53 Queer TV Shows To Stream On Netflix

This post was originally published in November 2015 and was most recently updated in April 2018.

Why simply marathon a good television show when you could marathon a good television show with some element of bisexuality, homosexuality, pansexuality or otherwise non-heterosexuality buried within it? We have listed all those currently available on Netflix and indicated exactly how much non-heterosexuality you should prepare yourself for.

Stories with queer content that didn’t show up until a Season Netflix doesn’t have available are not included (e.g., How to Get Away With Murder, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) (ETA: This may no longer be true, we’re looking into it!) or who played such a minor role in the series overall that it hardly could be considered queer (e.g., Secret Life of the American Teenager, Parenthood).


Almost Every Netflix Streaming TV Show With An Openly-Acknowleged Lesbian, Bisexual or Queer Female Character In The Seasons Netflix Has Available


PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE LISTED BY GAYNESS LEVEL GROUPS, BUT NOT RANKED WITHIN THEIR GROUP. Like “Very Gay” shows are beneath “Extremely Gay” shows, but the chunk of “Very Gay” shows are listed in a random order, not in order of gayness.

The L Word (2004 – 2009) (Seasons 1-6)

The Gayest

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If you’ve not already seen The L Word then I imagine you have your reasons, like that most of it wasn’t very good, or that you have no interest in the lives of a bunch of glamorous lesbians in Los Angeles living, laughing, loving, and going gay for Shane. But being snowed in might be your big chance to get to know our girls! We’ve even provided you with an L Word Watcher’s Guide.


Queer As Folk (2000 – 2005) (Seasons 1-5)

The Gayest (It seems ridiculous to categorize this show as anything but “the gayest,” even though I’m ranking gayness in this article by the prevalence of female non-heterosexuals and this show is really about gay men. On a strictly Lady Gay scale, I’d go with Medium Gay.)

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It’s a show about gay men, not gay women, but there’s a lesbian couple, Mel and Lindsay, in the forefront of the action. I loved this show, though, and not because of Mel and Lindsay so much as in spite of them — they were baby-obsessed and had a wonderful “lesbian cheats on her wife with a man” subplot, so I wasn’t exactly crazy about the lesbian representation on this show.


Lost Girl (2010 – 2014) (Seasons 1-5)

Extremely Gay

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It’s the stylized and daring Canadian sci-fi show is about a bisexual succubus raised by Muggles who investigates crimes involving supernatural creatures with her best friend Kenzie and navigates a rocky love triangle involving a Light Fae Wolf Shapeshifter, Dyson, and a hot doctor, Lauren, employed by the Dark Fae. There’s a lot of cleavage.


The Fosters (2012 – 2018) (Seasons 1-5)

Extremely Gay

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Stef and Lena are lesbian foster parents with a shit-ton of kids who are mostly good but also get into a lot of trouble. Family stuff! It’s a pretty PG show, but cute and fresh and meaningful, too. There’s also a tertiary trans boy character and a heart-wrenchingly tender story about the coming out of an elementary-school-aged boy adopted by The Fosters.


Orange is the New Black (2013 – ) (Seasons 1-5) (Netflix Original)

Extremely Gay

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If you just arrived on this planet from several years rotating the earth in outer space or perhaps have been living beneath a rock since early 2013, I’ve got great news for you: there’s this new show called Orange is The New Black with like a billion queer characters in it, rampant misandry, a nearly all-female cast, and racial diversity for days. We’ve got queers playing queers (Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria, Ruby Rose), a not-so-hidden agenda to expose the draconian absurdity of the prison-industrial complex, and situations that’ll make you laugh, sob, and fall in love. With a television show.

Until Season Four, which ends in tragedy and heartbreak and is highly problematic and, well, it might turn you off the show forever!


Sense8 (2014 – 2017) (Seasons 1-2) (Netflix Original)

Extremely Gay

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This show got very mixed reviews from us for Season One, but everybody lost it when Sense8 got cancelled after Season Two, so it looks everybody’s hearts warmed right up! If you like ambitious, sprawling sci-fi epics with enormous budgets, assorted racial stereotypes and a refreshing transgender female character in an interracial relationship with another woman, then you should give it a shot! The show creators have confirmed that every character is pansexual, there’s also two lesbians (one of whom is trans) and a gay male couple.


Wentworth (2013 – ) (Seasons 1-5+)

Very Gay

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Wentworth‘s levels of gayness vacillate from season to season but there’s always at least one or two queer women right at the forefront. Badass Frankie starts out as your standard-issue Shane but her evolution over the seasons is both unexpected and compelling. There’s Ferguson, the psychopathic governor who um… loses her job, so to speak, eventually. Even Bea, who starts out as our heterosexual protagonist, gets a girlfriend eventually. Aside from some really brutal butch lesbian stereotypes, it’s a damn good show!


Everything Sucks! (2018 – ) (Season One+) (Netflix Original)

Very Gay

We fell hard for this ’90s throwback series centered on a tomboy coming out to herself and the world (and crushing hard on an alternateeen drama queen) — you can marathon the whole thing in a night and then sit here praying it gets renewed right along with us.


Pretty Little Liars (2009 – 2017) (Seasons 1-7)

Very Gay

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Pretty Little Liars practically made history in 2010 just for having a lead lesbian character who didn’t die or go back to men after an entire season of being on the air, and as the show has gone on, more and more lady-loving-ladies have graced the streets of Rosewood, where school lasts five years even though nobody ever goes to it. By the end of Season Six, there had been at least eight lesbian or bisexual female characters on Pretty Little Liars. Although Emily’s many relationships never seem to obtain the screen time the hetero pairings do, it’s a smart, creepy, feminist program you’ll probably enjoy regardless. Plus Netflix doesn’t have the most recent season yet, so I won’t have to warn you about how shitty the Season Six finale was!


One Day At A Time (2017 – ) (Seasons 1-2) (Netflix Original)

Very Gay

In addition to being charming as fuck and giving Autostraddle a mid-season shout-out, Norman Lear’s One Day at a Time makes the case for an old-fashioned style of show taking up progressive causes. Three generations of a Cuban-American family endure the slings and errors of everyday life, including a daughter who comes out as a lesbian mid-Season One and has her first queer relationship in Season Two.


Glee (2009 – 2015) (Seasons 1-6)

Very Gay

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Okay, so there isn’t a lot of queer female action ’til Season Two, but pay attention to Season One — they were telling a story that hadn’t been told before at the time. Santana’s initial story was pretty special, too and Brittany S. Pierce is a rare bisexual character portrayed as having meaningful relationships with both boys and girls. Their treatment of Unique, a trans woman of color, is both groundbreaking and g-dawful. At times, the show gets really, really, truly, horrible. But it was ambitious, campy and brand fucking new — and when it worked, it worked, and damn those musical numbers are fun!


Gypsy (2017) (Season One) (Netflix Original)

Very Gay

We got one entire season of this uneven, generally terrible yet still somehow totally addictive psychological thriller that starts Naomi Watts as a bisexual therapist who gets wrapped up in a thing with a girl she’s stalking for reasons too convoluted to get into here.


