13 Christmas and three Thanksgiving episodes full of lesbians in matching two-piece pajamas, bisexuals in endearing sweaters, and a trans woman dressed up as a literal Holigay Angel.
“It’s not just sex, it’s love. It’s two people connecting, with four other people, and aliens.”
Nakias and Supergirls and Wonder Women, oh my!
Plus: Another dead lesbian on The Purge, another almost dead lesbian on You, and less murderous updates on Grey’s Anatomy, Star and Fresh Off the Boat!
Ten thousand reader votes later…
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — like Hollywood itself, and mainstream TV criticism — continues to be dominated by a voting block of mostly straight white men. So, for the first time ever, we’ve decided to host our own Autostraddle TV awards to coincide with the Emmys.
Here’s how all the (and gay-adjacent) shows fared at last week’s network upfronts.
Grey’s Anatomy, grown-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, The Fosters, and Sara Ramirez in that tux!
These were entire TV episodes that paid off queer storylines that had been building, or approached lesbian and bisexual and trans stuff in ways we’ve never really seen on-screen, or expanded queer storytelling into genres where it’d been lacking, or utilized new TV platforms in queer ways.
2017 was the best of times and the worst of times. LOL JK it was the absolute worst of times. But the queer TV was pretty good.
Plus: Grey’s Anatomy’s 300th episode, keeping up with Annalise and her new potential gal pal, Jessica Szhor plays a lesbian again, there’s some queer women on The Girlfriend Experience, and American Horror Story: Cult marches grimly toward its final episode.
Ali Liebert arrives in style on Legends of Tomorrow, Honey and Jessica go back to the Denim Turtle on Fresh off the Boat, and Eve invites Annalise to run away with her (again).
The 100 is so unbelievably gay now, Billie Jean King shines on Fresh Off the Boat, and How to Get Away With Murder gets even more convoluted.
The good, the bad, the ugly, and the revolutionarily boring queer TV storylines of the year.
Couple-ish and ‘Til Lease Do Us Part premiered this week, Fresh Off the Boat got a little gay, Pippy and TMI finally smooched on Rosewood, and one of our queer chefs didn’t make the cut on Top Chef.
Amazon releases Transparent early, Lucy Lawless is lesbian-ing again, Carmilla bids adieu to season zero, and Pippy and TMI almost break up on Rosewood.
Mimi Whiteman deals with the fallout of her upended threesome with Lucious on Empire, it’s time to talk about Once Upon a Time for real, Grey’s Anatomy keeps getting magnificently gayer, and Carmilla definitely did something to Perry.
Grandfathered is still making us soft, what the hell is even happening on American Horror Story, Mimi returns to Empire & more!
Despite tepid reviews for most of this fall’s new shows, we’ve got plenty of new and returning lesbian and bisexual characters to be very excited about as well as quite a few lady-helmed productions.
We won a few, lost some promising ones, and where the hell is Renee Montoya?