he’s a cardboard character. There are more people out there than you think who are overly sensitive to issues of their own gender.

    I disagree about Shane. It’s not because of her looks that people are attracted to her. It’s more her personality and overall vibe. Maybe it’s you who can’t look past appearances. And I’d let Shane cut my hair any day.

    I don’t think Helena is a sociopath at all. Sure, when she first appeared there was a reason we disliked her, but that’s what character development is for. We see Helena develop into a better person as the series goes on.

    Tina and Max are annoying, yes. And so are Jenny, Max, and Bette. Therefore, your first point is moot. You said it’s just a deluge of likeable characters when, in fact, there are so many characters to dislike. But that’s what, in my opinion, makes it more compelling–how you love to hate them. It would be completely boring if it were an entire cast of perfectly agreeable people. Of course, I sometimes wish the characters I dislike would just go and kill themselves, but I also stick around for the characters I actually do like.

    Dana died. Yes, it was sad. Yes, I wish she stayed on and didn’t break up with Alice. But the fact is the actress had to leave. No sense whining about it. It was a practical matter.

  25. Miranda | August 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi. Thanks for participating. As you see, this post was written over 6 years ago. It was a personal opinion about a TV show that I clearly liked enough to watch regularly. I appreciate your opinions, although I don’t know that I appreciate the personal comments directed toward me. Again. TV show. Over 6 years ago.

    But thanks for swinging by and caring enough about the show to chime in. Surely that’s a testament to the show’s impact.

  26. Kate | February 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    It is now 2014 and I have just started watching the entire L Word series over again. Originally I only saw the first three years when it was aired by Showtime. Miranda’s comments were great and mostly the way I feel about the series.

    It is true that it is just a TV show and some people took her comments way too seriously, but that’s what happens when people get caught up with the characters we watch on TV or the movies. After all…isn’t that what film is supposed to do? Well written stories and characters are supposed to evoke feelings in the people who watch.

    As I watch this show again, what is clear to me is how much this show did in terms of giving the audience a fairly good look at the female gay community. Nothing like it, or since, has shown such raw emotions and of course sex as this show did. That in and of itself is huge!

    The sex was hot…really really hot, but it also showed how important it is to have a group of friends that are so close, they become each other’s family.

    I am a Lesbian in my late 50’s and I happen to live in a community very much like the community depicted on the ‘L Word’. As we age and begin to move into the “not so much hot sex phase” of our lives, the community we are a part of becomes everything!

    We love and care for each other, we help each other through the deaths of our parents, our sisters, brothers, children and each other. The hot sex may be gone but what sustains us is the love that remains within the community.

    So when I read all the comments about stupid story lines or dropped character plots I may agree with some, but I am just thrilled that someone had the guts to try to put a “real” story together in the first place. And thrilled that Showtime had the money & conviction to run it for 6 seasons!

    So, as I write this, Dana just died, which is really sad but I will continue to watch to the end and enjoy every stupid side story that comes along. I just hope they don’t kill off any more of my favorites like Shane, Alice, or Carmen.

    And wouldn’t it be really cool if they managed to pull the cast together again for a reprise of “L Word…Where are they now?”

  27. Constance | April 24, 2014 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    It’s sous chef not soup chef.

  28. Hannah | July 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, you should be very impressed with yourself lol. I like the L word and I recently bought the box set, but it is such a fucking fantasy. I can’t believe people are still posting comments on this years and years later. I’d be like *scoffs*. Damn good blog to still get comments. Fuck The haters. For me it is ridiculous I live in a v.strange town in the UK and I feel like the only lesbian on the planet. so the show is an escape for me but I don’t give a shi* about what was written. Its funny. LOL Ive never laughed so hard at one page. Reading the online arguments. Hysterical 🙂 Keep writing. Weird side of the internet.

  29. Lana | November 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I agree. But you missed some awful characters like Carmen (so immature and stupid! i was glad Shane didnt show for the wedding).
    But there is also Jenny. Oh, Jenny…She’s the worst character ever. She is mean, liar, phony and egocentric to death. But above all of worst characters, I hate the writers. They clearly ran out of ideas and the show gets worst every season. By the 4th I had trouble following it, and I don’t understand why I saw the rest of it. That was masochist, for my part.
    What was that affair between Shane and Jenny, for god’s sake? They didn’t know how to finish the whole story so they killed Jenny…so original.

