Unlike in the past, series like Batwoman, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and plenty of others now feature gay and lesbian characters without focusing overtly on their sexuality. In the past, most gay characters‘ predominant trait was the fact that they were gay. Now, we have LGBTQ+ TV shows with gay characters who are defined by their other traits as well, and they just happen to be gay.
Many people relate the growing presence and positive portrayal of the Q+ community in television to the gradually changing ideals of America. Many television writers have attempted to tackle the issue of gay rights and in doing so, they have helped to change the national narrative.
Thanks to that, we now have gay shows featuring gay characters who are everything from superheroes to prisoners to stay at home dads. Check out this list of gay and lesbian TV shows and vote up the series you think are the best current TV shows with gay characters.
The Best LGBTQ+ Shows On Netflix
Here are the best LGBTQ+ shows streaming now on Netflix. Whether you’re looking for shows with romance, the struggles of coming out or respectful representation with regards to storytelling, this list of LGBTQ+ shows currently on Netflix is regularly updated with the new and popular TV series. What are the best LGBTQ+ shows to watch on Netflix?
Many of the current TV shows with gay characters also rank high on the most popular Netflix original series list. Take a gander at both of them and make sure to vote whether you agree with the rankings!
LGBT Asian movies and dramas. ♥
My addiction with BL genre has started in October 2016 (I did watch lots of Hong Kong, Chinese, American, European gay themed movies before) and then I started watching animes, reading mangas and totally became obsessed. 😛
p.s. This list includes everything, all LGBT themed movies and dramas that I’ve seen so far.
17 queere Serien auf Netflix, die man gesehen haben muss
Auf dem Literaturcamp in Heidelberg, das Ende Juni stattfand, gab es einige Sessions zu Diversität in Büchern. Zugegeben, der deutsche Buchmarkt tut sich noch schwer mit Büchern von und über mehrfach marginalisierte Gruppen (queer, BI_PoC, Menschen mit Behinderungen, usw.). Seit diesem Jahr gibt es für Autor*innen den Dienst, sogenannte Sensitivity Reader, also selbst Betroffene, über den Plot und die Geschichte lesen zu lassen, um in zukünftigen Romanen und Büchern diskriminierende und rassistische Sprache zu verhindern.
Mich hat das in der Kombination auf die Idee gebracht, mir mal den Serienmarkt anzuschauen – und hier einer der größten Streaminganbieter, das Angebot auf Netflix, mal näher zu analysieren in Bezug auf ein Angebot von Pride Month diesen Jahres (Juni) führte Netflix selbst diese Sparte (und hat immer mal wieder Angebote auch so sortiert) und bietet derzeit das größte gesammelte Angebot an LGBTIQA+-Serien/Filmen/Dokumentationen etc.
CN: Vergewaltigung, Homophobie, Rassismus, explicit content (Sex)– Keine Spoiler enthalten –
Even in a little teaser it’s already kind of gaggy.
The hit British reality series has teamed with Tinder to find straight and gay islanders for their upcoming season.
15 Best Gay TV Series on Netflix Right Now
It has only been a few years since the issue of alternate sexualities has managed to enter the mainstream consciousness. Man has always been a creature of habit, and whenever something goes out of the way, the natural reaction of human beings is to stigmatize it and keep it under the wraps. This tendency has hindered the possibilities of conversation on non-heteronormative sexualities for a long, long time. Only in recent years has there been an eagerness to talk about the LGBTQ community and make content centering around such characters.
Despite homosexual relationships having been decriminalized in many countries around the world, there is still a stigma associated with it. With more and more TV shows and films about homosexual relationships being made, the taboo surrounding it should cease to exist in the coming years. If you are interested in watching TV shows which deal with same-sex relationships, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of really good gay shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
22 Best Gay Anime of All Time
Homosexuality is something which has been a part of anime for a long time. In most shows, we can find one or two characters who are homosexual. Sometimes their portrayal is quite realistic or interesting while other times they are usually used for comic purposes. Since I have already done a list on anime with lesbian characters, it’s about time I compile those who have gay characters. Here’s the list of top anime with gay characters. You can also watch many of these best gay anime on Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
52 of the best LGBTQ+ shows you can watch right now on Netflix
Representation for the LGBTQ+ community on television has *never* been better.
Remember when LGBTQ+ characters were the sidekick? The stereotypical white gay who popped up in a recurring capacity for comedic effect? Or if they were the central character, their sexuality would be downplayed and scenes of intimacy would be non-existent? Yeah, we’ll admit: we don’t really miss those days. No shade to some of these characters of course, because a lot of them paved the way for the positive queer representation we see today. As of 2020, representation for the LGBTQ+ community in television has been better. In fact, a recent report from GLAAD discovered that the amount of queer characters on our screens has increased by over 100 to a new record. It’s impossible to deny the role Netflix has had in this. Over the past few years, the streaming service has built a reputation as one of the most inclusive sources for content, whether it’s originals such as Orange is the New Black, Dear White People or Hollywood, to network classics like American Horror Story, Pose or RuPaul’s Drag Race. Netflix boasts a plethora of entertain(t)ing LGBTQ+ comedies, dramas and thrillers, so we’ve rounded up 52 of the best that you can stream right now.
21 Netflix Shows With Awesome Gay Characters
If you need more gay characters in your life, Netflix is the answer! Here are 21 shows featuring gay men that you can stream right now. For shows featuring lesbian characters, check out this list.
The Showtime drama Queer as Folk ran between 2000 and 2005, and was the first hour-long drama on American television to focus on the lives of gay men and lesbians. All five seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.
The musical comedy-drama show, Glee, featured multiple LGBT characters. Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson’s epic love story is one of the best TV romances of all time.
Though technically all of sensates are pansexual according to the show’s creators, closeted actor Lito and his boyfriend Hernando, who really knows how to do the glasses/beard thing, deserve a shout out.
The first and second season of Skins gave us Maxxie Oliver, a gay young adult character who is actually popular, talented, and fairly well-adjusted. That shouldn’t be a big deal, but unfortunately, it kind of is.
You’ll have to get through (or skip through) the first four seasons of The Vampire Diaries to see the first major gay character, but Luke Parker (Chris Brochu) is worth the wait.
Nefarious White House Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene, and his journalist husband, James Novak, are major characters throughout the first few seasons of Shonda Rhimes’ addictive drama.
The CW’s reboot of The Flash features Patrick Sabongui as sarcastic, hardboiled Central City Police Captain David Singh, who comes out in an off-hand comment.
The Vampire Diaries spinoff features openly gay vampire Josh (Stephen Krueger) who is introduced in Season One.
Shameless explores the tense (and arguably inappropriate) relationship between closeted teen, Ian Gallagher, and his older boss, Kash, with a sensitivity that’s not always characteristic of the show.
Fan favorite, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), is an openly gay law student. The show’s steamy sex scenes do not disappoint.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features Marvel’s first cinematic gay male hero, Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba), who is an inhuman so hot he can melt metal.
Sadly, none of The Tudors’ gay storylines feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but the tragic love story between artist, Thomas Tallis, and closeted nobleman Sir William Compton, make it worth a watch.
Roommate of Kimmy Schmidt, Titus Andromedon, has been criticized for playing to gay male stereotypes. Still, Broadway star Titus Burgess brings a little depth and a lot of perfect comedic timing to the role.
Degrassi: Next Class handles LGBT storylines like it handles all Big Issue storylines—with all the subtlety of a peacock swallowing a live grenade. However, the show does feature two regular gay characters, Tristan and Vijay.
