LGBTQ TV

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175 Essential LGBTQ+ TV Shows  

Updated 5/30/2021

TV has been instrumental in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and in changing attitudes towards the community. It has also, perhaps most importantly, been a platform to tell stories that have made gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and more people feel less alone in the world – to know there is a big and varied community to which they belong. One pioneering show at a time, groundbreaking character by groundbreaking character, TV and streaming series have given the world an insight into the LGBTQ+ experience, and provided LGBTQ+ people with reflections of their own lives – stories to laugh along with, to cry with, and to identify with. In this list of essential LGBTQ+ TV shows, we highlight 175 shows that have broken ground, enlightened, and entertained.

We’ve arranged the list into four categories: shows that were big TV firsts, or featured TV firsts; shows that center on LGTBQ characters or experiences; shows that feature LGBTQ+ characters and stories, but where that isn’t necessarily the primary focus or thrust of the series; and reality shows and docuseries. As with all lists like this, even an “essential” one, there will be titles we’ve missed, and you may disagree with some of our categorizations; we encourage you share your thoughts and add your favorites in the comments, so when we do an update, we can have even more great LGBTQ+ titles to consider. 


GROUNDBREAKERS AND BIG FIRSTS

In many ways, nearly all of the series on this list could be called “trailblazers,” “pioneers,” and recognized for their contribution to furthering fuller LGBTQ+ representation on TV and in streaming. But the titles in this first section stand out for breaking boundaries and crossing major milestones. They did so by being the first network superhero TV show with an LGBTQ+ lead (actress and character), as is the case of the CW’s Batwoman, or featuring some of the earliest recurring gay characters on American TV, like Vincent Schiavelli’s Peter Panama on the short-lived The Corner Bar, or Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas on Soap. In this section you’ll also find the first Disney Channel show to feature a gay main character (Andi Mack), the first animated show to feature a same-sex marriage proposal (Steven Universe), and Pose, which broke ground with its diverse, largely transgender cast, and for being the series on which Janet Mock became the first transgender woman of color to direct and write an episode of television.

Andi Mack (2017)

#175
Synopsis: A 13-year-old girl has her world turned upside down when her older sister returns home in hopes of getting her... [More]
Directed By: Terri Minsky

Batwoman: Season 1 (2019)
80%

#174
Adjusted Score: 83.582%
Critics Consensus: Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike.
Synopsis: Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) is Bruce Wayne's cousin: three years after his disappearance, she decides to take up the mantle... [More]

Boy Meets Girl (2015)
33%

#173
Synopsis: Sitcom set in Newcastle about a romance involving a transgender person.... [More]

#172
Synopsis: Ten years before 'Cheers,' exec producer Alan King tried this blue-collar sitcom set in an NYC bar called Grant's Toomb.... [More]

Ellen (1994)

#171
Synopsis: Sitcom about an L.A. bookstore manager and her acquaintances.... [More]

#170
Synopsis: The residents of a seedy hotel (the `e' in its neon sign had long since burned out) are the focus... [More]

The L Word (2004)
57%

#169
Synopsis: The lives of a group of lesbian friends in L.A. make for a sexy and stylish cable drama that tackles... [More]

Modern Family (2009)
85%

#168
Synopsis: A mockumentary-style sitcom chronicling the unusual kinship of the extended Pritchett clan, a brood that includes patriarch Jay; his younger... [More]

Noah's Arc (2005)

#167
Synopsis: Following the lives of four gay black men living in Los Angeles.... [More]

#166
Synopsis: A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison.... [More]

Pose (2018)
98%

#165
Synopsis: Upon receiving an HIV positive diagnosis, Blanca Rodriguez (MJ Rodriguez) is forced to confront her mortality and dedicates herself to... [More]

Queer as Folk (UK) (1999)
100%

#164
Synopsis: The stories of three gay men from Manchester unfold in this British series that inspired a successful American cable version.... [More]

Queer as Folk (2000)

#163
Synopsis: Gay and lesbian friends living in Pittsburgh navigate the rivers of life, love and career in this sexually frank cable... [More]

