The show was created and is executive produced by Ilene Chaiken (Barb Wire, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Other executive producers include Steve Golin (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Larry Kennar (Barbershop). Besides Chaiken, writers of the show include Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, American Psycho) and Rose Troche (Go Fish, Six Feet Under). The L Word is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia at Coast Mountain Films Studios, which was formerly Dufferin Gate Studios Vancouver and originally owned by Dufferin Gate Productions, the sister company to Temple Street Productions, the Canadian producer of Queer as Folk (U.S.). The pilot episode premiered on January 18, 2004, and since then three seasons have aired; the fourth will begin on January 7, 2007.
The show is primarily set in the trendy L.A. neighborhood of West Hollywood.