Skins (2009 – 2013) (Seasons 1-7)

Very Gay (Seasons 1-2 has a gay male lead, Seasons 3-4 have two lesbian leads, Seasons 5-6 have a pansexual and a possibly-sexually-fluid female lead)

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Skins’ treatment of its female queer characters is uh… well, it has brought us the best of times, the worst of times, and a horrifying U.S. adaptation I wish I could un-see. But Skins is daring, gritty, honest, ugly, sarcastic and fearless teenage television that sucks you in and never stops surprising you. The show is split into three series — Seasons One and Two contain a few of my favorite characters (namely Cassie) but no female queers, Seasons Three and Four have a lesbian relationship at the center (Naomi and Emily), Season Five has a genderqueer pansexual character who has a lot of sexual tension with the bitchy popular girl, and Season Six retcons that character and makes us all sad. I have been advised by a certified professional that no Skins-loving lady should dare to watch Season Seven, aka “Skins Fire,” so don’t, okay? Just don’t.


Wynonna Earp (2016 – ) (Season One)

Very Gay

The descendent of the legendary Wyatt Earp returns to her family’s stomping ground to rid the world of demonic revenants from the Wild West. The relationship between Wynonna’s gay sister, Waverly, and her cop girlfriend, Nichole Haught, has set the internet on fire and found its way into the the hearts of queer teevee lovers all over the universe


Legends of Tomorrow (2016 – ) (Seasons 1-3)

Very Gay

Sara Lance was an established/out bisexual on a whole different show long before Legends of Tomorrow even started, and with no tortured romance holding her back on this spinoff, she flies through space and time, leaving a string of very satisfied women and men in her wake. One of these women is the one and only Ali Liebert, and perhaps eventually we meet a woman who sticks around for a while. Sara Lance is an unapologetic badass bisexual blonde who is very obviously the glue that holds the team together. And in case I haven’t mentioned, it’s queer. Super queer. Super and queer and super queer.


Anne With an “E” (Netflix Co-Production with CBC)

Medium gay

Unfortunately, even canonical queerness didn’t save this adaptation of the beloved Anne of Green Gables.


Cable Girls (Seasons 1-2+) (Netflix Original)

Medium Gay

This period drama set in 1928 Madrid features a tight-knit group of women who work together at Spain’s only cable company (cable as in telephones, not television) — united for many reasons including their desire to work in the first place, which wasn’t a traditional desire for women at the time. One of the women, Carlotta, is bisexual, married to a man, and has feelings for Sara, another cable girl. The Dart describes it as “Netflix’s hidden gem.”


Degrassi: Next Class (2016 – ) (Seasons 1-4) (Netflix Co-Production with Family Channel Canada)

Medium Gay

Rumor has it up to 50% of kids these days identify as queer in some way, and Degrassi is ON IT. Seasons Three and Four debuted in 2017, bringing with them a cute romantic storyline between a Muslim Syrian immigrant, Rasha, and Degrassi’s Latina lesbian student council president, Zoe. Season Four’s journey for Yael was maybe the first-ever televised situation a young assigned-female-at-birth person realizing that they are non-binary and dealing with that.


Person of Interest (2011 – 2016) (Seasons 1-5)

Medium Gay

This show straddles a few genres but the gist of it is that a former government employee has a system that predicts crimes before they happen, thus enabling him to put together a tiny team of highly skilled rogues to stop said crimes before they happen, FOR THE GOOD OF HUMANITY. Although romantic storylines are few and far between, Person of Interest made the radical choice to feature only one major romance between main characters, and it’s a queer one: lesbian computer hacker Root (Amy Racker) eventually develops a thing with actual sociopath assassin Shaw (Sarah Shahi), and it’s sexy as hell.


She’s Gotta Have It (Season One) (Netflix Original)

Medium Gay

Nola Darling, the pansexual protagonist of this contemporary remake of the Spike Lee original film that made waves for its portrayal of black female sexuality, has a relationship with a lesbian named Opal and that’s cool except that also it’s kinda not and you should read our review before getting in bed with this one.


Last Tango In Halifax (2012 – ) (Seasons 1-3)

Medium Gay

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Last Tango in Halifax is about two widows in their seventies who get a second chance with each other (their first shot was in the 1950s). They’re reunited by social media and get back together just as they’re also dealing with their adult children going through various mid-life struggles. One of the daughters ends up falling in love with a woman after being with men all her life.


Imposters (Season One)

Medium Gay

Two dudes and one lady are thrust together by a shared circumstance — they’ve all been duped by the same con-woman who infiltrated their lives, married them, and then fleeced them for all they were worth. It starts out a little hokey but if you give it a minute, you’ll find a charming and sometimes lesbionic dramedy with light, often entertaining, twist and turns.


The Shannara Chronicles (2016 – 2017) (Seasons 1-2)

Medium Gay

This stunningly beautiful fantasy show centers around an elven princess, a half-elven dope who looks like Trouty Mouth from Glee, and, perhaps most importantly, a bisexual rover named Eretria. Eretria is established as bisexual in the first season and that remains true and obvious throughout the entire two-season series full of mysterious magic, epic adventures, and three-time bisexual-character-playing actress Vanessa Morgan.


Arrow (2012 – ) (Seasons 1-5)

Medium Gay

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Another ripped-from-the-comic-book show, Arrow is based on DC Comics character Green Arrow, a rich playboy who becomes a superhero, traipsing about the city with his bow and arrows, Katniss-style, saving the world from danger. In Season two, Arrow became the first DC comics cinematic universe show to feature not one but two queer female characters.


Grey’s Anatomy (2004 – ) (Seasons 1-13+)

Medium Gay

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It takes four (very good) seasons to get to it, but eventually we have ourselves a bisexual character, Callie Torres, who falls for a lesbian surgeon, Erica Hahn, thus discovering that she is bisexual. She goes on to date and marry another doctor, Arizona Robbins. Grey’s Anatomy has certainly had its ups and downs over the years and the way everybody talks becomes a bit intolerable after an extended marathon, but Shonda Rhimes makes damn good television, and her flagship property is (usually) no exception.


Supergirl (Seasons 1-2)

Medium Gay

Supergirl’s sister, Alex Danvers, is a lesbian! So is her eventual love interest, the dashing cop Maggie Sawyer.


Master of None (2015 – ) (Seasons 1-2) (Netflix Original)

Medium Gay

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Aziz Ansari’s Netfilx show was a critical success, in part for its effortless diversity and also for its surprisingly refreshing take on a familiar tale (young struggling artists in a big city). Season One featured out lesbian writer/comic/actress Lena Waithe as Ansari’s lesbian pal, Denise and although Season Two had less Denise overall as Aziz frolicked overseas, it also had one of the most important episodes in lesbian television history, “Thanksgiving,” for which Lena Waithe won an Emmy.


Jessica Jones (Seasons 1-2+) (Netflix Original)

Medium Gay

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Jessica Jones features Marvel’s first lesbian — Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), a lawyer who works with the title character, private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Writter), who is described by Rolling Stone as “a bad-girl noir detective with a taste for rough sex, booze and sarcasm.” The show has garnered rave reviews for its sex-positivity, queer inclusivity, and overall badassery, with Season Two dropping in March 2018.


American Horror Story (2013 – ) (Seasons 1-6)

Medium Gay (Most seasons feature gay men and often lesbian/bisexual women)

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Season One of American Horror Story, Murder House, stars Tami Taylor and lacks lesbian characters. Season Two, Asylum, has a really original and complicated lesbian character who is institutionalized for her sexual orientation. I refused to watch Season Three, Coven, because the fact that a season about a witch coven had no lesbian or bisexual women in it struck me as a profound injustice against our people. Season Four, Freakshow, is its own particular beast, with gay men here and there in unexpected places and a lot of gore. We were hooked to the first half of the season but started tuning out as Dandy, a gay sociopath who loves murder, began taking up more and more screen time with murdering people. It just got gross. Season Five, Hotel, was also too graphically violent and rapey for me, but it had a lot of queer women in it.

