The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 23-29

This week TV gave us a new love interest for Oliver Hampton, a mystical mystery on Rosewood, a trip to Feudal Japan for the Waverider crew, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Rosewood: “Spirochete & Santeria”

This episode had some fun twists, with a victim who knew he was going to die and a woman who admitted to the murder but claimed she used witchcraft.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood telling Beaumont Rosewood that she’s convinced of the inmates innocence.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Source”

In this episode Moniece Slaughter tried to deal with the alleged sex tape. Meanwhile, Teairra Mari faced her legal problems.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris and Andrew meeting Teairra outside jail.

8. Quantico: “Kubark”

This week the CIA put the trainees through a test that involved triggering their deepest fears. You know, like a horror movie villain would.

Best Moment: Harry Doyle’s monologue about his deceased friend.

7. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Shogun”

In this episode, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood fell out of the ship and into Feudal Japan. Just fell right on out and into Feudal Japan.

Best Moment: Sara Lance defending Mick Rory to Amaya Jiwe.

6. Arrow: “Penance”

This week Oliver Queen and Lyla Michaels busted John Diggle out of prison. Meanwhile, Felicity Smoak and Rory Regan tried to get past the tension between them.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt telling Oliver that he’s not going to let him go through with the prison break.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: Follow the White Rabbit”

In this episode, Mad Hatter punished Jim Gordon with a serious of increasingly traumatic forms of torment. But, the true edge-of-your-seat plotline was Oswald Cobblepot trying to work up the stuff to tell Edward Nygma he loves him.

Best Moment: Oswald’s confession to an empty chair.

4. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Reunited!”

The incredible queens of All Stars 2 returned for a special full of delightful quips and obvious bitterness.

Best Moment: Alaska saying “I’ll send Alyssa home again right now.”

3. How to Get Away with Murder: “Is Someone Really Dead?”

This episode kept up the tension of this excellent season. It also had quality scenes between all of this season’s major couples.

Best Moment: Annalise Keaing’s line about “I wanted to be a better person.”

2. Shameless: “I Am a Storm”

This week Ian Gallagher got a new love interest in Elliot Fletcher’s Trevor. So far, the relationship has a lot of chemistry and could be interesting. Meanwhile, this episode showed Fiona Gallagher’s continued determination to live her life for herself. But, it looks like she may come back from that path, between her conversation with Veronica Fisher and the great moment at the end where almost the entire family was at her party.

1. Superstore: “Halloween Theft”

This was a great episode written by the hilarious Karey Dornetto. Everyone acknowledging how hot Dina is was fantastic, as was Mateo and Jeff’s date.

Best Moment: Mateo and Jeff’s awkward exchange about the seat warmer.

 

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 23-29

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 16-21

This week TV gave us a deep dive into Annalise Keating’s backstory, Nikki Mudarris making amends with people in her life, Harry Doyle meeting up with someone new, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Leak”

This week Brandi Boyd, Jason Lee, and Princess Love schemed over an alleged Moniece Slaughter sex tape, while Max Lux and Ray J tried to stop them.

Best Moment: Nikki and Rosa Acosta’s make up scene.

9. Quantico: “Stescalade” 

The CIA shenanigans continued this week, as Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth continued gathering information on the other recruits.

Best Moment: I’m very interested in what Harry and Will Olsen’s scene could be setting up.

8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Where is Josh’s Friend?”

In its season two premiere, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend delivered on everything that makes the show enjoyable and special. The unique tone, the way Rebecca Bunch’s issues are handled, the complicated relationships– it was all on point.

Best Moment: Darryl Whitefeather and Josh Wilson’s obnoxiously cute scene.

7. Shameless: “Home Sweet Homeless Shelter”

This episode had a major turning point for the show when Fiona Gallagher decided to truly start thinking about building her own future. It was well-handled and exciting to watch.

Best Moment: Ian Gallagher’s talk with Lip Gallagher at the end.

6. Scream Queens: “Halloween Blues”

This episode had fun Halloween costumes and a lot of the delightful relationship between Chad Radwell and Denise Hemphill.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 suggesting that Chanel Oberlin dress as a very sad mood ring for Halloween.

