Vampires and zombies and spaceships and swords and clones and superpowers and ghosts and time-travel, oh my!
Behold! Our seasonal list of every single TV show — new and returning — featuring a queer or trans woman character!
Here’s what we loved this year and what we didn’t like very much at all. We’d love to hear your opinions too, obviously!
She’s been through too much ambiguity to be, simply, a Good Janet. Rather she is Complicated Janet. Humanity’s Champion Janet. Janet beyond the binary.
Queer women’s television has grown significantly in recent years. Still, we’ve watched our best continue to be sidelined by a straight white male majority that won’t pay attention to queer stories, women’s stories, stories about people of color. Well, no more my friends!
Listen, we all know queer women love a good TV show about serial killing or Satan worship or ghosts — but did you know sometimes it feels good to just feel good?
These are the television shows of 2018 that stand out for their artistry and innovation AND also feature lesbian, bisexual, queer or trans women characters.
Plus Legacies gives us a Hufflepuff/Slytherin power couple, All American gives us Coop in a suit. And quick hits on Coronation Street, The Young and the Restless, Charmed, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Star and The Flash!
All American tackles internalized homphobia, Charmed gives Mel a devastating choice, Eleanor Shellstrop is horny even when she’s getting dragged into hell, AU! Charlie returns to Supernatural, Beth and Valencia are leaving Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and more!
Plus: The best/gayest episode of All American yet, gayness abounds on Charmed, what-the-fuckery is here to stay on The Purge, a new bisexual character on Chicago Fire, Chris decides love isn’t a lie on S.W.A.T. and more!
Tahani and Eleanor are not “off the table,” Helena Peabody’s ex-girlfriend is a lesbian psychologist on Law & Order SVU, the Runaways Season Two trailer is here and HOT, “The Bisexual” trailer is here and HOT, Chicago Fire might have a new LGBTQ character, some Trump supporters angry at Wanda Sykes, 100 Best Romantic Comedies and more!
“EVEN THE STRAIGHTS CAN SEE IT.”
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.