The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 24-April 30

This week TV gave us Pam Poovey and Ray Gillette infiltrating an upscale Hollywood party, Cyrus Beene getting hardcore dumped, a tough decision for Dr. Gregg Edwards, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. The 100: “Join or Die”

This creepy episode showed Polis after completely falling to Alie. Meanwhile, the main team searched for Luna.

Best Moment: Clarke telling Luna that she doesn’t have to kill to b a leader.

9. Arrow: “Canary Cry” 

This episode was a lot of “too little, too late” but there were some nice scenes of Laurel in the flashbacks and some emotional moments between the members of Team Arrow.

Best Moment: Nyssa finding out that Quentin had just assumed she’d be helping him raise someone from the dead. How often do you think Nyssa has to deal with this misunderstanding?

8. Empire: “More Than Kin”

Early in this episode, all the Lyon boys gathered together and worried about what would happen if Cookie fell for Lucious again. By the end of the episode, Lucious had his arm around her and was acting ominous as hell. Uh-oh.

Best Moment: Jamal telling Andre to be sympathetic because Hakeem is failing at every aspect of life.

7. Scandal: “Buckle Up”

This episode had plenty of tension as all the Republican candidates tried to land a big endorsement. It also had a dramatic Olivia monologue in which she talked about being glad she killed a man.

Best Moment: The big scene with Cyrus telling Michael to mind his place was the most exciting Cyrus scene in a long long while.

6. Awkward: “Girls Gone Viral”

This season has had a much stronger emotional through-line than previous seasons of Awkward and I really felt for Jenna as she worried about Matty’s feelings in this episode.

Best Moment: Ethan’s “bite that hand” line.

5. Faking It: “Game On” 

This show tends to be at its strongest when it brings the whole cast together and this episode did that brilliantly with Lauren’s game night. The way Karma’s paranoia was pushed over the edge and then confirmed was a great, resonant storyline. And Liam’s relationship with Lauren could potentially be the thing that makes me finally into Liam as a character.

Best Moment: Noah relentlessly insulting Shane’s band is what I mean when I say we need more storylines about trans men.

4. Archer: “Bel Panto: Part 1”

The team went to a Hollywood party that ended up landing them as hostages by armed clowns. What a great show.

Best Moment: “I will stop but I will not apologize.”

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Leviathan” 

The only problem with this show was a lack of giant robots and they fixed that problem this week.

Best Moment: Any scene where Sara talks to Kendra is a perfect scene.

2. Bates Motel: “There’s No Place Like Home”

This episode felt like the beginning of the end. All the progress both Norman and Norma have made was erased when Norman found out about Norma and Alex, then immediately insisted on leaving Pine View. There were a lot of incredible scenes in this episode, notably Norman’s chilling conversation with Julian.

1. I Am Cait: “Houston, We Have a Problem”

This satisfying season finale had Caitlyn finally beginning to see how conservative politics perpetuate transphobia. She even decided to protest discrimination laws at the risk of being arrested. Meanwhile, Ella’s storyline with her father was a brutal depiction of how even the cis people who are closest to us and are really trying can discount our feelings.

Best Moment: Ella’s private conversation with her dad. Good for her for saying her piece.

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 24-April 30

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 17-April 23

This week TV gave us Elijah Krantz bonding with Hannah Horvath’s parents, a reconciliation between Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner, a terrifying threat against Dr. Gregg Edwards and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Awkward: “Digging Deep”

Jenna and Matty were finally getting along last week, but by the end of this episode all their old wounds had been opened and Jenna was left sobbing and apologizing in a heart-wrenching ending.

Best Moment: I can appreciate the terribleness of the pun “Donna Draper.”

9. The 100: “Demons”

This week’s episode had a horror movie feel as Emerson returned to Arkadia to get his revenge on Clarke.

Best Moment: Clarke unleashing Alie 2 on Emerson.

8. Girls: “Love Stories”

Part-one of Girls season finale opened with a fantastic break up scene between Hannah and Fran, then continued to be a satisfying episode featuring the return of Jenny Slate’s Tally Schifrin.

