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

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