The whole show is entirely its own beast, though, when it comes down to it, it’s stylish and campy horror with a brilliant cast, including out actress Sarah Paulson. There’s also that ruthless dedication to gratuitous violence and torture, including a degree of sexual violence that I can’t believe is okay to show on television!


The Originals (2013 – ) (Seasons 1-4)

Medium Gay

Bisexual witch Freya Mikaelson joins the cast of this vampire show in Season Two, and gets a bisexual wearwolf love interest, Keelin, in Season Four.


Godless (2017) (Season One) (Netflix Original)

Medium Gay

After all the men are killed in a mining accident, Mary Agnes McNue takes over her husband’s mayorship, starts wearing her clothes… and gets herself a girlfriend, too.


Call The Midwife (Seasons 1-5)

Medium Gay

In Season Four, we learn that recurring character Nurse Patience “Patsy” Mount is in a relationship with another lady, Delia Busby.


Jane the Virgin (2014 – ) (Seasons 1-3)

Light Gay

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Jane the Virgin is an inventive one-hour dramedy with a cast dominated by women of color and a fresh, original style that’ll keep you entertained and delighted even when the lesbian parts are relatively minimal. As Heather wrote, this show premised on the story of a virgin who is accidentally impregnated at the gynecologist,  “somehow managed to turn a weird, uncomfortable concept into a feminist home run.” The OBGYN who made the mixup, Dr. Luisa, is a lesbian, and has some very telenovela-worthy affairs.


The 100 (2015 – ) (Seasons 1-4)

Light Gay

Season One Promo

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It’s better that you go into this series expecting nothing queer will happen because then you will be pleasantly surprised in Season Two when two of your fave babes turn out to be into other babes. Come for the apocalyptic dystopia and attractive teenagers rolling around in the mud with weapons and fighting about the new world — and, chances are, drop off in Season Three after the lesbian death that sparked a movement and changed us all forever.


Dark Matter (2015 – 2017) (Seasons 1-3)

Light Gay

Dark Matter is about six people who wake up on a spaceship with no memories at all. One of these six people, and the obvious choice for leader of this group, is a smart, fierce women of color called Two. Plus, the ship also comes equipped with an Android who looks like Zoie Palmer. The show got pretty queer in its third season just in time to get pretty cancelled.


The Walking Dead (2010 – ) (Seasons 1-7)

Light Gay

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The Walking Dead is a story about zombies! Who doesn’t love zombies? Well, actually, to be honest: me. I don’t love zombies. But I do know that this show has a queer character named Tara who first appears in Season Four! That much I do know.


Mindhunter (2017 -) (Season One+) (Netflix Original)

Light Gay

This thriller about the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling department starred the always delightful Jonathan Groff and received largely positive reviews when it debuted on Netflix this fall. Anna Torv played Wendy Carr, a psychologist with a scholarly interest in interviewing imprisoned serial killers to determine what the hell is going on there. Unfortunately her lesbianism is only addressed briefly, but if you’re into murder shows, give it a whirl.


The Fall (2012 – 2013) (Seasons 1-2)

Light Gay

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It’s a dark, quiet, suspenseful-and-creepy-as-hell crime series starring Gillian Anderson as a sexually fluid detective psychologically rattled by a particularly challenging case. She kicks ass and takes names, working alongside an adorable lesbian police constable who unfortunately she does not make out with. Look out for Archie Pangabi playing another queer-ish character, Dr. Tanya Reed Smith.


The Returned (2014 – 2015) (Season One)

Light Gay

This remake of the French original got cancelled after one season, which was too bad ’cause it’s got two queer women in its ensemble cast and was pretty interesting and creepy. It’s about a small town where people who died in various appalling ways (suicide, road crash, murder) come back to life and nobody knows why or what to do about it.


Portlandia (2011 – 2018) (Seasons 1-7)

Light Gay

Bisexual show co-creator Carrie Brownstein has introduced every type of queer character imaginable over the run of this epic show that ribs on Portland and the social justice oriented uber-liberal contemporary culture so many of us are a part of.


The Vampire Diaries (2009 – 2017) (Seasons 1-8)

Light Gay

Photo: Tina Rowden/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

If you can hang in there and then uh, not get too attached, a lesbian relationship between two Heretics, Mary Louise and Nora, plows in circa Season Seven.


Scream (2015 – ) (Seasons 1-2)

Light Gay

Teenagers in Lakewood are the prime targets of a serial killer in this reboot of the classic film. Bex Taylor-Klaus stars as Audrey Jensen, the best friend of Emma Duval, a teenage girl somehow tied to the town’s dark past.


The End of the F*cking World (Season One) (Netflix/Channel 4 Co-Production)

Light gay

Dark and British as fuck, the detective team chasing down the two teenagers at the heart of this story are lesbians who hooked up once and now it’s awkward.


Shameless (Seasons 1-7)

Light Gay

Shameless has gay male storylines from the jump, as well as a few recurring and guest lesbian characters. But by Season Seven we get a full-blown triad, y’all! Plus the show’s just brilliant, with scrappy, multi-dimensional characters who are far from flawless yet generally manage to win your heart. Shameless looks at class politics with an unsentimental eye unlike anything else on television.


The Magicians (2015 – ) (Seasons 1 – 2)

Light Gay

When I read these books and people asked me about them I always described it as, “If assholes had magic.” It’s a bunch of realistically selfish college-aged kids who have access to powerful magic, and fuck it up about as often as you’d think they would. The Magicians admittedly has more guy-queer than anything but everyone on it is kind of fluidly flirty, in my opinion. They also have made some missteps (introducing a QPOC in a coma just to kill her, for example) but overall it’s just a dark, gritty, weird, funny show.


Broadchurch (Seasons 1-2)

Light Gay

The lesbian (and her eventual love interest) doesn’t show up until Season Two of this British drama that centers on the murder of a young boy in a small seaside town and the two detectives on the case.


Hart of Dixie (Seasons 1-4)

Light Gay

Comedy-drama “Hart of Dixie” centers on the tight-knit small town of Bluebell, Alabama, and in Season Three, one of the town’s esteemed Belles, Crickett, comes out! The recurring character only got one season to be queer before the show got axed, unfortunately.


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Seasons 1-3)

A Little Gay

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Phryne Fisher, described as opulent, dangerous and glamorous, is a charming Private Investigator of independent means and impeccable fashion sense. She’s sassy, feminist and bold, and her stories will delight even your grandmother. A few episodes feature lesbian or gay characters, but the real Sapphic delight in this show is Phryne’s dear friend Doc, a dapper lesbian Phryne often must call upon for medical expertise.


Warehouse 13 (2009 – 2014) (Season 3)

Wee Bit Gay (Also has a gay male lead)

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Okay, Heather’s gonna disagree with me here that this is only “wee bit gay” but I just cannot with subtext instead of TEXT TEXT. It’s a fun show though, regardless of the generally tertiary sexual orientation of one of the best female characters ever, especially if you’re into nerdy shit and mysterious artifacts and played educational computer games as a kid.


Friends (1994 – 2004) (Seasons 1-10)

Wee Bit Gay

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Susan and Carol were one of the first lesbian couples ever to appear on network television — Carol is the ex-wife of Ross, a member of the main ensemble, and Susan is her future wife. However, Carol only appears in sixteen of the show’s 236 episodes.


