The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 18-24

This week TV gave us Barbara Kean opening a night club, Chanel #3 getting a new and adorable love interest, Joe MacMillan getting fired up about his latest project, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “I Want It All”

This episode was basically a how-to for how not to treat bi women. Ray J convinced Safaree Samuels that he should tell Nikki Mudarris that if she’s going to be with Rosa Acosta, then he should get to be with both of them. The dude said, “Usually Ray J’s ideas are crazy… but this time he’s onto something.” Oh boy.

Best Moment: Rosa’s dumping Nikki. Good for her, the true MVP of this episode.

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Revenge of the Queens”

This week all of the eliminated queens came back, causing a satisfying redemption for Tatianna and some serious drama between Alyssa Edwards and Phi Phi O’Hara. The stand up comedy challenge was great, especially since it involved bringing on Chelsea Peretti as a guest.

Best Moment: Alaska and Alyssa’s comedy routine.

8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Pillar of Salt”

Tensions where high this week after Victor Strand was stabbed and in need of emergency care. When Madison Clark got distracted from the mission by the chance of seeing Nick Clark again, Alicia Clark confronted her about her single-mindedness in wanting to find Nick.

Best Moment: “I understand grief, but this is a bit extreme.”

7. Empire: “Light in Darkness”

The drama is already high on this season, with Andre Lyon grieving the death of Rhonda Lyon and Lucious Lyon and Hakeem Lyon both trying to father Anika Calhoun’s baby.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon performing his new song.

6. Scream Queens: “Scream Again”

The silliest show on television is back and now everyone is a doctor somehow because why not?

Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade making date night plans.

5. Rosewood: “Forward Motion and Frat Life”

The premiere of Rosewood delivered on everything that Rosewood does well: the case of the week had twists and turns and Beaumont Rosewood was extremely charming as he solved it.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and Rosewood’s talk after her performance where he said how proud he is of his baby sister.

4. Gotham: “Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell…”

This show has really found its footing in season 3. Oswald Cobblepot is out to get Fish Mooney, Jim Gordon is a bounty hunter now, and Barbara and Tabitha Galavan are running a night club called, of course, The Sirens.

Best Moment: Barbara immediately realizing Butch Gilzean orchestrated the competition coming after them.

3. How to Get Away with Murder: “We’re Good People Now”

How to Get Away with Murder came back incredibly strong for its third season. The set up of Annalise Keating now running a pro bono clinic is great, the tension between Wes Gibbins and Laurel Castillo was captivating, Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton’s break up was heartbreaking, and the entire episode was just unbelievably sexy.

Best Moment: The Connor and Oliver break up scene.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “And She Was”

Halt and Catch Fire has been killing it this season. There were so many strong scenes this episode: Ryan Ray convincing Joe MacMillan to take a break by throwing his “right now it’s perfect” words back at him, Donna Clark’s sad hallucination of Cameron Howe, Gordon Clark bonding with Cameron over Super Mario, the bar scene between John Bosworth and Diane Gould. It was all fantastic.

Best Moment: Joe confessing to stealing Gordon’s IP.

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms Pt. 1”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is normally one of the strongest ensemble comedies on TV, but this episode took Ray Holt and Jake Peralta away from the rest of the group to deliver a story solely about the strength of their relationship. It was incredibly effective and they play off each other amazingly well, both comedically and emotionally.

Best Moment: “The walking group meant nothing to me” “That’s even worse!”

 

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 18-24

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 11-17

This week TV gave us Nikki Mudarris in the middle of a love triangle, Sonny Kiriakis and Paul Narita making serious heart eyes at each other, a dramatic new installment of Major Crimes, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Days of Our Lives: “#12919”

In this episode, Theresa and Brady’s wedding turned into a hostage situation because why not? Paul bravely protected Eve by telling Orpheus to take him as his hostage instead.

Best Moment: Sonny looking ready to throw himself at Paul during their conversation afterwards. Same, man.