5. Arrow: “A Matter of Trust”

This season’s storyline about Oliver Queen building Team Arrow 2.0 is really a gift. The crew’s dynamic is immediately just working.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s awkward conversation with Rory Regan.

4. How to Get Away with Murder: “It’s About Frank”

This episode explored Annalise Keating’s past. We saw a lot of the ups and downs in her relationship with Sam Keating, as well as the beginnings of her relationship with Frank Delfino.

Best Moment: The beauty shop scene.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Halloween IV”

This is the fourth annual Halloween heist episode that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has done and it was more elaborate and full of twists than any of its predecessors. While this made for a slightly different tone, it was a lot of fun.

Best Moment: Ray Holt threatening to skin Amy Santiago and Jake Peralta.

2. Gotham: “Mad City: Anything for You”

This was one of Gotham‘s strongest episodes yet thanks to the focus on the fascinating relationship between Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma.

Best Moment: Barbara Kean’s delight when people at the party started trying to kill each other.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “The Justice Society of America”

This show keeps delivering on exactly what I want from it. This week the Legends met the Justice Society of America, then got into a brawl with Nazis.

Best Moment: Sara Lance accepting that she should be the group leader.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 16-21

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15

This week TV gave us the season finale of Halt and Catch Fire, Chanel #3 getting closer to her new love interest, an old-fashioned crossover between Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. New Girl: “Homecoming”

Cece Parekh standing up for her husband Schmidt by threatening to beat up his former high school classmates was a sweet ending and this episode had a lot of nice details, like Schmidt wallowing by listening to “Dookie” on cassette. But, the highlight of this episode was definitely the appearance of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members.

Best Moment: “Everything happens for a reason and that reason is random chance.”

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

In the Drag Race finale, the crown went to my personal favorite person in the universe, Alaska. Before the big decision we got to see a great performance with excellent choreography and original rap verses and one last runway show.

Best Moment: Katya’s answer for why she deserves to win was amazing.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Night Shift” 

After the three-part special with Jake Peralta in witness protection, this show finally got back to basics with an episode Jake’s friendship with Charles Boyle. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad struggled with the stresses of working the night shift.

Best Moment: “John Phillips Sousa, the Skrillex of his day.”

7. Empire: “Cupid Kills”

In this episode, Cookie Lyon had a date with Angelo Dubois. I am extremely pro anything that gets any woman away from Lucious Lyon.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s conversation with Freda Gatz in prison.

6. Scream Queens: “Handidates” 

In this episode, Chad Radwell accused Brock Holt of being the killer, then died with very suspicious timing. Meanwhile, Hester Ulrich’s demands to be moved to Dean Munsch’s hospital were met.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade’s yoga scene.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: New Day Rising” 

This week on Gotham, the Mad Hatter managed to get even creepier. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot became Mayor, but not before Edward Nygma taught him a lesson about love.

Best Moment: Jim Gordon’s visit to Barbara Kean.

4. Arrow: “The Recruits”

Arrow was in its element this week, with a winning formula based around Oliver Queen being closed off and distant before learning something about being a leader.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s excellent callout of Oliver’s behavior.

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Out of Time”

Sara Lance had sex with the Queen of France, Ray Palmer fought a dinosaur, Martin Stein kidnapped Albert Einstein and this is just the first episode of the season. I’m so glad the most fun show on television is back.

Best Moment: Sara still being cocky and winking when she was about to go on trial for being a witch.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “NIM”

In part one of the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the show did a time jump to 1990. This turned out to be extremely effective. Every choice about the characters’ new status quo was a good one.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan and Cameron Howe playing with convention swag while catching up.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “NeXT”

In the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the team came back together thanks to Donna Emerson’s excitement about the World Wide Web. This episode beautifully explored tensions that eventually led to Donna leaving the group. This was not only an incredibly well-written piece of television in and of itself, but also did a stunning job of building excitement for next season. The ending with Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe ready to test out the new program was about as good as season finale endings get.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s “don’t you ever say his name again.”

