The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 22-May 28

This week TV gave us Sameen Shaw’s attempt to escape from a terrifying prison, a dramatic phone call for Cosima Niehaus, Victor Strand grieving a terrible loss, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Bones: “The Secret in the Service” 

This week Fisher, played by my beloved Joel David Moore, returned so we could see more of the Fisher/Hodgins/Montenegro friendship. That should be the show.

Best Moment: Angela figuring out exactly what Fisher’s new job is.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Common Ground”

This week was heavier than most, since Scrapp DeLeon received a five-year prison sentence and his family had to deal with it. But, the still worked in plenty of the usual levity and pettiness that makes this show so fun.

Best Moment: The scene with Rasheeda, Ariane and D. Smith hanging out at Pressed was a nice, refreshingly drama-free moment of friendship.

8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Shiva”

After we got to see some beautiful intimate scenes between Victor and Tom last week, this week was nothing but heartbreak as we watched Victor grieve.

Best Moment: Victor having to deal with Tom’s mom. Yeesh.

7. Arrow: “Schism”

This final was a lot, with the team working to stop a nuclear apocalypse and Oliver putting his new magical powers to the test.

Best Moment: Curtis and Felicity stopping a nuclear attack on Star City.

6. Containment: “He Stilled the Rising Tumult”

This week we really saw Lex finally go into full rebellious mode. It was great seeing him decide to join up with Leo to find the truth.

Best Moment: Sam and Jana’s tense expedition.

5. Gotham: “Transference”

From the ridiculous copycat Jim Gordon to Nygma’s elaborate series of riddles for Bruce and Lucius, this silly, fun episode was everything I want from Gotham.

Best Moment: Barbara realizing that the copycat was definitely not Jim because he wasn’t mad at her.

4. Bob’s Burgers: “Glued, Where’s My Bob?”

This episode was not only the season finale, but also the 100th episode of Bob’s Burgers. This meant getting sentimental, but they managed to strike an absolutely perfect tone that was earnest and not saccharine. Bob’s song with Louise was so sweet and put the incredible relationship the show has crafted between those two characters on full display. Everyone changing “toilet Bob!” to Bob’s chagrin was the kind of perfectly weird and funny thing that would happen to him while also serving as a sincere love letter to this incredible character.

Best Moment: “Hi, Marshmallow.”

3. Orphan Black: “The Antisocialism of Sex”

This was an exciting, intriguing episode that mixed sci-fi and character drama well. From Sarah Manning at the club to Rachel Duncan being told that a clone could never fill a serious role, this episode was full of moments that perfectly hit their mark.

Best Moment: Felix’s phone call to Cosima. Holy shit.

2. Person of Interest: “Reassortment” 

In this episode, the team uncovered a plot to start a supervirus with the endgame of proving humans are unreliable to give more power to an AI. It was a satisfying story with a couple difference nice turns. But, the best part was absolutely Shaw’s plotline as she fought her way out of prison. She was clearly exhausted physically and emotionally, but kept fighting and it was very exciting to watch.

Best Moment: Shaw shooting a guy and stealing his car keys was so satisfying.

1. Archer: “Deadly Velvet: Part 1”

This season has been absolutely killing it with episodes based on old tropes. In this one, the team visits a movie set that everyone claims is cursed. In typical Archer fashion, they get a lot of clever laughs in from the cliche premise.

Best Moment: Pam’s post-road head giddiness made me so happy.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 22-May 28

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 15-May 21

This week TV gave us the series final of Faking It, a heartbreaking plotline for Victor Strand, a close call for Captain David Singh, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Playing with Fire”

This episode was packed with quality reality TV moments like Joseline needing to go through a scavenger hunt for some reason and whatever the hell was happening between Scrapp and Karlie.

Best Moment: I’ll say Chris’ break up with Mimi for the actual emotional maturity, but Joseline asking K. Michelle, “Are you ready to have sex on that couch over there?” was also incredible television. Please enjoy this picture of K. Michelle’s reaction:

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9. Fear the Walking Dead: “Sicut Cervus”

This episode did a great job of including emotional character-driven moments amid all the zombie action. All of Victor’s scenes with Tom were beautifully intimate. And thank God that Victor isn’t dead.

Best Moment: Victor and Tom’s initial tearful reunion.

8. The 100: “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”

In this exciting finale, Clarke defeated Alie but not before finding out that her fight to save the Earth is really just beginning. She’s gonna have a real heck of a time getting out of this one, huh?

Best Moment: Clarke’s reunion with Lexa.

