It’s been more than a decade since The Real L Word premiered, introducing viewers to a friend group of queer women making their way in Los Angeles through career highs and lows, family planning, and some messy hookups. Now Amazon Studios has green-lit Tampa Baes, a new docuseries that focuses on queer women. Tampa Baes will premiere this fall exclusively on Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, and New Zealand with a worldwide release to follow, according to a release sent on Monday.
The eight-episode series from 3 Ball Productions “follows a young group of lesbian friends in Tampa Bay, an ever-growing gay hotspot on the Florida shoreline,” according to the announcement.
The official synopsis reads, “Meet the Tampa Baes: The young lesbian 'it-crowd' navigating and celebrating life in Tampa Bay — Florida’s LGBTQ+ hub and the place to see and be seen. Always ready for an adventure or a good party, this group of loyal friends — and sometimes more than friends — is ambitious and unapologetic while constantly battling stereotypes and labels. With all eyes on these fun-loving women at this pivotal moment in their personal and professional lives, there’s not a challenge or hot-button issue they won’t tackle, even if it means getting real with each other.”
Showrunner Melissa Bidwell said in a statement:
“Working on this show has been an incredible experience, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I'm thrilled this type of series can exist in the premium streaming space. The cast is truly dynamic, refreshing and unlike any I've worked with — they certainly won’t disappoint! Viewers everywhere will be able to relate to them in one way or another, and I can't wait for the world to fall in love with our Tampa Baes!”
The stars of the series include Ali Myers, Nelly Ramirez, Shiva Pishdad, Jordan Whitley, Marissa Gialousis, Summer Mitchell, Cuppie Bragg, Brianna Murphy, Haley Grable, Melanie Posner, Olivia Mullins, and Mack McKenzie.
“This series is fun and celebratory. In a world where there’s a dearth of content centering dynamic lesbian women, Amazon Studios is excited to bring this vibrant look at these women’s lives and give the world a real entry point to undoubtedly know and love them,” Vernon Sanders, co-head of television at Amazon Studios, said in a release.