It was not too early when LGBTQ+ characters were the sidekick for comedic effect or downplaying their sexuality. Those characters have played a key role in gaining the positive representation that the LGBTQ+ community have on television. With streaming platforms like Netflix keen at producing original LGBTQ+ shows, the number of queer characters has increased to a new record. Netflix has globally established itself as an inclusive source of content with the production of original content like Orange Is the New Black and licensing of classics like American Horror Story. Here are our recommendations of 7 LGBTQ+ shows that you can stream on Netflix right now.
American Horror Story
The American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk is quite the scary ride. The show has a new batch of frights every season as an anthology, with ghosts, witches, serial killers, “freak show” performers, and an anti-Christ to name a few. Each season of the show has a unique storyline with its own “beginning, middle, and end” with self-contained miniseries following a different set of characters and settings with some plot elements loosely inspired by true events.
The Spanish thriller teen drama series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona focuses on three working-class teens who are enrolled in an exclusive private high school in Spain. The clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. The juicy murder mystery throughout the entire season, obscene displays of wealth, and lots and lots of sex made the show surprise hit when it was premiered on Netflix in 2018. Elite is a soapy whodunit with issues-based side plots and deals with topics like class inequality, xenophobia, and the stigma of HIV.
The sci-fi drama series is from the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5, Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. The show follows the story of eight people from all over the world, who share a mental bond and can telepathically experience each other’s life often without even realising it. The eight people are “birthed” by a woman called Angelica, who kills herself to avoid being captured by a man called “Whispers”. The show described as mind-bending, intimate and dark by Netflix will give you a true sense of empathy as the characters experience the perils of each other’s individual lives.
The Spanish period drama web series produced by Netflix is set in the 1920’s Madrid. The show which is one of Netflix top recommendations features the events after one of the world’s first modern telecommunications companies, National Telephone Company starts operations in Madrid. Four young women begin working as phone operators at the company. Each woman fights for independence trying to escape her dark past while wearing dazzling roaring twenties fashion. The show reflects the hardships of working women in the 1920s Spain, and severe restrictions they face in a male-dominated society.
Orange Is the New Black
The American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan is Netflix’s first signature original based on a true story. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s (renamed Piper Chapman in the show) memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. She was arrested after laundering money to help her drug dealer girlfriend. The show focuses on the long-running story of a women’s prison where the inmates are wrapped up in rivalries and romances. They have got nothing but time and fight a system that is stacked against them.
The hit series premiered on January 2019 and Season 2 released in 2020. The series that stands out with its bold and hilarious take on sex and relationships is one of the most successful Netflix Original productions. The young audience of the series has a lot to learn about sex in the process from STD advice to bedroom tips by Otis and Maeve’s therapy clinic. The characters like flamboyant Eric and the quirky Lily perfectly add humour and heart in the series to resonate with its young viewers. The creator of the series Laurie Nunn has announced that she is working on the third season of the series.
The Emmy-nominated Canadian comedy sitcom created by Dan and Eugene Levy, follows the trials and tribulations of a wealthy family who were defrauded by their business manager and forced to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. Schitt’s Creek is one of the most joyful shows on all of television to make you feel a little less cynical. Arrested Development crossed with an inverted Beverly Hillbillies. The show is a hilarious, witty, delightful and a refreshingly take on pansexuality. Schitt’s Creek is anchored by a phenomenal performance from Catherine O’Hara as the family matriarch.