32 Lesbian, Queer & Bisexual (LGBTQ+) TV Shows, Series, & Movies on Amazon Prime

There has never been a better time to join Amazon Prime! Maybe you considered it yesterday, or even last year, and then decided not to. Well those days are in the past, and now it’s the present. Today, this very day, I would like to recommend, for entirely selfish purposes, that you bite the bullet and join Amazon Prime.  In fact, you can get a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, and if you do that through our referral links, Autostraddle will get $3! In fact, if you’re doing any Prime Day shopping at all, you really should do it through our referral links, because we get a small percentage commission when you do.

Fun fact: According to our 2016 Reader Survey, 23% of you have shopped using Autostraddle affiliate links — but 37% of you are Amazon Prime members and 87% of you shop on Amazon. Seems like there’s some room for improvement there, you know? I’ve had Prime since the moment it was invented because I enjoy free two-day shipping. This is especially useful if you live in a city and don’t have a car but need a 12-pack of paper towels.

If you already ARE an Amazon Prime member, then boy are you lucky, because so am I, and wow it’s neat to have all these great programs right at my fingertips. Lesbian bisexual queer TV shows and movies on Amazon Prime! Streaming! What a time to be alive.


TV Shows With Lesbian and Bisexual and Queer Characters Streaming on Amazon Prime

The L Word

Hm, I wonder what this one is about. Maybe lettuce… or lather? Loofahs? Lacy Lilting Lyrics? Livin’ La Vida Loca? Hard to say.


Danger & Eggs

Last week we told you about Danger & Eggs and how it’s got queer themes, queer characters, a trans woman co-creator and a cast that includes so many of our favorite humans — Stephanie Beatriz, Jasika Nicole, Angelica Ross, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Tyler Ford, Jazz Jennings and Laura Zak. This week could be the week that you find out for yourself why everybody is so excited for Danger & Eggs! I’m also excited, generally speaking, for danger, and also for eggs, scrambled.


America’s Next Top Model  

Do you wanna be on top? So do the ladies on this show. Amazon Prime has Seasons One through 14, which means you’ll get a solid chunk of lesbian and bisexual women, including Ebony from Season One, Kim Stolz and Nik from Season Five, Leslie Mancia from Season 6 and Megan Morris and Michelle Babin from Season 7.


Lip Service

Initially framed as Glasgow’s answer to The L Word, this short-lived lesbian favorite stars Ruta Gedmintas as an irresistable lanky-limbed photographer ladykilller and lesbian musician Heather Peace as a straight-laced cop named Sam. Plus we recapped it for you.


Glee

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this one. There’s a bunch of kids and they sing really good pop covers? Santana is a lesbian and her eventual girlfriend Brittany is bisexual and they’re both cheerleaders. Also, people throw slushies in each other’s faces, and Jane Lynch wears a tracksuit and marries herself, and the kiddos get high on novocaine at the dentist and land themselves in an erotic Britney Spears side-universe, and also there’s not enough money to get to regionals so I guess we’ll have to wash some cars, bake some cakes, or win a mattress commercial contest? Heather and I spent at least a year of our lives recapping this show for you, and I don’t regret a single minute! Actually I do, I regret the minutes spent on the bad episodes. But once upon a time this show gave me so much joy. SO MUCH JOY.


Hannibal

(Photo by: Brooke Palmer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Season Two of this psychological thriller introduced a recurring lesbian character, Margot Verger, who, after a detour into Unfortunate Tropesville, eventually gets a love interest and offspring. You’ll have to endure some cannibalism to get there, though, but isn’t that true about everything, really?


The Good Wife

The Good Wife began as a story about the loyal wife of a state’s attorney embroiled in a sex and corruption scandal she was forced to publicly endure. Then it becomes a story about the wife returning to her career as a lawyer, which brings us to her law firm and to her smokin’ hot bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma. Kalinda appears in 86% of the series episodes and sometimes (!!!!) even has involvements with ladies.


The Wire

The Wire is easily one of the best television programs of all time — and broke ground with its Black lesbian detective character, Kima Greggs, who unlike so many other queer characters, actually appears in every episode. Each season looks at a different element of Baltimore and its relationship to law enforcement: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the school system, print news media and city government. Plus it’s got one of my favorite gay male characters of all time, Omar Little.


Orphan Black

Photo: Jan Thijs 2013

This science fiction thriller stars Tatiana Maslany as a bunch of clones, including queer Experimental Evolutionary Developmental Biology Ph.D. student Cosima. She has a scissoring relationship with Delphine Cormier. Honestly every time I write a blurb for this show I end up getting something wrong about it. Did I do okay.