  30. rae | April 11, 2015 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Just watching season 2 makes me fucking angry. this is definitely the shittiest show ever. lotsa lotsa sex scenes that go on forever.. and the worst part is they show tons of nipples, tons of pubic hair but they couldn’t even show us Tina’s baby… i don’t need the close ups on each and every character that is holding the baby, i’ve seen enough of that when you are fucking.

    and also, upon their first break up, bette was so hoping for tina to come back to her and still she was able to hook up with some nobody for one night?

    and fuck that, everybody’s sleeping with everybody, everybody’s fucking everybody, and Shane practically fucks everyone who comes on to her.
    this doesn’t always happen in real life i mean Shane, you know who you prefer, and who you don’t, even though you are a player. Taste matters to players too, ffs.

  31. Crystal | May 17, 2015 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Season 3 was just a mess and not believable in the slightest that any of these people would have in real life acted the way they were written to act. Who seriously would cut there child off finicially completely leaving them no way to earn a living. And as for Tina why would she suddenly become a power hungry, controlling partner. And then throw a random man into the mix. Seriously this show and their random weird men. Lisa the lesbian identified male, the camera stocker guy, and then what ever the hell Max was supposed to be. I mean seriously why invest so much time into making max’s transition such a big deal for him to realize oh now that I’m growing facial hair all of the sudden I’m into men and then get pregnant for NOTHING to happen? Why waste the ink on the paper? And then for more added weird male cast members because a show about lesbians obviously didn’t have enough testosterone let’s make Tina want a man for a season and a half and then throw in a cheating manning, and that weird billy guy and let’s not forget Jenny’s weird three way with the weird whale guy and the cool girlfriend she had and screwed up. Basically every male on this show was made about to be a creep, loser or a jack ass. And don’t even get me started on Jenny. That character was so obnoxious I’m kinda glad they killed her off. Wished it had been sooner. I love the show but I find myself fast fowarding through all the Jenny scenes she is just too much to rewatch. As for killing off Dana yeah that really sucked too. I would have stopped watching at that point if it hadn’t been for Bette and Tina. Alice and Dana were perfect together and making them break up and killing off Dana was just wrong. And seriously did Dana weird fiance kill Mr. Piddles or was that just added as some shitty foreshadowing into something everyone would come to hate (killing of his owner) and why…why…why after long last getting Tina and Bette finialy back together and rebuilding their house, and trying to add another baby to the mix would you end it with they didn’t get the kid, max wanted them to take his kid but never had the baby and BTW now we are moving to NYC and I found Lez Girls in the attick and I’m not going to do anything with it but move across country. I demand a new final season with loose ends tied up. And whoever killed Jenny needs to be rewarded handsomely because she did the L word World a favor.

  32. Tre Lesbian Michele | January 5, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Wow, I could not have put it better myself. This show was so painfully bad that i was looking for sharp things to impale myself with. Everything about this show was pathetic. From the brain dead dialogue, the lack of any kind of direction, zero plot twists, and the characters themselves. And this show could only relate to horny guys looking to see some girl on girl action, lesbians who only tuned in out of desperation because it was the only all female cast that was supposed to be about gay women or people who just like to watch train wrecks. And another thing that made it so awful was that it focused more on the whole lesbians in Los Angeles area. The aire of scumbag entitlement in their conversations and their attitudes made it even less relatable. When i heard that they were going to have a show that was about gay women I was so thrilled. But after watching it and trying to give it the benefit of the doubt praying it would get better and it not happening made me want to put my foot through my flat screen. The thing that was so amazing about Queer as Folk is was how real that show was and how incredible the stories were. From the cast to the storyline plus the constant plot twists everything fell into place. That is why people loved Queer as Folk. These characters were real and relatable. They dealt with real issues and were honest about issues gay people face. You want to see a real and honest portrayal about gay women look at the Melanie and Lindsay characters in Queer as Folk. The only thing I disagree with was the Alice character was not even semilikeable. From that annoying squeak in her voice that sounded like nails against a chalkboard to her innane topics of conversation she was yet another horrid character in a sea of horrible characters in the most terrible show i had seen. Thank God it was canned. Maybe one day they will come out with a real show that will be extremely honest and a really likeable show about us gay gals.

  33. Chris Hayes | February 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Three more reasons why I hate the L Word.
    1. Manatees
    2. Limo hat
    3. Basketball

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