The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 23-July 30

This week TV gave us Jay making a power play on UnREAL, the series finale of Hell on Wheels, an intense episode of The Last Ship, and more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Tyrant: “Prayers for Our Daughters”

In this episode, Barry and Molly dealt with their grief after Emma’s death. Molly was falling apart, while Barry tried to hold it together.

Best Moment: Sammy apologizing to the maid for his mom’s behavior.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Final Outcome”

The season finale wrapped everything up. Are all the cast members ready to take time to focus on their own lives from here on out? You know it.

Best Moment: D. Smith and Betty Idol getting the hell out of Ariane’s party as soon as Joseline Hernandez arrived.

8. Dead of Summer: “How to Stay Alive in the Woods” 

In this episode, Joel opened up to the other campers about his visions of Tall Man. Most of them believed these are hallucinations, but some seemed open to the idea that it could all be real.

Best Moment: Blair’s line about how “if he just wanted to get into your pants, would he have asked me what your favorite song is?” pretty much nailed being a silly teenager.

7. UnREAL: “Fugitive” 

In a disturbing turn, Coleman took advantage of Rachel’s medicated and traumatized state to learn her secrets. Meanwhile, Jay saved Everlasting by getting Darius back.

Best Moment: Jay’s immediate “of course I am” when Darius said that he was a part of the machine.

6. Animal Kingdom: “Man In” 

In this episode, J confronted Baz about whether he’s his dad. Turned out the answer is “uh, you better hope not.”

Best Moment: Deran being offended that his tidbit about monkeys wasn’t more well-received.

5. The Fosters: “Forty”

This week Stef threw Lena a ’70s themed birthday party, so we got to see all the characters in embarrassing outfits.

Best Moment: Stef immediately taking the opportunity to trash talk Cortney and Brandon’s relationship to Dana.

4. Hell on Wheels: “Done”

This series finale had a good last hurrah in the form of Thomas Durant’s speech about how the railroad couldn’t have been built without men like him.

Best Moment: Louise’s heart-to-heart with Eva.

3. Scream: “The Orphanage” 

Haley Meyers’ horrifying death and the creepy masked party that led up to it were a great set piece for this episode. It also had some great character-driven moments, including Emma and Audrey’s fight and of course Noah losing his virginity.

Best Moment: Audrey trying to make Noah see that Zoe is clearly the one sneaking around and stealing his files.

2. The Last Ship: “In the Dark”

This episode stood out because of the many scenes that were set in complete darkness due to the ship trying to stay hidden. It also had a very nice arc with Chandler and Slattery coming to trust Takehaya.

Best Moment: The crew’s reactions as Takehaya took the helm.

1. Steven Universe: “Monster Reunion” 

In this episode, Steven used his healing powers to help Centipeetle. Centipeetle was reunited with her loved ones, but Steven still felt like he needed to make amends and he asked the gems to teach him how to write “I’m sorry” in gem language.

Best Moment: Pearl’s frantic concern that Amethyst was making fun of Centipeetle.

 

Advertisements
The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 23-July 30

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

This week TV gave us an entire new season of Degrassi: Next Class, a musical episode of Steven Universe, Jay really getting his moment on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Steven Universe: “Mr. Greg”

This episode was full of beautiful songs and showed Pearl finally dealing with the fact that Rose chose to be with Greg rathe than her.

Best Moment: Pearl dancing with Greg.

9. UnREAL: “Ambush”

In this episode, Rachel Goldberg kept pushing herself further and, along with Coleman Wasserman, set Darius Beck and Romeo up to get arrested and ultimately shot just so they could do an “important” episode.

Best Moment: Jay telling Rachel “this isn’t your story to tell” really brought the whole episode home.

8. BoJack Horseman: “Fish Out of Water”

This atypical episode was almost entirely dialogue-free. It was beautifully animated and full of unexpected turns. Making an episode that was mostly BoJack silently chasing after a baby seahorse was a risk that definitely paid off.

Best Moment: Kelsey Jannings receiving BoJack’s note, only to discover the water has made it incomprehensible.

