So, you’ve already binged your way through Killing Eve and Will & Grace, and now you’re looking for some great underrated LGBT TV shows to watch.
If that sounds about right, we’ve got you covered!
Below are ten exceptional- yet highly underrated- TV shows with wonderful LGBTQ character story lines.
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Underrated LGBT TV Shows to Watch This Weekend
From crime-stopping masked crusaders to single moms just trying to make it one day at a time, these underrated LGBT TV shows offer up a little of everything.
Batwoman is an action, crime, superhero television series, based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
The series has aired on The CW for 1 season, so far, premiering on October 6, 2019.
The character of Kate Kane/Batwoman is a lesbian, becoming the first lesbian superhero to star in a primetime television series.
Ruby Rose, a real-life lesbian, beautifully portrays the masked crusader. Also, in the series is Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy), Kate’s estranged girlfriend.
Billions is a drama, legal television series that has aired on Showtime for 4 seasons, so far, premiering on January 17, 2016.
Season 5 of the series is set to premiere on May 3, 2020.
Main character Taylor Mason made history by becoming the first non-binary character on North American television.
The character, who has appeared since Season 2, is played by Asia Kate Dillion, who is also non-binary.
3. Black Lightning
Black Lightning is an action, drama, superhero television series that is based on the DC Comics character, of the same name.
The series has aired on The CW for 3 seasons, so far, premiering on January 16, 2018. Season 4 of the series is set to air in Fall 2020.
The character of Anissa Pierce/Thunder, played by Nafessa Williams, is the oldest daughter of Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning.
Anissa is a lesbian, becoming the first black lesbian superhero on television. Her love interest is bartender Grace Choi, played by Chantal Thuy.
4. Broad City
Broad City is a television sitcom that aired on Comedy Central for 5 seasons, from January 22, 2014 to March 28, 2019.
The two main characters, Abbi and Ilana, are Jewish American women in New York City.
Abbi Abrams (Abbi Jacobson) is bisexual, who mainly dates men until Season 5, when she dates Dr. Lesley Marnel (Clea DuVall).
Ilana Wexler (Ilana Glazer) is also bisexual, mostly engaged in a casual relationship with pediatric dentist, Lincoln Rice (Hannibal Buress).
Dickinson is a historical, comedy-drama television series, based on the popular poet, Emily Dickinson.
The series has aired on Apple TV+ for 1 season, so far, premiering on November 1, 2019.
In the series, Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) and Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt), Emily’s best friend and her brother, Austin’s fiancée, are having a secret gay relationship.
Emmerdale is a British soap opera that has aired on the ITV network since October 16, 1972.
Since that time, the show has featured 29 bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender characters.
Zoe Tate (Leah Bracknell), appeared from 1989-2005 and is the first lesbian character in a British soap opera.
The first civil partnership in a prime-time soap opera was between Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose), who appeared from 2004-2009, 2010 & 2015 and Jonny Foster (Richard Grieve), who appeared from 2007-2009.
7. Light as a Feather
Light as a Feather is a supernatural thriller television series that is based on the 2013 book, of the same name, by Zoe Aarsen.
The series has aired on Hulu for 1 season, so far, premiering on October 12, 2018.
Two of the main characters, Alex Portnoy (Brianne Tju) and Peri Boudreaux (Adriyan Rae) are lesbians who are dating one another.
8. One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is a comedy television series that is based on the original series, which aired for 9 seasons, from December 16, 1975 to May 28, 1984.
The reboot aired on Netflix for Seasons 1-3 and has aired on Pop TV since Season 4, which premiered on March 24, 2020.
Teenage daughter, Elena Alvarez (Isabella Gomez) comes out as a lesbian in Season 1 of the series.
Syd (Sheridan Pierce), a recurring character since Season 2, is a non-binary character who dates Elena.
Runaways is an action, drama, superhero television series, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, of the same name.
It aired on Hulu for 3 seasons, from November 21, 2017 to December 13, 2019.
Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner) is a lesbian, human-alien hybrid who is dating Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), a bisexual Wiccan.
Nico Minoru previously dated Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), the nerdy leader of the Runaways.
10. Schitt’s Creek
Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian television sitcom that aired on CBC Television (Canada) and Pop TV (U.S.) for 6 seasons, from January 13, 2015 to April 7, 2020.
The character of David Rose, played by Dan Levy, who is also the sitcom’s co-creator, identifies as pansexual, becoming one of the first openly pansexual characters on television.
David is married to Patrick Brewer (Noah Reid), appearing in Seasons 3-6, who is gay.
Jake (Steve Lund), a recurring character in Seasons 2-4 and 6, is bisexual, who dated David and Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire) at the same time.
These 10 underrated LGBT TV shows definitely deserve a little love, don’t you think?
Too many good shows end up on the chopping block because they don’t get nearly enough press to let people know they exist.
So, grab your remote, pop some kernels, get cozy, and get binging!