The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 13-August 20

This week TV gave us the return of Paige McCullers, the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, a major twist on Dead of Summer, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “California Dreaming”

This show isn’t quite living up to my beloved Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, but it did have some stand out moments in the premiere, like the mess of a brunch.

Best Moment: I’m still reeling from hearing the words “My monkey doesn’t want his banana. It can stay in the bunch.”

9. Mistresses: “The Root of All Evil” 

In this episode, Joss Carver and April Malloy were both on the edge of a break up, while Karen Kim started a brand new relationship.

Best Moment: “Sometimes a three-legged dog just has to spend time with other three-legged dogs to realize it has four legs.”

8. The Fosters: “Girl Code”

It was nice seeing an episode focus on Mariana Adams-Foster, especially one that highlighted just how much she’s developed.

Best Moment: Lena Adams-Foster’s phone call with Stef Adams-Foster, as she worried about Mariana’s mental state.

7. Another Period: “The Duel”

The fact that Celine doesn’t just seduce Dodo Bellacourt’s husband, she challenges her to a duel, is a perfect example of this show being everything that Gossip Girl should have been.

Best Moment: Victor Shmemmerhorn-Fish and Albert Downsy yelling at Blanche about how they want a love child is the exact mix of adorable and evil that I look for in an OTP.

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Exes and OMGs” 

The series finale is approaching, so it’s the appropriate time for this show to bring back the actual fortune teller, right?

Best Moment: Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis’ conversation on the park bench.

5. Dead of Summer: “The Devil Inside” 

This episode gave Jessie Tyler a great backstory through the flashbacks, while in the present timeline the campers realized that Holyoke is actually the camp’s protector.

Best Moment: Drew’s monologue about trust.

4. The Last Ship: “Paradise” 

This was an even more thrilling episode than usual, with Allison Shaw’s jaw-dropping power move.

Best Moment: The missile battle at sea.

3. Casual: “40”

This episode featured Alex Cole planning a terrible surprise party for Valerie Meyers, but the plotline that stood out was Valerie spending time with her ex-husband until his feelings became too serious.

Best Moment: Laura Meyers’ wisely advising Alex to just apologize instead of throwing a party.

2. Tyrant: “Bedfellows” 

This episode had a major reveal with Barry Al-Fayeed finding out he had a son he didn’t know about. Their conversation about it was fantastic.

Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s half-turn looking back at Dr. El-Amin after meeting his wife.

1. Scream: “When a Stranger Calls”

This was a strong finale to a great season. Along with a satisfying reveal of the killer, the emphasis on the friendship between Emma Duval and Audrey Jensen’s friendship made this episode, and the entire season, unique and emotionally gripping. There were also stand out scenes from the other characters. Noah Foster and Brooke Maddox’s debate over whether to let Stavo Acosta inside was a great example of how perfectly this show handles tone.

Best Moment: Emma and Audrey both bravely trying to save each other in the final show down.

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 13-August 20

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

This week TV gave us Jude Adams-Foster’s attempts to play it cool while trying to buy pot, the season finale of Animal Kingdom, Jay getting his vicarious fairy tale romance on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Original G’A’ngsters”

This episode saw the return of Jason DiLaurentis, who I hope will steal Aria Montgomery away from Ezra Fitz.

Best Moment: Emily Fields celebrating Pam Fields’ birthday with her. It was so refreshing seeing her happy.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Exposed and Unfiltered: Part 2”

The final installment of this year’s reunion show was a reminder that I will miss this show so much while it’s gone.

Best Moment: Chris Gould’s perfectly articulated explanation of why you shouldn’t misgender someone regardless of their appearance, immediately followed by Ariane Davis saying, “I really do just have a vendetta against you personally.”

8. The Fosters: “Highs & Lows”

Things seem to just get worse and worse for The Adams-Fosters and this week, right afterr Stef Adams-Foster and Lena Adams-Foster told the kids they’d have to sell the house, the family found out that Jesus Adams-Foster had shot himself with a dang nail gun.

Best Moment: Stef and Lena’s conversation about their finances. What a bummer.

7. UnREAL: “Friendly Fire”

Things actually worked out for Darius Beck in the UnREAL season 2 finale, thanks to Rachel Goldberg and Jay pulling together to give him a happy ending. Meanwhile, Rachel’s problems were solved with straight up double homicide.

