It has only been a few years since the issue of alternate sexualities has managed to enter the mainstream consciousness. Man has always been a creature of habit, and whenever something goes out of the way, the natural reaction of human beings is to stigmatize it and keep it under the wraps. This tendency has hindered the possibilities of conversation on non-heteronormative sexualities for a long, long time. Only in recent years has there been an eagerness to talk about the LGBTQ community and make content centering around such characters.
Despite homosexual relationships having been decriminalized in many countries around the world, there is still a stigma associated with it. With more and more TV shows and films about homosexual relationships being made, the taboo surrounding it should cease to exist in the coming years. If you are interested in watching TV shows which deal with same-sex relationships, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of really good gay shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
15. London Spy (2015)
‘London Spy’ is a five-part miniseries produced by BBC Two and written and created by Tom Rob Smith. The series follows the story of a young gay couple, Danny and Alex. While Danny is a hedonistic, partying romantic, Alex is just the opposite. He is extremely intelligent but not as social as his partner. They live a perfectly happy life until one event completely destroys everything. Danny finds Alex’s dead body and we come to know that Alex was a secret agent for the MI6. Though far away from the world of espionage and intelligence services, Danny decides that he must find the perpetrators behind the murder of Alex and bring them to justice. The series has mostly received positive responses from critics, with many praising Ben Whishaw’s performance as Danny.
14. EastSiders (2012-)
The critically acclaimed ‘EastSiders’ premiered in 2012 and three seasons of the show have been released till date. Van Hansis and Kit Williamson portray the two leading characters of the show, Thom and Cal, who have been dating for four years when we meet them for the first time. One day, Cal finds out that Thom has been cheating on him. Cal decides to do the same and ends up cheating on Thom with Jeremy, the same guy Thom is having an affair with. This discovery naturally leads to serious problems in their relationship. Besides starring as a protagonist, Kit Williamson is also the creator, writer, and director of the series. ‘EastSiders’ is a completely independent production with all the episodes in the first season, barring the first two, and the entirety of the second season being produced by collecting funds using Kickstarter campaigning.
13. Call My Agent (2015-)
This French TV series deals with the world of entertainment and its many nuances and intricacies. The series follows the characters Andrea, Mathias, Gabriel, and Arlette, all of whom are talent agents. It is through their eyes that we get to see the inner workings of the crazy world of showbiz and glamour. Among these friends, Andrea is a lesbian and she meets a girl called Colette Brancillon through a dating app. Their relationship takes up a unique subplot in the series as we see them go through various ups and downs until a major incident brings them close. When they were going through a rough patch in their relationship, Andrea had a threesome one night and ended up getting pregnant. She confides in Colette and we see the latter promising Andrea that she will definitely help her get through this ordeal. This series was loved by both critics and audiences, The show has also won the ACS Awards in France for Best TV Series, Best Actress, and Best Writer.
12. Glee (2009-2015)
‘Glee’ is created by the trio of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The series covers the life of a glee club in an American school called William McKinley High School. To those unaware, a glee club is a choir singing group which generally sings small songs in quartets or trios. The show focuses on the characters involved in the glee club of the aforementioned school as they try and navigate through their relationships, sexuality, and society. The first season of this series received positive responses, and it has a total of 19 Emmy and 2 Golden Globe nominations along with numerous other awards.
11. Schitt’s Creek (2015-)
The famous comedian Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy are the co-creators and cast members of this show. Eugene plays the role of Johnny Rose, the patriarch of a rich family which has lost all its fortunes. Johnny’s wife’s name is Moira Rose, and they have two children named David and Alexis. After their business manager cheats them, the only asset they have is a small town called Schitt’s Creek. They move to the town, but their overtly high society manners seem too out of place in this town. As the Roses try and deal with their new lives, we discover that David (played by Daniel Levy) is a pansexual person. This non-heteronormative sexuality of David does put him in complicated situations in the small town of Schitt’s Creek. The first season of the series received mildly positive reviews, but since then, all the other seasons have been critical darlings, with the series’ brilliant sense of humor and quirky characters striking a chord both with the audience and critics.
10. Special (2019-)
Ryan O’Connell is the star of this series, as he is the writer, executive producer, and lead actor of ‘Special’. O’Connell’s character is named Ryan Hayes. Hayes is a guy suffering from mild cerebral palsy. He is also a homosexual man. But nothing can possibly deter him from enjoying life, and thus, we see Ryan trying to make the best of his opportunities and living life to the fullest. The show received mostly positive reviews from critics.