One Mississippi

Tig Notaro’s awesome semi-autobiographical comedy series follows a Los Angeles radio host “Tig Bavaro” as she returns home to Mississippi after a double mastectomy and a C. difficile infection to be with her family when her mother is taken off life support. She moves in with her brother and stepfather and begins learning things about her mother and her home that she never knew. But with jokes!


Transparent

Critical darling Transparent is centered on a Los Angeles based Jewish family who are basically all queer, except for the straight guy who can suck it he’s the worst. Transparent has trans women playing trans women, it has a bisexual Mom who gets kinky with Jiz Lee, it has a twenty-something daughter with a fluid sexuality and gender presentation, it has multiple lesbian trans women, it has Carrie Brownstein playing a bisexual named Syd and Cherry Jones playing, basically, Eileen Myles. It’s brilliantly written and it employs more trans and queer folks behind the camera than any show in the history of the universe.


Red Oaks

Set in a New Jersey country-club in the mid-80s, Red Oaks has a regular character who, following a divorce, starts questioning her sexuality and tentatively wading into the waters of light kissing with other ladies. Judy is played by Jennifer Grey, who you may remember from a little dancing movie set in a Catskills summer resort in the mid-50s in which nobody put baby in a corner.


True Blood

Like almost every show in the history of shows, this one eventually went off the rails, but for a few seasons there it was one of the best things on television. It’s about vampires, and well know vampires are usually bisexual, right? So you get a lot of that in this show, including lead character Tara Thornton played by Queen Sugar‘s Rutina Wesley, Evan Rachel Wood’s delightful Queen Sophie Ann, and at least a dozen more. My favorite character, though, was always Lafayette.


Home Fires

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Home Fires is a British period television drama about women who come together to make Jam during World War II. Also, lesbians.


Under the Dome

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If you’ve ever asked yourself “what would happen if my small town was suddenly encapsulated by a massive, transparent, indestructible dome that cuts us off from the rest of the world?” then good news — Under the Dome is here to answer those questions, and to let its two lesbian characters live for a little bit of time.


American Gothic

American Gothic lasted for two entire seasons, and included a storyline where a married politician running for Mayor was having an affair with her female campaign manager.


Defiance

Defiance is a dystopian sci-fi series set in (what used to be) St. Louis after a whole bunch of alien wars ravaged and terraformed the entire earth. Now humans and aliens are living together! Kenya Rosewater (played brilliantly by your girl Mia “Jenny Schecter” Kirshner) owns a brothel called Need/Want and during season one she falls for a Castithan noble named Stahma Tarr (played deliciously by your girl Jaime “HG Wells” Murray).


Humans

In Season Two of Humans, synthetic human Niska meets real human Astrid and then she learns how to love. This is according to Wikipedia.


Girl-Girl Scene


When Whitney reviewed this show in 2011, she promised y’all “Hot Ladies, Panties, Sexy Things.” Did she deliver? There is merely one way to find out. Rumor has it that some the acting is mediocre, but the whole thing is super soapy and fun.


Anyone But Me

photographed by Michael Seto for Anyone But Me

Remember this adorable webseries from 2009-2011 starring Nicole Pacent and Rachael Hip-Flores, Autostraddle’s 2009 Critters of the Year, as two teenagers who fall for each other and have all kinds of self-discovery and also so do their friends? If you do, you’ll be happy to hear it’s on Amazon and if you don’t, well GO WATCH IT.


American Horror Story

Ryan Murphy, the ambitious and often-problematic showrunner, found yet another queer hit in American Horror Story. Seasons 1-5 are free on Amazon Prime, and Season Two is probably the queerest — that’s the one where Sarah Paulson plays a lesbian reporter trapped in an asylum and forced to undergo conversion therapy while her girlfriend Clea Duvall sits at home waiting to be murdered. Seasons Four and Five are also chock-full of LGBTQ+ characters, ranging from “pretty cool” to “super offensive.” You’ll see!


Feminin/Feminin


This sexy collection of mini-sodes tells the stories of “Six girlfriends, gay, bi, and straight share their love, heartbreak and wild nights under the bright lights of Montreal.” In French with English subtitles.


Six Feet Under

This is my favorite television show of all time, so I’m including it even though the queer female content is pretty low-key and reasonably brief. There is a gay male lead and also it’s just so good! Especially if you’ve dealt a lot with death and grief in your own damn life.


