There are many television series out now that prominently feature gay and lesbian characters and LGBT themed story lines. There even more shows that come out annually focused at an LGBT viewing audience.
Increasingly, the internet has changed the way we watch television. We can now catch episodes we missed anywhere we can connect to wi-fi. We watch shows on our tablets and on our smart phones. We’ve witnessed an evolution in the way popular shows are produced in that now a new show is just as likely to be produced for the internet as it is for broadcast TV.
We don’t know what the future will hold for television. The medium will likely always exist as a form of entertainment but the production and delivery methods will continue to evolve. The only thing certain is change!
LGBT Themed Television Shows and Mini-Series Reviewed:
Anyone But Me: The Complete First Season, the Web TV hit starring Rachael Hip-Flores, Nicole Pacent, Joshua Holland, Jessy Hodges and Alexis Slade. Directed by Tina Cesa Ward. Please see my June 29th, 2012 post for my review.
On October 14th, 2011 I reviewed the 2004 to 2011 television series, Dante’s Covedirected primarily at gay males, starring William Gregory Lee and Tracy Scoggins. You can read my review here. The first icon below is for the boxed set that includes seasons 1 and 2 and the un-aired pilot. The 2nd is for season 3. Season 4 is scheduled to be released before the end of the year.
On July 11th, 2011 I reviewed the Sarah Waters book, Tipping the Velvet: A Novel. The story was crafted into an equally fine mini-series for television by the BBC. Please click the graphic below for the Amazon.com product page to get more information or click here to read my review of the book and movie.
There’s been some great TV geared toward gay and lesbian audiences in the past 10 years. The series, “Will & Grace” led the way in the sitcom genre with the great ensemble cast of Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. You can get information on all 8 seasons using this link Will & Grace – Seasons 1 – 8, or, click the cube graphic for info on the complete series boxed set.
No discussion of LGBT themed TV series would be complete without mention of “The L Word“. Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Kate Moenning and assorted others knocked our socks off for six seasons. I’m most partial to Season One before Dana – the character I most identified with – died and before Marina basically disappeared from the series giving Jenny really nothing to do but be crazy…
The wonderful “The L Word: Season One” which includes all of the others plus Erin Daniels as Dana and Karina Lombard as Marina.
Now, before “The L Word” came “Queer as Folk“. “Queer As Folk” was a 5 year series focusing on the lives of a group of gay men living, working and loving in working class Pittsburgh, PA. Though soap opera in style, it was current with and ahead of its time. It addressed the reigning political issues of the day in an engaging, entertaining way that had both gay and straight tuning in each week to watch.