Warm Up For “A League of Their Own” With The Very Gay “Slo Pitch”

The only thing I love more than Bad News Bears-y sports stories is LGBTQ humans — so it is, frankly, shocking that I have just found out about Slo Pitch, the mockumentary softball web series that debuted on OUTtvgo in Canada two entire years ago and has just landed on AMC+ and IFC.

The series follows Joanne (Kirsten Rasmussen), the good natured and wildly competitive lesbian softball coach, and her ragtag team, The Brovaries, as they get their asses handed to them nearly every game of the season in their gay softball league. Actually, it’s a slow pitch beer league, which is maybe a specifically Canadian thing, I don’t know, but I love it. Joanne is joined by her extremely un-athletic fiancée, Sasha (Chelsea Muirhead), who works as a high powered lawyer and only joined the team to spend time with her girl; Mel (Amanda Cordner), a former pro who can’t talk about why she got kicked out of her league (fuckin’ umps, man); Boris (Karen Knox), who hails from some imaginary country and makes her living as an undocumented worker engaging in corporate espionage, and who is also looking for a wife; Zari, the token straight player who keeps apologizing for everything; Ann, who lives in Joanne and Sasha’s basement and gets to use the wifi as long as she stays on the team; and so many more amazing weirdos!

The Brovaries of Slo Pitch stand in front of home plate

There is no shortage of drama in this gay league, obviously! Ann, for example, is dating two different players from the rival Toronto Blue Gays. Joanne can’t even stand to be in the same bar as the Blue Gays! Straight Zari tries to set up kooky Boris with one of her friends, and it turns into an absolute disaster. Joanne loves Sasha so much, but she’s so bad at softball that Joanne keeps asking other players to kick her off the team. And then there’s the fact that they actually get kinda good and make a run for the championship.

With so many queer characters on Big TV these days, it’s nearly impossible for me to keep up with all the web series that drop, and they’re often a hard sell to Autostraddle readers who have come to expect much bigger budgets for their on-screen faves — but Slo Pitch is excellent quality for a shorter form series and also it reminded me of the days I used to devour Carmilla as soon as new episodes aired because it’s an unmatachable feeling watching stories that were made specifically for us by people like us. Plus none of the jokes feel SNL-style dated, which is often the case with webby shows. Slo Pitch is full of heart and it’s also legitimately hilarious. I laughed out loud at least once every episode.

The Brovaries of Slo Pitch dress nicely and serenade Sasha

The creative team is made up of all women and non-binary folks, the cast is at least half BIPOC, and 70% of the crew are LGBTQ+! And that’s Pride, baby!

You can watch both seasons of Slo Pitch on AMC+ or IFC right this very second! Bare minimum, you’ll get the giggles and be prepped for Prime Video’s upcoming A League of Their Own remake, which better try its dangdest to be as gay as this show.


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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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5 Comments

  1. Just watched the first 3 episodes and it’s just a lovely, chill short show to put on while cooking – and I’m able to watch it on YouTubeTv, so it might be more widely available.

    Hot sauce and bisexual chaos, thank you.

  2. Watched the 2nd season last week and it’s just as funny as the first! It’s seriously the best web series ever made.

    I love Boris so much that my wife screen-printed me custom Dinkelsbühl apparel. Also, she’s just from Germany not a made up country! She definitely rivals Anna Delvey on the accent front.

  3. I just love it so much. It’s so goddamn hilarious and I wish it had so many more accolades. I watched season 1 when it came out and then rewatched it with my (straight, cis)boyfriend and he was like “this is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen.” We finally got around to watching season 2 and it still rules. It seemed like they kinda wrapped everything up but if they make more I would be so happy.

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