Deadwood

According to AfterEllen, Deadwood is “one of the last places one might expect to find a fascinating, three-dimensional female character, let alone a queer one,” but surprise! They do!  Joanie Stubbs is, according to AE, “not only well-drawn, but by Season 3 is firmly established as preferring the company of women.” Jane Canary, a character based on Calamity Jane, is one of Joanie’s love interests.

Also, before we move into the film portion of this post, I’d like to recommend Fleabag with my whole heart even though she’s apparently not a lesbian.


Movies With Lesbian Characters Streaming on Amazon Prime:

Amazon has a lot of really bad lesbian movies in it stable. Here are some of the good ones.

Suicide Kale

Our friends made this movie and it won a ton of awards and it’s cute and refreshing and gay and Jasika Nicole is too good for this world!

Gia

At boarding school, my BFF and I rented this movie from the local video rental shop and never returned it. Now I own the DVD so I can watch it whenever I want, which is often. Definitely a root.

The Handmaiden

This critical success from South Korea was inspired by Sarah Waters’ “Fingersmith” and everybody loves it but I haven’t seen it yet so don’t talk to me about it.

Appropriate Behavior

This film is so witty and smart and cool I can hardly believe it’s real! Written by and starring bisexual actress Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior starts when its protagonist’s relationship ends, sending her into a spiral as she tries to figure out what she’s doing with her life and how that fits in with what her family wants for her.

Bumblef**ck, USA

Alexa moves from Amsterdam to a small U.S. town to film a documentary to help her make sense of her gay best friend’s suicide. While she’s there, she falls in love with a woman for the first time in her life. It only takes one summer for Alexa’s life to change forever.

Monster

Based on the real-life story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Monster is an Academy Award-winning crime drama about a sex worker who killed six men during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Charlize Theron plays Wuornos, and Christina Ricci plays Tyria Moore, Wuornos’ girlfriend.

I Am Not Your Negro

This isn’t a lesbian movie but I’m including it anyhow because you really need to watch this documentary about gay writer James Baldwin.

When Night is Falling

“My favourite film simply because it unashamedly clings to an impossible optimism,” wrote commenter Marriane on our list of the 100 Best Lesbian Movies of All Time in protest of my decision to exclude it from said list “I mean, come on … the dog comes back to life to the strains of the Hallelujah chorus. It was this kind of optimism that saw marriage equality germinate, take root and flower.”

The Neon Demon


Bizarre, enchanting and stylistically daring, The Neon Demon tells the story of an aspiring model, played by Elle Fanning, who’s trying to make it in New York. Jenna Malone is a power lesbian. Honestly it seems like a dream in retrospect, like a creepy sexy dream.


Amazon Channels

Amazon also offers channel add-ons with week-long free trial periods, which are great for anybody who doesn’t have a cable package of their own with which to access various premium channels.

Seeso – $3.99/month

There’s one big reason why you should get Seeso, and it’s cause Take My Wife was my favorite new show of 2016 and who knows maybe it could be yours too!


HBO – $14.99/month

HBO has always been a groundbreaking little outfit, chock full of smart shows with queer characters, although most of the best (True Blood and The Wire) are already free to prime members. But an HBO subsciption will also get you access to queer-inclusive shows like Veep (only Seasons 1-2 are on Prime), Westworld, Game of Thrones, both seasons of The Comeback and also, on an unrelated note, some really solid crime documentaries.


Showtime – $8.99/month

Noted for its everlasting gayness, Showtime brought us Queer as Folk and The L Word when other networks were afraid to take the plunge. You can get The L Word already with Amazon Prime, but the Showtime add-on gets you front-row seats on your couch to witness the queer ladies in Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Episodes, Queer As Folk, Shameless and their recent hit, Billions, which features television’s first out non-binary character, played by genderqueer actor Asia Kate Dillon.


Starz – $8.99/month

Starz has really stepped up its gay game lately. It’s got the seriously underrated comedy Survivor’s Remorse starring Erica Ash as M-Chuck, the sister of a star basketball player; American Gods, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel that has already become one of the most critically acclaimed shows of 2017; and the pirate show Black Sails. There’s also queer female characters in Torchwood, The Girlfriend Experience, Boss and Spartacus. 