7. BoJack Horseman: “Old Acquaintance” 

No one does an episode where absolutely everything goes wrong better than BoJack Horseman. Watching BoJack miss out on every opportunity he had and capping it all off with Rutabaga Rabitowitz and Vanessa Gecko celebrating their happy ending was just perfect.

Best Moment: Kelsey’s speech to BoJack about how he has the chance to work with someone who actually sees something in him.

6. Degrassi: Next Class: “#CheckYourPrivilege”

Every member of the Hollingsworth clan is an incredible, precious human disaster. This episode focused on Frankie Hollingsworth, as she made absolutely every wrong decision after drawing a racist caricature. Her refusal to apologize and admit that what she did was wrong– even to herself– were cringeworthy and incisively spot-on.

Best Moment: Miles Hollingsworth assuring Tristan Milligan that he’s not going to drop their relationship.

5. Degrassi: Next Class: “#SquadGoals”

Degrassi: Next Class season 2 premiered strong with an episode that set up the racial themes that the rest of the season would explore. Every girl besides Shay Powers on the volleyball theme obliviously mocking a school from a mostly black neighborhood was a powerfully jarring inciting moment for the whole season.

Best Moment: Miles’ first conversation with Tristan.

4. Degrassi: Next Class: “#OMFG” 

Aside from the cheap cliffhanger, this was a great finale that gave us great pay offs like Zoe Rivas finally telling Winston Chu she’s a lesbian, Lola Pinciotti giving Shay permission to date Tiny Bell and Hunter telling Yael Baron honestly how worried he is about scaring her.

Best Moment: Zoe’s coming out scene with Winston.

3. Degrassi: Next Class: “#ThatAwkwardMomentWhen”

Have I emphasized how much I love the Hollingsworths in all of their mentally ill glory? In this episode, Frankie decide that all she can do is leave Degrassi forever. It’s not a great plan. Zoe was also getting in on the bad idea train as she continued her relationship with Winston solely for the validation. Meanwhile, the Shay-Tiny-Lola love triangle wasn’t anything special storywise, but was still fun to watch because they’re all such lovable characters.

Best Moment: Frankie responding to Miles’ “it’s complicated” with “I don’t think it is.”

2. Degrassi: Next Class: “#ToMyFutureSelf”

Shay had a heartbreaking conflict this episode when she was presented with a major athletics opportunity– but only if she apologized for participating in a peaceful protest and wrote a letter saying that what she did was wrong. Shay is one of the strongest characters on this show and it was painful, but dramatically gratifying, to watch her wrestle with a conflict like this. Meanwhile, Maya Matlin got in a conflict with Grace Cardinal and told herself that high school friends are temporary, unwisely throwing herself into her friendship with Peter Stone. Which only led to embarrassment.

Best Moment: Zoe telling Winston that she wants to destroy Esme Song.

1. Degrassi: Next Class: “#RiseAndGrind”

Degrassi is able to capture the awkward, fumbling nature of early sexual encounters better than any teen drama I’ve seen. In this episode, Miles and Tristan struggle while dealing with whether they should have sex, but they eventually resolve things by actually communicating, which made me very, very happy.

Best Moment: I know I should go with on of the mature moments between Miles and Tristan, but I gotta say that I really loved “I have to be home in twenty minutes” “This won’t take that long.”

 

 

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

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

This week TV gave us more of Deran Cody’s relentless insecurity, the women on Pretty Little Liars burying a body, Jay producing his own segment on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Confessions” 

In this episode, Ariane Davis tried to pursue a music career, to the skepticism of pretty much everyone.

Best Moment: Mimi Faust revealing that she has a new girlfriend.

9. The Fosters: “Trust”

This episode dealt with Callie Adams-Fosters’ ongoing fear of abandonment. She was acting out because of the crushing fear that Lena Adams and Stef Foster would reverse her adoption, which they had no idea she thought was a possibility. Episodes that dig into Callie’s psychology are always appreciated.

Best Moment: Stef and Lena’s pure disbelief when they found out that Callie thought they’d ever reverse her adoption.