9. Days of Our Lives: “#12918”

This episode had everyone preparing for the wedding, while also dealing with the knowledge that Xander and Clyde Weston escaped from prison.

Best Moment: Paul and Sonny’s conversation outside the wedding.

8. Days of Our Lives: “#12917”

In this episode, Belle and Shawn discussed a job offer for Belle to work in Hong Kong.

Best Moment: The way Paul smiled when asked about Sonny.

7. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Now or Never”

This episode focused on Nikki juggling Safaree Samuels and Rosa Decosta. Nikki was 100% determined to act like lying to two people was an inconvenient hassle and determined to ignore anyone who pointed out that it’s also kind of a dick move.

Best Moment: When Nikki’s friends tried to gently ask if it bothered Rosa that she’s seeing other people and she straightforwardly said, “I did not tell her the truth.”

6. Major Crimes: “White Lies: Part 2” 

This episode continued the intense storyline about Sharon Raydor shooting a murderer. The episode was framed with her going to a confessional and admitting that she feels no guilt.

Best Moment: The medical exam scene.

5. Mary + Jane: “Girl on Gurl”

In this episode, Paige dealt with an old rival while Jordan started to worry that the couple she’s dating wants a more serious relationship.

Best Moment: Paige’s sex dream about Susan B. Anthony.

4. The Last Ship: “Don’t Look Back” 

After a season that did a great job of building intensity, this finale delivered perfect pay offs all around. The group had their final face off with Allison Shaw and personal relationships were reunited.

Best Moment: The intercut sequence of the Nathan James crew waiting for the team on land to save them and secure the White House.

3. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Drag Movie Shequels”

In this week’s challenge, the group made parody sequels to RuPaul Charles’ favorite movies. Meanwhile, Phi Phi O’Hara waged a passive-aggressive battle against Alyssa Edwards.

Best Moment: Alaska revealing her Lil Poundcake outfit.

2. Fear the Walking Dead: “Pablo & Jessica” 

In this episode, Nick Clark grew closer to Alejandro, seemingly earning his trust. Meanwhile, Madison Clark, Alicia Clark and Victor Strand tried to clear the hotel of walkers.

Best Moment: Strand getting emotional as he convinced Oscar to let him take out the walker his wife had turned into.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “Yerba Buena”

This stand out episode showed Cameron Howe dealing with things as best she can, taking off and eventually admitting to Donna Clark that she realizes she’s difficult to deal with, while assuring her that she appreciates her. Meanwhile, Joe MacMillan nervously waited for the results of an HIV test.

Best Moment: Joe’s balcony scene.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 11-17

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 4-10

This week TV gave us a serious ticking clock on The Last Ship, the series finale of Mistresses, a haunting season finale for Tyrant, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Hollywood Today Live: “Wed, September 6, 2016” 

This episode featured interviews with the handsome and charming Chris Geere and the handsome and charming Lance Bass.

Best Moment: When the hosts brought up their surprise that NSYNC expressed condolences when their crooked manager died and Lance Bass had to explain sympathy to them.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Mama Beef” 

The focus of this episode was the friction between A1 and Lyrica’s moms, which was entertaining, but the truly wonderful storyline was the love triangle between Nicki Minaj’s ex Safaree Samuels, Nikki Mudarris, and Rosa Acosta.

Best Moment: Nikki and Rosa’s snuggle session.

8. @midnight with Chris Hardwick: “Wed, Sep 7, 2016” 

This episode featured Adam Goldberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub and James Davis competing. Their dramatic reading of the Twitter feud between Patton Oswalt and Martin Shkelli was pretty incredible.

Best Moment: Mary Lynn Rajskub’s exit.

7. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “HERstory of the World” 

In this episode, the queens performed a lip sync number inspired by women throughout history.

Best Moment: Detox’s incredible runway outfit.

6. Mistresses: “The Show Must Go On”

This episode packed in a lot of big soap-y reveals, including a bizarre cliffhanger which we’ll all just have to wonder about forever because this ended up being the series finale.