Gotham (2014 – ) (Seasons 1-3)

Wee Bit Gay

GOTHAM: GOTHAM traces the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”) and Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”), GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. GOTHAM will air Mondays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) this fall on FOX. Pictured: (L-R) Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, guest star Cory Michael Smith, guest star Clare Foley, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

I think everybody is mad at this show for not delivering on all its queer promises regarding lesbian detective Renee Montoya, which include minimal screen time and being written off after Season One, although her ex-girlfriend, Barbara Gordon, did return for Season Two. So I’m not recommending it so much as acknowledging that it exists.


The Killing (2011 – 2014) (Seasons 1-4)

Wee Bit Gay

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The first season is very chilly and rainy and there are so many red herrings that you may as well just go fishing instead but you won’t, you’ll keep watching because you can’t tear yourself away. You’ll eventually be rewarded with a baby butch street kid in Season Two as well as a lesbian social worker.


Agents of SHIELD (2013 – ) (Seasons 1-4)

Wee Bit Gay

Agents of SHIELD should be way gayer than it is, and it brought Lucy Lawless in as a character who was a lesbian in the comics just to kill her before anyone even said out loud that she was gay HOWEVER it’s full of badass women, including two lead women of color, kicking ass and taking names. There’s also a subtext ship even the actors support, if that’s something you’re into. #Skimmons

Riese is a Jewish lesbian and the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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219 Comments

  1. Ok, let me froth at the bit just a little bit for including Gotham (“The show which shall not be named”) and excluding POI, which has featured Root, who is a lot of things, but not straight, since Season one, and is the home of Shaw, TV’s resident hammer, not to be confused with a chisel.
    (Weren’t all seasons to be on netflix already?)

    Otherwise great list!

    Now, I don’t know if I’m just the biggest fag hag ever, but do yourselves the favor and watch “Queer as Folk”if you haven’t.
    Not in a binge watching,”this is on my list” manner, but in a “I kind of feel like I could use a bit of company, like hanging with my boys at the next gay bar(Ok, so maybe I AM the biggest fag hag ever).” But just do it, it’s got such a great gay family vibe.
    Also, people, if you need a strong female character or ten in your life:
    Warehouse 13, The 100 and Jessica Jones.
    Don’t forget to watch Jane the Virgin, if you’re cold in heart and body and want to be warm and spitting your drink all over your screen.
    If you really need to get your ass hauled off the couch and to the gym, watch Arrow.
    Oliver (and his pals, everyone on that show is freakishly fit) really makes me want to work out, and not in a sexy way.
    He’s better motivation than any app, seriously.

    I’m watching Jessica Jones and Jane the Virgin in tandem at the moment and like that, TV seems to be such a promising, intelligent and female positive place, it really makes one wonder why Hollywood/Vancouver is still ruled by straight white men to such an extent.

    • i said in the first paragraph that i didn’t include POI because netflix doesn’t have the seasons that include the queer parts yet! i’ve never seen it and heather hasn’t responded to my urgent inquiry regarding when the queer parts start, so i did about an hour of internet research and determined that the queer parts start after season three, which is the last season Netflix has. it drives me nuts when people tell me to watch a show b/c there’s a queer character and then the queerness doesn’t even come up until a season that Netflix doesn’t even have. IT DRIVES ME NUTS. yes, the show is still excellent, of course, but i want to manage expectations and not give people false hope like everybody did to me with Once Upon a Time and Warehouse 13.

      • Well, it is hard to pinpoint when the queerness on that show starts, as POI enjoys putting out clues, only to deliver on them seasons later,and when exactly does a character on a show count as queer anyways? Only after initiating kissy face?Overt sexual innuendoes? Obsessing over your dead best friend from middle school?I couldn’t say.
        Last I heard season 4 was set to be on the US netflix by the end of September, so, sorry for the confusion.
        The frothing at the bit was meant jokingly by the way, because I love that show not just for its queer but strong female characters. It really deserves to be on this list, even if it is only for Shoot being gay whenever.
        And….you really should watch it:-D
        However, I’m also one of those people who got people, good, trusting people, into Once, and I apologize for that.
        A couple of weeks ago, I met another human being who had seen Warehouse 13, and I spontaneously hugged her.
        Still so heartbroken about that show, but still in love with it, somehow.
        I don’t know, I guess you never can tell.
        Usually, I come to a show because of a queer character or storyline, but I tend to stay for other things. So, really, thank you for the list, I might finally pony up to watch “The Fall” after all.

        • Oh yes! I’ve seen it, I saw quite a few episodes in the first two seasons, but obviously it’s on my list of shows to get into, probably next! right now i live with my mom which means that i can’t marathon tv shows like i used to.

          so now i realize that i should’ve put it on this list anyhow, BUT. i guess i just am also always hesitant to give credit where it isn’t due — that if a showrunner refuses to have the character either declare something definitive regarding her sexual orientation and proclivities or does something gay (like kisses another girl or says she likes her), then it shouldn’t get to COUNT until it does, you know?

          but the main thing is not wanting anybody to expect anything gay to happen and then be let down, since they only have the first three seasons.

          • “if a showrunner refuses to have the character either declare something definitive regarding her sexual orientation and proclivities or does something gay (like kisses another girl or says she likes her), then it shouldn’t get to COUNT until it does, you know?”

            THANK YOU for this policy. It is GREAT.

  2. So much to say!

    Re: Skins, I think you meant Cassie, not Callie.

    Re: Grey’s, yes, Callie doesn’t identify as bisexual until season 4, but lets be honest, season 1-mid season 3 are the best part of the series, even without the gay.

    Re: House of Cards, yes it is super awesome that Frank is bisexual, but I sort of wish you hadn’t given that away because that reveal was one of (if not the) best part of that show for me.

    Re: Queer as Folk, my ex made me watch QaF with her, since it is her all-time favourite show (and I reciprocated with Gilmore Girls) and i got three episodes into it before I announced that I hated it (yes, I am horrible, no we did not last much longer after that). Obviously YMMV.

    Take this next part as a warning, not a spoiler. The bris was what got me. As a lesbian and a Jew, I just could not stomach this arrogant douchebag walking into Mel and Lindsay’s bris acting like this baby was actually HIS and telling them how to practice their religion or what to do with their child. This is why anonymous sperm donation exists, so assholes don’t do shit like this. After that, I just could not deal with Brian, no matter how cute he and Justin may be. And FYI, he and Justin weren’t cute. Justin is underage when the show starts. So much nope to their entire deal.

    Re: Person of Interest, I agree with what amidola said above. Sure, there might not be any explicit girl on girl action in season 1-3, but Root is some form of queer long before Shaw shows up, and their chemistry is evident from Shaw’s very first episode in season 2.

    • like it’s actually said that Root is queer in seasons 1-3, or is it just subtext and chemistry that only other queer women pick up on? this is what happens when i write on the weekend without heather’s expertise to fill in my gaps!

      also that surprises me about house of cards! that was one of the only things i knew about it before watching it.

      • Re: House of Cards, I watched it because people told me it was like The West Wing (it is NOTHING like The West Wing!) but I deliberately avoided spoilers about it for a LONG time before watching it, and I was really surprised both that Frank was bisexual, but also that my spoiler-avoidance techniques had been so good that that hadn’t gotten through!

        Re: PoI, Okay, I will admit that it’s mostly subtext, intense flirting, and unresolved sexual tension up until season four. But I think the question of “when is a character ‘queer’?” is a good one to which there is no easy answer. Root, the character, has been queer her whole life. But when do we, as the audience, know that for sure? It’s sort of hard to say, because some people pick up on subtext, and others don’t. Some see it ever when its obviously not there, and some are willfully blind even when it’s completely obvious.