Sense8 (2015)
86%

#162
Synopsis: Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications.... [More]

Soap (0)

#161
Synopsis: An endearingly nutty (and controversial for its time) soap-opera parody focusing on two sisters, Jessica and Mary, and their respective... [More]

Special (2019)
98%

#160
Synopsis: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the... [More]

Steven Universe (0)
100%

#159
Synopsis: A magical boy named Steven has adventures with a team of guardians of humanity. Along the way, he pursues his... [More]

Tales of the City (1993)
100%

#158
Synopsis: Gender bends effortlessly in this six-hour miniseries set in San Francisco and based on Armistead Maupin's bestseller (which initially appeared... [More]

Transparent (2014)
90%

#157
Synopsis: Following the goings-on of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.... [More]

Will & Grace (1998)

#156
Synopsis: Snappy hit about a straight woman and a gay man who are best friends. She's a decorator with a snippy,... [More]


SHOWS THAT CENTER ON THE LGBTQ+ EXPERIENCE

In this section, we focus on shows whose central character, or multiple central characters, are LGBTQ+, and whose storylines and approach have a distinctly LGBTQ+ focus. You’ll find High Fidelity, in which Zoë Kravitz plays bisexual record store owner Rob; Ryan Murphy’s period gay fantasia, Hollywood; and Twenties, Lena Waithe’s semi-autobiographical BET series. HBO’s short-lived but long-loved Looking, which followed the lives of three gay San Francisco men, is here, too, along with Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski’s envelope-pushing Sense8, and Vida, about two Mexican-American sisters living in L.A. The list also features a group of LGBTQ+ comedians who crafted smart, critically acclaimed, funny, and moving shows around their own personas, among them Josh Thomas (Please Like Me), Mae Martin (Feel Good), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), and Abby McEnany (Work In Progress).

AJ and the Queen (2020)
52%

#155
Synopsis: RuPaul stars as Ruby Red, a bigger than life but down on her luck drag queen who travels across America... [More]

Angels in America (2003)
90%

#154
Synopsis: Brilliant adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning play about the dawn of AIDS in the 1980s, focusing on a powerful lawyer,... [More]

Synopsis: Middle-aged Mary Ann returns to San Francisco and the eccentric friends she left behind.... [More]

Banana (2015)
100%

#152
Synopsis: A drama about LGBT life in Manchester, England.... [More]
Directed By: Al Mackay, Luke Snellin

Betty (2020)
97%

#151
Synopsis: Opinionated and loyal, Janay (Dede Lovelace) is strong willed and stubborn in ways that both help and hurt her. Honeybear... [More]

Bonding (2019)
71%

#150
Synopsis: Chains, whips and hilarious quips! For grad student/dominatrix Tiff (Zoe Levin) and her cash-strapped gay best friend Pete (Brendan Scannell),... [More]

Broad City (2014)
99%

#149
Synopsis: The cult hit web series Broad City comes compliments of the collective brains of Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer (both... [More]

Cucumber (2015)
91%

#148
Synopsis: A drama about a middle-aged gay man in Manchester, England.... [More]

Dickinson (2019)
87%

#147
Synopsis: Poet, daughter, and rebel Emily Dickinson embarks on a mission to become the world's greatest poet.... [More]

Difficult People (2015)
96%

#146
Synopsis: This comedy series zeros in on two irreverent, people-hating best friends in New York City.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Fleming, Neil Daly

Synopsis: A three-part drama series about love and the scouge of AIDS in the gay community. The story is set in... [More]

EastSiders (2012)

#144
Synopsis: Cal discovers that his partner Thom has been unfaithful and decides to turn to his friends to help him get... [More]

#143
Synopsis: A neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of which has autism.... [More]

Feel Good (2020)
100%

#142
Synopsis: A comedian living in London navigates sobriety and a new relationship with her girlfriend.... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#141
Synopsis: A series set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, focuses on landowner Anne Lister, who is... [More]
Directed By: Sally Wainwright