Best Moment: Dill dumping Elijah. Man.

7. I Am Cait: “Kiss and Make Up”

This week’s I Am Cait continued with Caitlyn trying to reconcile with Kris. Meanwhile, Candis started looking into adopting a child.

Best Moment: The frank discussion about gender confirmation surgery.

6. Faking It: “Spooking It”

It’s Halloween in April for some reason on Faking It. Amy and Karma went to the Halloween party together and there were some nice moments of Karma being concerned for Amy and Amy getting hit on while shoving food in her face.

Best Moment: Amy and Felix’s conversation after he saw her kissing Harper was refreshingly honest and understanding.

5. Broad City: “Jews on a Plane”

This week Abbi and Ilana were on a flight to Israel when Abbi got her period. The sequences that followed of them trying to deal with the situation were consistently surprising and fun. Oh and it opened with an Adam Levine airport safety video which was pretty life changing.

Best Moment: The cockpit running gag was pretty amazing.

4. Girls: “I Love You Baby”

The second part of the Girls season finale gave us Hannah returning to writing and putting her relationship with Adam behind her for real, calling herself free. In contrast to last season’s finale which ended with her with Fran, this one ended with her alone and happy.

Best Moment: Elijah’s talk with Loreen.

3. Legends of Tomorrow: “Last Refuge”

This week had the Waverider crew scrambling to kidnap themselves in order to stop an assassin from coming after them. It’s one of the most ridiculous episodes of TV I’ve ever seen and I loved every minute of it.

Best Moment: Sara giving Kendra love advice.

2. Bates Motel: “The Vault”

This entire season of Bates Motel has been excellent, but this might be the most emotionally gripping episode yet.

Best Moment: The turn from Norman confiding his tragic trauma to Dr. Edwards to threatening him was perfect.

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Greg and Larry”

This season finale was perfect, delivering genuinely surprising plot turns along with the excellent comedy.

Best Moment: Funky Cold Medina!

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 17-April 23

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 10-April 16

This week TV gave us Caitlyn Jenner trying to reconnect with her ex-wife, Ray Holt working with an old friend and a full season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Yes, that ended up making a big dent in the list. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Meets a Celebrity!”

In this episode, Kimmy worried about her friend Cyndee wanting to get married and start a family. The stress made her allow herself to cry for the first time in a touching and cathartic scene. Meanwhile, Titus bonded with a teenage boy.

Best Moment: Titus advice on girls– never buy them cellphone cases because they are very particular and you will not choose right.

9. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!” 

Kimmy and Dong shared a romantic night together, thanks to Joshua Jackson guiding them/airing his valid grievances with Dawson’s Creek. Meanwhile, Titus had to work during fake Christmas.

Best Moment: Titus singing a song about how Titus learned a lesson and was the only one in the group who had an adventure.

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Walks Into a Bar!”

Jacqueline threw a gala despite her rival Deidre’s attempts to sabotage her, while Kimmy went on a dat with extremely handsome guest star Sam Page.

Best Moment: Mikey admitting he’s only been talking a lot to make Titus happy, while Titus says he’s been listening in order to make Mikey happy. Aaw.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Bureau”

Guest star Dennis Haysbert played a dear friend of Captain Holt in this episode, resulting in some incredible scenes including them committing completely to memorizing what some pieces of lint from Jake’s pocket look like.

Best Moment: The heist sequence with Holt discussing Sex and the City was a damn treasure.

6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Drives a Car!”

Kimmy and Jacqueline worked out their turbulent relationship in this episode, while Titus rented his apartment out on Airbnb.

Best Moment: The sequence where Titus discovers the Internet.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Sees a Sunset!” 

Kimmy tries to help Andrea with her drinking problem so she doesn’t have to go to rehab, resulting in a fantastic scene where Andrea explains that it’s never her fault when people leave. Meanwhile, Titus and Mikey discuss moving in together.

Best Moment: Titus being personally offended by someone mentioning improv to him.

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place!”

This episode got deep as Kimmy tried to be angry and discovered her abandonment issues along the way. Meanwhile, Titus helped Mikey come out to his family.