        And I totally get the not wanting to tell people there are queer characters if it means waiting forever for them, (I had that same problem when I started PoI), but like you did with Grey’s, you can add in some advance warnings for when they show up.

      • Okay, I just saw your ETA at the bottom of the article, thanks for that!

        Sorry about the superoverpassionate PoI feelings. I just love the show so much and I feel like if more people watching it on Netflix, maybe it’ll convince the Network not to cancel it after the upcoming season 5!?

        PS EVERYONE, the writers, producers and actresses have confirmed SUPER GAYNESS happening in season 5, so YA’LL HAVE TO WATCH IT SO IT CAN GET RENEWED!

      • No, I think it’s pretty obvious that Root is gay? She doesn’t show any attraction to men, and her backstory about when she was little practically hits at her having a crush on one of her female friends.

        • Yeah, for people who are used to paying attention to subtext it IS super obvious that she’s into women, and that her relationship with Hannah was way more than platonic, at least on her side. And her first meeting with Shaw confirms that.

          But for the mainstream CBS procedural-watching audience, which is the majority of the PoI audience, I don’t think it WAS obvious, because literally nothing is explicit until If-Then-Else. Until then, it really is all just subtext, intense flirting, and sexual tension. I don’t even think the producers, writers and actresses confirmed anything until after season four.

    • i have a feeling if i re-watched QAF now i’d feel differently about it — i watched it in 2006, i believe? — i had to send out for the DVDs and wait for the next one to come, it was such agony, the wait! that was before i had truly understood that gay men have male privilege even though they are gay and was sensitive to stuff like what you just described. but sometimes i miss those innocent tv-watching days of yore.

      • Yeah, I have such mixed feelings about QAF. I LOVED it as a teenager. It was the first authentically queer show I ever watched and I totally fell in love with the characters. I still think it was groundbreaking show in many ways. However, even though the actors playing Brian and Justin had amazing chemistry (and were both adults), the characters were 29 and 17 when they first got together. It’s not OK for a 29 year old to have a sexual relationship with a 17 year old and it wasn’t OK for the show to endorse that.

        The show also had some misogynist moments, and the male characters sometimes made disparaging comments about women that were played for laughs. There was also an unfortunate lesbian sleeping with a man story line. There were; however, a few great feminist moments as well – for example, there’s a really well done scene were Mel (one of the lesbian characters) calls Brian out on being an asshole and explains that, while he may be gay, he’s still a white man and that affords him a lot of priviledge.

        The show still means a lot to me for the role it played in my queer awakening, but it’s also deeply problematic in a number of ways.

        • I really liked this show (QAF) because it was the closest to reality when I was younger, Justin’s age. The show was not about pleasing society but what really went on in queer life between 1999 and 2005. It was a reality that 17 year old gay and lesbian teenagers dated 29 year olds. The gay misogynist moments were also very realistic and back then and even still today there is a separation between the lesbian and gay crowds, gay men have their group of male friends and the lesbians stick together. I Thought it was very well done and liked that it wasn’t sugar coated.

      • Yeah, I’m sure if I’d watched it ten years ago, I’d probably feel differently about it too. That goes for a lot of stuff, actually. And I’m sure there are parts of it that are really really good, but just that one scene, I couldn’t get past it. It made me absolutely LIVID.

        • I mean, I still love QAF. It is super dated and problematic and they totally have male privilege and the lesbian storylines are boring AF and Brian is obviously a total douchebag…but it holds a place in my heart.

          Because there were good parts, too. Sharon Gless. (ALWAYS Sharon Gless). Normalizing and exploring a relationship between HIV+ and HIV- characters. And in high school, a male friend of mine being able to see, on TV, gay dudes who weren’t emasculated (this was Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, prime sexless-magical-gay time in America). Obviously that show would look a lot different were it written now (a lot more like Looking), but I think that in its time it was useful, at least for me and my friends.

  3. I’m watching arrow and so far it’s mostly just a lot of man abs? Not super impressed, but I’m sloggin’ through to get the queer ladies, which is really what I do with every television show at this point!! Fingers crossed that season two steps it up!

    • I still watch that show because it occasionally has crossovers with The Flash, which I sort of enjoy and I’m a completist weirdo that has to see everything, but Arrow is awful. Every time there’s something I like on the show, they end up ruining it. And it has one of the most annoying main protagonists of all time.

    • Season one, it’s just a lot of hetero Oliver killing people. The plot’s pretty good, though. Season two, well, I can’t spoil it for you…but prepare for the gay factor to drop. From there on out, it kinda sucks- ESPECIALLY IN SEASON FOUR. GIVE UP AT THE END OF SEASON THREE. You have been warned.
      From there, the spinoffs are okay- The Flash isn’t gay at all, but it’s cute and heartwarming. Then the queer character from Arrow goes to Legends of Tomorrow, and she’s still my favorite character.

  4. I’d love to know the categorization system for “Light Gay, Medium Gay, Very Gay, Extremely Gay, THE GAYEST” — because I’m betting that’s a rip roaring good time. Also, I’m a nerd.

    I’m assuming that the Buffy exclusion was an honest mistake, yeah? And can be amended?

    I saw this list and thought, “hmmm… Maybe it’s time to do an L Word rematch”. Then I instantly shuddered. The L Word meant so much to me as a baby gay, and I hope all of you watch it! I really do! But still, I can’t do another 80+ hours of Jenny Schecter. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

    Fun times, this list. Fun times.

    • BUFFY HAS BEEN AMMENDED!

      it will probably not surprise you to hear that the rankings of gayness was very subjective — but if there’s an openly LGBTQ female character who appears in pretty much every episode, then they’d get at least a Medium. (Unless her sexual orientation was never mentioned/revealed or was completely irrelevant to the plot, then there’d be a downgrade to Light.) If it’s the kind of show that an uptight straight person would say they wouldn’t watch ’cause it’s “too gay,” then it’d get a Very or Extremely. “The Gayest” is if the topic of the show is being gay. Like other shows that would’ve qualified if they were on Netflix would be Lip Service and South of Nowhere.

      Also if a show was iconically gay, regardless of the quantitative amount of lady-gay content over the course of the seasons on Netflix, it’d still get a Very Gay (e.g., Buffy, Glee).

    • I can’t do another 80+ hours of just about everyone on the L Word. I know that show means a lot to people but IMO it just does not hold up on re-watch. I tried watching it again and cringed that I sat through all of it the first time.

  5. Person of Interest S1-3 are on Netflix. (S4 is supposed to be coming) S4 is the gayest season but season 3 is pretty darn awesome too, and the queer characters are around as early as season 1. Also, it could be canceled after this season, so like…you should definitely watch/catch up this winter and watch season 5 in the spring.

    I’m sorry, but I’m totally shameless about promoting this show 0_0

  6. It would be in the slightly gay category, but Curb Your Enthusiasm is pretty great. There a couple with Rosie O’Donnell in it, but more importantly Wanda Sykes(before she fully came out) was a semi-regular/friend on the show(like maybe 10 episodes?), and those are the episodes one should watch.

  7. So delighted my lovely Miss Fisher made the list – she is truly fantastic and her fashion is out-of-this-world amazing.

    I just rewatched Season 6 of the L Word and I’m going over to read the article about it now.

    Thanks for the list!

  8. I really would like to get into PLL but knowing about the transphobic BS from this most recent season makes it a non-starter for me. I hate how otherwise great shows can do cheap trans jokes or more problematic trans-related plots that completely sour them for me.