Halston (2021)
66%

#140
Synopsis: The limited series HALSTON follows the legendary fashion designer (Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a... [More]

High Fidelity (2020)
86%

#139
Synopsis: A female record-store owner in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, uses music to reflect on past relationships in this TV adaptation of... [More]

Hightown (2020)
80%

#138
Synopsis: "Hightown" follows one woman's journey to sobriety, overshadowed by a murder. Jackie Quiñones, a hard-partying townie, discovers a body on... [More]

Hollywood (2020)
57%

#137
Synopsis: HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it... [More]

#136
Synopsis: I Am Not Okay With This is an irreverent origin story that follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials... [More]

It's a Sin (0)
98%

#135
Synopsis: It's a Sin follows the story of the 1980s, the story of AIDS, and charts the joy and heartbreak of... [More]

Killing Eve (2018)
89%

#134
Synopsis: Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5... [More]
Directed By: Harry Bradbeer, Jon East

Looking (2014)
90%

#133
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#132
Synopsis: From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live," the primarily Spanish-language show... [More]

Love, Victor (2020)
95%

#131
Synopsis: Set in the world of the 2018 groundbreaking film "Love, Simon," which was inspired by Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, "Simon... [More]

#130
Synopsis: The groundbreaking drama series, The L Word®, revolutionized a generation and this fall the highly anticipated sequel The L Word®:... [More]

One Mississippi (2015)
96%

#129
Synopsis: In this dark comedy based on the life of Tig Notaro, a young woman returns to her hometown following the... [More]

The Other Two (2019)
94%

#128
Synopsis: Two siblings work towards finding themselves, while confronting the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight... [More]
Directed By: Anu Valia, Andrew DeYoung

Please Like Me (2013)
100%

#127
Synopsis: A young adult's seemingly well-ordered life gets thrown into chaos in this comedy-drama.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Saville

The Politician (2019)
49%

#126
Synopsis: Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political... [More]

Queers (2017)

#125
Synopsis: Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star award winners Alan Cumming (Battle of the Sexes), Ben Whishaw... [More]

Schitt's Creek (2015)
93%

#124
Synopsis: A wealthy family lose their fortune and move to a dreary small town they purchased once as a joke.... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Ciccoritti

Torchwood (2007)
94%

#123
Synopsis: A top-secret team of investigators use scavenged alien technology to solve crimes---both human and alien---in this sci-fi adventure series from... [More]

Trinkets (2019)
56%

#122
Synopsis: When three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifter's Anonymous... [More]

Twenties (2020)
88%

#121
Synopsis: A queer African American woman hangs out with her two straight best friends as they all try to make their... [More]

Vida (2004)
100%

#120
Synopsis: "Vida" is a half-hour drama series focusing on two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be... [More]

Veneno (0)
100%

#119
Synopsis: The series follows Valeria, a young journalism student who discovers she has more in common with La Veneno than she... [More]
Directed By: Javier Calvo

#118
Synopsis: It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party,... [More]

Wentworth (2013)

#117
Synopsis: A drama that explores the challenges inmates and officers face in an all-female prison.... [More]

When We Rise (2016)
82%

#116
Synopsis: The LGBT civil-rights movement is chronicled from its turbulent infancy to the present through the experiences of a diverse family... [More]

Work in Progress (2019)
100%

#115
Synopsis: Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.... [More]


