The L Word , chronicles a group of friends living in Los Angeles - both gay and straight - through stories of career, family, inner struggle, friendship and romantic relationships. The series has become a critical and ratings success, penetrating the American zeitgeist and ushering in a new wave of gay and lesbian programming that is changing the television landscape. It stars Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, Dallas Roberts, Daniela Sea, Rachel Shelley, and Pam Grier. Newest editions to the cast include Cybill Shepherd, Marlee Matlin, Janina Gavankar and Rose Rollins. Special guest stars are Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts, Bruce Davison, Kristanna Loken and Jane Lynch.