The Carrie Diaries features Brendan Dooling as Walt Reynolds, Carrie’s best friend who comes over the course of the show. Because the show is set in 1984 in New York City, HIV/AIDS is often discussed.
The sci-fi drama Warehouse 13 features Steve Jinks, also known as The Human Lie Detector, as a major, openly gay character.
Though United States of Tara is mostly about giving Toni Collette some really intense clips for her reel, the show features Marshall Gregson as a gay teen character. His sexual orientation is presented as matter-of-fact.
Salvatore Romano, the Italian-American art director, struggles with staying closeted and 1960s workplace homophobia on the first few seasons of Mad Men. Poor Sal. Also, while it’s not confirmed, I don’t think anyone is buying that Bob Benson is straight.
Serena van der Woodsen’s little brother, Eric van der Woodson, comes out over the course of the show, though he rarely gets enough screen time.
Remember Tom Mater? With the dimples, and the eyes, and the square jaw? Sexy interpreter for Jodi Lerner? Oh, then do you remember how he impregnated Max and left him when things got real? How could you, Tom? We were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.
Though Frank Underwood and many of his male conquests (let’s not call them relationships) are bisexual, the Michael Corrigan storyline in Season Three is horrifying, heart wrenching, and completely worth the watch.
10 great LGBT TV and online series
As Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, the latest projects from Russell T. Davies, rake in the acclaim, we remember some of the best LGBT series of yesteryear.
Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, three major series focusing on queer lives from creator Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk, Doctor Who), recently screened on British TV and online. Comedy drama Cucumber (on Channel 4) follows the glitch in a relationship between two longtime partners (played by Vincent Franklin and Cyril Nri). Banana (on E4), featuring younger characters that overlap with those in Cucumber, consists of separate dramas about queer characters, including one episode written by Sue Perkins. Finally, Tofu (on 4oD) offers frank and often hilarious interviews about modern sex in all its variety.
They are the latest in a long line of excellent LGBT series that have been produced around the world, and below we have brought together 10 of the best. The UK has been especially strong in this regard, mirroring its commendable record of excellent gay cinema. Sadly few international series with LGBT characters make it to British shores, although a couple are included below.
This list consists of series that feature an LGBT character as the protagonist. Following this criteria, programmes as diverse as Brideshead Revisited (1981), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Six Feet Under (2001-05), The Wire (2002-08), Glee (2009-) and Modern Family (2009-) don’t make the cut, despite their strong secondary queer characters (the international success of Modern Family in particular, broadcast in countries where homosexuality is still illegal, could help liberalise attitudes, following the marriage of Cameron and Mitchell, two of the most popular characters).
Some series, despite huge followings, didn’t make the cut. Lip Service (2010-12) was a disappointment, despite an excellent performance from Heather Peace. The Line of Beauty (2006) was too coy, losing the hedonistic sexiness of Alan Hollinghurst’s source novel. A glut of sitcoms feature LGBT characters, but so many are patchy, or dated. Will & Grace (1998-2006) was a huge hit, but its portrayal of gay men was clichéd and too few of the jokes landed (although try telling that to the often hysterical studio audience). The New Normal (2012-13) started strong but lost its way, leading to a swift cancellation. The less said about Rhona Cameron’s and Sue Perkins’ forays into sitcom, the better, while Vicious (2013-), starring Derek Jacobi Ian McKellen, is bewilderingly awful.
There are some glaring omissions – space wouldn’t allow for sci-fi series Torchwood (2006-11) or Orphan Black (2013-), although both have fantastic, interesting LGBT characters. The joyous Tales of the City (1993-2001) was narrowly edged out. Bad Girls (1999-2006), despite its camp reputation, had a terrific lesbian storyline in the romance between prisoner Nikki and governor Helen, but lost momentum when both characters left. Despite its tendency towards soap and one of the most loathed lesbian characters in TV history, The L Word (2004-09) has countless devoted admirers. It’s too early to say if Looking (2014-), overseen by WeekendAndrew Haigh, will be a future great, although the first season got better and better.
From tears to laughter, this rainbow of shows has it all
LGBTQ shows on the Netflix streaming service have increased a lot in recent years with a growing number of new series featuring strong gay, bi, lesbian, and trans main characters viewers can relate to and learn from. Best of all, these Netflix series cover a range of genres, finally delivering more representation to romance, drama, comedy, mystery, and sci-fi fans.
Here are some of the best lesbian, trans, bi, and gay shows on Netflix worth adding to your list.
Love Alarm (2019): A Popular Korean Drama About the Perils of Love and Social Media
Love Alarm is a Korean comedy/drama about a phone app that alerts people if someone in their vicinity likes them and the relationship chaos that ensues. In between all the romantic entanglements is a show that turns a critical eye toward social media and its impact on our mental health. It also features a subplot about a boy who reveals his feelings for another boy via the app, and it handles this narrative tastefully, which is unusual in a Korean drama. While homosexuality is legal in South Korea, it’s still socially taboo and many LGBTQ people face discrimination in the country, making Love Alarm’s handling of the issue a welcome change from the genre’s usual depictions of gay people.
The House of Flowers (2018): For Fans of Telenovelas
Starring: Cecilia Suárez, Claudette Maillé, Dario Yazbek Bernal
The House of Flowers is a black comedy about a Mexican family, the de la Moras, who owns a prestigious flower shop and a cabaret. When the family patriarch’s mistress airs all of their dirty laundries before committing suicide, he’s thrown in prison, while the rest of the de la Moras struggle to restore their reputations and finances. The show has several LGBTQ characters and plotlines that deal with homophobia and transphobia, and it’s been praised for both its dark humor and its addictive soapy format.
Bonding (2019): BFFs in an Unusual Line of Work
Bonding explores the friendship between a grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix and her gay BFF who becomes her assistant. The first season sees the pair deal with stage fright, telling their significant others about their work, and more.
Pose (2018): Best Gender-Nonconforming Ballroom Drama
Starring: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Billy Porter
Created By: Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
Pose is a series about the Black and Latino LGBTQ ballroom culture of the 1980s and ’90s. Blanca Rodriguez (Mj Rodriguez) is an HIV-positive trans woman who decides to form her own House, the community’s term for a group of dancers, and she quickly finds herself with a new family. The show is a glossy soap opera that also manages to be emotionally affecting as it deals with issues like money, gender, politics, race, and sexuality. Plus, it features an award-winning performance from Billy Porter as a ballroom emcee turned AIDS activist named Pray Tell.
Schitt’s Creek (2015): Best Ground-Breaking Gay Comedy
Schitt’s Creek follows the hilarious misadventures of a rich family who suddenly find themselves out of pocket and are forced to move to a small rural town called, well, Schitt’s Creek. The series features a variety of now-iconic characters skillfully played by perfectly cast actors, but the standout star is the openly-gay series creator, David Levy, who plays the pansexual son, David Rose.
His city character being forced to live in the middle of nowhere makes for numerous laugh-out-loud, fish-out-of-water scenarios, but the show also manages to explore him with sensitivity and earnestness that’s both endearing and relatable. While David does experience a relationship with a female character in its first season, it’s his romance with a closeted gay man in its third that really breaks new ground and quickly proves itself to be one of the best representations of a male same-sex relationship on TV that easily puts other LGBT shows to shame.
Special (2019): An Honest Portrayal of Being Both Gay and Disabled
Starring: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel
Based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, Special is about a gay man named Ryan who lives with cerebral palsy. Like the book, the show is honest, funny, and self-aware. O’Connell stars as himself in the Netflix series, for which he also serves as executive producer and writer, and it’s getting a second season in the near future.