SHOWS WITH LGBTQ+ STORYLINES AND CHARACTERS

A number of shows that don’t focus exclusively or centrally on LGBTQ+ characters or storylines, but which do have story arcs and standout LGBTQ+ characters in their ensembles, have done great things for representation. Think Sara Ramirez’s Dr. Callie Torres in Grey’s Anatomy, Asia Kate Dillon’s non-binary Taylor Mason in Billions, Wilson Cruz’s Ricki Vasquez on My So-Called Life or, for that matter, an all-grown-up Wilson Cruz’s Dr. Hugh Culber, whose relationship with Anthony Rapp’s Lt. Commander Paul Stamets forms the heart of Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery. In this list, you’ll also find Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on which couple Willow and Tara featured in TV’s first lesbian sex scene (albeit a suggestive, tame one), and a number of recent sitcoms that have challenged stereotypes about gay men and masculinity (Brooklyn Nine NineHappy EndingsIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). In recent years we’ve seen more trans actors cast in trans roles, too, playing full and rich characters such as Margo Fairchild (Jen Richards) in Mrs. Fletcher and Jules (Hunter Schafer) in Euphoria. And progressive showrunners have been ensuring representation is a priority in genre, with superhero series such as ArrowDoom PatrolThe FlashJessica JonesDC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and more populating their action-packed series with LGBTQ+ heroes, sidekicks, and villains.

9-1-1: Lone Star (2019)
75%

#114
Synopsis: A New York cop and his son relocate from New York City to Austin, Texas.... [More]

Adventure Time (2010)
100%

#113
Synopsis: The exploits of a boy and his magical dog are chronicled in this cartoon set in the surreal Land of... [More]

American Gods (2017)
74%

#112
Synopsis: "American Gods" posits a different kind of war brewing -- one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old... [More]

#111
Synopsis: A horror anthology series from Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy.... [More]

#110
Synopsis: A teen plunges into danger when he moves in with his wild relatives in this crime drama set in a... [More]

Arrow (2012)
86%

#109
Synopsis: Reinventing the DC Comics character, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero every bit as dangerous as the... [More]

Billions (2016)
88%

#108
Synopsis: The world of high finance is explored by tracking the approaching collision between a savvy U.S. Attorney and a leading... [More]

Black Lightning (2018)
92%

#107
Synopsis: A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers. Based... [More]

The Bold Type (2016)
91%

#106
Synopsis: Ladies working at a global women's magazine navigate life, love and friendship together. Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor... [More]

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
95%

#105
Synopsis: A sitcom following the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is... [More]

#104
Synopsis: A cheerleader is chosen to battle the forces of evil as she weathers the storms of young adulthood in an... [More]

Cable Girls (2017)

#103
Synopsis: Four young women living in Madrid work for the only telephone company that exists in the Iberian peninsula in 1920... [More]
Directed By: Antonio Hernández

Castlevania (2017)
94%

#102
Synopsis: Inspired by the video game, this medieval fantasy follows the last surviving member of the Belmont clan and his attempt... [More]
Directed By: Sam Deats

Synopsis: Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the... [More]

The Comeback (2005)
73%

#100
Synopsis: Former sitcom "It Girl" Valerie Cherish tries to jump-start her career with a series of ill-advised forays into reality TV.... [More]

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
98%

#99
Synopsis: A woman ends up in California in search of true love, giving up a prestigious job and an upscale Manhattan... [More]

Daybreak (2019)
70%

#98
Synopsis: Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and Mad Max-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love in... [More]

#97
Synopsis: A time-traveling rogue assembles a group of heroes and villains to prevent the world's destruction.... [More]

Dear White People (2017)
95%

#96
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear... [More]

Synopsis: A reboot of the teen drama follows the trials and triumphs of urban high-school students in Canada.... [More]

#94
Synopsis: A group of ordinary people stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life.... [More]

Doom Patrol (0)
96%

#93
Synopsis: A re-imagining of one of DC's most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane,... [More]

Easy (2016)
90%

#92
Synopsis: Easy is an anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern... [More]

Elite (2018)
97%

#91
Synopsis: Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study, is also... [More]

Empire (2015)
84%

#90
Synopsis: A music mogul plans for the future of his empire as his three sons and his ex-wife battle each other... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
90%

#89
Synopsis: Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma... [More]
Directed By: Sam Levinson, Pippa Bianco

The Flash (2014)
89%

#88
Synopsis: Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this... [More]

For All Mankind (2019)
86%

#87
Synopsis: 'For All Mankind' presents an aspirational world where NASA astronauts, engineers and their families find themselves in the center of... [More]

