The scripted series that The Real L Word is based on was never a critical darling, but it looks like the reality version of the glossy lesbian soap opera may be doomed to the same fate with critics.
In a preview of The Real L Word, which premieres Sunday night on Showtime, The Washington Post's Hank Stuever did not try to contain his disdain for the show. Following the exploits of six attractive lesbians in Los Angeles, Stuever calls the reality program "boring" and says it "clings to stereotypes" about the butch-femme aesthestic.
There's one positive, though, according to the television critic. Parity has finally come to gay people in the exploding genre of reality television: "Lesbians have just as much right to be miserably narcissistic on miserably stupid reality shows. Equal misery for all!"