After Showtime announced on Tuesday the return of its lesbian soap, The L Word, fans have continued to erupt in joy. The L.A.-set drama ended in 2009, and although in its absence a handful of series have explored the emotional and physical intimacy of queer female characters, from Orange Is The New Black to The Walking Dead, for many the void has yet to be filled. The reboot finally brings back a show where queer women are at the center of nearly all the storylines.
i just found out that there is going to be a sequel to The L Word and got chills i can literally feel the gayness rushing through my body.
— Ally Hills (@allyhills) July 11, 2017
the L Word isn't a tv show, it's a rite of passage
— sophie (@notreallysophie) July 11, 2017
1.30am Monday seems like a perfectly reasonable time to start my yearly rewatch of The L Word.
— Freya (@speelingmstake) July 3, 2017
For other fans, the return of the series has highlighted the cultural divides between different generations of queer women, as well as hope for an even more progressive and empowering series for the LGBT community.
"There were these girls. Their dresses? Tight. Their mustaches..."
Me explaining The L Word to a millennial
— Cameron Esposito (@cameronesposito) July 11, 2017
I hope all my LA lez friends get work from The L Word reboot. There's a ton of dialed-in, talented, hard-working queer women ready to go now
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) July 11, 2017
every lesbian learning about the l word coming back with a sequel pic.twitter.com/wrpe4T1Jaa
— flo (@ughevelyne) July 11, 2017
I've never watched an episode of The L Word. Does this mean I won't get into lesbian heaven?
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) July 11, 2017
I think it's comforting that instead of investing in new voices they will reboot The L Word every ten years until the end of time
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) July 12, 2017
Others see The L Word reboot as an opportunity to pass the torch of representation and acceptance onward, or just plain celebrate.
Looking forward to watching w/ my daughter, who recently came out to her father & I! We have the original on DVD! pic.twitter.com/MdYQL9FNgA
— Sherrie Ann (@shay4mo) July 11, 2017
— Emma. (@emalive_) July 11, 2017
And every lesbian (& her cats) are so excited I can see the flannel and fur flying!
(Possibly just the natural state of my closet?
— Keri (@KCRebel702) July 11, 2017