The Fosters (2013)
97%

#86
Synopsis: A lesbian couple head up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted kids.... [More]

Genera+ion (2021)
74%

#85
Synopsis: Genera+ion is a dark yet playful half-hour following a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices... [More]

Girls5eva (2021)
97%

#84
Synopsis: When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90's gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their... [More]

Glee (2009)
70%

#83
Synopsis: Musical comedy-drama about the misfits who make up a high-school singing club and teacher Will Schuester, the one-time glee-club star... [More]

GLOW (2017)
92%

#82
Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler.... [More]

Good Trouble (2019)

#81
Synopsis: Spin-off of ''The Fosters'' follows Callie and Mariana as they embark on the next phase of their young adult lives... [More]

Grace and Frankie (2015)
88%

#80
Synopsis: Two nemeses become bonded jilted wives after their husbands reveal they have been having an affair with each other since... [More]
Directed By: Tate Taylor

Grey's Anatomy (2005)
84%

#79
Synopsis: The story revolves around five surgical interns and their supervisors, showing their personal and professional lives.... [More]

Hacks (2021)
100%

#78
Synopsis: Hacks explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.... [More]

Halt and Catch Fire (2014)
90%

#77
Synopsis: A trio of renegade techies in 1980s Texas launch a risky project amidst the personal-computer boom.... [More]

The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
82%

#76
Synopsis: Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of... [More]

Happy Endings (2011)
76%

#75
Synopsis: A sitcom about the complications arising among friends of a seemingly perfect couple who break up.... [More]

Synopsis: A law professor and a group of her best students are drawn into a real-life murder conspiracy.... [More]

I May Destroy You (2020)
98%

#73
Synopsis: A drama that explores the question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating... [More]
Directed By: Sam Miller

Synopsis: Four egocentric friends run a bar together in Philadelphia and love to revel in each other's misery.... [More]

#71
Synopsis: A comedy-drama about childhood sweethearts who reunite after 60 years and the deaths of their respective spouses.... [More]

Limetown (2019)
71%

#70
Synopsis: Based on the hit podcast of the same name produced by Two-Up ("36 Questions," "The Wilderness"), Limetown follows Lia Haddock,... [More]

Little America (2020)
95%

#69
Synopsis: Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, "Little America" will go beyond the headlines to look at the... [More]

#68
Synopsis: Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an... [More]

Lovecraft Country (2020)
88%

#67
Synopsis: Atticus Black, a young black man, joins his friend and uncle on a road trip in the 1950s to find... [More]

The Magicians (2016)
91%

#66
Synopsis: A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to... [More]

#65
Synopsis: A PTSD-stricken superhero hangs up her costume and opens her own detective agency in this superhero drama.... [More]

Master of None (2015)
94%

#64
Synopsis: Comedy following the personal and professional challenges that face a 30-year-old New York actor, whose trials range from the immigrant... [More]

Masters of Sex (2013)
84%

#63
Synopsis: Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.... [More]

Melrose Place (2009)
60%

#62
Synopsis: Remake of the hit '90s series follows a group of sexy twentysomethings whose lives become entangled while living in a... [More]

Mindhunter (2017)
97%

#61
Synopsis: Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

Mom (2013)

#60
Synopsis: Anna Faris and Emmy® winner Allison Janney star in a new comedy from Chuck Lorre. Faris plays Christy, a single... [More]

Synopsis: An enigmatic character called The Professor plans something unique when he plots to carry out the biggest robbery in history.... [More]

#58
Synopsis: Three young women trained in combat magic prepare for a terrifying and thrilling early deployment in a world where traditional... [More]

Mrs. America (2020)
96%

#57
Synopsis: Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led... [More]

Mrs. Fletcher (2019)
82%

#56
Synopsis: Eve Fletcher (Kathryn Hahn), a mid-40s single mom who works as the executive director of a senior center, drops her... [More]

My So-Called Life (1994)
95%

#55
Synopsis: A thoughtful drama about an angst-ridden teen (she calls school `a battlefield for your heart') and her suburban family. Critical... [More]