Best Moment: Jay tearing up as he watched Darius and Ruby Carter and realized he’d actually done something good for someone.

6. Roadies: “Carpet Season”

In this episode, Bill tried to figure out how to handle his relationship with Shelli. Turns out, women like it when you talk to them.

Best Moment: Halsey’s performance of “Ghost.”

5. Tyrant: “Truth and Dignity”

This episode had some very nice character-driven moments. Sammy Al-Fayeed really shined in this one.

Best Moment: Sammy’s conversation with his dad.

4. Animal Kingdom: “What Have You Done?”

In this season finale, everyone was yelling at everyone and Smurf really had to Smurf it up.

Best Moment: Deran Cody’s hatred of loud music.

3. Steven Universe: “Know Your Fusion”

In this episode, Sardonyx questions Smoky Quartz about their powers. Smoky is pretty upfront about the fact that their power is a yo-yo, but for some reason it really takes Sardonyx a while to get it.

Best Moment: Garnet getting so excited she picks Pearl up.

2. Mr. Robot: “m4ster_s1ave.aes”

I love a good gimmick and this episode had fun with its ’90s sitcom thing.

Best Moment: Gideon’s newspaper gag in the credits.

1. Scream: “Heavenly Creatures”

This week, Noah Foster mourned for Zoe Vaughn and the police made bad decisions.

Best Moment: Emma Duval telling Audrey Jensen not to turn in evidence that implicates her. I’m so glad they’re already cover up BFFs again.

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 30-August 6

This week TV gave us two intimate scenes between Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis, fantastic development in the friendship between Audrey Jensen and Emma Duval, Alisha Granderson giving encouragement to Kara Green, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Wanted: Dead or Alive”

This week Hanna Marin continued to struggle with her fear that Elliot Rollins might not really be dead. This fear went so far that she and Spencer Hastings dug up his grave to look at the body.

Best Moment: Tie between Emily’s apology to Alison and Alison’s apology to Emily.

9. UnREAL: “Espionage” 

This episode finally reunited the dream team of Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, putting them firmly on the same side as they prepare to destroy Coleman Wasserman.

Best Moment: “Calm down, Malcolm X”

8. Steven Universe: “Steven vs. Amethyst” 

This was a heartbreaking exploration of Amethyst’s low self-esteem. She discussed frankly  the cycle of beating herself up for not being good at things and then becoming worse because of her lost confidence.

Best Moment: “You ruined the ruins!”

7. Scream: “The Vanishing” 

If Audrey and Emma’s friendship wasn’t already decidedly one of the best things on TV, this episode definitively earned that. Combine their incredible relationship development with the terrifying scenes of Noah’s near death and you have one of the strongest episodes in what has been a very strong season of this show.

Best Moment: Audrey confessing to Emma that she was so angry at her because she loved her.

6. Animal Kingdom: “Judas Kiss” 

In this episode, the boys pulled off the big heist at the army base, while J started spilling their secrets to a detective.

Best Moment: The boys coming home from the heist and being greeted by fresh-baked apple pie. Aww.

5. The Last Ship: “Sea Change”

Tension was built all around in this episode, between the people aboard the USS Nathan James discovering the pirate’s plan for a genocide and the people back on shore struggling with policy in the wake of the President’s suicide.

Best Moment: Alisha’s pep talk to Kara.

4. The Fosters: “Justify”

This episode really put the focus on Lena Adams-Foster and everything weighing on her. Watching her blow up was at times cathartic and at times scary.

Best Moment: Lena telling Brandon Adams-Foster he’s completely lost his sense of right and wrong. Drag him.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Hunt” 

This episode brought focus back to Connie Maheswaran. Pearl took her and Steven on a hike to find missing gems.

Best Moment: Pearl and Connie posing for photos.

2. Steven Universe: “Crack the Whip”

In this episode, Steven and Connie were able to fight Jasper as Stevonnie. It was a big moment for them, but one that led to Amethyst feeling insecure.

Best Moment: Pearl’s reaction to Amethyst rubbing it in that she forgot about Connie.

1. Steven Universe: “Bismuth” 

This extra-long episode introduced an incredible new gem named Bismuth, voiced by Uzo Aduba. Her warm reception by the gems was a joy to watch and it was a real bummer when things took a turn.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 30-August 6