    • I’ve taken to just ditching parts of shows that get like that if i have to. Warnings are good though, so I don’t have to suffer through the crap if I don’t have to and can just be like, “well, guess that ended at Season 5. Guess it got cancelled or something. Weird.”

      It does really suck to have to do that though.

      • I watched up to the end of season 3 when they introduced the new girl, Patsy. In s3 ep7 she says of her friend, Trixie’s new beau when caught dancing with him, “With the greatest respect, Tom is not my type. He has not enough of some things and too much of others.”
        Which is enough to make one fall out of their chair (which albeit happened to me). I googled it afterward and lo and behold, Patsy is the gay we’ve been waiting for in a show already badass in its feminism and its honesty.
        It apparently it isn’t clear until season 4. I can imagine it will be delicately handled as it was in Bomb Girls, as it is in the homophobic 1950s.

      • The two v sweet gays get to be together for about 5 minutes then one of them has a weird tragic accident and loses her memory. The other gay plot the show has is a couple of episodes where a guy is arrested for hitting on an undercover police officer and everyone hates him and feels bad for his wife. I wouldn’t really recommend the show on the basis of its gayness, it’s just upsetting.

        • Oh :'(

          this revelation makes me cry a little as I absolutely adore the show but I haven’t watched season 4 as of yet. The lack of gayness I could excuse as it was in an era and part of London, I can imagine, held a lot of skeletons ‘in the closet’. But to bring a gay storyline into the mix only to throw it under the rails…
          As its been done before. In less progressive programs.

  9. Gonna have to highly disagree that Sense8 isn’t good. It’s fucking fantastic, queer as hell, and the characters are fantastic. I re-marathoned it a month after the first watch because I literally just missed the characters.

  10. It’s Fall Break at my university, and one day during this break I will buy a bottle of wine (and maybe some alcohol infused ice cream from a local shop), sit down, and binge watch all of Orange is the New Black. I’ll shoot for Sense8 during Winter Break.

  11. I just finished season 3 of Buffy and I’m soooo excited to get to the gay(er) seasons. I love in season three how willows evil doppelganger is gay and angel mentions (very subtly) how it’s a reflection of herself.

  12. I will defend the explicit gayness of Bering and Wells to the grave
    to the grave
    I cry every night about how that gayness was never textually acknowledged onscreen beyond them making heart eyes and risking everything for each other

  13. Everyone needs to watch POI for this hottie! Plus, I am almost certain that she is gay on this show (it was hinted in this year’s New York Comic-Con, I believe, and from Amy Acker herself, who plays Root [the hot one in the GIF]). And the show is just so good. The female characters are written so well–they’re dynamic and they have unique storylines and personalities.

    I hope the GIF shows up!

  14. Call the Midwife – Riese, where have you been? But it’s totally unsatisfying and fulfils everyone’s favourite tragic lesbian disaster trope so they CAN NEVER BE TOGETHER.

    But the girlfriend is Welsh, so it’s not all bad.

  15. Don’t know if it’s been said already, but watch Wentworth season 3 on Daily Motion. Season 3 is EXTREMELY GAY. You won’t be disappointed. I love this show way more than OITNB. Long live Queen Bea.

  16. This is not a recommendation, but in the effort for completism, Supernatural seasons 7-10 does have a recurring lesbian character named Charlie, played by Felicia Day.On one hand, it’s not a huge part of the plot and she’s only in a few episodes each season so it could be not gay enough to count. On the other hand, it’s Felicia Day playing a nerdy LARPing lesbian so I”m going to count it as Lightly Gay!

  17. YOU GUYS JESSICA JONES IS ALL OF OUR FEMINIST PRAYERS ANSWERED.
    It’s so so good. Okay yes there’s a pacing problem after maybe episode 6 but OMG THE WOMEN OF THIS SHOW.

    Please please tell me Heather will be doing recaps of it !!!

    • Yes, that!
      I watched ep five yesterday, which had this piece of dialogue:
      Guy:”You need me.”
      Trish *snorts*:”No, she doesn’t.”
      *to Jessica*”He could come in useful, though.Why don’t you let him tag along?”

    • It’s so good! There’s so much going on with trauma, abuse, and rape culture, but we’re never subjected to actual rape scenes. There are (consensual) sex scenes that focus on women enjoying themselves but somehow manage not to feel male gaze-y. Jessica’s most important relationship is her female bff. She gets to be messy and mean and violent but still competent and sympathetic and a good person.

      I’m so happy we get to have this show!

    • I totally agree that JJ is a feminist dream (nightmare?) come true. But I doubt Heather will be able to watch it – too much blood and death and murder. So let’s try not to pressure her into it, mkay?

      That being said, the way the show analogizes Kilgrave with misogynistic mass murderers like Elliot Rodgers is a thing of genius. Because that’s all he is. He’s the MCU “gifted” equivalent of every dude who has ever whined that he DESERVES a girlfriend. And Simpson as the guy who is all “I’m a dude so I know better than you” makes me want to puke every time he utters a sentence. The way Trish and Jess shut him down all the time makes me so happy.

      • Kilgrave is the most realistic and frightening villain in the whole MC(TV)U, IMO, because he’s an embodiment of male entitlement, just taking whatever he wants from anyone without concern for any damage he may leave behind.

        SPOILER FOR EPISODE 8:

        The scene where Jessica called him out for raping her gave me chills because his reaction was so true to life, literally saying that he took her to dinner, took her to nice places, so that can’t be rape, stop using that word, and how could he have known it wasn’t something she wanted? He makes an excuse that his power is just too hard to control, makes it too hard to separate his intent from his victims’, but the problem with that is that he doesn’t even think to stop and ask.

  18. Juuuust having a little moment over here basking in the sheer length of this list. Sometimes I can’t quite believe how far things have shifted since I was an adolescent sprat with my sexy-subtexty Xena box sets. Also this list is VERY USEFUL INFORMATION because I had no idea about a bunch of these characters, so thanks much for compiling it. YAYNETFLIX, YAYRIESE.

  19. Haha your comment that even your Grandmother will love Miss Fisher is so true, my parents and Nana in Australia watch it every week on TV!
    I would say Call the Midwife is ‘light gay’ although you might say that season 4 is ‘medium gay’…. it was gay enough that afterellen did full recaps of each episode of S4.
    Patsy is a fully fledged character outside of being gay, and is super cute with her boo (despite being super in the closet due to historical accuracy) until their tragic end. To be fair though, Jenny Lee the straight protagonist of S1-3 had an even more tragic end to her romance, and Trixie and Tom just broke up, so I would say this show generally has more tragic romances than successful ones.
    Even before Patsy, I think the heavily female cast, and sisterhood vibe with all the nuns and midwives living together made it feel kinda queer anyway.
    Have a teensy crush on Sister Julienne!

  20. maybe instead of calling gay female characters q*eer without care that some lgbt people are sensative to that word because it’s still a slur…you could call lesbian characters lesbians or gay instead of q*eer

    • ….But “gay” or “lesbian” erases bi and pan woman type people be they fictional or real.

      Which is one of the reasons why the word queer has been reclaimed and put to use in the community. Acronyms create divisions, umbrellas not so much.

    • i agree that there is no singular word that describes or includes everybody and i know queer isn’t an umbrella term everybody is on board with — which is why there are two versions of the headline, why the sub-header includes all three words, why in individual show descriptions, characters are referred to as lesbians, bisexual or queer, depending on how they identify, if they have identified as any of those things.

      anyhow see part H of the comment policy for more about this situation, in which i explain exactly what you just explained to me about queer not being an umbrella term that everybody is on board with! we’re just doing the best we can in an SEO world with an insufficient language.