7. Arrow: “Lost in the Flood”

This episode gave us an action-packed plot with Oliver, Diggle and Thea fighting their way out of the arc, while Felicity had a more emotionally driven plotline with her parents.

Best Moment: Curtis saying that Felicity finally makes sense now that he knows she’s Noah and Donna’s child.

6. Faking It: “Up in Flames”

This was a letdown of a series finale for multiple reasons, including the fact that Amy ended up with someone who lied about having a boyfriend for their entire relationship. But, there were good things like the scenes between Lauren and Liam, the relationship between Noah and Shane, and the relatable scenes of Amy’s righteous anger and sadness before the narrative got oddly forgiving.

Best Moment: Post-breakup Amy thinking it was too much to think she’d ever be happy in a relationship was a perfect example of why teen dramas are so powerful. These are the kinds of things you really feel when you’re sixteen and it would’ve been great to watch Amy grow into someone who doesn’t let one thoughtless person’s actions bring her down like this.

5. Modern Family: “Double Click”

This episode had some really solid laughs, especially Jay’s struggle with technology (“How have you remained alive?”). Andy and Haley’s goodbye at the airport was played incredibly well. The emotional ending with the Dunphys having dinner together is as close as this show will ever get to a subtle understated scene. It really worked.

Best Moment: “It’s exactly what it sounds like.”

4. The Flash: “Invincible” 

The Flash managed to pull off one of its best episodes in a long time this week. The high stakes were balanced out nicely with fun touches like the appearance of Black Siren and Cisco and Caitlin’s undercover mission. My one big complaint was that Hartley was mentioned but not scene. Give me those Hartley/Cisco scenes.

Best Moment: Singh’s scene with Joe and Barry at the end. But, hey, my guy, maybe you should be asking about that illegal prison.

3. Empire: “Past is Prologue”

Jamal isn’t dead, which is great. Also great? Just about everything else in this episode. They pulled no punches with the drama and stuff like all the fights between Rhonda and Anika just popped and made an incredibly exciting finale.

Best Moment: Jamal telling the family their cycle of violence needs to stop.

2. Archer: “Liquid Lunch”

This was a great Krieger episode that asked the question, what’s worse: having super-realistic android versions of all your coworkers for unclear purposes or making people go to your one-man show?

Best Moment: Pam falling for an obvious trap because she doesn’t want to regret missing out on blintzes.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Legendary”

I loved everything about this finale. The team coming together with a convoluted plan! Sara being read to kill Rip in a heartbeat! Patrick J. Adams! Rip almost flying into the sun and then realizing that flying into the sun isn’t the best way to solve all your problems! I can’t wait for season 2.

Best Moment: “You should be afraid.”

 

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 15-May 21

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 7-May 14

This week TV gave us the return of Steven Universe, things getting somehow even worse for Clarke Griffin, the exposure of a major betrayal on Faking It, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Faking It: “Exposed”

Karma was determined to prove to Amy that Sabrina was lying to her. Conveniently, the boyfriend that Sabrina claimed was fake actually showed up so proving that Sabrina was lying turned out to be pretty easy.

Best Moment: Noah dumping Shane’s ass.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Mother Of All Problems”

In this mother’s day episode, Rasheeda tried to get Shirleen and Momma Dee to get along. It was just as amazing as you’d expect from a feud that started with someone building a nest in the middle of a store to prove some sort of point.

Best Moment: Chris shooting down Stevie J’s disgusting comments by telling him point blank, “You are scaring me.”

8. Awkward: “Living in Sin”

This week Jenna moved in with Luke, Lissa sorta discovered feminism and Tamara found out that it turns out you actually have to pay credit card bills.

Best Moment: Ethan’s reference to Miley Cyrus’ “You Can’t Be Tamed” surprised and delighted me.

7. The 100: “Perverse Instantiation: Part One”

Things are getting very excited on The 100 as Alie gets more seemingly unstoppable. This week Clarke and crew had a real heck of a time after walking into a trap.

Best Moment: Clarke refusing to give up the activation code even when Abigail’s life was threatened.

6. Steven Universe: “Super Watermelon Island”

This video game-inspired episode was absolutely adorable and fun. It started the new season off on a surreal, almost Adventure Time-like note.

Best Moment: The gems saying goodbye to Steven.

5. Archer: “Double Indecency”

This was a great plot even by Archer‘s high standards. The guys and gals ended up in parallel plots in which they were betting to see who among them had the best seductive skills. The awesome set up paid with plenty of laughs.

Best Moment: Ray saying “you better apologize, bitch” after someone made Pam cry.