9. Degrassi: Next Class (2016-2017)
The ‘Degrassi’ universe has been spawning a number of interesting TV shows of late, and ‘Degrassi: Next Class’ is one among them. This show is one of the best of the Degrassi universe. It deals with a bunch of young adults studying in a school and growing up together. It is in the first season of the series where we see the seven main characters go through a lot of ups and downs in their lives, including facing severe racism and homophobia. Each episode has a particular structure, where it follows three different plotlines. Three seasons of the show have been produced till date.
8. Grace & Frankie (2015-)
‘Grace and Frankie’ is a warm, funny and innovative show. It follows the lives of two women, Grace and Frankie, and their lives after getting divorced. The reason that the two have gotten divorced is that their husbands have started dating each other. Thus, these two women, having no one else in their lives, decide to give each other support and start living with each other. While Grace is a successful businesswoman with a huge fortune, Frankie is a free-spirited art teacher. Their unique characteristics and the brilliant performances by Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) have made the show very popular among its audiences. Even critics have adored this unique comedy.
7. Wynonna Earp (2016-)
One of the coolest shows on Netflix featuring a female lead character is definitely ‘Wynonna Earp’. The lead character of the show is a descendant of the famous Wyatt Earp. Wynnona and her sister live in a town called Purgatory. This is a haunted place and Wynonna has to regularly fight demons, revenants, and the ghosts of many outlaws of the Wild West that Wyatt Earp had gunned down. Her sister Waverly is an interesting character. She is also quite impressive with guns, but she has a subplot of her own wherein she dates the woman who is the Purgatory Sheriff’s Deputy. The series has mostly met with positive responses from critics for its unique portrayal of supernatural creatures while also maintaining an engaging storyline.
6. Queer Eye (2018-)
The concept of this show is quite unlike anything we have seen before. ‘Queer Eye’ is the only reality show on this list and the series follows five gay men who are well-established in their own professions. They are experts in fashion, culture, grooming, design, and culture. In the show, they help men understand the likes and dislikes of women from a feminine perspective and help them choose the right stuff for their dates accordingly. The five of them focus on one guest per episode. The first season of the show boasts of an incredible 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also been honored with a number of Emmy Awards.
5. The L-Word (2004-2009)
To make a show about lesbian characters way back in 2004 really needed some serious courage. The makers of ‘The L-Word’ did just that, and thus, created a series that was way ahead of its time. The show still managed to be very popular during its run. The main characters are a group of lesbian friends. We follow their lives as they deal with friends, family, and their alternate sexual choices. The show is considered a pioneer in the field of portraying lesbian characters on television. It was widely acclaimed by critics and audiences, and thus, a total of six seasons and 70 episodes were produced during the show’s run.
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4. The Fosters (2013-2018)
‘The Fosters’ follows the lives of Stef and Lena, a lesbian couple with five children. While Stef is a police officer, Lena is the vice-principal of a school. They share a unique bond as they help raise this large family. Stef had married a man earlier who also is on good terms with them. The series received acclaim for its portrayal of diverse characters from different backgrounds and life choices. The fact that the couple is biracial apart from being lesbians is a very important aspect of the show.
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3. Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017)
‘Pretty Little Liars’ is a teenage mystery thriller with five young girls as the central protagonists. These characters are — Spencer Hastings, Alison DiLaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields. Their lives pass by as regular school-going teenagers until Alisson suddenly goes missing. The remaining friends start receiving weird messages on their phones about Alisson. Though they think Alisson herself is behind this, one day Alisson’s dead body is discovered and the friends understand that they are in deep trouble. We later find out that the character of Emily is a closeted lesbian and she was always in love with Alisson.
2. One Day at a Time (2017-2019)
‘One Day At A Time‘ is based on a 1970s sitcom of the same name. The series follows a Cuban-American lady, Penelope Alvarez, who struggles to manage her life and relationships. Being in the army, she was earlier under strict rules and had to suppress a lot of desires and passions. This has also ended her marriage with her husband who turned into an alcoholic after returning from the army. Later, Penelope realizes that she is a lesbian and takes time to come out to her family. The series has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and audiences. The three seasons of the show have received ratings of 94%, 100%, and 100% respectively.
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1. Orange is the New Black (2013-)
One of the first and most popular original shows by Netflix, ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ follows the story of a character called Piper Chapman. She is in jail when we meet her for the first time, and the series follows her life in the penitentiary as she deals with various other women criminals. Chapman has been jailed because she helped her drug dealer boyfriend launder some money. Inside the jail, she witnesses several sexual relationships between the women of the prison and begins to understand the severe problems women face in such institutions. The series is based on a true story written by Piper Kerman on her own life.
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