One L of a Ride

March 6, 2009
It's hard to believe that The L Word will air its last episode on Sunday. For six seasons, showrunner Ilene Chaiken has delivered titillating storylines, drama-filled relationships, real-world twists and turns, and, oh yeah, a lot of hot sex. But what will our televisions look like without the weekly dose of lesbian and bi women teetering our way in their fabulous shoes?
  • With The L Word off the air, that leaves us clinging to Callie and Arizona on Grey's Anatomy for views of any significant lesbian relationships -- and right now it seems the show's sights are squarely set on Meredith and Derek's romance.
  • Angela (Bones) and Thirteen (House) are both (apparently) bisexual women, but are rarely seen dating any real, live ladies; they're usually just making out with them in "very special episodes."
  • Nip/Tuck ended this week with lesbian anaethesiologist Liz Cruz marrying Dr. Christian Troy because she's lonely and he thought he was dying.
  • Heather on Big Love may be gay, but she's a devout Mormon and very comfortable in that closet of hers in Utah.
  • The teen soapy drama South of Nowhere regularly featured two queer gals, but sadly, it signed off permanently last fall.
  • All I can say is, Weeds better hurry up and return because pre-teen Isabelle may be the only openly gay woman on cable left!
We'll miss the ladies of The L Word. Bette, Tina, Jenny, Shane, Alice, Tasha and Helena are fabulous women who, for the most part, dress impeccably and seem to have a pretty darn good time dating, working, partying and, most of all, living openly and honestly. The series finale of The L Word airs Sunday, March 8 at 9 PM on Showtime, with a retrospective of all six seasons airing at 8 PM.