I rented QAF and watched the first season and it was so good to see a show about the GLBT community. As I watched more seasons, I began to see it as a mere representation of SOME glbt people and certainly not all, but still good to see it on TV.
The L word? I like it but it does not represent me as a lesbian. I am not wealthy or beautiful, and I do not cheat on my wife, nor have I ever wanted to. All that to say, I do like the show, but for entertainment value. I think it is tragic that Bette and Tina can't find a way to stay together and be happy. I am also about to kick Shane for leaving Carmen at the altar, and what of poor Helena now that her mother has left her penniless? Ah, season 4, can't wait.
All in all, good shows.