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"To L and Back” is a delightful recapping adventure through every single episode of the number one lesbian show you hate to love, “The L Word.” Hosted by Autostraddle.com’s Riese Bernard — one of the internet’s most storied L Word scholars, with writer and director Carly Usdin, this podcast comes chock full of trivia, jokes, special guests, controversial Jenny takes, fond memories and other ways in which we live and love.

To L And Back: An L Word Podcast To L And Back

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 705 Ratings

"To L and Back” is a delightful recapping adventure through every single episode of the number one lesbian show you hate to love, “The L Word.” Hosted by Autostraddle.com’s Riese Bernard — one of the internet’s most storied L Word scholars, with writer and director Carly Usdin, this podcast comes chock full of trivia, jokes, special guests, controversial Jenny takes, fond memories and other ways in which we live and love.

    Generation Q - 3.01 Last Year

    Generation Q - 3.01 Last Year

    Hello again! Did you miss us!? Most importantly, did you miss The L Word!?!? Then boy do we have a treat for you! After a quick one year time jump, the gang is back and we've got a big event: a fundraiser at Dana's. In other big events of the episode: Finley returns from rehab and sober living, Micah wants to marry Mari, and yes okay of COURSE we have the long awaited conclusion to Tina showing up at Bette's doorstep. Will these two crazy kids finally make it work? Let's find out together!
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Generation Q – 3.02 Los Angeles Traffic

    Generation Q – 3.02 Los Angeles Traffic

    This week, of course, everyone is talking about Bette and Tina! Look, sometimes you have to get back together with your ex! While Bette and Tina are having their own season finale, we're also talking this week about Micah and Mari's potential baby (not as poorly as Finley though, we promise), Shane and Tess's metaphorical baby (the bar), and whether we generally feel insecure in our own romantic relationships (not all of us!).
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Generation Q – 3.03 Quiz Show

    Generation Q – 3.03 Quiz Show

    Winter has arrived in Los Angeles this week, bringing a chill in the air, some light rain, and something totally new: a Bette-Porter-free episode of The L Word! While Bette and Tina are presumably off in Toronto frolicking and kissing and looking at art, The Aloce Show hosts its 100th episode, and with it, a dating game to find Alice The One. All sorts of shenanigans take place on the set of the Aloce Show this week, from breakups to hook-ups and make-ups and makeovers! Also, that boy Angie kissed last week? Actually a grown man, and also her teacher. Yikes!
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Generation Q – 3.04 Last to Know

    Generation Q – 3.04 Last to Know

    Spooky scary skeletons, it's a Halloween episode! We've got thrills, chills, and parties galore. One of the more realistic things that's ever happened in The L Word universe is the endless list of Halloween options for our Gen Q friends. Alice and Taylor are getting cozy at home, in the time honored tradition of three-straight days of gay sex. Sophie, Finley and Dani hit Dana's for a costume party, while Shane is hitting on Ivy. And in search of more parenting advice from queer elders, Micah and Maribel meet none other than very special guest and original The L Word icon, Max, back from living his own happily ever after far, far away (spiritually, I mean, he's still in LA) from all of these messy weirdos, to grace us with his presence once more.
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Generation Q – 3.05 Locked Out

    Generation Q – 3.05 Locked Out

    Well well well, we are halfway through the season, and things are getting heated! Not necessarily in a sexy way, but in more of a fighting and fire alarm and first kisses kind of way. Alice and Taylor are arguing in a movie theater, Shane and Tess are arguing on a balcony, and Sophie and Finley are only not arguing because the fire department is on their way! We're also getting a little heated on the pod this week! Not necessarily in an angry way, but (hopefully) in more of a sharing our thoughts about writing and representation kind of way. What better time than mid-way through the season?
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Generation Q – 3.06 Questions for the Universe

    Generation Q – 3.06 Questions for the Universe

    Hold onto your hats because we have a musical episode! Not, sadly, a musical episode of this podcast, but this week The L Word finally graced us with the beauty of Rosanny Zayas voice, with the style of a 40s musical, and with an emotional gut punch of grief mixed with nostalgia mixed with TRUE LOVE. Before all that happens though: Alice is taking her staff (and Shane!) on a work retreat to do some ayahuasca and soul searching. Alice, Sophie and Shane experience hallucinations that drop them into three different musicals as they seek answers to their most pressing questions! Will Shane finally realize she's non-monogamous? Will Sophie figure out her sort of vague issue with Finley? Will Alice ever fall in love?! All this and more (namely, musical numbers!) await this week.
    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @tolandback
    Follow Riese everywhere at @autowin and her esteemed website @autostraddle. Join our membership program, A+, to ensure our site lasts as long as this show did! 
    Follow Drew Gregory (@draw_gregory) and Analyssa Lopez (@analoco_ & @analocaa)
    Theme song: Be Steadwell @besteadwell
    Gen Q Logo: Jacqi Ko @yojaxko
    Episode Produced, Mixed, Edited: Lauren Klein @laurentaylorklein

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
705 Ratings

705 Ratings

doubledenimdyke ,

live on even after gen Q!!!

i love this podcast so much and would absolutely listen to the trio recap or discuss literally anything! i’d so love if the podcast continues even without more gen Q!

Mobeckrug ,

Avid listener

Thanks for taking one for the team by watching and analyzing the show so I no longer need to! I started off watching Gen Q and enjoying it (and of course listening to the podcast alongside), but quickly got frustrated with the show as well. Y’all sum it all up every week with style, I get to avoid fomo and multitask while listening, & I don’t have to watch sloppy storylines mostly about traumatizing queer characters anymore. I watch ALOTO with my precious screen time instead. Much appreciated!!

pnw24climber ,

There’s a reason this show was cancelled

Surprised to see they’re still milking this podcast with the show dead and done. Can’t say I’m sorry to see this fall by the wayside along with the series. I actually didn’t mind the critical eye as the seasons progressed (unlike some other commenters) but in this last season in particular, that critical eye seemed to morph from being about the merit of the content into some wacko realm of performative political correctness. Which to be fair, is also the path autostraddle has chosen to take for some unknown reason. I for one would love to decouple being a lesbian with every other thing under the sun. Sometimes it’s just about being a plain old person who likes women and that’s it. The reason people aren’t supporting autostraddle and gen Q and this podcast, is because being queer doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with every other left of the norm thing one can think of. This lumping all the “others” into one basket is frankly dehumanizing. It’s the reason this kind of content fails. I don’t want to have to endure a conversation about fatphobia when I’m trying to hear about a frivolous gay hook up show about hot gays. No one should be fat. It’s not a matter of acceptance, it’s a matter of being healthy. And guess what, being fat has nothing to do with being queer. I wish content like this would realize their lane and stop trying to cover off on every niche corner of humanity.

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