Grace and Frankie: Best Depiction of an Older Gay Couple
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen
Grace and Frankie is a show about two women in their 70s who move in together when their husbands reveal they’re gay and in a 20-year relationship. Sure, that premise sounds like a pure sitcom cliché. But there are a lot of things to like in this Netflix comedy, and one is the portrayal of Sol (Sam Waterston) and Robert’s (Martin Sheen) relationship.
The idea that Sol and Robert want to live openly gay and get married is very relatable, but their happiness comes at their wives‘ expense, and the show’s first season doesn’t shy from that. Waterston and Sheen are iconic actors and they make their characters‘ relationship–with themselves and their ex-wives–believable and complex.
A List of the Best Gay Web Series
Though there is an ever-growing presence of gay men in mainstream television, there’s still an enormous gap just waiting to be filled. Filmmakers have taken it upon themselves to fill the missing man-on-man action by creating their own online web series.
Web series are considered by many to be a recent phenomenon that is filling video hosting websites with low-budget entertainment. In actual fact, one of the first web series, The Spot, was released in 1995!
With the growing expansion of social media and internet streaming technology and the capabilities of modern filmmaking equipment improving at every release, filmmakers are grabbing their niche, writing scripts, and creating valuable entertainment for the LGBTQIA+ community.
If you’re looking for something a little longer, check out our list of Gay Movies and Gay TV Shows.
And if you feel a bit confused about life in general, we found an online LGBT therapy service, who really understands the LGBT community.
For avid readers, we have lists of Gay Fiction books.
Here’s a list of 54 of the best Gay Web Series we could find. Enjoy!
G & T
G & T is a gay Italian web series that tells the story of Giulio and Tommaso, friends since childhood who find that their relationship goes beyond a simple friendship.
G&T English subs are available as well as Spanish, French, Russian, German, Romanian, Turkish, Chinese, Serbian, Portuguese and non-Udenti Italian.
26 episodes averaging 22 mins, 2 seasons made so far.
Are You Ready to GET DRAGGED? Hostess Elvirus has searched the globe to find eight of the most fabulous drag queens you’ve NEVER HEARD OF!
Inspired by recent COVID-19 self-isolation rules, Get Dragged is a brand new LGBTQIA+ web series featuring the fabulous Tina Coladas, Francesca Fierce DeLusty, GoGo Fetch, Phantasma, Satine Itza, Stelia Mann, Sammi Nilla, and Betty Whitecastle.
Watch as these ambitious competitors cat-fight it out in a series of challenges for the title of LAST QUEEN STANDING! Featuring Celebrity Guests!
Watch all Eight Episodes of GET DRAGGED on YOUTUBE starting May 31st, 2020
My Best Gay Friends
My Best Gay Friends (Vietnamese: Bộ ba đĩ thõa, roughly translated as The Bitchy Trio) is considered to be the first gay web series sitcom in Vietnam. It has garnered a large following, receiving about two million views per episode despite being made on a shoestring budget.
It is the brainchild of openly gay film student Huỳnh Nguyễn Đăng Khoa, who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the series. The series centers on the lives of three young gay housemates who share an apartment in Ho Chi Minh City.
Watch for free on YouTube (turn Subtitles on if you need to!)
Hoping to get rid of stereotypes as well as helping young gay youth to know that they are not alone in their identity struggle.
A Gay Victorian Affair
A Gay Victorian Affair is a gay fantasia of historical homosexual hanky panky. Set in Victorian England, the series follows Lord Reginald and Lady Vanessa Favershum, a gay man and lesbian woman who enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep their true desires a secret – and then they help each other find love.
It’s Downton Abbey meets Queer As Folk as Reginald and Vanessa manoeuvre through romantic escapades and dangerous secrecy, knowing that the slightest slip up could cause their entire world to come crashing down.
GAYOK BANGKOK The Series is a gay web series following the lives of six diverse gay men living in Bangkok and their dramas – relationship, career, family and, most of all, sexual health – in a manner that Asian gay men can truly relate.
The Outs is a gay web series that is set in Brooklyn, New York.
The series tells the story of Mitchell (played by Adam Goldman), his best friend Oona (Sasha Winters), and his ex-boyfriend Jack (Hunter Canning) and how they navigate gay life in New York.
Four delusional gay men are Not Looking for love or success in the City of Angels. Will they find it to spite themselves?
Single Man Problems
With iconic New York City as its backdrop, “Single Man Problems” peels back the curtain into the fickle world of millennial online dating through the lens of a 20 something, self-conscious gay black man named Ronnie.
Sleeping on the couch in his best friend’s apartment, Ronnie refines the art of cat fishing the perfect date while maneuvering color-ism. This explosively funny yet significant series unpacks and educates its audiences in the modern-day themes associated with courting inside the Black, Gay, and heterosexual communities.
Derek and Cameron
Derek and Cameron are not your typical gay couple. For starters, in his 26 years on the planet Derek has never been with a man, thought about men in a romantic way, or fantasized about them in any way romantically; although now he finds himself ensconced and in love with one.
Cameron, on the other hand, is an avid athlete, former high school and college jock, outgoing, politically active, outspoken gay man who has been out to everyone around him, proudly, since he was 15. Cameron’s biggest political statement is he can’t imagine why any gay man would demonstrate anything as low in self-esteem as chasing after str8 men until he himself finds himself in love with one
The Grass Is Always Grindr
One of the newest gay web series in our list, The Grass Is Always Grindr explores modern gay life in London, UK.
Featuring Joe (Denholm Spurr), master of the selfie, and Adam (Taofique Folarin), a closeted boxer.
No Shade is a fun LGBT theme dramedy web series based in NYC which follows the life of Noel Baptiste (David Brandyn), a gay artist from Brooklyn, NY who finally comes to grips with his sexuality and is now comfortable in his own skin.
During his self discovery his 3 crazy friends, Bar manager Eric D. Stone (Terry Torro), Dance teacher Kori Jacobs (Donnie DuRight) and transgender-female make-up artist Danielle Williams (Tamara M. Williams) accompany him on his journey for love, success and evolution.
The Horizon is one of the most popular gay web series in the world. It’s the most watched online series made out of Australia and the plot focuses on the lives and loves of Sydney’s gay/queer & alternative community.
Jake (Paul Layton) moves to Sydney to be with a guy he met on Manhunt and ends up with a broken heart and a drag queen roommate. The show is currently 7 seasons in and shows no signs of stopping!
Queer Kid Stuff
Queer Kid Stuff imagines a kinder and more equal future through highly-accessible education and entertainment for kids aged 3+.
Queer Kid Stuff is an LGBTQ+ educational web series for children ages 3+ hosted by a tie-wearing queer lady, Lindsay, and her non-binary best-stuffed friend, Teddy. Gender Studies 101 meets Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood!
Love Sick The Series
Love Sick: The Series (Thai: รักวุ่น วัยรุ่นแสบ), is a 2014 Thai LGBT drama directed by Andy and starring Kongyingyong Chonlathorn, Phumphothingam Nawat, Luangsodsai Anupart, Chindavanich Primrose, Charnmanoon Pannin and Paisarnkulwong Vachiravit.
It was filmed primarily in Thailand and English Subtitles are available.
Let’s hear it for the big boys! It’s no secret that representation in media is important, which is exactly why POOR US’s main protagonist Tanner Maxwell is so refreshing! Confident, powerful and sassy – Tanner is a plus size gay character that breaks the mold.
“I wrote POOR US because Hollywood wasn’t writing for my character type,” says Jeremy Dozier – writer, producer and star of the award-winning POOR US. “Every role I auditioned for either centered around weight in some way or was Security Guard #4. I wanted more. It’s about time big boys get a character that they can root for and see themselves in; one that isn’t ashamed of their body or sexuality.”