Best Moment: What started as a scene about Titus making everything about him went to a nice, observant place when Titus recalled how he never properly came out because where he was from a guy like him was just “funny.”

3. I Am Cait: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” 

Kris Jenner joined the group as they visited New Orleans and Caitlyn attempted to talk things out with her.

Best Moment: The discussion of sex reassignment surgery and how it is not necessary for being trans was fantastic, especially when Ella mentioned that she’d like to be able to wear a swimsuit and the always wonderful Chandi Moore replied that she could wear a swimsuit now and totally rock it.

2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!”

This season was all about Kimmy not dealing with her issues, but she finally began to see that she can’t keep ignoring her problems thanks to Andrea (Tina Fey, who gives a really great performance here).

Best Moment: Titus finding a tape tower at the dump was a surprisingly powerful pay off.

1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Finds Her Mom!” 

This season finale provided the perfect emotional pay off to the season long arc about Kimmy’s emotional issues and her mother. Meanwhile, Titus runs away from his problems.

Best Moment: Titus saying that if he gives up, he’ll be no better than a NASA astronaut.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 10-April 16

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 2-April 9

This week TV gave us an exciting reveal on Quantico, Ray Holt attempting to make small talk, Caitlyn Jenner taking small steps towards reconciling with Scott Disick, and much more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Of Kings and Queens”

I’d never seen this show before this season, but it’s a fun reality show with great casting and good one-liners. The scene where someone brings straw into a store for the sole purpose of making a bad egg pun is reality TV at its finest.

Best Moment: There was something endearingly straightforward about Mimi simply saying, “I never thought I’d fall in love with a woman, but that’s exactly what happened.”

9. The 100: “Fallen”

In another exciting episode, Kane and the rebellion made some big steps towards stopping Pike and truly becoming the 13th clan. I really miss Lincoln, though.

Best Moment: Clarke returning home to discover how much shit has hit the fan.

8. Quantico: “Clue”

It feels good to finally be able to call this an inclusive show again. This episode had everything I like, meaning Caleb and Will schemed together and Simon made inappropriately dry remarks the whole episode.

Best Moment: Hannah taking a firm not doing what the terrorist says stand was refreshing.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Maximum Security”

The squad is still on an important mission to save Adrian Pimento. The mission sent Amy undercover to a prison, where Jake got overprotective of her. This episode had a ton of great Amy/Jake moments, stating with “I know you’re being sweet but don’t disparage Jeopardy.” Meanwhile, the rest of the squad put on a fake funeral for Adrian, creating the opportunity for a fantastic Rosa storyline.

6. Awkward: “Best Friends for Never”

Jenna got Tamara an internship at Idea Bin in this episode, which unsurprisingly made their friendship even more strained than it has been. But, what was great was seeing their friendship finally reconcile by the end.

Best Moment: Ethan complimenting everyone at Idea Bin and ending by saying Jenna is “here every day.”

5. Girls: “Hello Kitty”

This episode packed a nice emotional punch when Hannah realized that Adam and Jessa were together, causing her to make a stammered apology to Fran and stress how much she doesn’t want to be alone.

Best Moment: Dill’s refusal to really hear anything Elijah was asking during the party was viscerally frustrating in how realistic it was.

4. Faking It: “Jagged Little Heart”

Amy and Karma have ended their friendship so this episode was all about them trying to keep busy. Amy started making a documentary about Lauren, while Karma formed a band with Shane. There was tension and fighting all around.

Best Moment: Noah unapologetically telling Shane that he sabotaged him a little bit is what I’m talking about when I say that I want more transgender representation on TV.

3. Legends of Tomorrow: “Progeny”

I can’t stress enough how much this is for real an episode about everyone debating whether or not to kill a child. And Ray still managed to spiral out of control about a girl who ghosted him back in 2016. I love these human disasters so much.

Best Moment: Sara’s heart-to-heart with Snart. (“And what about your feelings?” “About you?”)

2. I Am Cait: “Great Scott!” 

This episode focused on a visit from Scott Disick, who ended up spending more time with Caitlyn’s friends than with her.

