'The L Word: Generation Q' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Showtime drama

The show has been renewed for a 10-episode second season and we couldn't be happier

                            'The L Word: Generation Q' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Showtime drama
(L-R): Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter, Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszeckie and Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon (Hilary B Gayle/SHOWTIME)

Contains spoilers for Season 1 of 'The L Word: Generation Q'.

January 13 began on the exciting note that Showtime's hot favorite series 'The L Word: Generation Q' is renewed for a 10-episode second season. The sequel for 'The L Word' that ran its course from 2004 to 2009, the show returned to open arms of old fans and the promise of making new ones across the world.

Taking the stories of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), and Shane (Katherine Moennig) forward after a decade-long gap, the show also added new, diverse characters to the mix. A young new crop of people from the LGBTQ+ community promised to bring their stories to the forefront.

Arienne Mandi's Dani Nunez, Rosanny Zayas' Sophie Suarez, Jacqueline Toboni's Sarah Finley, Leo Sheng's Micah Lee, and Freddy Miyares' Jose Garcia were the new characters added to the mix of the OG cast with their own set of backstories, making each one of the additions interesting characters.

Announcing the renewal of the show for a second season was made at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour. "'The L Word: Generation Q' took our original series that was revered and reinvigorated it for a new generation and a new era," Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. said during the announcement.

"The result has been a show that appeals to all generations for its relevance, its fearlessness, its emotion and its fun. I can't wait to see what Marja, along with Ilene and this talented ensemble, will deliver for season two."

Here is all you need to know about Season 2 of 'The L Word: Generation Q'. But beware, we are not making any promises of this story being spoiler-free; so proceed at your own risk. 

Release date

The release date for Season 2 is yet to be announced. Season 1 of 'The L Word: Generation Q' comes to an end on January 26. 


Set over a decade after the events of 'The L Word', 'The L Word: Generation Q' follows the intermingled lives of a group of friends, the majority of whom are lesbians, as they experience love, heartbreak, sex — lots and lots of sex — setbacks and success in Los Angeles. One of the major changes of the show was relocating from its original setting of California's West Hollywood to Silver Lake in Los Angeles.

The main plot for Season 2 remains unclear at the moment, but all in due time.


Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter

Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter (Showtime)

Jennifer Beals plays the role of Bette Porter — a strong, level headed woman who has no qualms about going after what she believes is right.

At the beginning of 'The L Word: Generation Q', she is running a clean campaign to become the mayor of Los Angeles — one that doesn't rely on big donations from big pharma. She lost her sister Kit (Pam Grier) to Heroin overdose somewhere in between the events of the culmination of the original series and the beginning of 'The L Word Generation Q'.

The first season of the series focused on the aftermath of the reveal of Bette's affair with Felicity (Latarsha Rose) and its effect on her mayoral campaign. Which also affected her at a personal level with her daughter Angie (Jordan Hull) and her real feelings for Felicity.

The actress is known for her role in the original 'The L Word', 'Devil in a Blue Dress', 'Roger Dodger', 'The Chicago Code', 'Proof' and 'Taken', among others. 

Leisha Hailey as Alice

Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/SHOWTIME)

As Alice Pieszecki, Leisha Hailey hosts the talk show, her popularity only keeps increasing. Alice wasn't a popular character among fans in the original run of the series, but many pointed out that the character has evolved rather beautifully over the course of the decade, making Alice a much-loved character this time around. 

Hailey is known for her musical career as a part of the band 'Uh Huh Her'. She has worked in the indie award-winning movie 'La Cucina', the series 'Supernatural' and the psychological thriller 'Fertile Ground'.

Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon

Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon (Showtime)

Moennig reprises her role of Shane McCutcheon, an androgynous and highly sexual character, from the original series. In the sequel, she goes through some serious relationship trouble with her wife Quiara Thompson (Lex Scott Davis) and buys a sports bar and turns it into a lesbian bar named Dana's. 

The actress is known for her work on the original series, on 'Young Americans', and 'Grownish' as Professor Paige Hewson. She is also known for her role as investigative assistant Lena on Showtime's own 'Ray Donovan'. 

Jacqueline Toboni as Sarah Finley 

Jacqueline Toboni as Sarah Finley (Showtime)

As Sarah Finley, Toboni plays the hot mess of the group. With a damaged past that is not quite behind her, Finley relies on alcohol for not just daily functioning but also her dating endeavours. In the first season, she goes through some serious heartbreak that forces her to confront her past. 

The actress is best known for her role of Trubel on NBC's 'Grimm'. She also appeared on 'Major Crimes' and Netflix's 'Easy'.  


'The L Word: Generation Q' is created by Marja-Lewis Ryan (who serves as the showrunner and executive producer of the show), Ilene Chaiken (the OG 'The L Word' creator serves as the executive producer of the sequel), Michele Abbott and Kathy Greenberg. Beals, Moennig and Hailey are also executive producers of the show. 


The first season is yet to come to an end so the trailer for Season 2 is not in the picture yet. MEA WorldWide will update this article once the trailer is released. 

Where to watch

'The L Word: Generation Q' airs on Sundays at 10/ 9c on Showtime. 

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