LGBTQ TV
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150 Essential LGBTQ TV Shows  

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 150 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)

#150
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 (2019)
79%

#149
Synopsis: With Gotham in despair after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) returns home and becomes a dark... [More]

Boy Meets Girl (2015)
33%

#148
Synopsis: Sitcom set in Newcastle about a romance involving a transgender person.... [More]

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

Ellen (1994)

#146
Synopsis: A warm and funny slice-of-life sitcom about an L.A. bookstore manager and her acquaintances that began as a `Seinfeld'-like show... [More]

Adjusted Score: -0.163%
Synopsis: The residents of a seedy hotel (the `e' in its neon sign had long since burned out) are the focus... [More]
Starring:

The L Word (2004)
57%

#144
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%

#143
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)

#142
Synopsis: Following the lives of four gay black men living in Los Angeles.... [More]

#141
Synopsis: A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison.... [More]

Pose (2018)
96%

#140
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%

#139
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)

#138
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%

#137
Synopsis: Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications.... [More]

#136
Adjusted Score: -0.269%
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)
96%

#135
Synopsis: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the... [More]

#134
Adjusted Score: 79.092%
Critics Consensus: With a distinctive color palette and profoundly good-natured sensibility, Steven Universe beams onto screens as a fully realized gem that will appeal to all demographics.
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%

#133
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%

#132
Synopsis: Following the goings-on of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.... [More]

Will & Grace (1998)

#131
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. From the last year, 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%

#130
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%

#129
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%

#126
Synopsis: A drama about LGBT life in Manchester, England.... [More]
Directed By: Al Mackay, Luke Snellin

Betty (2020)
96%

#125
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%

#124
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%

#123
Synopsis: The cult hit web series Broad City comes compliments of the collective brains of Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer (both... [More]

Cucumber (2015)
91%

#122
Synopsis: A drama about a middle-aged gay man in Manchester, England.... [More]

Dickinson (2019)
75%

#121
Synopsis: Poet, daughter, and rebel Emily Dickinson embarks on a mission to become the world's greatest poet.... [More]

Difficult People (2015)
96%

#120
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 love story is set in Stockholm during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.... [More]

EastSiders (2012)

#118
Synopsis: Cal discovers that his partner Thom has been unfaithful and decides to turn to his friends to help him get... [More]

#117
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: Season 1 (2020)
100%

#116
Adjusted Score: 101.715%
Critics Consensus: An intimate portrait of addiction and love, Feel Good is at once sweetly charming, uncomfortably complicated, and completely worth falling for.
Synopsis: A comedian living in London navigates sobriety and a new relationship with her girlfriend.... [More]

Gentleman Jack (2019)
90%

#115
Synopsis: A series set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, focuses on landowner Anne Lister, who is... [More]

High Fidelity (2020)
86%

#114
Synopsis: A female record-store owner in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, uses music to reflect on past relationships in this TV adaptation of... [More]

Hollywood (2020)
57%

#113
Synopsis: HOLLYWOOD follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it... [More]

#112
Synopsis: I Am Not Okay With This is an irreverent origin story that follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials... [More]

Killing Eve (2018)
89%

#111
Synopsis: Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve (Oh) is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5... [More]

#127
Synopsis: The groundbreaking drama series, The L Word®, revolutionized a generation and this fall the highly anticipated sequel The L Word®:... [More]

Looking (2014)
90%

#110
Synopsis: A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.... [More]

Los Espookys (2019)
100%

#109
Synopsis: From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live," the primarily Spanish-language show... [More]

One Mississippi (2015)
96%

#108
Synopsis: In this dark comedy based on the life of Tig Nataro, a young woman returns to her hometown following the... [More]

The Other Two (2019)
94%

#107
Synopsis: Two siblings work towards finding themselves, while confronting the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight... [More]
Directed By: Andrew DeYoung

Please Like Me (2013)
100%

#106
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)
48%

#105
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)

#104
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)
92%

#103
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

Trinkets (2019)
50%

#101
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)
93%

#100
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%

#99
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]

Wentworth (2013)

#98
Synopsis: A drama that explores the challenges inmates and officers face in an all-female prison.... [More]

When We Rise (2016)
82%

#97
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%

#96
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 CBS All Access’s 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.

Adventure Time (2010)
100%

#95
Synopsis: The exploits of a boy and his magical dog are chronicled in this cartoon set in the surreal Land of... [More]

#94
Synopsis: A horror anthology series from Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy.... [More]

#93
Synopsis: A teen plunges into danger when he moves in with his wild relatives in this crime drama set in a... [More]

Arrow (2012)
85%

#92
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%

#91
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)
95%

#90
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)
98%

#89
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%

#88
Synopsis: A sitcom following the lives of a group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is... [More]

#87
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)

#86
Synopsis: Four young women living in Madrid work for the only telephone company that exists in the Iberian peninsula in 1920... [More]

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)
72%

#84
Synopsis: Valerie, a veteran celebrity who once upon a time a famous star from the sitcom "I'm It", has to embark... [More]

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
98%

#83
Synopsis: A woman gives up her prestigious job and upscale Manhattan apartment to search for love in California.... [More]

Daybreak (2019)
70%

#82
Synopsis: Navigating a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies and Mad Max-style gangs, a teenage outcast searches for his lost love in... [More]

