Queer Babes On TV: 10 Shows We Can’t Stop Watching

Time to binge, babes.

Regardless of where you live, winter is a time to hunker down and get your hygge on. It’s a time for hot drinks, soft blankets, and ignoring all temptations to go out. (Let’s be real, three blocks feels like 10 miles when the mercury drops.) It’s also the height of cuffing season, and if that’s your thing, you’ve probably already locked down a Netflix & Chill partner for at least the next few months.

So what, exactly, should you watch between all those “chill” sessions, either partnered or alone?

We’re living in the era of Peak TV, and with new shows dropping on streaming services every day, there’s an overwhelming amount of options out there. If you’re specifically looking for shows with great queer representation, though, you’re in luck. With this abundance of options comes access to a host of new shows featuring queer characters. We’re also seeing queer representation across genres, so there’s something out there for every kind of TV fan. Here are just a few shows now available for your bingeing pleasure.

Vida

 

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Vida tells the story of two sisters who return to their Los Angeles neighborhood after their mother’s death, only to learn that her butch “roommate” Eddy (Ser Anzoategui) was actually her wife. This news is particularly shocking to Emma (Mishel Prada), a queer woman who faced the brunt of her mother’s internalized homophobia. Further complicating matters is the status of the family bar and the increasing gentrification of the old neighborhood. With just six half-hour episodes in the first season, it’s a perfect binge for a snowed-in afternoon.
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Harlots

 

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Did you love Pride and Prejudice, but wished it had a little more cleavage? Hulu has the perfect show for you. Harlots takes place in 18th century London and examines the sex industry of the time, from back alley transactions to the brothels of Soho. What sets Harlots apart from other sex-centric shows is the fact that it is almost entirely told from the perspective of sex workers, and as such, actually treats them like people. Among one of the more tender storylines of the show is the romance between one of the harlots and a young missionary woman tasked with saving the souls of sex workers. Opposites attract, particularly in Georgian England.
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

 

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Aside from being one of the best shows on television, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is killing it when it comes to queer representation. The CW musical comedy tells the story of Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) who uproots her life and moves to California after running into her summer camp ex-boyfriend on the street. Of course, as the show’s first theme song says, “the situation is a lot more nuanced than that.” Along with Rebecca’s saga, the show tunes us into the lives of her new friends, many of whom are queer. Rebecca’s boss, Darryl (Pete Gardner) comes out as bisexual in a Huey Lewis-inspired number that totally rocks while crushing common misconceptions about bisexuality.
Seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix, latest episodes are on CWTV.com.

G.L.O.W.

 

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While it’s pretty ridiculous that the first season of this series about a women’s wrestling show in the ’80s featured zero queer women, the creators definitely made up for it in the second season with the addition of Yolanda (Shakira Barrera). Aside from the ongoing battles between former friends and on-screen rivals Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin), the second season features Yolanda, a stripper and new cast member, falling for Arthie (Sunita Mani), culminating in an old-school dance number that will make you cry happy tears.
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The End of the F**cking World

In this British series, James, a 17-year-old self-proclaimed psychopath (Alex Lawther) helps his rebellious classmate Alyssa (Jessica Barden) escape her turbulent home in the hopes that he’ll get a chance to kill her somewhere along the way. The show definitely puts the dark in dark comedy, but has plenty of tender moments sprinkled into its eight episodes. Following James and Alyssa on their journey are two detectives, played by Game of Thrones’s Gemma Whelan and Wummi Mosaku, doing their best not to make things weird after hooking up together. Spoiler alert: it’s deliciously awkward.
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The Bisexual

 

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Another British import, this Hulu dramedy tells the story of Leila (Desiree Arkhaven) who finds herself sleeping with men while on a “break” from her long-term girlfriend and grapples with identifying as bisexual for the first time in her life. This six-episode series tackles stereotypes and misconceptions about bisexuality with humor, realism, and plenty of hilariously awkward moments. It also features someone figuring out their sexuality later in life, something we don’t always see on TV.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

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This series from the creators of Parks & Recreation has grown into one of the most progressive sitcoms on network TV since it premiered in 2013. Led by the out, proud, and very serious Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher), the detectives of the Nine-Nine are a diverse family of crime-fighting goofballs who aren’t afraid to take on tough issues like racial profiling and discrimination within the police force. On top of that, this past season Detective Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual shortly after actress Stephanie Beatriz came out in real life. Be sure to catch up before the sixth season premieres on NBC on January 10th.
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

 

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is far from the pastel-colored multi-cam sitcom of the ’90s. This Netflix Original features Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) taking part in Satanic rituals and hexing her enemies as she attempts to choose between a mortal life with her high school friends and life as a witch with her family. The show also focuses on members of Sabrina’s inner circle, such as Ambrose, Sabrina’s pansexual cousin trying to find love while serving house arrest in the Spellman Mortuary, and Susie Putnam, Sabrina’s friend who discovers their genderqueer identity thanks to visits from a queer ancestor.
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Lost Girl

 

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If you’re looking for something new to watch instead of bingeing all of Buffy for the eighteenth time, give this Canadian series a try. Lost Girl follows Bo (Anna Silk), a bisexual succubus living among humans, as she learns to control her powers and discovers the Fae world she came from. Over the course of the series, Bo finds herself in relationships with male and female humans as well as other Fae, but struggles to have sex without, uh, draining her lovers of their life forces. The cast also features a whole host of supernatural creatures who are sure to fill the Buffy-shaped hole in your life.
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BoJack Horseman

 

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Believe it or not, some of the best representation of asexuality on TV right now comes from an animated show for adults about an alcoholic former sitcom star, who happens to be a horse. BoJack Horseman, now in its fifth season, uses bright animation and anthropomorphic animals to tackle everything from depression to the idiosyncrasies of the entertainment industry. In recent seasons, Todd, BoJack’s couchsurfing friend came out as asexual and is now navigating dating in a world that automatically equates sex with intimacy. BoJack’s lesbian therapist, voiced by Issa Rae, also features heavily in season five, and she and her wife are #animatedmarriagegoals.
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With all of these options, you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained while you wait for the weather to warm up again. Just add some wine and your favorite snacks, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great night of binge watching.