Fullscreen – $5.99/month

Fullscreen is a very LGBTQ-inclusive platform that I believe began as an independent YouTube network and now is available on all sorts of devices, including Amazon. On the Amazon channel you can find original programming like Hannah Hart’s Electra Woman & Dyna Girl as well as shows like Hella Gay, Megan Rapinot’s Keeping Score, Brett Easton Ellis’s The Deleted, lesbian vampire show Carmilla and The What’s Underneath Project which features Grace Dunham and Gaby Dunn. Also important: it’s got every season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the new lesbian film The First Girl I Loved and bicurious classics like Cruel Intentions and Wild Things.


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Riese is 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 Jewish 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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42 Comments

  1. “Kenya Rosewater owns a brother called Need/Want”

    I know this is probably just a typo (brothel?), but for a moment I was thinking “Need/Want” is a cruel, cruel thing to name a child.

  2. Are these actually streaming or just to purchase, cause I’ve made that mistake before thinking a show was streaming, but only to see it’s to purchase(looking at you Bob’s Burger).

  3. here’s whistling, Omar’s coming!!!
    i love the wire.

    its a damn shame we never got to see sexy lexi and sam figure things out. their relationship was intense but you just know sam wasn’t completely ready for lexi. every few weeks i watch their scenes on youtube.

  4. Well you’ve successfully convinced me to rewatch the first few seasons of True Blood and then quit after Season 3 or 4 like I did the first time!

    Also so excited to check out some of these that I’ve never heard of…thank you for doing the important work of telling us which Amazon Prime shows have gay content so I don’t waste my time watching the ones that seem like they should but really don’t!!

  5. How about Jill Soloway’s other Amazon Prime show, “I Love Dick?” Devon (played by the amazingly talented and totally swoon-worthy Roberta Colindrez) rocks a queer cowboy masculine of center look, has some pretty great queer sex and Colindrez talks about the character with she/they pronouns.
    http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/roberta-colindrez-i-love-dick
    Plus, I feel like the show should get extra queer points for all the references to feminist and queer art, poetry, literature, music.

  6. i feel like i’m calling into a radio show…”long time reader, first time commenter” …

    But here are a couple gay shows I’ve never seen y’all write about:

    One show with a half way decent lesbian b plot is Alpha House, which is actually an amazon original that’s campy but good.

    Not on prime, but you can also purchase the British show Raised by Wolves on amazon, which has one of the most unexpected and genuine quiet queer plots in season 2. I don’t know why I haven’t heard more about this show, it’s so so good.

  7. For other UK readers, these are the movies/shows in the list which are on Prime:
    Danger and Eggs
    One Mississippi
    Transparent
    Red Oaks
    Under the Dome
    American Gothic
    Girl/Girl Scene
    Anyone But Me
    I Am Not Your Negro

    These are the ones that are on Netflix UK instead:
    Hannibal
    The Good Wife
    Orphan Black
    American Horror Story
    Appropriate Behavior

    Humans is on All4 because it’s a Channel 4 show.

    These are available to stream in the UK, but you have to pay for them:
    The L Word
    America’s Next Top Model
    Lip Service
    Glee
    The Wire
    True Blood
    Home Fires
    Defiance
    Six Feet Under
    Gia
    The Handmaiden

    These three are available on DVD only:
    Bumblef**k USA
    Monster
    When Night is Falling

    Finally, Feminin/Feminin is on Vimeo.

  8. Humans is criminally underrated as a show in general. I watched the first season and loved it even before it was gay, and now I’m super stoked to catch up with the second.

    ALSO: you can’t mention Black Sails and not say exactly HOW gay it is (my heart broke a lil bit when I didn’t see Max as the Starz image).

    Literally three of its main cast are queer women, all extremely well-written, with different motivations and end goals and relationships to their own queerness.

    And also its first-billed main character, Flint, is a gay man who’s entire motivation for the show is driven by his love for his thought-to-be-dead boyfriend. His close relationship with Silver is super subtexty gay and confirmed via the showrunners to have been a lil more than just friendship (and not in a “let’s throw the fans a bone” kind of way, but in a very honest “love is complicated and they didn’t know how to express their feelings because of all their past baggage” way).

    Also features two poly relationships. And by the time you get to the last season, the entire narrative of the show has become about marginalized people (former slaves + gay pirates) fighting back against oppressors (England). And like. A (little bittersweet) happy ending?

    It’s my absolute favorite show and I can’t recommend it enough.

  9. “The Handmaiden” is beautifully lush like any Park Chan Wook film and is a great Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’ ‘Fingersmith’ so I strongly encourage everyone to see it.

    If I had a list of best lesbian films, ‘The Handmaiden’ would be in the top 5.

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