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Lesbians on series TV.

1990 L.A. Law (NBC): Amanda Donohoe debuts as bisexual C.J. Lamb. In February 1991 she and costar Michele Greene (Abby) share prime-time drama's first full-on lesbian kiss.

1991 Roseanne (ABC): Sandra Bernhard debuts as lesbian character Nancy.

1994 Friends (NBC): Lesbian couple Carol and Susan are introduced in its second episode ever. In 1996 they would be the first W lesbians to marry.

1995 Courthouse (CBS): Jenifer Lewis and Cree Summer appear as TV's first recurring African-American lesbian characters.

1997 Ellen (ABE): Ellen DeGeneres's Ellen character comes out, giving TV its first sitcom centered around a lesbian character.

1999 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB): The first appearance of Tara (Amber Benson), starting with Willow (Alyson Hannigan) a 2 1/2-year on-and-off relationship.

2000 Queer as Folk (Showtime): Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie, as Lindsay and Melanie, have the first lesbian sex scene in a TV series.

2002 The Wire (HBO): Sonja Sohn plays the first African-American lesbian cop costar and the first Asian one--she's also Korean.

2004 The L Word (Showtime): The first series about lesbians (and bisexual women] debuts.
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Title Annotation:TIME LINE
Author:Abley, Sean
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 31, 2006
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