Being on strict community quarantine, I don’t really have much I can do here at home. So to fill my *not-so-busy* schedule and to also distract myself from what’s going on in the world, I’ve been watching a lot of TV shows. And since I’m gay, I kinda naturally look for those with LGBTQ+ representation. So for Day 5 of my 30-Day Blog Challenge, I’m sharing my current favorite TV shows to watch that have some queerness to it. Most of them you can find on Netflix.
I’m starting with the best one here—Killing Eve. A cat-and-mouse spy story between two women: Eve (the amazing Sandra Oh) who is a British intelligence operative, and Villanelle (the equally amazing Jodie Comer), a mercurial, talented and psychopathic killer.
I cannot put into words how much I love this show. I know this has been wrapped up in a “queerbaiting” controversy before. But after the last season, I’m still honestly rooting for Eve and Villanelle. They are such amazingly portrayed characters. And in general, Killing Eve is a superb, well-written show. It’s a comedy, drama, thriller and romance all in one. I definitely recommend this to anyone, queer or not.
This show follows Otis, a socially awkward high school student, who may not have much experience on the sex department, but has reluctantly become an “expert” due to living with a mum who is a sex therapist. Along with classmate Maeve, they open a sex clinic to help deal with the problems of the other students in their school.
I find this show really amazing and necessary. It is light, funny and about teenagers, but it is also mature, deep and genuine. I love how it discusses sexuality without being judgemental, and how heavy topics such as abortion and sexual assault are also addressed. Through different characters other than just Otis—who each has a story to tell—we are being taught that it’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to be confused, to be different, to not know how to deal with things right away and to seek help.
Every episode was beautifully written and I can’t recommend this enough. I honestly wish this came out when I was just the characters’ age. But teenagers or adults, queer or not, this show is really for everyone. We all still have a lot to learn.
Orange is the New Black
This comedy-drama show is about Piper Chapman, a privileged New Yorker who ends up in a women’s prison after being convicted for a decade old crime.
I’m still currently watching this but I’m enjoying it so much that I recommend it right away. It’s funny and entertaining, but at the same time it hits hard too as it addresses so many different social issues. I love the depth and the backstories of the other inmates, how we get to see how it’s like in prison and how it sheds light on injustice. Very thought-provoking and compelling. I can’t wait to keep up.
Feel Good is about struggling comedian and recovering addict Mae. The show navigates on her complexities as she gets into a relationship with a woman named George and as she also deals with her addiction issues. Something that she thinks she no longer needs helping as it was over a long time ago. But what Mae doesn’t realize, is that she has also become addicted to something else—George.
This show was intense to watch, but I really loved it. I like that it’s about their relationship and individual struggles and that it feels real. I hope more TV shows about two women come out with this focus. This was truly enjoying to watch. I loved the story, the flow and the chemistry between Mae and George. I’m definitely looking forward to season 2.
And that’s a wrap! Those are my current favorite TV shows to watch that have LGBTQ+ representation. Have you seen any of them? If so, what did you think? If you have some more recommendations, please share as I would love to know them too! :)