Queer Celebrities! They’re Just As Weirdly Giddy About “The L Word” Reboot As You Are!

Today has been a truly bizarre and remarkable day of information. For the entire afternoon, The L Word and Donald Trump Jr. have been trending on Twitter. If you’d told me in 2009 — when those ladies of West Hollywood walked in slow motion in their evening gowns down to the police precinct to be interrogated about their friends’ death, and Barack Obama settled into his first term in the White House — that eight years later there’d be a day where the biggest news stories in the country were about a reboot of a lesbian television show and President Donald Trump’s son confessing to treason, I would have thought you were drunk. But the world sure is a different place in 2017!

One of my favorite things about this day was coming to the realization that celebrity queer women were watching The L Word at the exact same time we were. And they’re as overwhelmed about this reboot as we are. Here are some of the best tweets of the day.




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  1. The amount of people like “I WANT TO HELP MAKE THIS NOT A GARBAGE FIRE” without actually saying it! Too good.

    And I mean listen, I don’t think you need ANY straight cis people in the writers room or on the cast (unless they’re playing straight I guess, but even then) or hell probably even on the crew LEZ DO THIS RIGHT.

    Jennifer Beals can stay. BUT THAT’S IT.

  2. Alycia Debnam Carey, Lexa’s extra gay ass needs to be in this.

    the writing would be out of this world if they asked the most popular l word fanfic writers to write an episode each.


    I had so much work to do today, and yet I spent the whole afternoon with two windows open, each with about a hundred tabs, one about The L Word, and the other about Junior’s Russia collusion, just jumping back and forth.

    And also, tonight I have to run a very long, stressful, and important meeting for my roller derby league but THESE TWO THINGS ARE ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT.

    • Ugh me too. Minimal productivity. Had an hour long meeting and pretty sure I missed a bunch just trying to exert enough self control not to ignore everyone and refresh my tabs every 5 minutes.

  4. Lol 13 years later and L.A. Lesbians are still all white?


    I actually had hope that I wouldn’t have to keep obsessing over Jennifer Beals ?

    • I know. Also, let’s have the Indian(Papi) and Iranian(Carmen) play Indian and Iranian & have a Latinx play Latinx plz. We have queer MENA folks in LA too.

  5. Lol 13 years later and L.A. Lesbians are still all white and/or hella light skinned?


    I actually had hope that I wouldn’t have to keep obsessing over Jennifer Beals ?

  6. I’ve been like a fainting goat all damn day since hearing this news and coming up with dream casts and plots regarding the L-Word reboot. Clearly this weekend I’ll be watching the L-Word (well up to season 3 because after I just…nah).

  7. I have a bad feeling about this. And yeah, I’ll watch every second, buy the merch and probably write dirty fan fiction about it. Because like Helena around pregnant women (for like, three episodes) I have no self control.

    BONUS SHADE- choose an alternative if you wish!

    1. Like the season 6 writers room, I want it all and I don’t care if it makes sense.
    2. Like the writers behind Max’s storyline, I don’t care about reality and I constantly make serious bad choices.
    3. But like Tim, nobody cares if I exist.

    (Wait was that his name? Jenny’s boyfriend? The guy who always looked like he just remembered something he left at home?)

    • Full disclosure – this comment doesn’t entirely make sense as I wrote it when I was utterly smashed on cinnamon whisky and feelings, waiting in the bathroom queue at a fairly grim gay bar.

      I giggled to myself *a lot*.

      At least one person (drunk me) enjoyed my thoughts, even if I (sober person) am faintly embarrassed.

  8. Incredible. Literally every queer person from every different project I’ve followed over the years has tweeted about it. Like, I know every queer woman has either watched The L Word or at least knows what it is, but it’s so wild to actually SEE how many people have Feelings about it.

  9. Just going to put this out there but what’s Sara Ramirez been up to these days acting wise?
    Let’s cast this m-fer.

  10. OMG if Marleen Matlin is back, I may just faint. She’s just soo cool and awesome. She was one of the best things about the last few seasons.

  11. Has nobody raised the obvious question: will they write a character based on Riese?

    Maybe Alice starts writing for Autostraddle and has an affair with her, or she’s like a main protagonist in their new generation?

    • And hear me out, because this may actually be a good plan. If there were a Riese character on the show, her friend circle would include more QTPOC and bi people and she could sit around at the Planet with Samira Wiley, Sara Ramirez, and Jamie Clayton’s characters and talk about articles posted on the site, allowing for relevant discussions of politics AND Kristen Stewart’s hair colour.
      I nominate Carly Rae to do the theme song.

  12. Now I have to decide whether or not to go back and finish the original series. I think I gave up around season 4. This is possibly the world’s most frustrating show because no matter how infuriating it gets, there’s always part of me that still wants to watch it!

    • I’d recommend watching the rest of it for Tasha alone. (Which is really unfair — the show gets truly awful and yet they have the best character of its whole run.)

      • Ok, I’ve seen several Tasha episodes (loved her) so I guess I lasted longer than I thought. I just looked it up and I made it five episodes into season 5. The one where Alice outs some guy is where I called it quits, I think. And now I’m mad at myself for making it that close to the end and not just going ahead and finishing the damn thing. UGH.

  13. Damn, I finally have to sit down and watch this thing, don’t I? As a a master procrastinator, I’ve managed to put this off for the entire four and a half years I’ve been out. Does anyone know if it’s still on Netflix?

  14. I remeber watching the L word in our home office and I forgot to lock the door one day. My mother walked in and insisted on knowing what I was watching. I said Porn. It seemed like the safer option at the time.

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