4. Empire: “Rise by Sin”

This was a tense episode that effectively kept ramping up the drama until the edge-of-your-seat last few minutes.

Best Moment: Jamal staying unflappable as Lucious laid down a real classic terrible Lucious rant.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Drill”

This sweet episode showed what a great hero Steven is and how far along Peridot has come. Steven saying “I love you” to Peridot was one of the sweetest things to happen on this show yet.

Best Moment: The gems returning to find out how much Steven had accomplished.

2. Bates Motel: “Forever”

This was a devastating episode, not just for the huge ending, but for the subtler dramatic moments before. Norma’s relationships with both Alex and Dylan had managed to become incredibly sweet and positive over the seasons and this episode ripped that away.

Best Moment: Norman’s session with Dr. Edwards.

  1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Destiny” 

Rip Hunter truly cannot catch a break. This episode he found out that every single thing he’s done has actually been to help Vandal Savage. This is brutal and, at this point, felt like something that of course would happen to Rip and this team. This fun, silly show really snuck up on me with just how tragic and emotional it can get.

Best Moment: Sara talking to Leonard about the ring he always wears.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 7-May 14

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 1-May 7

This week TV gave us a full season of Grace and Frankie, a long overdue scene of Sara Lance and Nyssa al Ghul interacting, a heart-to-heart between Shane Harvey and Noah, and more. These are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Watch Your Back”

Joseline Hernandez returning to town so she can hand people envelopes full of information she’s gathered on them and is willing to send to “the blogs” is 100% what I want from a reality TV episode.

Best Moment: Chris’ reaction to Joseline’s invasive comments was great, especially Chris explaining that Mimi can use whatever terms she wants but everyone else needs to be more careful.

9. Grace and Frankie: “The Boar”

This episode really showed us the relationship between Grace and Sol for the first time and their interactions were surprisingly sweet.

Best Moment: Sol telling Grace that Phil is probably going through exactly what she’s going through and asking advice from his ex-wife’s new wife.

8. Grace and Frankie: “The Road Trip”

Frankie convinced Grace to impulsively go on a road trip to meet up with a guy she almost had an affair with fifteen years ago. The non-climax when she finally meets him was a nice little scene.

Best Moment: Sol has a great natural chemistry with his sons that comes out really well in the scene where they all react to Robert’s vows.

7. The 100: “Red Sky at Morning” 

This was another thrilling sci-fi episode. Raven came close to destroying Alie before realizing it was all for nothing. Meanwhile, Clarke made an extreme decision to try to save her people.

Best Moment: Clarke trying to force The Flame into Luna.

6. Grace and Frankie: “The Vitamix” 

This episode did a great job of dealing with Grace and Frankie’s bitterness. There’s a perfect balance of understanding Robert and Sol’s situation while showing Grace and Frankie’s rightful anger.

Best Moment: A very drugged up Robert accepting Coyote’s confessions.

5. Faking It: “Episode 8” 

The big plot about everyone at the school being forced to wear their labels was so disgusting and embarrassing, I felt like I was watching Glee. Fortunately, a lot of the smaller scenes based in actual emotion and character actually worked, in particular Lauren encouraging Liam to pursue religious Judaism regardless of his lineage and Noah talking to Shane.

Best Moment: Noah’s conversation with Shane was a little standard and by-the-book, but a trans boy getting to make out with the boy of his choosing will never not be my favorite thing.

4. Grace and Frankie: “The Negotiation”

This episode had some great Brianna scenes as Frankie negotiated a deal with her. This is very good for anyone who, like me, thinks June Diane Raphael is beautiful and charming.

Best Moment: Sol and Robert’s argument about who’s gayer is my favorite scene of this entire series.

3. Grace and Frankie: “The Wish”

The Grace and Frankie season 2 premiere was a great re-entry into the series, with some fantastic insights into Grace’s psychology and how much her friendship with Frankie has changed since the series started.

Best Moment: Sol talking about how badly he messed up by cheating on Robert, followed by Frankie reminding him that he did have a 20-year affair previously.

2. Grace and Frankie: “The Chicken” 

Grace starts mentoring a bartender who’s looking to move up in life. It’s a pretty obvious sitcom plot, but worked really well in this episode.

Best Moment: Sol breaking down and finally telling Robert about Frankie.

  1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “River of Time” 

You know this was a great episode of television because I still haven’t recovered emotionally. Rip finally gets Vandal Savage to the vanishing point, only to find out the entire mission was pointless and Savage was always just going to be released back into the timeline. On top of that, Rip himself is locked up instead.

Best Moment: The scene between Sara and Nyssa.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 1-May 7