Announcing “To L and Back,” an L Word Podcast from

The logo for To L and Back: an L-shaped pool with a black palm tree, inner tube, diving board, and ladder. Says "To L and Back"Land ahoy! I am pleased to bring to you today a “teaser” for what will undoubtedly be eventually considered as one of the most important, groundbreaking, forward-thinking podcasts in the history of lesbian civilization. “To L and Back” will undertake the important task of recapping every single episode of “The L Word,” one by one! We will be doing so just in time for The L Word reboot, which currently feels like a gathering storm on a distant horizon, but will undoubtedly eventually feel like a cool outdoor shower in the French countryside.

For Season One, the podcast will be co-hosted by me, Riese, and one of my very best friends, Kristin Russo. You may know Kristin from such enterprises as the “Buffering the Vampire Slayer” podcast, Everyone is Gay, co-directing A-Camp and hosting “Getting In Bed With Kristin” for Autostraddle dot com.

Other talent involved in making this dream a reality include Be Steadwell, who recorded our theme song, and Carra Sykes, who illustrated our logo.

This whole enterprise was Kristin’s idea and then she asked Twitter if they wanted us to do this podcast and twitter said yes. This is a verified method to determine whether or not it makes sense to invest in a thing during a very shaky moment in this company’s existence, right? Of course it is! LIVING LOVING LAUGHING LUXURY LESBIANS!


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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I already give it 5 stars and I haven’t even listened to the teaser yet. I hope Square Space and/or Casper Mattresses are A+ members.

  2. I am so excited for this! I am about to start a new job and I’m nervous about the commute (as I’ll be driving way more than ever) but this helps so much!

    • Might be a dumb question but just iTunes or anywhere podcasts are available? I only use Google Podcasts but don’t see it listed yet.

  3. Will this be on Stitcher or anywhere but iTunes? I can’t ever get that to work properly on my android 😢

  4. I never ever wanted to rewatch this show but now it somehow feels like an exciting prospect lmao

  5. Huge fan of Buffering, but would love to have a POC and trans perspective centered here. Hope there are lots of guest hosts…


    I anticipate that this podcast is going to be at least 50x better than the actual show, and I CAN’T WAIT!

  7. Very excited for this!! I have never gotten into podcasts but maybe this will be the one that converts me

  8. This is already a delight!!!! I’m listening to the teaser right now and I can’t wait to listen to the rest of it.

    Also this really brought me back to summer 15 realizing I was gay and google image searching “Shane l word” to masturbate. Classic!!!!!

  9. Found it on Overcast and immediately subscribed. If it’s just a little bit like the „Land ahoy“ commentary it will be glorious!!!

  10. That’s one L of a good title, and I am L-ated that I can listen to this instead of having to watch the last two seasons!!

  11. I LOVE the theme song for the podcast! It is perfect! And also, you sounded just like Alice especially when you got to the “we’ll shake the lesbian phone tree” line. Damn I want this podcast! I subscribed already.

  12. I am LIVING. As someone who is perpetually thirsty for L Word content, this is manna from my personal gay heaven.

    • i will be doing written recaps of the reboot when it debuts! grace has even promised to do screencaps for me.

      i’m not sure yet how we’ll be handling the reboot for the podcast — I definitely will not be the MAIN host on all of those episodes (and i might bow out of those episodes altogether, it depends) because I don’t want to be expressing the same opinions in two formats, that would be boring for y’all!


  14. Yes!!! Can’t get enough of listening to Kristin, and I’m excited to get to hear you talk too Riese!

    That theme song is bangin’- real stuff that queer women do, sung in such a cool way!

    I skim-watched The L Word after I came out (I probably watched it online in 2015?), and wasn’t impressed but definitely enjoyed the sex scenes, the emotional moments, and of course Marina & Shane were my hott favs.

    P.S. I had trouble searching for it on spotify as well, but the link you included worked!

  15. yeess I was in need of a new podcast, and what better way to “discuss” this new the l word :D

    I’ll listen to this teaser after work :D

  16. Thank you for ruining my life in 10 seconds with Actual Goddess Be Steadwell saying all those words. I can’t wait for this podcast!

  17. I might listen to the podcasts while rewatching the episodes with the sound off ! That should be fun !

  18. This podcast already exists though! It’s called The L Word Made Me Gay and is based in Chicago available on SoundCloud.

    • Yes! My first thought too, there’s already a very good & funny one out there!

      (Will still be listening to this one but still..)

    • we did not fully realize this BUT this podcast is something we’ve been talking about doing for like a year and a half… it was just that the OFFICIAL REBOOT ANNOUNCEMENT in January and Kristin talking to some youths in Ginger’s kicked our asses in gear to get started.

      but also there was The Planet Podcast that did this while the show was still on (it was one of two l word recap podcasts), and there are multiple podcasts that recap the same television show. i’m sure there are other l word podcasts also. hopefully we can bring something new to the table! the idea of having a podcast recap a tv show is a pretty traditional one, and i think as podcasts get more popular we’re going to have a lot of that.

      i haven’t heard their show but i hope that there will be lots of ways to differentiate them from each other as well as ways for us to work together too! we definitely didn’t intend to step on anybody’s feet.

      • Others might be doing it but phoque we’re talking about Riese and Kristin !!!!

        All I can say is !!!!!!! Family

  19. Subscribed on Google Podcasts! So excited to be listening, especially since I only got around to watching The L Word a few weeks ago :D I’m all caught up and ready to sync up with y’all !!

  20. Riese and Kristen- you’re both so smart. I’d love to hear a podcast about other topics related to the queer community too. I think it would be great!

  21. Love this podcast. I finished the L word and was desperate for more content and this show really hits the spot. Very funny and always entertaining! :)

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