The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 19-March 25

This week TV gave us a major escalation to the fight between Amy Raudenfeld and Karma Ashcroft, a guest appearance by Arin Andrews and Laith Ashley on I Am Cait, Ilana Wexler discovering and then sacrificing a rare Beanie Baby and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Girls: “Queen for Two Days” 

This week Hannah’s mom dragged her to a female empowerment weekend. The experience was a real mess for her. Meanwhile, we saw more of Shoshanna in Japan.

Best Moment: Tad’s panicked call to Hannah for information.

9. Scandal: “Pencil’s Down”

The Republican candidates prepared for a debate this week. Mellie and Susan stole my little heart. The montage of Olivia trying to prepare Mellie for the debate was especially great.

Best Moment: Cyrus’ reaction to having his thunder completely stolen.

8. Broad City: “Philadelphia” 

In this week’s episode, Abbi and Ilana visited Abbi’s dad, played by guest star Tony Danza. It was fun to find out that Abbi used to be kind of a thoughtless irresponsible person. You gotta give her credit for trying to make up for it.

Best Moment: Ilana sacrificing a beloved and valuable rare Beanie Baby to help Abbi. Probably a bad move, but her heart was in the right place.

7. Shameless: “Paradise Lost”

This season has been extremely engaging and they had another incredibly entertaining episode this week. And Debbie had her baby!

Best Moment: There were so many to choose from, but I’ll go with Ian opening up to his new boyfriend about his past.

6. Faking It: “Let’s Hear It for the Oy”

Amy and Karma clearly wanted to make up with each other this week, but thanks to their stubborness and extremely poor timing on Zita’s part, that’s not happening and their fight is about to get dirty.

Best Moment: Amy’s excitement at hearing her and Karma’s song was very sweet.

5. The Fosters: “The Show”

I genuinely don’t understand what the purpose of Jack’s death was, but other than that this was an interesting episode that did a good job with the experimental format. Cierra Ramirez’s performance was fantastic.

Best Moment: Jude talking about moving on from Connor.

4. Shadowhunters: “Blood Calls to Blood”

This week Alec recruited Magnus to defend Isabelle. That’s a formula for a successful episode.

Best Moment: Magnus telling Alec to hang onto his arrows for him.

3. Bates Motel: “Til Death Do You Part” 

Norma and Alex’s first days of marriage was fantastically written. Meanwhile, the plot about Norman in the psychiatric hospital was gripping and led to a very exciting episode ending.

Best Moment: All of Norman’s sessions with Dr. Edwards were great, but the best was definitely him opening up about his suspicious about Norma and Dr. Edwards reminding him of the seriousness of these allegations.

2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!” 

This look at Rebecca’s life and all of the forms of love in her life was very sweet and uplifting. She’s so lucky to have Darryl and Paula in her life. This episode had even quirkier humor than the show usually has: The ending where Rebecca and her dream ghost travel to another planet to watch a play was wonderfully weird and hilarious and little touches like the panel the dream ghost uses to select painful childhood memories were great.

Best Moment: Darryl confirming that Gregg is super-hot.

1. I Am Cait: “Partner Up” 

This was another great episode full of interesting conversations. This one got into dating and relationships.

Best Moment: A group of trans women giggling and talking about how hot two trans men are is not something I ever thought I’d get to see on TV.

 

 

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 19-March 25

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 12-March 19

This week TV gave us the season finale of Pretty Little Liars, Ilana Wexler meeting her hero, more of Caitlyn Jenner’s controversial opinions and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Bob’s Burgers: “Lice Things Are Lice”

Episodes that play up Louise’s vulnerability are always great and this one hit her where she lives with the threat of hats being destroyed.

Best Moment: Marshmallow’s cameo

9. Girls: “Old Loves”

This episode had some strong scenes, in particular Hannah’s conversation with Marnie about how Fran is only a seemingly nice guy and the heart-wrenching conversation between Hannah and Jessa at the rice pudding place.

Best Moment: Elijah’s date with Dill was pretty adorable.

8. Broad City: “2016”

Ilana’s search to find a job led her to working for the Clinton campaign, not catching that it was purely a volunteer position. Her raw enthusiasm was real fun to watch. Meanwhile, we also got a great scene between Abbi and her chiropractor. Honestly, I ship it.

Best Moment: Ilana’s conversation with her brother on the subway was great. (“You not listening to me about this is homophobic” “It is?” “No, but get a job”).

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Terry Kitties”

An adorable team up between Jake and Terry that heavily involves kittens and Amy, Rosa and Ray getting competitive during a bomb diffusing class? Throw in Boyle “beta-ing” Gina into protecting him and you’ve got a delightful episode.

Best Moment: Post-vacation Ray telling Gina “give it a whirl, girl.”