  21. i love raven but too bad the lgbt representation are the least tolerable female characters in the 100 i was really looking forward to that but i cant stand either of them their so bland & way overrated compared to the other ladies

  22. Don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet, as I’m late to the comment party, but “Degrassi” is moving to Netflix (in the U.S.) in January. The new incarnation of the show, “Degrassi: Next Class”, is strongly teasing a new queer lady couple!

  23. There’s only one thing to say about The Fall:

    “That’s what really bothers you isn’t it? The one-night stand? Man fucks woman. Subject man, verb fucks, object woman. That’s okay. Woman fucks man. Woman subject, man object. That’s not so comfortable for you is it?”

    And that’s Stella Gibson just for you.

  24. I WANT TO START A LESBIAN BAR CALLED ‘NETFLIX AND CHILL’

    And there will be couches and housecats and all of these shows will just be playing

    And you can wear your pajama pants if you want, and the waitstaff will wear flannel pj bottoms and AS t-shirts of their choice

    A lesbian bar women will actually want to come to

    Okay, now I have no money, who wants to invest in this with me?

  25. Netflix and their freaking weird regional things.

    Orphan Black is available for Latin America and the same goes for Lost Girl. Although in a very late fashion, thanks Jebus that the “alternative” way still exists.

    The regional details could be related to the fact that Netflix is an american company and they’re using the timeline of american broadcasters (BBC America and Syfy, in the case of Orphan Black and Lost Girl, for example)?

    But they also took a lot time to made available The Fall.

      • Don’t get the wrong idea; we’re all on the same side here. However, I love House to death, and It is my personal belief that it was executed flawlessly. If you’re going to start badmouthing it, please either back yourself up with evidence, or acknowledge that you are stating an opinion, so that we can avoid negatively influencing the opinions of people who haven’t already seen it. Thank you.

  26. Thank you a million for this. You’re saving me during the holidays!

    Wentworth Season 3 is on DailyMotion– some of it’s on YouTube, too. S3 is the best of the three IMO– it’s not gratuitous and doesn’t exploit queer women’s storylines for the tearjurker factor. It just fucking rocks.

  27. Miss Fisher is one of my fave shows. 🙂

    Also I love this rating system! I may use it to rate everything in my life from now on, especially my outfits. Jeans and a tank top? Wee bit gay. Add Docs and a tailored suit jacket? Medium gay. Add a rainbow belt? Extremely gay. 😀

  28. I tried to like Sense8… really I did. But I just thought it was awful, like, even two steps below Cloud Atlas awful. And just because there’s a queer trans woman played by a trans actress didn’t make up for that. I keep seeing people mentioning the jacuzzi/hot tub sex scene with the two guys and Jamie Clayton and how hawt it supposedly was while I thought it was cringeworthy… really silly in a dumb 1970s softcore porn, saxophone soundtrack kind of way but not funny enough to enjoy it as trashy camp. Guess I’m not into the Wachowski’s product.

  29. Shameless (UK) has a young, gay male lead, Ian, as well as a later important bisexual female character, Monica, her ex girlfriend, and her ex-girlfriend’s new girlfriend (I’m on season 5, so I know this much). There’s plenty of queer characters, recurring and non recurring and a lot of them are even POC. All of the characters (not just the queer ones) are very flawed, complex, and developed. It’s really worth watching.

  30. Orphan Black is also on Netflix outside of North America if you have a VPN. Scandinavian netfix’s have all 3 seasons and I beleive season 4 will be released at the same time as US.

  31. Yes Call the Midwife has a lesbian couple, a midwife named Patsy and a nurse named Delia who are more an item in Season 3-present but due to the time period (the 1940s) they can’t be out considering the possible charge of public indecency and therapy. There was also a man in one of the shows who was found kissing another man, and had to go through this whole therapy. It’s my favorite television show.

  32. When did Call The Midwife get lesbians? My sister watches it but I quit on the show. Too many dead babies and dysfunctional relationships. It’s a very good show but I just can’t handle it. I’m a wuss. Usually I’ll watch any old crap if you stick a lesbian in it so it’s a shame I won’t watch a good one.

  33. Shaw got me hooked on to POI, her relationship with Root…interesting story line, Root is obsessed with the machine, she calls it a “she” and she would do anything to protect it but she never misses an opportunity to flirt with Shaw even in the most awkward moments ;). Frankie & the Shrink on Wentworth, season 3 is super hot.

    Call the midwife is awful..nothing interesting there 🙁

    I cant find Queer as Folk & Bomb girls on Netflix…any recommendations?other links i can check out?
    s

  34. How is Sense8 not a very good show?…I think its one of Netflix’s best. And its not completely stereotypical in the way it portrays some of its characters. Yes, some of it is but I’d use cliché instead. And there’s nothing wrong with having clichés as long as there’s not too many of them. I mean, clichés are in place for a reason. I loved it and had yet to hear anyone else hated it until now.

    Other than that, this is an excellent article.

  35. Honestly Lost Girl was so good! I legitimately binged watched it and finished it in 5 days and now I’m upset that it’s over 🙁 Now I’ve been trying to find some shows to fill my void, but I think Lost Girl was so good that with everything else in comparison I just find myself comparing the show I’m trying to watch with Lost Girl

    Also the 100 is very very gay, but not until you hit Season 2… Aw man, I remember watching it, but I stopped to save myself…
    (MAY COUNT AS A SPOILER)

    Let’s just say I cried… For a very long time… It’s been who knows how many months and I’m still not over it…

    #ReshopHeda

    • the show the 100 is amazing season 3 recently got releced on netflix on november 16 if u want to get kind of an idea of how many gay people there are the main character is bisexual other non lead characters are lesbian gay straight and I’m pretty sure clarke is the only bisexual but theres a lot of drama and romance killers in this show and this site rated this sow as a little gay but i give the show at least a little above medium gay because there are more than 3 coples that are lgbt and lead characters you’ll get to see most of the gay stuff at the end of season 2 and beginning to end of season 3 season 1 is a lot of romance but straight

  36. Sense 8 is AMAZING! Im a scifi lesbian lover and this show took the cake for me. Amazing characters and inventive concepts. Surprised me a lot! Cant wait for season 2. I think you need to rewatch it n rethink your review. Maybe you were in a bad mood.

  37. Wynonna Earp is medium gay but very good. It’s got a bit of a Lost Girl vibe but it’s NOT on netflix (and hard to find) both Whynonna Earp and Wentworth season 3 & 4 are on 123 movies. Wentworth season 3 is on Presto of you’re Australia based.

  38. SKINS (FIRE) is the reason why I’m dead inside.
    The 100 fucked me over with its mediocre writing with season three.
    Let’s not talk about Buffy.
    But I should say even though there are not much graphic gay scenes in Orphan Black, its representation of queer women (and gay men) is very very plausible and the story is too.

  39. People, let’s not forget about SUPERGIRL!
    Starting from Season 2, one of the leads is now out and she has a guest star lesbian friend. No spoilers here, but grab a chair and watch it! Heaps of feminism as well. Especially good for the soul in these dark times…

  40. the show the 100 is amazing season 3 recently got releced on netflix on november 16 if u want to get kind of an idea of how many gay people there are the main character is bisexual other non lead characters are lesbian gay straight and I’m pretty sure clarke is the only bisexual but theres a lot of drama and romance killers in this show and this site rated this sow as a little gay but i give the show at least a little above medium gay because there are more than 3 coples that are lgbt and lead characters you’ll get to see most of the gay stuff at the end of season 2 and beginning to end of season 3 season 1 is a lot of romance but straight

  41. Netflix true crime series Narcos spurs huge demand for Colombian women.

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    Foreign Brides, sometimes referred to as “mail order brides”, a term the industry completely rejects, have become a billion dollar a year business. According to industry leaders, Colombia represented only about 3% of the market three years ago. Since the popularity of Narcos, many companies have seen near tenfold increases in men seeking Colombian wives.