Dozier’s award-winning role (Dozier was named Best Actor at the LA Shorts Awards earlier this month) is boundary pushing. “I wanted to play a confident, powerful fat gay character; something rarely, if ever, seen,” says Dozier. “Growing up, I don’t remember seeing myself represented in media. If I had, coming out, coming to terms with my body and figuring out where I fit in in gay culture would have been easier.”
The brainchild of openly gay actor/comedian Jeremy Dozier (Dirty Girl, iCarly), POOR US follows the story of two gay, fraternal twin brothers as they cope with being cut off by their filthy-rich father and try to rebuild their lives in hell, or as it’s better know: Van Nuys. Think Broad City meets Schitt’s Creek, but gayer.
All About Section 377
Section 377 of the penal code in 42 former British colonies criminalizes all “unnatural” sexual acts including homosexuality.
‘All About Section 377’ is a fictional show in which a straight guy lives with two gay guys, and is aimed at educating the masses on the struggles of the LGBT community in India.
AWFUL GAYS is a new gay web series comedy that follows the lives of an awful gay couple, Maurice, and Kenny, in Dublin. What they lack in chemistry and common interests, they make up for in shared awfulness.
Join them as they bop around Dublin and interact/argue with a host of less awful gays and straights.
Where the Bears Are
Where the Bears Are is a comedy-mystery gay web series created, written by and starring Rick Copp, Joe Dietl and Ben Zook.
The producers described ‘Where the Bears are’ as a cross between The Golden Girls and Murder, She Wrote. The story centralizes on Nelson (Zook), Wood (Dietl) and Reggie (Copp), three gay bear friends who share a house in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. During each season, they are drawn into a different murder investigation that plays out as a season-long story arc.
A popular gay web series about nine semi-sane brothers from Ohio living in New York whose last names are Jasperjohns. And two of them live together.
Two Jasperjohns was created by Vinny Lopez, who is a Senior Writer/Director of Promos at VH1 and lives in Brooklyn.
Welcome to First Person! First Person is an exploration of gender identity and orientation, and a weekly forum for covering LGBTQ-related news and issues. With messages of tolerance and acceptance, the show aims to humanize issues that are so often underrepresented in the media or presented as political, moral or religious issues, detached from the people who are living them on a day-to-day basis.
First Person is produced by WNET, America’s flagship PBS station, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV. Mic and its channels, Slay and The Movement, are official media partners for season 2 of First Person.
BAIT is a gay web series that explores the new dating realities—and dangers—of trying to find love in the age of social media and dating applications where we often know the intimate details of a person’s life, including their body parts, romantic preferences and habits, long before we know their name.
This thrilling project centers on BAIT, a new mobile dating application that tells the user exactly how close they are in proximity to another user who also has a profile on the site.
My Sister Is So Gay
Frances’ (Loni Anderson) gay son Seth (played by Terry Ray), is invaded by his uptight, homophobic sister, Amanda (Wendy Michaels) after she catches her husband with her best friend, Katherine. It just seems she’s way more upset about Katherine cheating on her than her husband.
It’s not adding up for Seth, especially when Amanda acts all loopy around his lesbian co-worker, Becca (Debra Wilson). Is his right-winger, homophobic sister gay? And Amanda can’t figure out why Seth’s way younger and very handsome boyfriend is interested in Seth. He seems to have too many secrets. Is he married?
Meet Paul. He’s 16. He’s into theoretical physics. He lives in the middle of nowhere. And he’s gay. Being a scrawny, queer science nerd practically makes him a bully magnet.
And as the harassment piles up, Paul contemplates taking his own life. In THE HINTERLANDS, a six-part musical miniseries, Paul struggles to keep his head above water as he confronts intolerance, his sexuality and the rocky path of adolescence.
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo
A wondrous story of the complexities of relationships, friendly and romantic in the life of Caleb Gallo.
Blurring the lines of expected troupes through random comedy and a realistic, interconnected interaction, this gay web series is not to be missed.
My Gay Roommate
My Gay Roommate is a comedy about two college roommates, one gay, one straight, and their journey into adulthood to become the homo-hetero power couple of the ages.
Comedian and Big Gay Sketch Show costar Jonny McGovern is putting a super gay twist on shows like The Soup and Tosh.O with his brand new web series, Whoa, Dude!
McGovern hosts the 16 episode series bringing together the funniest intentionally and unintentionally homoerotic clips made by your favorite local frat boys, skaters, military men, jocks and naughty queens from across the internet that make you say “Whoa, Dude!”
Bulk – The Series
BULK – The Series is an exciting, raw and dramatic gay web series exploring the Bear Community in New York City.
But, She’s My Best Friend
‘But She’s My Best Friend’ is a gay comedy series written and created by Gabriel Joseph about 2 gay best friends, Christian and Joey, and their lives living in West Hollywood.
Hunting Season is an American LGBT-themed comedy-drama web series created by Jon Marcus.
Following the romantic and exploits of Alex (Ben Baur) and his small group of friends in New York City, the story was inspired by and largely based on the 2005–08 blog The Great C*ck Hunt and the 2008 novel of the same name published by Kensington Books.
Old Dogs & New Tricks
Old Dogs & New Tricks is a web series created by Leon Acord, and starring Acord, Curt Bonnem, David Pevsner and Jeffrey Patrick Olson.
The comedy-drama series is about four middle-aged gay men living in “youth-obsessed West Hollywood”.
Danny the Manny
Danny is a struggling actor in Hollywood who pays the bills by looking after a six-year-old named Quinn.
One afternoon Danny discovers that Quinn likes to dress up in his mother’s clothing, and now he has to figure out if Quinn is part of the LGBT community or his cross-dressing is just a phase.
In The Moment
Meet the residents of “The Moment” apartments as they address the myriad decisions faced by romantically active gay guys in LA.
Shawn finds Edgar on the front lawn after a night of partying, Adam, the new guy from Minnesota gets attention and Mike and Stephen have unprotected relations for the first time.. to a troubling response.
TWENTY FIVE is a comedic web series created by New York-based writer Josh Duboff. It’s about three high school best friends who are reunited in New York City two years out of college. Beryl, an aspiring actress, has been dating a slightly doltish fratbro for about a year and is starting to feel restless.
Jimmy’s doing the bloggin’ thing, scouring OKCupid, drinking a whole lot of wine… waiting for a “path” to become clear to him. And wide-eyed/idealistic Taylor, the third member of their trio, has just arrived to join them in the city after two years working for Teach for America in Missouri.
Chicago is the home to a new web series, Dudes. Created and written by Andrew Pemberton-Fowler, Dudes is a wry, comedic story centered around three gay friends who are all on the wrong side of thirty – and they know it.
This smart, witty, and slightly randy comedy has been compared to Sex and the City and Ugly Betty.
Gaycation (also known as Gaycation with Ellen Page) is a 2016 American television documentary series hosted by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel.
The series premiered on 2 March 2016 on Viceland as part of its new programming launch. The series explores LGBTQ cultures around the world, as Page and Daniel meet different people during their travels and hear their stories.
Camp Abercorn is an American web series originally slated to release in September 2014 that focuses on being a member of the Boy Scouts of America and also being gay.
Using the fictional scouting organization called the Compass Guides of America, Camp Abercorn brings attention to the BSA’s position on homosexuality and “the real situations young men face while away from home for an entire summer.
