'The L Word: Generation Q': Release date, plot, cast, trailers and everything you need to know about the LGBTQIA drama

'The L Word: Generation Q': Release date, plot, cast, trailers and everything you need to know about the LGBTQIA drama

On Wednesday, May 22 , the title and premiere date for 'The L Word' sequel were officially announced.

The sequel titled 'The L Word: Generation Q' will continue with the story of Bette, Alice and Shane alongside a whole "new generation of self-possessed LGBTQIA characters experiencing love, heartbreak, setbacks and success in Los Angeles."

The show is not a reboot but a sequel to the groundbreaking LGBT+ series and stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey. 

Going by the new title, it looks like the revival is aimed at a new generation of television viewers.

The creator of the original series Ilene Chaiken and stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey will serve as executive producers for the eight-episode series. 

Release date

The show will premiere December 8 on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.


The original series ran on Showtime from 2004 until 2009 for six seasons and followed Beals, Moennig, and Hailey as Bette Porter, Shane McCutcheon, and Alice Pieszecki respectively.


The sequel, which is going to come later this year, will take the story forward alongside a new generation of diverse, self-possessed LGBTQIA characters.


Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter

Jennifer Beals attends the after party for the premiere of Aviron Pictures' "After" at The Grove on April 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Beals gained critical acclaim for her role in 'Flashdance', which also won her the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and she was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress — Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki

Leisha Hailey attends the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

Arienne Mandi as Baja, Leo Sheng as Adam, Jacqueline Toboni as Easy and Rosanny Zayas round up the cast as the new generation of LGBTQIA characters who will join the original series stars. Katherine Moennig play Shane McCutcheon.


The 'The L Word: Generation Q' reboot's trailer was released by Showtime August 22 and in the trailer we see Bette Porter portrayed by Jennifer Beals say at a press conference, "Los Angeles has been very good to me and I believe it’s my turn to give back to the city that I love so much." In the trailer, we see people meet new crushes, fall in love and in essence experience life in Los Angeles as members of the queer community.



Showtime shared this little teaser when announcing the show's return. 



Where to watch

The series will be released on Showtime in fall. 

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