Best Moment: Seeing Candis so happy on her date and then seeing the guy walk away from it was a real emotional roller coaster.

1. Broad City: “Burning Bridges”

This is definitely the most emotional an episode of Broad City has ever made me. Ilana’s heartbreak over Lincoln combined with Abbi’s accidental cruelty towards Trey was a total punch in the gut. But, this was also an incredibly funny episode full of more physical comedy and farce than a standard episode. It all worked so well.

Best Moment: Ilana’s emotional scene at the end as she told Abbi about Lincoln.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: April 2-April 9

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 27-April 2

This week TV gave us the return of Hartley Rathaway, Sara Lance joining the League of Assassins for a couple years, Stef Foster and Lena Adams helping Callie through a crisis, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. The Fosters: “Kingdom Come”

I had some issues with this episode, but there was a lot of great stuff as well, most notably Callie’s speech standing up against Justina and the injustices of the foster system.

Best Moment: Stef and Lena speaking to Callie after the allegations against her was a powerful scene that showed how protective they are of their children in very different ways. Stef gets aggressive and looks for ways to fight back, while Lena is concerned with how Callie is feeling.

9. The 100: “Stealing Fire”

I’m not sure why this show decided to start hemorrhaging fan-favorite characters, but aside from that this was a solid episode with interesting sci-fi worldbuilding.

Best Moment: Nathan’s reaction when Bryan tried to “but I love you” the whole spying on him thing was pretty great. Drop that zero and get with a hero, Nathan.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Paranoia”

This was a fun, sweet episode that really showed off how great Jason Mantzoukas and Stephanie Beatriz are.

Best Moment: Holt leading the team in a whispered “Nine-Nine.”

7. Arrow: “Beacon of Hope”

This was the most Curtis-heavy episode of Arrow yet and, not coincidentally, one of the most fun. The fact that Arrow can have an episode this good that includes the line “time to hack some bees” is why I love this show so much.

Best Moment: Okay, I know it’s probably not the actual best moment, but I really am obsessed with the fact that “time to hack some bees” was real dialogue. This show is a gift.

6. Faking It: “Karmygeddon”

This is probably the strongest episode of Faking It I’ve seen. The escalation of Amy and Karma’s fight and the beginnings of their reconciliation were both done in a great, emotionally honest.

Best Moment: Amy saying that she might always be in love with Karma and Karma saying that she doesn’t know how to be friends with Amy without hurting her.

5. Legends of Tomorrow: “Left Behind”

This episode was so much! Mick is back and he’s Chronos! Snart lost a hand! Sara was an assassin for a couple years! Ray wants to marry Kendra! Every episode of this show feels like a season finale and I love it.

Best Moment: Sara telling Ra’s al Ghul to make sure Nyssa is on the island was pretty great.

4. The Flash: “Flash Back”

Barry Allen summoned some ghosts who were as sick of his time travel shenanigans as I am. This episode gave us some quality menacing Eobard, adorable Cisco, completely over it Harry, and of course the return of my favorite person.

Best Moment: The ending promising that Hartley is part of the gang made my week. They better not go back on it.

3. Bates Motel: “Lights of Winter”

This episode really dangled the possibility of a happy ending in front of us. Norman admitted that he doesn’t trust his perception of things and that he needs help, meanwhile Norma realized the importance of working on her own life and not obsessing about Norman. Those glimmers of hope will definitely make the inevitable downfall of these characters even sadder.

Best Moment: Dr. Edwards gently talking to Norman in the car.

2. Girls: “The Panic in Central Park”

This atypical episode was all about Marnie. It was very interesting watching the show do something new and her break up with Desi was extremely satisfying.

Best Moment: Marnie’s encounter with a woman in Charlie’s bathroom who made her realize how she’s been hanging onto a fantasy.

1. I Am Cait: “The Great Debate”

This continues to be an incredibly uplifting and nuanced documentary series. This episode took us to the democratic convention and Caitlyn’s alma mater.

Best Moment: Chandi Moore talking about how no one every talks about trans people’s happiness, they always focus on their struggles.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 27-April 2