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Web series are the way of the future and I am glad I stumbled across this one. Not only is it set in the most glorious of cities on earth, it features some amazing acting from a supremely talented cast, some emotional and surprising plot twists, and some deep and abiding humor. Sure, sometimes it seems a bit over the top – and thank god – what good gay doesn’t like a bit of melodrama! C’mon, we thrive on it as a people!Five friends in NYC live their lives as best they can, and even though some of the plots are disconnected from each other (and let’s be honest, isn’t that how real life is?), they all come together, because that’s how we survive: by finding humor in tragedy, finding comfort from friends? Eagerly awaiting season 2 — and will absolutely watch anything any of this incredible ensemble are in in the future.
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01. Porträt einer jungen Frau in Flammen02. Kokon03. Als wir tanzten04. Circus Of Books05. The Boys In The Band06. Berlin Alexanderplatz07. Futur Drei08. Giant Little Ones09. Nina Wu10. Der Honiggarten
Pretty Little Liars
Stark geschminkte Teenager, Drama, Drama, Drama und Unmengen an Geheimnissen sind Zutaten, die die meisten High-School Serien bisher verwendet haben. Wofür Pretty Little Liars aber in der LGBT Community gefeiert wird, ist die Hauptperson Emily, die sich in der ersten Staffel als lesbisch outet.
Die Serie begleitet Emily durch ihren ganzen Outing Prozess, angefangen beim inneren Coming Out bis zum Coming Out vor ihren Eltern. Ihre Schwierigkeiten werden genauso thematisiert, wie der Support ihrer Freundinnen und ihre erste große Liebe.
Bisher gibt es 7 Staffel von Pretty Little Liars, von denen die ersten 5 auf Netflix zu sehen sind.
Tote Mädchen lügen nicht
Tote Mädchen lügen nicht ist eine Roman-Verfilmung und die neueste Serie mit lesbisch/queeren Charakteren auf Netflix. Bei genauerem Hinsehen sind überall in der Serie Pride-Flaggen und Schilder mit der Schrift „Safe Space“ innerhalb der High School zu entdecken.
Es gibt eine, nicht geoutete, lesbische Hauptperson, einen schwulen Mitspieler, der eine wichtige Schlüsselfigur spi
elt, einen schwulen Poeten und zwei schwule Väter, die allerdings nur eine Nebenrolle spielen.Das Schöne an den LGBT Figuren in der Serie ist, dass vor allem die schwulen Charaktere einfach so sind, ohne das dies groß in die eine oder andere Richtung kommentiert wird. Es ist einfach so, fertig, was gerade in Teenager Serien nicht wirklich üblich ist.
Für die Zukunft hoffe ich auf sehr viel mehr Serien, in denen LGBT Charaktere wichtige Rollen spielen, das Coming Out aber endlich Nebensache wird.
Von Tote Mädchen Lügen nicht gibt es nur eine Staffel, eine Zweite ist aber gerade in Planung.
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THE NEW 30 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy this past spring (2019) as “Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama”! 14.1k subscribers on YouTube. It should definitely be on this list!
A lot more has come out of Asia since Make It Right though I wouldn’t really call them web series since they originally aired on TV despite only being online internationally.
World of BL has been doing a good job putting together links to series.
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Ok – dann gebe ich You Me Her doch eine Chance! Danke.(Ich las die Serienbeschreibung auf einer anderen Seite und es klang für mich eher nach einer US-Halb-Reality-Show… )Bin nicht der Sci-Fi-Mensch, deshalb finde ich es immer schade, wenn überwiegend in solchen Serien LGBTQ Personen zum Glück kommen sie überhaupt vor!
Hey Luna,ich fand die Serie super lustig, lag echt immer lachend auf dem Sofa ? Schau dir einfach mal die ersten ein/zwei Folgen an, dann merkst du relativ schnell, ob die Serie auch was für dich viel Spaß dabei!Alles Liebe,Annie
Hey liebe Annie, ich habe You, Me, Her durchgesuchtet und eben mit großer Enttäuschung festgestellt, dass es bereits die letzte Folge war. Jetzt hoffe ich, Staffel drei kommt bald. Danke für die tollen Empfehlungen, die anderen Serien werde ich auf jeden Fall mal unter die Lupe nehmen.
bis zur dritten Staffel wird es leider noch ein bisschen dauern, Schätzungen gehen von Anfang 2018 aus. Aber dass es eine 3. Staffel gibt, wurde immerhin von Netflix bestätigt ?Hoffentlich gefallen dir die anderen Serien auch so gut, dann wird das Warten nicht so lang.
We’ve created a list of gay web series featuring gay, lesbians, bears, queers, and more.
rukkle can relate to the frustration with the lack of gay representation seen on tv today. Thankfully, there’s a number of gay web series to help fill the void. Here’s our list of 10 gay web series for you to check out. Some have recently been released and others are already on their 2nd and 3rd seasons.
Amy Rubin that features a single lesbian as she figures out her thirties in Los Angeles.
The show features a lesbian but is suitable for everyone that’s faced life’s humiliations; such as, being caught masturbating in public (yes, you read that right).
Little Horribles is deemed funny enough to be added to Funny or Die’s stable of hilarious shows.
Interested in a funny web series about the poor decisions of a self-indulgent lesbian? This is in your zone:
Watch the 1st episode of gay web series, Little Horribles on YouTube.
Where The Bears Are
Rick CoppJoe Dietl and Ben Zook created Where The Bears Are that is currently raising money for its 3rd season.
The show has been described as “Golden Girls” meets “Murder, She Wrote” featuring a bunch of gay and hairy men. It’s been the recipient of Best Gay Web Series awards from both Queerty and afterElton.
[email protected] My favorite bears are raising money for a new season! Help them out if you can!
Watch the season 1 trailer of Where the Bears Are on YouTube.
Do you remember The Great Cock Hunt? Well this show is based on that popular blog-turned-book. Hunting Season follows the sexual adventures of Alex, a columnist who works hard during the day and get raunchy in the evening. This web series is NSFW.
Im kind obcess for @HuntingSeasonTV now, and im dying cause we dont have any announcement of dates… yess, im putting you on the wall,
Watch the first episode of gay web series, Hunting Season on Vimeo.
The Outs follows young gay men in Brooklyn and their adventures in dating. It has a great mix of sharp wit, dark humour, and some drama. The Outs is is created by Adam Goldman.
Their Chanukah episode made the list of The Atlantic’s top episodes of 2013. Goldman tweeted out the news,
The Outs Chanukah Special is on @TheAtlantic‘s list of Best TV Episodes of 2013 – pretty cool!
Watch gay web series, The Outs, trailer on YouTube.
Whatever This Is
Speaking of Adam Goldman, Whatever This Is, is his latest gay web series that he’s created.
“how long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent? Is it even possible?”
The 3 Bits
The 3 Bits is a gay web series that is written and directed by Max Freeman and Margaret Singer. The episodes are divided up by the three main characters — which are three siblings — so you can see the story unfold from their unique points of view. Two of the sibs are gay, while one is straight.
They’re already facing controversy with one scene featuring someone snorting cocaine off a baby resulted in a call from the actual police.
“They were worried that we were endangering a child. [An officer] called and said that he wanted to clarify that it was not a criminal investigation, it was a inquiry. But he repeated this five times and the more he said it, the more I felt like I needed to call a lawyer.”
Watch Roman’s first episode of The 3 Bits on YouTube.
Spin The Bottle
Spin The Bottle is a gay web series about six friends who talk about love and give dating advice to one another while drinking it up.
The series was created by Matthew Barnard, who describes Spin The Bottle as being…
“about six friends who give each other tips on love, relationships and sex, all while tipsy.”
The show is already in its 3rd season and you can watch the trailer for the trailer for Season 1 on YouTube.