8. Containment: “Yes is the Only Living Thing” 

Next week is Containment‘s finale and this episode propelled things towards a conclusion, with all the major characters in the cordon finding a way to get out.

Best Moment: I appreciated Sam asserting that he’d be one of the people to get out… too bad he just had to be self-sacrificing in the end.

7. UnREAL: “Casualty” 

Rachel Goldberg and Coleman Wasserman traveled to Beth Ann’s hometown, where Rachel was acting very enthusiastic about possibly ruining Beth Ann’s life. Meanwhile, Quinn King tried to intervene and get Rachel to actually deal with her trauma.

Best Moment: Jay and Madison teaming up is the cutest.

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Hit and Run, Run, Run” 

The Liars working together to cover up a murder is pretty much what we’ve been promised from the beginning and it’s weird that it’s only finally happening in season 7.

Best Moment: Alison forcing herself to go back into the hospital as part of the cover up.

5. Animal Kingdom: “Child Care” 

As usual, this episode was about Smurf manipulating pretty much everyone else’s relationships.

Best Moment: Deran’s “I’m not a bitch” moment.

4. The Last Ship: “Minefield”

Along with the usual tension of everything going on in the show, this episode also had a big dramatic sequence as the crew scrambled to figure out how to deal with a torpedo.

Best Moment: The entire torpedo sequence.

3. Scream: “Let the Right One In”

This was a great episode that led to an absolutely terrifying ending. It also showed off Scream‘s ability to have genuine relationship and friendships develop in between the great horror set pieces.

Best Moment: Audrey and Noah’s post-sleepover scene.

2. Mr. Robot: “unm4sk-pt2.tc”

Craig Robinson was a great addition to this show and all of the scenes at the basketball court in this episode really stand out.

Best Moment: Gideon at the bar was great until it was not.

 

  1. Mr. Robot: “unm4sk-pt1.tc”

    This show brings mental illness to life with a visceral accuracy that is difficult to achieve. It also has great details, like the mini-monologue about how weird Seinfeld is.

    Best Moment: The scene with Gideon.

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 3-July 9

This week TV gave us Sam being the hero everyone needs on Containment, Blair Ramos dealing with an unrequited crush, Jay being absolutely crushed and betrayed on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Dead of Summer: “Barney Rubble Eyes” 

This episode had the sexy camp shenanigans, horror and means preps I expected from this show, as well as an acid trip and Russian spies.

Best Moment: “You only like him because you can’t have him.” “Look who’s talking.”

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Funny Business”

In this episode, Joseline surprised Stevie J with a drop by from Tommie. Not sure what she thought she was accomplishing in terms of revenge, but it’s always great seeing her and Tommie together.

Best Moment: D. Smith’s song.

8. Ray Donovan: “Marisol” 

This episode opened with Hector telling Ray about being molested by his older sister. Ray is absolutely disgusted by Marisol as he has to deal with her on Hector’s behalf throughout the episode.

Best Moment: Lena’s scene with Marisol.

7. UnREAL: “Infiltration” 

This was yet another episode that showed how vicious Quinn can get when she feels betrayed and that she’s absolutely willing to hurt innocent bystanders when she’s lashing out. The way she crushed Ruby and Darius’ blossoming relationship was a huge bummer.

Best Moment: An outraged Jay telling Rachel that he can’t believe he trusted her.

6. Hell on Wheels: “Gambit” 

This episode gave us the consequences for Gambit’s kidnapping. His love interest Maggie was shot and killed.

Best Moment: Louise’s interrogation.

5. Pretty Little Liars: “The Talented Mr. Rollins” 

This episode felt like a real return to form because it had so much of the Liars working together, rather than being off in their own storylines. Elliot tortured Alison DiLaurentis and seemed like he was going to get away with it, but fortunately the Liars knew he was up to no good and kept following their instincts until they sort of killed him. Good riddance.

Best Moment: Emily Fields telling Spencer Hastings that Ali’s life is more important than Spencer’s wishes.

