For Pride Month, Showtime has released the first seasons of iconic LGBTQ+ programs The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress for free online sampling. The shows will be available on streaming platforms and on demand throughout the month of June.
Highlighting Pride Month, all episodes of each respective season are available for free now on YouTube (you can watch the playlist below). The episodes will also be available across multiple television and streaming providers’ devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free On Demand channels.
The sequel to the groundbreaking drama series The L Word, season one of The L Word: Generation Q follows the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), along with new characters Dani Nùñez (Arienne Mandi), Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi), as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.
Dani is a powerful and calculating PR executive whose ambition is only tested by her conscience. Micah is an earnest, soft-spoken adjunct professor who is forced to confront his fear of vulnerability. Sarah “Finley” is a charming but unfocused assistant who struggles to reconcile her sexual orientation with her religious upbringing. Sophie is a TV producer who guards her heart and is quick to put other people’s needs before her own.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons), with series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, Allyce Ozarski, Steph Green (pilot), and original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey.
Created and written by Chicago improv-mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8), Work in Progress is a funny and uniquely human comedy. Written and shot in Chicago, the series’ premiere season features McEnany as a fictionalized version of herself, a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.
In addition to McEnany, the series stars Chicago-based performer Karin Anglin alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live) appearing in a crucial role as herself and Theo Germaine (The Politician) appearing as guest star.
Work in Progress is executive produced by McEnany, Mason and Wachowski, who also serve as co-showrunners. Lawrence Mattis, Ashley Berns and Josh Adler of Circle of Confusion also serve as executive producers, along with Sweeney and Tony Hernandez of JAX Media (Desus & Mero).
Both The L Word: Generation Q and Work in Progress have been renewed for second seasons. “The L Word: Generation Q took our original series that was revered and reinvigorated it for a new generation and a new era,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “The result has been a show that appeals to all generations for its relevance, its fearlessness, its emotion and its fun. I can’t wait to see what Marja, along with Ilene and this talented ensemble, will deliver for season two.”
About Work in Progress Season 2, Jana Winograde, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., said: “We could not be more gratified that both critics and viewers are responding to the spark of creativity and original point of view that blew us away when we first saw the pilot that screened at Sundance last year. We fell in love with Abby at first sight, and are eager to share in the laughter (and tears) that she, Tim and Lilly will undoubtedly evoke in season two.”