Best Moment: Dante’s speech about finding yourself.

5. Tyrant: “Two Graves”

This powerful finale brought Barry Al-Fayeed’s hypocrisy to the forefront, ending any chance of him being a hero. It wasn’t intended as a series finale, but serves as a strong ending for the show.

Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s anger at the family dinner.

4. The Last Ship: “Resistance”

This season has been doing an incredible job of ramping up the action every episode. This episode solidified the group of vigilantes out to get justice against the corrupt government and presented an impending attack on the Nathan James.

Best Moment: Alisha Granderson leading the group searching for coded messages.

3. Masters of Sex: “Freefall”

This premiere did a great job setting up the season by showing us where William Masters and Virginia Johnson are emotionally and professionally.

Best Moment: The montage of Betty DiMello running the office.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “Rules of Honorable Play”

In this episode, tensions were high between Donna Clark and Cameron Howe as they adjusted to the acquisition. Meanwhile, Gordon Clark was just excited about laser tag. The understated ending was absolutely perfect.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s anger during his meeting with the client.

1. Steven Universe: “Last One Out of Beach City”

Pearl on a quest to prove she’s cool and talk to a pretty girl is a winning episode formula.

Best Moment: Pearl showing Amethyst and Steven that she got the girl’s number.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 4-10

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 28-September 2

This week television gave us an All Stars round of Snatch Game, Sammy Al-Fayeed denouncing his father, a heart-to-heart between Victor Strand and Madison Clark, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Mistresses: “Fight or Flight” 

In this episode, Joss Carver found out that an abusive husband was cleared of all charges and she was out for revenge.

Best Moment: Joss disarming the man in the alley.

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “All Stars Snatch Game”

The challenge this week was Snatch Game, which combines impressions with improv comedy. The result was incredibly fun to watch.

Best Moment: Alaska’s Mae West.

8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Los Muertos”

This week, Nick Clark discovered information that could be a huge game-changer. Meanwhile, Victor and Madison were able to have a quiet moment that allowed us to find out more about them.

Best Moment: Victor talking about what could have been if he and Madison had met under different circumstances.

7. Tyrant: “How to Live”

This episode was incredibly strong thematically, as it bought attention to Barry Al-Fayeed’s hypocrisy. It also showed the entire supporting cast at their most active.

Best Moment: Sammy standing up to his father.

6. Ray Donovan: “Lake Hollywood”

This episode was an absolute bloodbath and delivered on the nonstop exciting turns that people want from Ray Donovan.

Best Moment: Ray’s phone call with Lena.

5. Dead of Summer: “She Talks to Angels”

This season finale had a final showdown that made you really root for Jessie Tyler. And Drew and Blair ended up alive and happy!

Best Moment: Drew and Blair’s kiss.

4. Pretty Little Liars: “The DArkest Knight”

This episode packed in a lot of shipper moments and it was nice seeing couples reconnecting. It also had a fun showdown, including the extremely memorable beheading of Noel Kahn.

Best Moment: Alison DiLaurentis and Emily Fields kissing.

3. The Fosters: “Collateral Damage”

Everything came together in this episode; Justina Marks’ proposed legislation, Callie Adams-Foster’s fight to save Kyle, and Nick Stratos’ dangerous obsession with Mariana Adams-Foster all brought Callie to the terrifying cliffhanger.

Best Moment: Stef Foster and Lena Adams’ argument over whether Stef should keep looking into Kyle’s case.

2. The Last Ship: “Legacy” 

This episode had an incredibly exciting confrontation as Kara Foster led a group trying to stop Allison Shaw’s coup.

Best Moment: The crew of the Nathan James preparing for battle.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “Flipping the Switch”

Every moment of this episode was packed with incredible tension, from the fights between Donna Clark and Gordon Clark to Joe MacMillan’s stand-offs with Ryan Ray.

Best Moment: Ryan’s confrontation with Joe in his office.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 28-September 2