Nashville (2012)
90%

#54
Synopsis: Country music stars juggle their careers, relationships, family and the ever-changing industry.... [More]

The OA (2016)
84%

#53
Synopsis: Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for... [More]

One Day at a Time (2017)
99%

#52
Synopsis: A remake of Norman Lear's classic 1975 sitcom revolves around a Cuban-American family headed by a recently separated military mom... [More]
Directed By: Pamela Fryman

Orphan Black (2013)
93%

#51
Synopsis: An orphan gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone.... [More]

Oz (1997)
92%

#50
Synopsis: A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at... [More]

Ratched (2019)
61%

#49
Synopsis: From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, RATCHED is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse... [More]

Riverdale (2017)
86%

#48
Synopsis: Drama based on characters from the Archie comic-books series is set in Riverdale, where aspiring musician Archie deals with life,... [More]

Secret City (2016)
100%

#47
Synopsis: A drama series that follows senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley as she uncovers conspiracies under the surface of Canberra. As... [More]

Sex Education (2019)
94%

#46
Synopsis: Meet Otis Milburn -- an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded... [More]
Directed By: Ben Taylor

Shadow and Bone (2021)
87%

#45
Synopsis: Based on Leigh Bardugo's worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier... [More]

#44
Synopsis: The serio-comic saga of a wildly dysfunctional Irish clan led by an alcoholic patriarch and his feisty, warmhearted eldest daughter.... [More]

Shameless (2011)
82%

#43
Synopsis: From producers John Wells and Paul Abbott, this outrageous family drama is based on the long-running hit UK series and... [More]

Shadowhunters (2016)
76%

#42
Synopsis: On her 18th birthday, a woman discovers that she's an angel-human hybrid who hunts demons.... [More]

Synopsis: An orphan girl is transformed into warrior She-Ra by a magic sword.... [More]
Directed By: Jen Bennett, Roy Burdine

Siren (0)

#40
Synopsis: "Siren" takes us inside Bristol Cove--a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the... [More]

Six Feet Under (2001)
81%

#39
Synopsis: Life---and death---at a family-owned funeral home in Los Angeles plays out in this provocative, at times macabre series created by... [More]

Skins (UK) (2007)

#38
Synopsis: The raucous goings-on among a group of teens in Bristol, England, are chronicled in this drama series.... [More]

Smash (2012)
68%

#37
Synopsis: A musical drama focusing on a group of people staging a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe.... [More]

Soulmates (2020)
71%

#36
Synopsis: Soulmates is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone... [More]

#35
Synopsis: The series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one... [More]

Star Trek: Picard (2020)
87%

#34
Synopsis: At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart)... [More]

Supergirl (2015)
90%

#33
Synopsis: At 24, Kara Zor-El decides the time has come to embrace her superhuman abilities and fulfill her destiny as a... [More]

Sweetbitter (2018)
56%

#32
Synopsis: Sweet. Salt. Sour. Bitter. Umami. Now your tongue is coded. "Sweetbitter" tells the story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in... [More]

This Is Us (2016)
93%

#31
Synopsis: The Pearson family's generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of joy and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#30
Synopsis: HBO's hit drama series created by Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under') and based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by... [More]

Ugly Betty (2006)
97%

#29
Synopsis: A bright but ordinary-looking woman is a fish out of water working at a glitzy fashion magazine.... [More]

#28
Synopsis: On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of... [More]

#27
Synopsis: A woman who lived in a cult for 15 years starts life anew in New York City in this comedy... [More]

Versailles (2015)
57%

#26
Synopsis: Louis XIV flaunts his absolute power by building the most extraordinary castle in the world, in his bid to keep... [More]

The Wire (2002)
94%

#25
Synopsis: A complex, impeccably acted crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the... [More]

Wynonna Earp (2016)
92%

#24
Synopsis: Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter brings the paranormal to justice in this supernatural series based on the IDW Publishing comic created... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#23
Synopsis: Following a family from Manchester whose lives converge on a crucial night in 2019.... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Mulcahy