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Hush, Hush, Sweet Liars”

Not that it’s a high bar, but this season finale was better than the midseason finale by leaps and bounds. They at least had some genuine emotional moments.

Best Moment: Emily and Alison saying “I love you” to each other.

5. Faking It: “It’s All Good”

This episode set up how tense the relationships will be this season, with both Amy and Karma refusing to back down on their feelings about Amy leaving.

Best Moment: Amy and Lauren’s relationship is always the best part of this show and their hug at the end of this episode was great.

4. The Fosters: “Rehearsal” 

This episode finally acknowledged Courtney’s age, with Lena and Stef stepping in to talk to Brandon about it. It also continued developing Gabe’s relationship with Mariana and Jesus in an interesting way.

Best Moment: Absolutely Stef revealing her new haircut to Lena and their conversation about it.

3. Shameless: “A Yurt of One’s Own”

The proposal scene in this episode was the obvious stand out, but there was also plenty of other great stuff like Lip and Ian’s quiet reaction to their brother getting laid, Kevin laying down a rule that neither he or his wife is allowed to marry anyone else from now on and Frank’s general disapproval of anything that’s not opium.

Best Moment: The “just because we’re born like this doesn’t mean we end up like this” conversation was fantastic.

2. How to Get Away with Murder: “Anna Mae”

This season finale was emotional and had the appropriate amount of reveals and a bonkers ending.

Best Moment: Annalise dancing with her family in the midst of an emotionally raw moment.

1. I Am Cait: “Woman of the Year?” 

I continue feeling happy disbelief every week that there’s actually a show that’s just a group of trans women discussing things that are important to them and their different perspectives. This week’s conversation between Jenny Boylan and Kate Bornstein about the t-slur was very interesting and Jenny’s “I hope you know you’re asking a lot” summed things up very well.

Best Moment: Zackary and the other people in the group standing up to Caitlyn and explaining the importance of listening to others to her was great.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 12-March 19

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 6-March 12

This week in TV gave us Emily Fields sleuthing, Lena Adams dealing with a very delicate situation at her school, Elijah Krantz helping Hannah out with a nude photoshoot and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Did You Miss Me?” 

With only one week until the finale, Pretty Little Liars hasn’t given us many answers but they have given us a ridiculous plan: Hanna is going to confess to Charlotte’s murder. Alright, I guess I’m interested to see how that will play out.

Best Moment: Emily’s scene with Mona

9. The 100: “Terms and Conditions”

This episode didn’t have any Clarke Griffin. Doing an episode without their protagonist was an interesting move, presumably the thinking was that they wanted to give people some time to feel their feelings before returning to Clarke’s storyline. I’m not sure how I feel about that decision, but in the meantime we got an interesting episode about the politics of Arkadia.

Best Moment: Obviously, I’m going to say Nathan having a scene with Bryan in their room and kissing him. (By the way, if you want to see some truly quality gay Jarod Joseph, watch The L.A. Complex. It’s all on Netflix).

8. New Girl: “Goosebumps Walkaway”

This episode was a pleasant surprise in that they didn’t have Jess feeling jealous or competitive with Reagan, in fact she really encouraged Reagan to be honest with Nick about her feelings. It was refreshing and played to the strength of this show, which is its friendships. The plotline about Schmidt learning to dance was very sweet and allowed for some great physical comedy from Max Greenfield.

Best Moment: Reagan calling Nick up and simply saying “Sayonara Sammy” was absolutely adorable.

7. Legends of Tomorrow: “Night of the Hawk”

This continues to be the funnest show on TV. They’re following up their time pirates episode with an episode where everyone is undercover in the 1950s and also there are zombie hawkpeople. I am so on board with all of this.

Best Moment: Sara’s intimate scene with Lindsay where they talk about sexuality.

6. The Fosters: “Sixteen”

I love the episodes where we actually see The Fosters as a family unit and the siblings and parents are all interacting with each other. The plot with Sally is interesting and I hope they handle it well.

Best Moment: Lena encouraging Sally to be true to herself regardless of what her parents think.

5. Girls: “Japan”

You’ll never hear me complain about a Shoshanna-heavy episode. She is the best. You really feel for her in this episode.

Best Moment: Elijah’s delivery of “you’re hot…to Fran” was efficiently brutal.

4. Bates Motel: “A Danger to Himself and Others”

I’m so happy to have this show and Norma Bates back in my life. She continues to be the most tragically sympathetic protagonist on television. Her following up a marriage proposal by telling Alex he’s not doing anything else was truly great entertainment.

Best Moment: Norma instinctively trying to use her sexuality to get Dr. Edwards to help her.

3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh is Going to Hawaii!”

