Loving The L Word explores the groundbreaking series in its entirety through all six seasons, picking up where I.B. Tauris’ Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (2006) left off. With new, updated chapters by many of the same television writers and scholars who contributed to the first volume, as well as essays by some newcomers, Loving The L Word examines the series’ quantum contribution to the ongoing evolution of queer television. Did The L Word live up to expectations or did it disappoint? What were the principle pleasures and pitfalls of watching the series? Whether you loved The L Word, hated it, or loved to hate it, this book recognizes that the show transformed the post-Ellen LGBT television landscape, fulfilling a long-neglected, visceral desire for lesbian stories and images. In the process, it reshaped the discursive communities that follow queer television, talk about it, and care about the narratives and characters that drive it. Including Character/Actor, Film/TV and full Episode guides, the book proceeds from the understanding that while The L Word ended in 2009, it lives on in the lives of its fans, as well as in a new reality spin-off, The Real L Word.