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LGBTQ TV

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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).


Favorite LGBTQ+ TV Shows
Groundbreakers and Big Firsts | Shows That Center on the LGBTQ+ Experience
Shows With LGBTQ+ Characters and Storylines | Reality Shows and Docuseries


Angels in America (2003)
90%

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Synopsis: Adapted from Tony Kushner's award-winning plays about social, sexual, religious and other issues facing 1980s America as the AIDS crisis... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

Banana (2015)
100%

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Synopsis: Through eight stand-alone stories, this series follows different aspects of LGBT life. Each episode focuses on the unique storyline of... [More]

Betty (2020)
98%

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Synopsis: Young women navigate the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding in New York City.... [More]

Bonding (2019)
73%

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Synopsis: Tiff is a grad student in New York City who is moonlighting as a dominatrix. For Tiff, her sexually explicit... [More]

Broad City (2014)
99%

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Synopsis: The critically acclaimed Web series "Broad City" moves to Comedy Central as a half-hour scripted series. It's created by and... [More]

Cucumber (2015)
91%

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Synopsis: Russell T. Davies writes this drama exploring the many facets of contemporary sex culture. "Cucumber" delves into 21st-century gay life... [More]
Directed By: David Evans

Dickinson (2019)
92%

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Synopsis: Emily Dickinson, poet, daughter, and total rebel; in this coming-of-age story, Emily is determined to become the world's greatest poet.... [More]

Difficult People (2015)
96%

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Synopsis: Life is really tough for Julie and Billy, two 30-something aspiring comics living and working in New York City. While... [More]


EastSiders (2012)
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Synopsis: A young gay couple battles infidelity and substance abuse in Los Angeles.... [More]

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Synopsis: Nicholas is a neurotic 20-something visiting his dad and teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. When... [More]

Feel Good (2020)
100%

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Synopsis: Recovering addict and comic Mae tries to control the addictive behaviors and intense romanticism that permeate her life; her efforts... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
92%

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Synopsis: It's 1832 in West Yorkshire, England -- the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution -- where landowner Anne Lister is... [More]

Halston (2021)
67%

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Synopsis: Iconic American fashion designer Halston skyrockets to fame before his life starts to spin out of control.... [More]

Heartstopper (2022)
98%

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Synopsis: Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love.... [More]

High Fidelity (2020)
86%

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Synopsis: Rob, a record-store owner in the rapidly gentrified Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, revisits past relationships through music and pop... [More]

Hightown (2020)
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Synopsis: Jackie Quiñones, a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, has her life thrown into disarray when she gets tasked with... [More]

Hollywood (2020)
59%

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Synopsis: In post-World War II Hollywood, aspiring actors and filmmakers will do almost anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.... [More]

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Synopsis: A teenager navigates the complexities of high school, family and her sexuality while dealing with new superpowers; based on Charles... [More]

It's a Sin (2021)
97%

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Synopsis: Ritchie, Colin and Roscoe leave home at 18 to begin new lives in 1981 London, but they find themselves challenged... [More]

Killing Eve (2018)
80%

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Synopsis: Eve's life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started.... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

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Synopsis: Three best friends living in San Francisco share the nuances and complexities of contemporary gay relationships as they explore a... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh, Sarah Condon

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#136
Synopsis: A primarily Spanish-language comedy (with English subtitles), the series follows the adventures of Renaldo, a horror and gore enthusiast who... [More]

Love, Victor (2020)
92%

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Synopsis: "Love, Victor" is set in the world of the groundbreaking movie, "Love, Simon," which was inspired by Becky Albertalli's acclaimed... [More]

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Synopsis: Ten years after the previous events, the original group of friends is joined by new faces as they continue their... [More]

One Mississippi (2015)
96%

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Synopsis: This Amazon original series is a dark comedy inspired by events in comic Tig Notaro's life. Starring as a Los... [More]
Directed By: Diablo Cody, Tig Notaro

The Other Two (2019)
97%

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Synopsis: Former "Saturday Night Live" head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider are the creative forces behind "The Other Two," a... [More]

Please Like Me (2013)
100%

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Synopsis: Twentysomething Josh is going through a number of big changes as he navigates his first decade of adulthood. After being... [More]

The Politician (2019)
51%

#130
Synopsis: Wealthy high school student Payton Hobart has known since he was 7 years old that he is going to be... [More]

Queers (2017)
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Synopsis: "Queers" takes a look at the lives of gay men and women in the U.K. This new project runs eight... [More]
Directed By: Mark Gatiss

Schitt's Creek (2015)
93%

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Synopsis: In the sitcom "Schitt's Creek," a wealthy couple -- video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira... [More]

She's Gotta Have It (2017)
78%

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Synopsis: Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee revisits his first feature film with this Netflix original series of the same name. Brooklyn-based artist... [More]

Torchwood (2006)
98%

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Synopsis: This series is set inside a branch of a covert agency called the Torchwood Institute, where dashing commander in chief... [More]

Trinkets (2019)
60%

#125
Synopsis: A grieving teenager finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school when they all land in... [More]

Twenties (2020)
88%

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Synopsis: A semi-autobiographical series created by Lena Waithe, "Twenties" follows Hattie, an aspiring screenwriter and queer Black woman in her 20s,... [More]

Vida (2018)
100%

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Synopsis: "Vida" is a drama series about two Mexican-American siblings from East Los Angeles. Party girl Lyn lives a carefree life... [More]

Synopsis: The true life story of Spanish transgender singer and TV personality Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez, better known by the nickname "La... [More]

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Synopsis: Starring Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Grant and based on a true story, "A Very English Scandal" tells the story of... [More]

Wentworth Prison (2013)
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Synopsis: Contemporary revival of a classic Australian prison drama series.... [More]

When We Rise (2017)
82%

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Synopsis: Academy-Award winner Dustin Lance Black executive produces this miniseries chronicling the real-life personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of... [More]

Work in Progress (2019)
100%

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Synopsis: Abby, a self-identified "fat, queer dyke" who lives with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, enters into a vibrantly transformative relationship during... [More]

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