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TV Review: ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

TV Review: ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

Not many shows would come panting out the gate with explicit, bloody period sex, but “The L Word: Generation Q” isn’t trying to be most shows. A sequel companion to Ilene Chaiken’s groundbreaking lesbian drama “The L Word,” which premiered 15 years ago on Showtime, Marja-Lewis Ryan’s new iteration aims to both honor the original series and push its boundaries beyond where it could, or dared, ever go. Sometimes, that means actually investing more time, energy, and consideration in non-white and trans characters. Other times, it means explicit, bloody period sex. All the time, “Generation Q” (which presumably stands for “queer”) is eager for approval from the Lgbtq+ audience that will watch and judge it circa 2019.

In the decade since “The L Word” first went off the air, Lgbtq+ representation has undergone a massive shift. Everything from prestige dramas to network sitcoms feature teens coming to terms with

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