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The Best Episodes of The L Word

Every episode of The L Word ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The L Word!

A group of lesbian friends struggle with romance and careers in Los Angeles.

Genre:Drama
Network:Showtime

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The L Word" is "Losing the Light", rated 8.6/10 from 288 user votes. It was directed by Rose Troche and written by N/A. "Losing the Light" aired on 3/12/2006 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Locked Up".

  • Losing the Light
    8.6/10 288 votes

    #1 - Losing the Light

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-03-12

    While Lara is vacationing in Paris, oblivious, Dana's condition takes a turn for the worse. Alice runs into Dana's ex, Jenny introduces Max to a man from her past, Carmen evens the score with Shane, and Peggy Peabody flies to town to help her daughter. Frustrated, Bette leaves the Buddhist retreat but receives a dose of life wisdom from an unexpected source.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: N/A

  • Locked Up
    8.2/10 326 votes

    #2 - Locked Up

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-04-04

    After a riot at the gallery, the entire gang ends up in jail. Shane rejects Clea's affections, Jenny goes on a date, and Marina makes a move on Robin as she prepares for Drag King night at The Planet.

    Director: Tony Goldwyn, Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Luck Be a Lady
    8.2/10 247 votes

    #3 - Luck Be a Lady

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2007-02-11

    The girls attend a movie premiere sponsored by Shane's underwear campaign. Papi teaches Helena and Alice how to play poker for a high-stakes private game hosted by a high-profile female gambler. Bette disagrees with Tina about Angelica's education, and goes on a date with Jodi. Meanwhile, Phyllis is having trouble letting go of Alice.

    Director: Angela Robinson

    Writer: N/A

  • Last Dance
    8.1/10 232 votes

    #4 - Last Dance

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-03-19

    After Dana's family treats the girls coldly, Alice is determined to arrange a special event to commemorate their friend. While Helena's lawsuit is resolved with a surprising outcome, Bette is willing to fight for Angelica's custody. Max lands a job, giving Jenny something to write about. Dealing with her grief, Shane is willing to make the ultimate commitment to Carmen. Finally, Lara arrives from Paris and is comforted by Alice.

    Director: Allison Anders

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Left Hand of the Goddess
    8.1/10 206 votes

    #5 - Left Hand of the Goddess

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2006-03-26

    Wedding plans occupy the girls, and Shane is reunited with her family. Helena pitches in to have Carmen's family flown to Canada, Jenny and Max drift apart, and Kit has stunning news. Peggy Peabody reconnects with her daughter -- but does it last? Finally, Tina has second thoughts about Angelica's custody arrangements, leading Bette to take desperate measures to be with her daughter.

    Director: Ilene Chaiken

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Lesson Number One
    8.1/10 218 votes

    #6 - Lesson Number One

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2007-02-18

    Tina's boss orders her to get the movie rights for Jenny's Lez Girls. Helena considers whether she should take up on Catherine's offer to pay off her gambling debt. Paige and Shane volunteer at Shay's school to teach the kids about tolerance. Meanwhile, Alice and Tasha take it slow, and Bette learns something about Jodi's past that puts kinks in their relationship.

    Director: Moisés Kaufman

    Writer: Ariel Schrag

  • Lexington and Concord
    8.1/10 219 votes

    #7 - Lexington and Concord

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2007-02-25

    Tina gets introduced to Jodi, and has second thoughts about leaving the lesbian life behind. Alice and Tasha argue heatedly over politics. Max hires an intern to help him with the workload on OurChart. While Shane and Paige steam up the car windows, and Catherine and Helena make a winning team at the poker tables, the rest of the girls attend the unveiling of Kit's new single at The Planet.

    Director: Jamie Babbit

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Long Time Coming
    8.1/10 225 votes

    #8 - Long Time Coming

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-03-25

    Bette seeks Tina's advice on how to get Jodi back, but is surprised to learn that Tina no longer wants to be straight. Alice is devastated when Tasha is called in for another tour in Iraq. Meanwhile, Phyllis seeks divorce, Jenny is excluded in any decisions regarding the movie, and Helena frees herself from her entanglement with Catherine.

    Director: Ilene Chaiken

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Lookin' at You, Kid
    8.1/10 199 votes

    #9 - Lookin' at You, Kid

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-02-03

    Jenny throws a party for the girls to get to meet their movie counterparts -- with mixed results. Shane stirs up drama between Dawn and Cindi, which escalates into bitter rivalry between The Planet and SheBar. Meanwhile, Alice is stunned by a basketball star's gay-bashing on national TV.

    Director: Angela Robinson

    Writer: Angela Robinson

  • Liquid Heat
    8.1/10 224 votes

    #10 - Liquid Heat

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-03-02

    Jenny gets jealous on the set when a love scene between Niki and her on-screen boyfriend looks too realistic. Dawn Denbo invites the girls to a mafia-themed night to settle the dispute between The Planet and SheBar. Meanwhile, Bette and Tina decide to go see a couples counselor when they're interrupted by a rolling blackout due to a heat wave.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Luck, Next Time
    8.0/10 281 votes

    #11 - Luck, Next Time

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-03-14

    Shane gets the opportunity to style a high-profile client's hair, Bette and Tina receive some devastating news, Jenny goes to dinner with Marina and Francesca, and Alice decides that her relationship with Lisa is too complex.

