News breaking last week that queer fan favorites One Day at a Time and Wynonna Earp were facing an uphill battle getting another season made has caused our TV team to: a) wail and gnash our teeth, and b) reflect on some of the shows we’ve actually mourned losing.
“The L Word” was supposed to be the beginning of a new era of teevee shows about the real true lives of lesbian and bisexual women — and although we never quite got there, here are 15 examples of shows that don’t just have queer characters in them, but are also *about* being queer.
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.
I like to power up my spirit by swooning at the TV. Maybe you do too?
Tig’s statement on the unfair no-good terrible cancellation of the wonderful One Mississippi, a new Heathers trailer continues to confound, Bellevue features a trans actress playing a murdered trans girl, Lena Waithe is gonna be on “This Is Us,”omg Black Lightning, the story of Steven Universe and so much more!
AMAZON CANCELLED “ONE MISSISSIPPI” AND “I LOVE DICK” WHICH IS A PERSONAL ATTACK AGAINST ME AND ALSO BUTCH LESBIAN VISIBILITY
2017 somehow turned out to be the best year ever for lesbian and bisexual women on television — but we’ve still got a ways to go.
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.
There were songs and bike races and hot air balloon rides and promises of forever and allusions to some of the most romantic tropes and movies of all times.
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.
It’s whimsical and fresh and progressive and tender in parts and hopeful in other parts and compelling throughout.
There aren’t many new lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer characters on fall TV, but there are a few; and a handful of returning favorites.