We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.
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So, no urban/ethnic gay web series were found? There are some amazing and talented diverse lgbt content creators, but it is what it is, I suppose.
Hi Liki, Thanks for your comment, as we asked in the final sentence “We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.”
Please be sure to add your suggested content creators!
Hi Liki, Thanks for your comment, as we asked in the final sentence “We’ve shared ours, now we’d love to know your favourite gay web series.”
Please be sure to add your suggested content creators!
I think they went more for budget and mainstream exposure than audience size and so happens the color-less still get more exposure in these days and times…no shade. just truth.
There is a series called Freefall on YouTube. Lamont Pierre, Geno Brooks and the rest of the BOA collective have put together an entertaining urban series.
Production quality is great for most episodes. The situations make the episodes interesting, but I have to admit, there is a slight disconnect in the delivery of some lines.
Overall though, it’s a great series. It ventures outside of the gay comedy and gay-queen-centered shows often found on TV and on web.
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G & T is a fantastic Italian Web series. The first and most of the second season are on youtube. Italian with subtitles.
Gay is only, and only about sex. Prove me wrong. Also, all the finger pointing from those damn Christians, Muslims, Hindus and all that bullshit is really all about thier faillures……. the religions in the world condone LOVE, not same sex………. safeFour things to on to self, while others try to conform you to thier liking, at your expense.2. Learn how to self soothe constructivlely – shopping, sports etc3. Don’t react.4. Tolerate PAIN for the Dark One Prevents Truth……..
Yeah, because ‘Straight’ people only get married or have relationships JUST FOR SEX… makes perfect sense
G & T an Italian web series is at the top of my list. Matteo Rocchi is so DAYUM HAWT in it. The story is great. Please go check it out guys. You’ll surely love it like I ;s the link if your interested.
The BEST Gay web series is from, surprise-surprise, INDONESIA. It is called CONQ, and it has English Subtitles.
I can’t believe Feminin/Feminin didn’t get a mention! Another webseries 200% worth watching –
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990)
Jeanette Winterson’s semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is one of the best-known books to feature a lesbian central character, and is still studied in schools today. At the time of its broadcast, this beautifully acted adaptation caused a degree of controversy owing to its unashamed portrayal of teenage sexuality, as well as its depiction of the Elim Pentecostal Church, seen as an oppressive institution – members of the denomination, including the heroine’s mother, are appalled by lesbianism, and even perform an exorcism on young Jess.
Despite the negative influence of the church, it is an optimistic drama that shows Jess breaking free from the constraints of her small Lancashire community and emerging to better her lot by leaving home, getting into university and learning to be at peace with her sexuality. It’s also very funny, with a wicked ear for dialogue worthy of Geraldine McEwan as the strict mother), and launched the adult career of Charlotte Coleman, previously known for playing the title role in Marmalade Atkins (1981-84). Sadly, after a run of film roles, including Hugh Grant’s flatmate in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), she died aged 33 of a severe asthma attack.
For most of its first four seasons, Ellen was a likeable sitcom, fun, silly and safe. That changed with the 22nd episode of season four, named ‘The Puppy Episode’, in which the title character, like comedian Ellen Degeneres herself, came out. Despite bomb threats to the studio and protests from religious groups, the episode was broadcast in 1997, with Ellen finally uttering the words “I’m gay”, accidentally speaking the words into the microphone at an airport check-in desk. It’s one of the funniest ever episodes of a sitcom and a huge rating success, although sadly it was a last hurrah.
In the next (and final) season, which explored Ellen’s first steps into her new life, a severe ‘parental guidance’ warning was slapped on before each episode. Some critics bemoaned the focus on gay issues, and ratings fell, leading to the show’s cancellation. Too bad, for the last season showed more flare and originality than most of the 80+ episodes that had come before. Degeneres, meanwhile, is now a well-known face in showbiz, a regular Oscar host who won a new generation of fans voicing Dory in Finding Nemo (2003). Rarely has someone so utterly defied their critics, while remaining true to themselves.
Queer as Folk (1999)
This one came out of nowhere, a shameless and often outrageous series that gave a kicking to the perception of gay men as sexless best friends to female protagonists and instead put them centre stage, showing them to be as flawed, selfish and sex-hungry as everyone else – more so, in fact. Its first episode, featuring 29-year-old Stuart rimming a horny 15-year old, was unapologetically provocative, and upset both the tabloids and many gay viewers, who were alarmed by its subversive characters. The producers rightly protested that the series never claimed to be representative, but given the lack of precedence, it’s easy to see why its arrival came as a shock.
It hasn’t dated a jot (although Manchester’s Canal Street is now the stomping ground of hen parties alongside the gay clubbers), and launched the careers of its three stars, Charlie Hunnam. Creator Russell T. Davies, meanwhile, has become that rare thing – a household name TV screenwriter, largely thanks to the monster success of the revamp of Doctor Who (2005-). His next gay series, Bob & Rose (2001), about a homosexual guy who falls in love with a woman, had its admirers, but Queer as Folk remains a landmark. A pretty good sequel followed in 2000, while an underrated American-Canadian version ran for five seasons from 2000 to 2005.
Tipping the Velvet (2002)
Nan: May I really – touch you? Kitty: Oh Nan, I shall think I’ll die if you don’t!
The works of Sarah Waters have been adapted several times for the small screen – Fingersmith (2005), a meaty lesbian melodrama starring Sally Hawkins, missed this list by a whisker. Tipping the Velvet tells the tale of Nan (Rachael Stirling), a Whitstable oyster girl who falls hard for cross-dressing music hall star Kitty (Keeley Hawes), before ending up working as a male prostitute and being taken up by a sordid widow (a wonderful Anna Chancellor) who parades her around at sex parties. But can she find true love, and will it be in the arms of Kitty?
The TV series brilliantly borrows the conventions of early cinema – peep show irises, dramatic music and exaggerated reaction shots – to create a wry, knowing yet still very touching Victorian melodrama. It loses none of the sex from the source novel (the title comes from lesbian slang for cunnilingus), and the performances are top notch, especially from Stirling. And the ending is just perfect.
Angels in America (2003)
This hugely ambitious two-parter based on Tony Kushner’s epic play, dubbed ‘A Gay Fantasia on National Themes’, juggles the lives of very different gay men living in New York during the Reagan administration. It won five Golden Globes, including all the TV acting awards, and features one of the starriest line-ups of a miniseries, including Al PacinoMeryl Streep and Emma Thompson. Pacino won several awards for his fiery portrayal of the much-despised closeted lawyer Roy Cohn, as did Streep, playing the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, for whom Cohn successfully obtained the death penalty for her part in espionage. Justin Kirk and Ben Shenkman also excel as a gay couple torn apart when the former tests positive for HIV.
The Reagan administration’s appalling lack of reaction to the virus and the effects AIDS had on gay relationships is arrestingly depicted by the late director Mike NicholsThe GraduateWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). It’s also often very funny, and bravely surreal (the main cast portray various characters of different genders, ages and even species, with Thompson as a fearsome angel). Ultimately, though, its the heart-wrenching representation of the powers of love and forgiveness that make it a television masterpiece.
Sugar Rush (2005-06)
Before her witless transphobia stunk up her résumé, Julie Burchill was often a funny and refreshing writer when she could be bothered. Her breezy and frank Sugar Rush, a novel for teenagers, was adapted for a hugely enjoyable – and often alarming – TV series, telling the trials of a teenage lesbian, Kim (Olivia Hallinan), living in Brighton with a huge crush on her straight, tearaway best friend, Sugar (Lenora Crichlow, future star of Being Human and Fast Girls).