    Director: Mary Harron, Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Labia Majora
    8.0/10 238 votes

    #12 - Labia Majora

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-01-08

    Bette and Tina deal with parenting Angelica while attempting to rekindle their relationship and handle an obnoxious social worker. Alice has a traffic accident, Helena gets into the movie business, Carmen and Shane's relationship gets more serious as Carmen takes her to meet the parents, and Jenny, recovering at her parents', has had enough with the Midwest and ponders moving back to L.A. with her new girlfriend Moira.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Layup
    8.0/10 223 votes

    #13 - Layup

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2007-01-28

    Bette meets the new resident artist, Jodi, but a controversial arts project in her class upsets a potential donor for the college. Papi challenges Alice and the girls to a basketball game. Max reveals a secret to his girlfriend. Jenny schemes her way into meeting Stacey Merkin's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Shane is struggling to scrape up money for a hospital bill.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lez Girls
    8.0/10 211 votes

    #14 - Lez Girls

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2007-02-04

    Bette's forbidden relationship with her TA, Nadia, could jeopardize her career. Alice, on the other hand, ends her affair with a married woman after meeting her husband. She also gets upset by one of Jenny's short stories which gets published in a magazine. Meanwhile, Angus is caught in a compromising position.

    Director: John Stockwell

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Lifecycle
    8.0/10 197 votes

    #15 - Lifecycle

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-03-09

    The girls attend the Subaru Pink Ride to support breast cancer research. Tina is furious for Niki blowing her cover with Jenny but Adele assures her the two won't be seen together publicly. Meeting old friends prompts Tasha to ponder her long-term plans in life. A campfire game of "I never" turns into a discussion on cheating -- with devastating results.

    Director: Angela Robinson

    Writer: Angela Robinson

  • Pilot Part 2
    7.9/10 377 votes

    #16 - Pilot Part 2

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-01-18

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    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Liberally
    7.9/10 268 votes

    #17 - Liberally

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-03-21

    Bette is worried about Tina when she throws herself into volunteer work, Marina and Francesca get into an argument, Alice thinks she may be pregnant by Lisa, and Dana and Jenny try to console each other.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Guinevere Turner

  • Land Ahoy
    7.9/10 214 votes

    #18 - Land Ahoy

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-04-24

    A lesbian cruise in the Caribbean proves eventful for Dana, Alice, Shane, Jenny and Carmen. Bette and Kit struggle to reconcile with their estranged father, Melvin, during his visit.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Lacy Lilting Lyrics
    7.9/10 216 votes

    #19 - Lacy Lilting Lyrics

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-03-04

    Jenny and Tina look for the right movie director but butt heads over creative differences. Phyllis' husband drops by unannounced at Alice's place. Bette is falling hard for Jodi and lets her emotions interfere with her work. Kit manages to crack through Papi's hard outer shell – with unexpected consequences.

    Director: Bronwen Hughes

    Writer: Cherien Dabis

  • Last Couple Standing
    7.9/10 176 votes

    #20 - Last Couple Standing

    Season 6 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-03-01

    The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center dance marathon is on; someone is moving to the Big Apple; rumors fly fast around the dance floor that Alice and Tasha may be in couple trouble; The HIT!’s Sunset Blvd makes a shocking revelation to Kit; and there’s a no-show at the bus station.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Pilot Part 1
    7.8/10 622 votes

    #21 - Pilot Part 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-01-18

    Bette Porter and Tina Kennard have been a couple for seven years, and they want to start a family. Their next-door neighbor, Tim Haspel, is excited that his girlfriend, a talented young writer named Jenny Schecter, is moving in with him. But soon mixing with Bette and Tina's circle of lesbian friends, Jenny learns that her midwest university education may not have prepared her for what she will learn about life, lust, and love in Los Angeles.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Labyrinth
    7.8/10 231 votes

    #22 - Labyrinth

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2005-03-20

    Bette tries to fix her relationship with Tina, but she gets a rude awakening with some bad news both at home and work. Alice and Dana try taking their relationship to a different level, Shane starts her new job as a PA to Veronica Bloom (guest star Camryn Manheim), and Jenny gets some confidence from her new hairstyle.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Late, Later, Latent
    7.8/10 223 votes

    #23 - Late, Later, Latent

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-04-17

    Dana is stunned when Alice requests a bold sexual favor from her. Burr Connor (guest star Tony Goldwyn) reveals a secret to Jenny. Jenny learns about Carmen's real feelings for Shane, Kit plans a romantic night for Benjamin, and Bette and Tina have an intimate encounter as they bond over their unborn baby.

    Director: Tony Goldwyn

    Writer: N/A

  • Lifeline
    7.8/10 215 votes

    #24 - Lifeline

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-02-05

    As Tina finds herself attracted to men, Bette explores Buddhism and also hears good news on the work front. Both Alice and Kit try out speed-dating; Kit with Angelica's male nanny Angus and Alice with a lesbian vampire. Meanwhile, Dana receives devastating news about her illness, Helena pursues documentarist Dylan Moreland, Moira goes out as Max, and Shane's ex drops by to see her.

    Director: Kimberly Peirce

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken

  • Latecomer
    7.8/10 197 votes

    #25 - Latecomer

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2006-02-26

    Jenny plans a charity event to support Max when they find out he can't pay for the top surgery. Helena takes the girls to a surprise trip to honor Dana in her recovery, and Carmen is still dealing with the aftermath of Shane's ex. Meanwhile, Bette kicks Tina out of the bedroom and tries to find peace in Buddhism. In a recording studio, Kit gets help from unexpected sources -- but is it too much to handle?

    Director: Angela Robinson

    Writer: Ilene Chaiken