#81
Synopsis: A time-traveling rogue assembles a group of heroes and villains to prevent the world's destruction.... [More]

Dear White People (2017)
95%

#80
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]

#78
Synopsis: A group of ordinary people stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life.... [More]

#77
Adjusted Score: 99.508%
Critics Consensus: DC Universe finds breakout material in this iteration of Doom Patrol thanks to a fully committed cast and the writing's faith in weirdness.
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%

#76
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%

#75
Synopsis: Las Encinas, the best and most exclusive school in Spain where the elite send their children to study, is also... [More]
Directed By: Ramón Salazar

Empire (2015)
84%

#74
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)
82%

#73
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%

#72
Synopsis: Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this... [More]

The Fosters (2013)
97%

#71
Synopsis: A lesbian couple head up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted kids.... [More]

Glee (2009)
71%

#70
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%

#69
Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler.... [More]

Good Trouble (2019)

#68
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)
91%

#67
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)
83%

#66
Synopsis: Doctors at a Seattle teaching hospital hone their bedside manners on and off the job in this medical drama.... [More]

Halt and Catch Fire (2014)
90%

#65
Synopsis: A trio of renegade techies in 1980s Texas launch a risky project amidst the personal-computer boom.... [More]

The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
88%

#64
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%

#63
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]

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

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

Limetown (2019)
69%

#59
Synopsis: Based on the hit podcast of the same name produced by Two-Up ("36 Questions," "The Wilderness"), Limetown follows Lia Haddock,... [More]

#58
Synopsis: Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an... [More]

The Magicians (2016)
91%

#57
Synopsis: A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to... [More]

#56
Synopsis: A PTSD-stricken superhero hangs up her costume and opens her own detective agency in this superhero drama.... [More]

Masters of Sex (2013)
84%

#55
Synopsis: Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.... [More]

Melrose Place (2009)
60%

#54
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%

#53
Synopsis: Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.... [More]

Mom (2013)

#52
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]

Mrs. America (2020)
95%

#50
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)
84%

#49
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)
100%

#48
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%

#47
Synopsis: A country-music legend fights to stay in the spotlight while a rising star tries to usurp her.... [More]

The OA (2016)
84%

#46
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%

#45
Synopsis: A remake of Norman Lear's classic 1975 sitcom revolves around a Cuban-American family headed by a recently separated military mom... [More]

Orphan Black (2013)
93%

#44
Synopsis: An orphan gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone.... [More]

Oz (1997)
89%

#43
Synopsis: A grim and graphically raw drama about life (and often death) in an experimental prison ward called Emerald City at... [More]

Riverdale (2017)
86%

#42
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%

#41
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%

#40
Synopsis: Meet Otis Milburn -- an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist. Surrounded... [More]
Directed By: Kate Herron

Shadowhunters (2016)
76%

#39
Synopsis: On her 18th birthday, a woman discovers that she's an angel-human hybrid who hunts demons.... [More]

#38
Synopsis: The saga of a wildly dysfunctional Irish clan, led by an alcoholic patriarch and his feisty, warm-hearted eldest daughter.... [More]

Shameless USA (2011)

#37
Synopsis: The escapades of a hard-partying Chicago father of six and his tight-knit but dysfunctional brood, who muddle along with adult... [More]
Directed By: Mark Mylod

Siren: Season 1 (2018)
95%

#36
Adjusted Score: 95.528%
Critics Consensus: Siren turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light.
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%

#35
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)

#34
Synopsis: The raucous goings-on among a group of teens in Bristol are chronicled in this drama series.... [More]

Smash (2012)
67%

#33
Synopsis: A musical drama focusing on a group of people staging a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe.... [More]

#32
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%

#31
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)
88%

#30
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%

#29
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)
92%

#28
Synopsis: The Pearson family's generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of joy and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents... [More]

Torchwood (2007)
94%

#102
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]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#27
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%

#26
Synopsis: A bright but ordinary-looking woman is a fish out of water working at a glitzy fashion magazine.... [More]

#25
Synopsis: On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of... [More]

#24
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%

#23
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%

#22
Synopsis: A complex, impeccably acted crime drama set in Baltimore that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the... [More]

Years and Years (2019)
89%

#21
Synopsis: A series that follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Cellan Jones


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: Netflix’s Cheer is ostensibly a sports doc, but a beautiful portrait of young gay friendship emerges over its six episodes; MTV’s The Real World was a groundbreaker for gay and lesbian representation; 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]

#19
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

Cheer (2020)
96%

#17
Synopsis: This gripping docuseries follows the ups and downs of Navarro College's competitive cheer squad as they work to win a... [More]
Starring: Monica Aldama

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

Gaycation (2016)

#15
Synopsis: Ellen Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the... [More]
Starring: Ellen Page

#14
Adjusted Score: 93.188%
Critics Consensus: Fun, fast, and full of surprises, Gayme Show! is a delight.
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%

#13
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)

#12
Synopsis: A series following the life of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teen in Florida.... [More]

Legendary: Season 1 (2020)
90%

#11
Adjusted Score: 90.782%
Critics Consensus: With host Dashaun Wesley's charms, talented houses, and seemingly endless joy, Legendary is a ballroom extravaganza for die-hards and newcomers alike.
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]

#9
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%

#8
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

#6
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)

#5
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)

#4
Synopsis: A female contestant is given an internal and external makeover by a team of three transgender women stylists.... [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]

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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