REALITY SHOWS AND DOCUSERIES

LGBTQ+ representation on TV has been advanced through reality shows — both competition and otherwise — and documentaries, even those that aren’t explicitly billed as queer: MTV’s The Real World was a groundbreaker for gay and lesbian representation, and Project Runway has spotlighted the talents of dozens of LGBTQ creatives. In this list you’ll find the queen of them all, RuPaul’s Drag Race, along with some more hidden-gem reality competitions to check out, among them TRANSform Me, hosted by Laverne Cox, and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula. Also here: insightful docuseries like Gaycation, in which Ellen Page explores different LGBTQ+ cultures across the planet, and Apple TV+’s Visible: Out on Television, which dives into the impact that television — including some of the shows on this list — has had on the community and how it is perceived.

Synopsis: A reality show that charts the life of New Orleans music figure Big Freedia, a practitioner of "bounce," a music... [More]

#21
Synopsis: Pedestrians field music and pop-culture questions in this comedic trivia-theme game show.... [More]

Synopsis: The Boulet Brothers host a competition of drag performers that features ghoulish themes.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Nathan Noyes

Synopsis: Following a cosmopolitan couple who purchase a farm in a bid to launch an organic lifestyle brand.... [More]

Gaycation (2016)

#18
Synopsis: Elliot Page and his best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the... [More]
Starring: Elliot Page

Gayme Show! (0)
93%

#17
Synopsis: Hosted by comedians Matt Rogers and Dave Mizzoni, GAYME SHOW! is a comedic competition show that uplifts and celebrates the... [More]
Starring:

I Am Cait (2015)
86%

#16
Synopsis: Caitlyn Jenner seeks out her 'new normal' in this documentary series, which follows the star living her life as a... [More]

I Am Jazz (2015)

#15
Synopsis: A series following the life of Jazz Jennings, a transgender woman in Florida.... [More]

The Lady and the Dale (2021)
100%

#14
Synopsis: The saga of 1970s entrepreneur Elizabeth Carmichael, who rose to fame with her promotion of The Dale, a three-wheeled, fuel-efficient... [More]
Starring: Michael Michael
Directed By: Zackary Drucker

Legendary (2020)
91%

#13
Synopsis: Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka "houses") must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion... [More]

Synopsis: The triumphs and defeats of an all-male competitive dance team from Alabama are chronicled in this reality series.... [More]

Pride (2020)
100%

#11
Synopsis: In PRIDE, from Emmy® Award-winning Killer Films (This American Life, Mildred Pierce) and Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winning... [More]
Starring: Alex Stapleton

#10
Synopsis: A runaway runway-reality hit in which players compete to become a professional fashion designer. The winning prize includes $100,000 to... [More]

Queer Eye (2018)
93%

#9
Synopsis: It's been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionized reality television. The series... [More]

Synopsis: In the breakout hit, style-challenged hetero men are rescued by gay men dubbed the Fab Five, who set about turning... [More]
Directed By: Jörg Fockele

#7
Synopsis: A pioneering reality series following young strangers who live together in various locales. A new cast is featured each season,... [More]
Directed By: Craig Borders

Transcendent (2015)

#6
Synopsis: The highs and woes of trans women working at a cabaret in San Francisco are charted in this documentary series.... [More]
Starring: Bambiana, Bionka, LA, Nya

TRANSform Me (2010)

#5
Synopsis: A female contestant is given an internal and external makeover by a team of three transgender women stylists.... [More]

#4
Synopsis: A reality series following the everyday lives of six lesbians from Los Angeles, among them a writer and her producer-lover,... [More]

RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)
83%

#3
Synopsis: Drag queens compete in weekly challenges in an elimination contest hosted by the noted drag performer and featuring celebrity judges.... [More]
Directed By: Ian Stevenson

Synopsis: "Visible: Out on Television" investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and... [More]

We're Here (2020)
100%

#1
Synopsis: Small-town residents across America are recruited to participate in a one-night only drag show.... [More]

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