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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: It was inevitable. By featuring so many sex scenes between women, the series is mostly remembered as a softcore lesbian porn flick with boring dialogues and bad acting in between.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Alice. Shane, who is even loved by people who otherwise hate the show.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Papi.
    • Kit is sometimes viewed as an Ethnic Scrappy by fans because, according to them, all of her characterization is stripped away and in later seasons she only exists to say "Giiirl!" twice an episode.
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  • First Installment Wins: Any trouble digesting the ridiculata of the latter seasons will either be soothed or completely exacerbated by the dramatic superiority of pretty much any episode from the first three.
  • Funny Moments: The above "we're dykes, not fags" comment, in a Black Comedy way. Also, the shared phone call the leads to everybody finding out Shane and Jenny are sleeping together. Alice hisses "EW" like a fifth-grader who saw her mother having sex, Helena is so shocked she falls off a treadmill, and Bette just starts laughing hysterically in the middle of a meeting.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The death of Bette's father was followed soon after by the death of the actor, veteran thespian and civil rights leader Ossie Davis. (Those pictures from the funeral with MLK and Bill Clinton weren't Photoshopped.)
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Jenny, according to the minority of fans who don't consider her a full-fledged Scrappy.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of male fans pretty much watched it for the frequent sex scenes.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Adele in Season 5.
  • Memetic Mutation: Jenny's rant to Mark in "Loud & Proud" note  is often used on Tumblr to criticize Love Martyr storylines and redemption arcs for male villains in leather pants.
  • Moment of Awesome: The climax of the Planet-vs-SheBar plot of Season 5 (even if it was pretty much a Deus ex Machina).
    • Jenny tazing a homophobic bully who assaulted Max. Capped off by her leaving him shocked and saying "We're dykes, not fags, you asshole". Also, her rant to Mark after she finds out he was filming around the house secretly, and her fucking around in her room to make him look bad while he has a girl over-specifically, role-playing an innocent 14-year-old being taken advantage of, stripping for the camera, and writing "IS THIS WHAT U WANT" on her chest. Damn.
      Mark: I know what I did was wrong. I get it now. I think...I think all of this, being here with you, it's made me a better man.
      Jenny: It's not my job to make you a better man, and I don't give a shit if I've made you a better man. It's not a fucking woman's job to be consumed and invaded and spat out so that some fucking man can evolve.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Once they learned that he'd rigged the entire house with surveillance cameras so he could turn the intimate details of his roomates' personal lives into fodder for his next documentary, there was no way in Hell the viewers were ever going to forgive Mark. (Which is probably why he was Put on a Bus between Seasons 2 and 3.)
    • For some, Jenny crossed this when she repeatedly misgendered Max, repeatedly calling him "she" and a "mom". Especially the scene where they celebrate Max being pregnant with the Willy Wonka-themed party. Jenny acted in such a disgusting manner - this was one of the reasons that Max ended up having a severe anxiety attack.
    • Stealing Alice's idea for a movie script is also a major assholery of hers, even though she started to cross over earlier than in the sixth season.
  • Pandering to the Base: The show was supposedly aimed at a female audience. However, it garnered a very large straight male fanbase mainly through extensive sex scenes, reducing gay guys to background extras, making one of the girls bisexual (which ensured a straight guy would participate from time to time) and making straight guys prominent in the supporting cast. Actual lesbians didn't miss that and often denounced the whole show because of the blatant pandering.
  • The Scrappy: Jenny, to some many almost all viewers. There wasn't a viewer who didn't cringe every time Tonya opened her mouth.
    • Niki, the party girl closeted lesbian actress who uses a beard despite the hurt it causes her girlfriend and who dates older women. She was based on Lindsay Lohan. This was confirmed as fact by the actress, and the writer Angela Robinson (Who is a lesbian and worked with Lindsay so there may be Reality Subtext there)
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 6. It didn't help that it was a Postscript Season.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Thanks to the generous pandering done towards the staight male Periphery Demographic.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Dylan, given that she falsely accused Helena of sexual extortion and sued her for millions of dollars.
  • The Woobie: Dana.
    • Shane. Her Once a Season character arc is her coming from a bad place, somehow managing to rebuild her life, and having it ruined in increasingly dramatic ways. And that's without her frequent Slut-Shaming and Dark and Troubled Past...


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