Broadcast the year before Skins made its explosive debut, it shares much in common in its outrageous depiction of teenage life. In one episode, Kim considers drugging Sugar – she doesn’t in the end, but the idea of ‘date rape’ being played for laughs would be unlikely to be greenlit today. In another, Kim accidentally ends up giving her feckless mother crabs (don’t ask). Its lack of moralising and celebration of the fun side of adolescence are pure Burchill. Sadly it was cancelled after two series.
Don’t Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves (2012)
Since the success of The Killing (2007–12), more and more foreign-language TV series, most of them Scandinavian, have been broadcast on British television. Swedish drama Don’t Ever Wipe Tears without Gloves follows the relationship between a troubled Jehovah’s Witness and a country boy who moves to Stockholm in the early 1980s, as the outbreak of AIDS begins (the awkward title comes from a stern instruction from a matron scolding a nurse who shows compassion to a dying gay man, showing the fear and paranoia surrounding the virus at the time).
Adam Lundgren is superb as Benjamin, shunned by his religious family but determined to care for his sick partner, and the drama is excellent at showing the human cost of the disease. It also punctures the cliché of Sweden as an uber-liberal country, showing the toxic homophobia that prevailed when the disease made headline news. But while deeply moving and often harrowing, its greatest triumph is showing the love and support within the gay community in Stockholm, while a shot of the two men falling in love as snow falls gently around them is achingly beautiful.
Orange Is the New Black (2013-)
One of the first series to be launched by Netflix, Orange Is the New Black takes TV’s favourite environment for lesbian action – a women’s prison – and refreshes it into a fun, funny and unpredictable drama. Whereas previous riffs on the scenario led to the melodrama of Within These Walls (1974-78) and Prisoner Cell Block H (1979-86), this one blended high drama – the main character, Piper, is sent to jail when her former girlfriend rats her out to the police, only to reunite with her behind bars – with great comedy storylines. Piper, a flaky and often selfish individual, could have been unwatchable, but Taylor Schilling keeps her the right side of sympathetic.
The lesbian relationships (there are many) are sensitively depicted, but the series broke new ground with the regular character of Sophia (Laverne Cox), a trans woman jailed for theft played by – gasp – a trans woman. That this should be a novelty is a damning indictment of film and TV representation of trans people (see Jared Leto’s dubious Oscar win for playing a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club). In 2013, Cox became the first trans person to be nominated for an acting Emmy for the role.
It has only run for one season, but it’s already clear that comedy-drama Transparent is something special, winning awards for best TV series (musical or comedy), and for lead actor Jeffrey Tambor, playing a trans woman who, post-retirement, begins her transition, to mixed reaction from her former wife and adult children. While other LGBT storylines weave into the narrative – one daughter leaves her husband for a woman, another has a brief affair with a trans man – it is Tambor’s dignified portrayal of Maura that dominates.
The show, produced by Amazon Studios and available online through their site, depicts the challenges facing trans people with refreshing candour. It’s also very funny, including Maura’s initial clumsy attempts to learn to be more feminine: “Your male privilege is leaking all over the place,” sighs one would-be tutor. All the characters are flawed, and occasionally obnoxious, but the excellent writing from Jill Soloway (who also has a parent who is trans) makes them intriguing, realistic people who you root for.
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15. London Spy (2015)
‘London Spy’ is a five-part miniseries produced by BBC Two and written and created by Tom Rob Smith. The series follows the story of a young gay couple, Danny and Alex. While Danny is a hedonistic, partying romantic, Alex is just the opposite. He is extremely intelligent but not as social as his partner. They live a perfectly happy life until one event completely destroys everything. Danny finds Alex’s dead body and we come to know that Alex was a secret agent for the MI6. Though far away from the world of espionage and intelligence services, Danny decides that he must find the perpetrators behind the murder of Alex and bring them to justice. The series has mostly received positive responses from critics, with many praising Ben Whishaw’s performance as Danny.
14. EastSiders (2012-)
The critically acclaimed ‘EastSiders’ premiered in 2012 and three seasons of the show have been released till date. Van Hansis and Kit Williamson portray the two leading characters of the show, Thom and Cal, who have been dating for four years when we meet them for the first time. One day, Cal finds out that Thom has been cheating on him. Cal decides to do the same and ends up cheating on Thom with Jeremy, the same guy Thom is having an affair with. This discovery naturally leads to serious problems in their relationship. Besides starring as a protagonist, Kit Williamson is also the creator, writer, and director of the series. ‘EastSiders’ is a completely independent production with all the episodes in the first season, barring the first two, and the entirety of the second season being produced by collecting funds using Kickstarter campaigning.
13. Call My Agent (2015-)
This French TV series deals with the world of entertainment and its many nuances and intricacies. The series follows the characters Andrea, Mathias, Gabriel, and Arlette, all of whom are talent agents. It is through their eyes that we get to see the inner workings of the crazy world of showbiz and glamour. Among these friends, Andrea is a lesbian and she meets a girl called Colette Brancillon through a dating app. Their relationship takes up a unique subplot in the series as we see them go through various ups and downs until a major incident brings them close. When they were going through a rough patch in their relationship, Andrea had a threesome one night and ended up getting pregnant. She confides in Colette and we see the latter promising Andrea that she will definitely help her get through this ordeal. This series was loved by both critics and audiences, The show has also won the ACS Awards in France for Best TV Series, Best Actress, and Best Writer.
8. Grace & Frankie (2015-)
‘Grace and Frankie’ is a warm, funny and innovative show. It follows the lives of two women, Grace and Frankie, and their lives after getting divorced. The reason that the two have gotten divorced is that their husbands have started dating each other. Thus, these two women, having no one else in their lives, decide to give each other support and start living with each other. While Grace is a successful businesswoman with a huge fortune, Frankie is a free-spirited art teacher. Their unique characteristics and the brilliant performances by Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) have made the show very popular among its audiences. Even critics have adored this unique comedy.
6. Queer Eye (2018-)
The concept of this show is quite unlike anything we have seen before. ‘Queer Eye’ is the only reality show on this list and the series follows five gay men who are well-established in their own professions. They are experts in fashion, culture, grooming, design, and culture. In the show, they help men understand the likes and dislikes of women from a feminine perspective and help them choose the right stuff for their dates accordingly. The five of them focus on one guest per episode. The first season of the show boasts of an incredible 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also been honored with a number of Emmy Awards.
5. The L-Word (2004-2009)
To make a show about lesbian characters way back in 2004 really needed some serious courage. The makers of ‘The L-Word’ did just that, and thus, created a series that was way ahead of its time. The show still managed to be very popular during its run. The main characters are a group of lesbian friends. We follow their lives as they deal with friends, family, and their alternate sexual choices. The show is considered a pioneer in the field of portraying lesbian characters on television. It was widely acclaimed by critics and audiences, and thus, a total of six seasons and 70 episodes were produced during the show’s run.
4. The Fosters (2013-2018)
‘The Fosters’ follows the lives of Stef and Lena, a lesbian couple with five children. While Stef is a police officer, Lena is the vice-principal of a school. They share a unique bond as they help raise this large family. Stef had married a man earlier who also is on good terms with them. The series received acclaim for its portrayal of diverse characters from different backgrounds and life choices. The fact that the couple is biracial apart from being lesbians is a very important aspect of the show.
3. Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017)
‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a teenage mystery thriller with five young girls as the central protagonists. These characters are — Spencer Hastings, Alison DiLaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields. Their lives pass by as regular school-going teenagers until Alisson suddenly goes missing. The remaining friends start receiving weird messages on their phones about Alisson. Though they think Alisson herself is behind this, one day Alisson’s dead body is discovered and the friends understand that they are in deep trouble. We later find out that the character of Emily is a closeted lesbian and she was always in love with Alisson.