    A Foreign Affair (AFA), a company that helps men find women through international tours, says tours to Colombia are now selling out. AFA arranges group tours where 10 to 20 men travel together to Medellin, Cartagena or Barranquilla. During the tour, they attend arranged Social events where the men meet hundreds of beautiful Colombian women looking for marriage. Women can also place their profiles on the AFA web site, in the hopes of finding a husband.

    Kenneth Agee, the marketing director for AFA says, “Because of the show we are doubling our tours to Medellin for next year. Narcos has brought a lot of attention to the intense beauty of Colombian women. Although the show is often very violent, the women of Colombia come across as very family oriented and loyal. These values seem harder and harder to find in this world. I would have to agree, because of the interest in Narcos, we even added an excursion to where Pablo’s self-built prison was located, in the hills overlooking Medellin.

    The crowning of 2015 Miss Universe Paulina Vega put Barranquilla, Colombia on the map. Barranquilla now has recognition for being home to some of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Not only is Miss Universe from here, Grammy Award winning pop singer Shakira, and actress Sofia Vergara also call Barranquilla home. Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. She’s been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Prime time Emmy Awards, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, all stemming from this role. In 2014, she was ranked as the 32nd Most Powerful Woman in the world by Forbes.

    David from Mesa AZ says he met more qualified women in one week than he has during the last 10 years. In 2010, Lisa Ling and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) filmed a one hour show on the AFA tour called “Online Brides – Our America with Lisa Ling.” Even Lisa Ling was surprised by the beauty and sincerity of the women from Barranquilla.

    Janet Davis, head of a women’s rights group says “AFA is just taking advantage of women from these third world countries. This is no different than Pablo trafficking in narcotics, but these companies traffic women.” Proponents refer to a Report (INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS: A REPORT TO CONGRESS) that these marriages have much lower divorce rates and abuse rates compared to traditional domestic marriages. This data makes international dating similar to a woman in the US joining eHarmony to look for a husband.

    23-year-old Viviana, from Cartagena, says “I come to these events because I know the men attending are serious about marriage, they are faithful and are good to family. For Colombian women, it is the most important thing, good husband and good family.

    Kenneth says, “It has not been all rosy. Narcos has brought us some problems. In Cartagena, we have several Penthouses we rent out. One was originally owned by “Don Diego” head of the Norte Del Velle Drug Cartel, the other by Pablo’s people. Over the past year, the properties have been tracked down by individuals thinking they will find large qualities of cash hidden, thus we sometimes find holes all over the walls after a tenant leaves.

    For Narcos fans, those who love the gangster genre, or just those who just like seeing beautiful Latin women, there’s good news; Netflix’s has confirmed Season 3 and 4.

  42. Sense8 is genius and a put together brilliantly. I’ll give you this..Every spontaneous orgy makes me wonder if we need them that regularly, but it’s still amazing. None the less..I can get with the run you got here and appreciate it.

  43. I’m watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine these days. Captain Holt (one of my favorite characters) is gay. I know this list is about female gay characters, but just thought I should put it out there because I love this show.

  44. Wentworth season 3 & 4 are very gay. I’m currently watching season 5. It’s a very well written show. Season 3 & 4 are my favorites.

    Xena: Warrior Princess is also very gay and that was even before Buffy was shown on tv.

      • It’s not just you. You are actually right. The last eight shows Netflix has cancelled has fallen into one of those categories.

        Everything Sucks- queer themed, female protagonist.

        Disjointed- female protagonist.

        Lady Dynamite- female protagonist.

        Haters Back Off- female protagonist.

        Gypsy- queer themed, female protagonist.

        Girlboss- female protagonist.

        Sense8- queer themed, female protagonist, poc centric

        The Get Down- poc centric

        All of them cancelled in less than a year.

  45. Now that this article is alive again, let me recommend “Les Revenant”, the original French series that “The Returned” is a remake of. It’s gayer, and just all around better.

    (“Les Revenant” is still listed as “The Returned” on Netflix.)

  46. I’m another of those weird outliers who actually liked Anne with an E. Kind of miraculous given that I can barely watch anything “dark,” and almost never get through any show, but I pushed through this and really liked it, although a few of the plot points I will agree were mediocre. The casting for Marilla (Geraldine James) is perfect, and even kind of swoonworthy imo. So, all I’m saying is, you might like it, even though a lot of people don’t.

  47. The latest season of Crazy Ex Girlfriend has been on Netflix since January. So you should definitely add it to this list.

    I am happy we have so many shows to see queer women today but I will never be satisfied. Until we reach a stage where we can’t make lists anymore and even GLAAD can’t keep track of number of lesbians and bisexuals on TV, then I WANT MORE!!! Gimme Gimme. 20gayteen.

  48. Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix Original that has, starting on season 2, two women (one who defines as bisexual, one who doesn’t specify her sexuality BUT is very religious and still brags about the orgasms she gives her girlfriend) in a relationship that is treated exactly the same as straight relationships on the show. You have to get through a certain amount of zombies, murders and dismembered boides to get there first, however

  49. I wish all of the shows on the list were available on Netflix in the UK. How long must I wait to see Person of Interest season 5, Netflix? How long??? (Or Lost Girl again for that matter.)

    On the plus side, being in another country means I get to watch Black Lightning via Netflix. US folks, if you haven’t gotten around to it yet you should check out Black Lightning. Anissa is awesome.

  50. There is those tv shows, like Easy(Vegan Cinderella), where they have one lgbtq women dedicated episode. Worth a mention. Also worth mentioning if any of these shows are in limbo so we can get more people to watch it so it can get renewed?

  51. If you are into foreign shows/cinema ‘Call My Agent!/Dix pour Cent is funny, well written and clever… and the one of the leads is a lesbian with a very strong narrative. I couldn’t stop watching.

  52. Santa Clarita Diet is actually one of my favorite shows and should be on the list because it’s a little gay in Season 2.
    First off, things that are not the greatest about the show: the main characters are white and hetero-normative and all minority characters are supporting roles, there is lots of (comical) gore which I think adds to the absurdist humor but probably some people won’t like, and it takes a few episodes to hit it’s stride.

    Joel and Sheila are a long term, married couple trying to come to terms with Sheila dying, becoming a zombie, and needing to eat people to survive. Some person (maybe the director) described the plot of Carol as “love without example”- and the same is true for Joel and Sheila. It’s also funny.

    Here is a quote:
    Sheila: I’m just gonna act like old Sheila, who’s demure and chipper and never had an orgasm while eating a man’s liver. Judging by your look, I haven’t mentioned that before.
    Joel: No, you have. I just never know what to say

  53. Maybe it’s an Aussie Netflix thing (or maybe things have changed since I last subscribed to Netflix) but Riverdale, The Get Down, and Dear White People all qualify as at least “a little gay” (though DWP’s portrayal of the lesbian couple where one of them is having an affair with their male student is a bit iffy).

    • You are right about Riverdale. Maybe they didn’t want to include it because of the queer baiting. I think the new season with Choni though makes it more so deserving of being on this list. I don’t think it was not on Netflix when this came out though

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