4. The Last Ship: “Devil May Care”

This episode kept up the tension as the world dealt with the hostage situation and the virus mutation.

Best Moment: Alisha and the others brainstorming what to do to help the hostages.

3. Scream: “Jeepers Creepers” 

This episode had lots of the friendship between Audrey Jensen and Noah Foster, which will always been the best part of this show. The big horror set piece at the roller coaster was perfectly creepy and it was fun when the show undercut it.

Best Moment: Audrey’s confession to Noah that she brought Piper to Lakewood.

2. Animal Kingdom: “Flesh is Weak” 

This week this show finally got trashy enough to be amazing. Between Smuf’s seduction of Lila and everything going on with Deran Cody this was perfect sexy, melodramatic summer TV.

Best Moment: Deran actually saying “see you tonight” in response to Adrian accusing him of having his boyfriend killed.

1. Containment: “Nothing Gold Can Stay”

This episode showed how far Lex Carnahan’s character has come when Leo Green wanted to back off of exposing Sabine Lommers and Lex was the one who didn’t want to give up. Top it off with a sad ending for the show’s primary couple and this was a real dramatic turning point for the series.

Best Moment: Sam telling Jana that he will be one of the people to make it out of the cordon.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 3-July 9

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 26-July 2

This week TV gave us Joseline Hernandez beautifully making lemonade out of the lemons of someone admitting to try to have sex with her husband(?), Deran Cody getting iced out by his mom, Audrey Jensen frantically jumping to conclusion, and more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Ray Donovan: “Girl with Guitar” 

Ray Donovan premiered this week. Did Ray get sucked back into the world of being a fixer? You bet he did.

Best Moment: Lena knowing something was off when Ray asked how she’s feeling about he break up.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Episode 12” 

This show is the gift that keeps on giving. The “Stevie J in no way had an unclaimed child” episode was followed up this week with “Stevie J isn’t even married to Joseline.” I hope the next reveal is that Stevie J never existed.

Best Moment: Joseline and Tommie’s argument over who would go down on who was incredible and I’ll never stop thinking about it.

8. The Fosters: “Safe” 

This tense follow up to last week’s guns in schools episode once again managed to balance the scary situation everyone is in with each character’s personal issues.

Best Moment: Stef telling Brandon that being with Callie was wrong, that Callie was vulnerable and that he should’ve known that.

7. UnREAL: “Treason” 

This show is pulling apart Rachel and Quinn’s beautiful friendship. In this one, Quinn tells Rachel how betrayed she feels by Rachel going to the president of the network.

Best Moment: The reveal of Jay filming Ruby and Darius.

6. The Last Ship: “Shanzhai” 

The tension and stakes on this show increased even more this week when Mike Slattery was kidnapped by pirates.

Best Moment: Alisha finding out that Allison is on her side.

5. Containment: “A Time to be Born” 

Things are really getting exciting on this show. This week Teresa gave birth while Lex started to put together evidence that Sabine orchestrated the outbreak.

Best Moment: Sam making a heart monitor out of a cup and a balloon.

4. Game of Thrones: “The Winds of Winter” 

This sure was a non-payoff to Loras’ storyline, huh? That aside, this episode did have some good stuff, like Tyrion’s pep talk to Daenerys and of course Cersei taking the throne.

Best Moment: Yara and an army and dragons coming atcha.

3. Veep: “Inauguration”

This episode was a crushing defeat for Selina Meyer, who found herself saying, “I hate this country.”

Best Moment: Catherine telling Selina to do something with her hair.

2. Animal Kingdom: “Dead to Me”

This episode was all about Smurf’s distrust of her kids. She even told them they had to sleep in their own apartments instead of staying at her house, which was an effective punishment because I do not understand her sons at all.

Best Moment: The paintball game.

1. Scream: “Dawn of the Dead” 

There was a lockdown at the school this week to create this extra tense episode. Brooke and Emma are falling apart and I have so many feelings about these poor kids.

Best Moment: Audrey’s instant regret at exposing Stavo

 

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 26-July 2