2. One Day at a Time (2017-2019)
‘One Day At A Time‘ is based on a 1970s sitcom of the same name. The series follows a Cuban-American lady, Penelope Alvarez, who struggles to manage her life and relationships. Being in the army, she was earlier under strict rules and had to suppress a lot of desires and passions. This has also ended her marriage with her husband who turned into an alcoholic after returning from the army. Later, Penelope realizes that she is a lesbian and takes time to come out to her family. The series has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and audiences. The three seasons of the show have received ratings of 94%, 100%, and 100% respectively.
1. Orange is the New Black (2013-)
One of the first and most popular original shows by Netflix, ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ follows the story of a character called Piper Chapman. She is in jail when we meet her for the first time, and the series follows her life in the penitentiary as she deals with various other women criminals. Chapman has been jailed because she helped her drug dealer boyfriend launder some money. Inside the jail, she witnesses several sexual relationships between the women of the prison and begins to understand the severe problems women face in such institutions. The series is based on a true story written by Piper Kerman on her own life.
11. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
This anime belongs to the fantasy/magic genre. The plot follows the life of a young girl named Sakura. One day she finds a book filled with cards and before she could understand anything the cards are accidentally blown away and scattered all over the world. Later, a beast from the books tells her that the cards are magical and can pose a great threat to the world. She needs to get them back and seal them in the book. The gay characters here are Toya, Sakura’s older brother and Yukito, his best friend.
7. Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom (1996)
Mizuki is a Japanese track and field star. She wants to become better at it. She decides to join the high school in which her idol Izumi, a high jumper, goes to. But wait! That’s an all-boys school. Mizuki decides to cross-dress and hide her true identity from everyone but the coming of a new student who makes people question their orientation can be a bit troublesome for her. There are many instances of homosexuality in this anime. Hokuto Umeda, Akiha Hara are some of the queer characters.
1. Doukyuusei (2016)
Unlike many of the other anime on this list which has a few gay characters who don’t affect the storyline much, Doukyuusei is a romantic genre anime movie that is based on the homosexuality between the two male protagonists. Rhito is an A-level student while Hikaru is a guitarist in a band. Though they walk on completely different paths fate pulls them together and Hikaru helps Rhito prepare for a chorus. From here onwards the two start meeting regularly, eventually developing a romantic relationship.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)
The second season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology drama American Crime Story focuses on the death of legendary gay fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez), who was murdered by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) on the steps of his home in 1997. Criss received praise for his performance, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries, or Television Film. Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin also won rave reviews for channelling Donatella Versace and Gianni’s lover, Antonio D’Amico.
American Horror Story (2011 – present)
Cast: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Lady Gaga, Billy Eichner, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman
Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series has received universal acclaim since its premiere seven years ago, with particular praise for the performances of Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett. Each season focuses on a different sub-section of horror, such as an asylum, a haunted house, a coven of witches, a cult and the impending apocalypse. There are numerous LGBTQ+ characters in the series, most notably Paulson’s two lead characters: Lana Winters and Ally Mayfair-Richards. The series has been renewed for three more seasons, meaning American Horror Story will be on our screens until at least 2023.
Black Lightning (2018 – present)
Black Lightning follows the title character – Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) – a retired superhero with the ability to harness electricity, who becomes the headmaster at a high school. He returns to fighting crime when a local gang – The One Hundred – threatens citizens in the community. American actress Nafessa Williams plays Pierce’s daughter Anissa, a lesbian medical student and part-time teacher who is able to manipulate her body’s density at will. She made history as the first queer superhero of colour on television. Since its debut, the show has received acclaim for its maturity, and portrayal of race and sexuality, and has been renewed for a fourth and final season.
Bonding (2019 – present)
Loosely based on the experience of creator Rightor Doyle, Bonding follows psychiatry student slash dominatrix Tiff (Zoe Levin) who enlists her gay best friend from high school, Peter (Brendan Scannell) to be her assistant. Throughout the course of the series, Peter comes to terms with his sexuality and his newfound venture into sadomasochism, while Tiff attempts her balance her career with her… clients.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 – present)
Police procedural comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows a team of detectives in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn. The series has received highly positive reviews throughout its run, particularly for its portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher), winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The eighth season is set to premiere in 2021.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-2019)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows the overachieving Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), a real estate lawyer from Harvard who leaves her job in New York City to win back her ex-boyfriend. The series has received praise since its debut for its portrayal of mental health, female sexuality and parenting, with Bloom receiving a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016. One of the most prominent storylines in the series includes Darryl (Pete Gardner) and Josh’s (David Hull) relationship, and the latter’s reluctance to start a family. In later seasons, Rebecca’s close friend Valencia (Gabrielle Luiz) also embarks on a lesbian relationship with a woman called Beth, and it’s one of the most healthiest relationships of the series.
The latest addition to Netflix’s burgeoning Originals lineup is a brilliant blend of Mad Max, Zombieland and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (it even stars Matthew Broderick as a cannibalistic headteacher) loosely based on Brian Ralph’s celebrated graphic novel of the same name, with enough pop culture references to warrant several viewings. The show focuses on high schooler Josh Wheeler (Colin Ford) as he searches for his missing girlfriend in the city of Glendale, California. Like many great franchises, it’s the supporting cast that really make the world pop, especially Wesley Fists (Austin Crute), a bad-ass, sword-wielding hero; but what makes Wesley truly great is that he’s gay. It challenges the old stereotypes that being queer means being weak or a victim. Despite receiving positive reviews, the series was cancelled after just one season.
Grace and Frankie (2015 – present)
Hollywood icons Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as two unlikely friends who bond after their husbands leave them… for each other. It’s received glowing reviews since the premiere, and the cast – especially Fonda and Tomlin – have been lauded for their performances, receiving multiple nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. We see so much representation for LGBTQ+ youth on our TV screens, so Grace and Frankie is a breath of fresh air. The series was renewed for a seventh and final season consisting of 16 episodes, making it the longest-running Netflix production in history.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
The follow-up to the critically-acclaimed horror series The Haunting of Hill House, Bly Manor tells the story of Dani (Victoria Pedretti), a young au-pair who is hired to look after two children in an eerie country house. Upon her arrival, she begins to see hostile apparitions that proceed to haunt the premises. Unlike its spine-chillingly scary predecessor, Bly Manor was, as its core, a love story. The relationship between Dani and Jamie (Amelia Eve) was met with praise from critics, who applauded the show’s refreshing representation of LGBTQ+ women. You’ll never listen to Sheryl Crow’s I Shall Believe the same way again.
Jessica Jones (2015 – 2019)
Netflix’s second in a series of shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jessica Jones follows the titular character (played so brilliantly by Krysten Ritter), a former superhero with her own detective agency. The first season was universally acclaimed by critics for its approach to sexuality, and depiction of darker topics such as rape, assault and PTSD. The Matrix’s very own Carrie Anne-Moss stars as Jeri Hogarth, Jessica’s lesbian attorney and ally. The series’ last season also features Marvel Studios’ first major trans character.
Modern Family (2009 – 2020)
Cast: Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jeremy Maguire
Mockumentary sitcom Modern Family follows the lives of Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill) and his extended family, all of whom live in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have received universal acclaim for their portrayal as gay couple Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett, both receiving Primetime Emmy Awards. It was on the air for over 11 years, spanning 250 episodes, making it ABC’s longest-running sitcom in history.