This might be the best episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to date because of the honest way it looked at Rebecca’s choices. Her number about realizing she’s the villain of the story was brilliant.

Best Moment: Of course I’m picking Darryl’s musical number about bisexuality.

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Goes to Hell: Part Two” 

My poor baby Mac sunk back into the closet in this excellent season finale. This episode was full of amazing dark comedy, like Mac telling Dennis, “Do the voice again, but this time say ‘I love you, son.'” There was also great surprising sequences mixed in like the long stretch of complete silence followed by a Stomp number.

Best Moment: Mac taking the time to clarify that in life he’s going to be a top and Dennis frustratedly telling him, “Fine, when you have gay sex you can be on top!”

1. I Am Cait: “Politically Incorrect”

I am so thankful to whoever made the decision to cast a large group of trans women on this show instead of just focusing on Caitlyn and her family. Women like Jenny Boylan, Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore and others absolutely make this show. The scene where Caitlyn explains her conservative views as the other women try their best to explain how they’re harmful was jaw-dropping.

Best Moment: Everyone had incredible reactions to Caitlyn saying things like “every conservative guy out there cares about everyone’s rights,” but perhaps my single favorite was when Caitlyn claimed that a politician who ran attack ads against trans women “just happened to be” Republican and that if he was a Democrat it would make her argument a lot easier, and Chandi dryly replied, “It would make your argument a lot easier.” I’m hoping Chandi will get her own show soon.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 6-March 12

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: February 28-March 5

This week television gave us Ray Holt snuggling an adorable corgi, Stef Foster learning about emotional intelligence, more of the relationship between Annalise Keating and Eve Rothlow and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Burn This”

The mysteries and twists continued on this week’s episode. There were also some great genuinely emotional scenes in Spencer’s plotline.

Best Moment: Not sure what Emily’s up to, but her getting aggressive with Mona was pretty exciting.

9. The Fosters: “EQ”

Stef’s plotline this week was truly moving and satisfying. It was the kind of character-driven story that this show doesn’t do enough, but it’s always great when they do. It was also nice seeing Callie reconcile with Rita.

Best Moment: Stef admitting that she’s been handling things poorly lately to her class was a great moment for her character.

8. Girls: “Good Man” 

This was an interesting episode that developed Hannah’s relationship with her father in a really interesting way and also gave us the gem of her mentioning that the major question of Goodbye Columbus is whether she would hook up with Philip Roth.

Best Moment: The sheer awkwardness of Hannah trying to get her dad’s wallet back from his one night-stand was pretty amazing.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Cheddar”

Aside from all the cute corgi shots, this episode also gave us the bizarre romance between Rosa and Adrian and a very nice scene between Jake and Ray.

Best Moment: Ray telling Cheddar that he’s not the only one who misses Kevin was just so sweet.

6. Legends of Tomorrow: “Marooned”

First off, goddamn do I love Mick Rory. Second, this was an exciting episode that fully embraced what a silly sci-fi show this is. The word “time pirates” was not only used, but used as a dramatic act out. You do you, Legends of Tomorrow.

Best Moment: Sara and Snart just hanging out playing cards was great and I wish we got more moments of downtime on this show.

5. The 100: “Thirteen”

Obviously, I’m very upset about one major event in this episode, but what makes that event extra frustrating is that everything leading up to it is great. This actually is a very strong episode despite the major plot point that was just a bad, bad idea.

Best Moment: Clarke and Lexa happy in bed together in the morning was just about perfect.

4. How to Get Away with Murder: “Something Bad Happened”

This episode delivered on everything I watch this show for: shocking reveals and Asher being adorable.

Best Moment: Eve putting aside her complex feelings towards Annalise to assure her that she’ll be a good mom was great.

3. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Goes to Hell”

This episode had Mac finally– finally– actually declare that he’s gay and the execution was perfect. Rather than focus on that, the episode itself was high-concept and full of surreal moments that gave everyone in the gang their time to shine. It was definitely a stand out from what has been an overall very exciting season.

Best Moment: After all this time, the “5 Minutes Later” gag was just perfect in its simplicity.

2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!”

Despite the fact that this episode committed the horrible sin of forcing me to watch musical theater people rap, there’s enough great stuff here that I’m willing to forgive it. Trent was surprising and fantastic and of course Darryl/White Josh continues to be my everything.

Best Moment: “Shut up, he looks like Tom Selleck.”

1. Broad City: “Game Over”

This fantastic episode showed Ilana and Abbi at their worst (and funniest) before they realized the important lesson that they should just ignore all their flaws. The surprise musical number and Whoopi Goldberg cameo leap out, but they’re just icing on the cake of a great episode.

Best Moment: Ilana realizing she’s wearing a hoodie meant for a dog.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: February 28-March 5