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 2-7

This week TV gave us an extra emotional episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, the big finale of Fear the Walking Dead season 2, the exciting conclusion of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Coral Palms trilogy, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Rosewood: “Eddie and the Empire State of Mind”

In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood and Annalise Villa went to New York City to find out exactly how Villa’s husband Eddie died. Between the new location and the personal nature of the mystery, it made for an extra fun and exciting episode.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood telling TMI that she has to let her find her own way back to her.

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Family That Drags Together” 

This episode brought on a family member for each of the queens which created a real sense of intimacy and let us learn more about them.

Best Moment: Alyssa Edwards re-connecting with her sister Tabatha.

8. Empire: “What Remains is Bestial”

This episode offered plenty of drama. The interplay between Lucious Lyon and Anika Calhoun was definitely a stand out plotline. So was the devastating plotline about Andre Lyon’s unfair legal charges.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s visit with Freda Gatz.

7. Superstore: “Guns, Pills and Birds”

This episode had everyone at their most frantic. Garrett is terrified of birds. Jonah is terrified of guns. Glenn is terrified of people using the morning after pill. And poor Amy just can’t get a break. All of the emotions running high worked well.

Best Moment: Mateo trying to get some clarification from Dina on how fast to run.

6. Fear the Walking Dead: “North” 

This episode did what a finale should: made me curious about what next year has in store. With Nick Clark headed north and the rest of his family removed from the hotel, everyone’s status quo has been shaken up, so all new challenges are in store next season.

Best Moment: “Are you really going to leave for the man who abandoned you?”

5. Fear the Walking Dead: “Wrath”

The penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season provided a huge turning point by showing how irreparably changed Travis Manawa is by all that’s happened.

Best Moment: Victor Strand’s talk to Madison Clark about how hope keeps people going.

4. Gotham: “Mad City: Look Into My Eyes”

This episode introduced the extremely creepy villain the Mad Hatter. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot announced his mayoral run and a doppelganger schemed to pose as Bruce Wayne.

Best Moment: Barbara Kean’s creepy amount of interest in whether the Mad Hatter can make people do anything he wants.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms, Pt. 3”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Jimmy Figgis plotline ended in a big way, with dramatic turns that a season ago, I wouldn’t have imagined Brooklyn Nine-Nine ever trying to pull off. For the most part it worked and they still packed in a lot of comedy.

Best Moment: “Boost my bottom”

2. Arrow: “Legacy”

It feels so good to have Arrow back. Oliver Queen is killing people again while also being in deep denial about how much has changed. It’s only at the end of the episode that he started to accept that he needs to move on and create a new team.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt asking to join the vigilante team.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “You Are Not Safe” 

This episode packed in so much and it wasn’t even the season finale. This dual-timeline episode was probably the most emotional in a season that has been full of emotional turns.

Best Moment: Gordon Clark’s long series of “you know….” questions to Joe MacMillan.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 2-7

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 25-October 1

This week TV gave us the return of Quantico, Jamal Lyon dealing with trauma, Barbara Kean getting a visit from Jim Gordon, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Party Pooper”

This week Lyrica Anderson and A1 continued to try and fail to get Lyrica’s mom Lyrica Garrett to approve of their marriage and be a part of the family.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris acting unaffected by Rosa Acosta having a date, then pretty much immediately getting weird about it.

9. Rosewood: “Secrets and Silent Killers”

This week’s case hit home too hard for Annalise Villa, who had to investigate the murder of a lying husband right after discovering her own deceased husband’s lies. The episode also featured an appearance by my favorite person, Tate Ellington.

Best Moment: TMI’s desperate phone call to Pippy Rosewood.

8. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Drag Fish Tank”

In this week’s episode the queens created a product to go with their brand and made a commercial for their product. It all lead to a shocking elimination. (And by “shocking” I mean “bullshit”).

Best Moment: Honestly, Tatianna’s runway walk.

7. Empire: “Sin That Amends”

I love scenes that focus on the relationship between the three Lyon brothers and this episode had some great ones. First, when Jamal Lyon promises Andre Lyon to help him deal with life after Rhonda Lyon’s passing, then the excellent scene when the three brothers have a toast together.

Best Moment: Jamal promising Andre he’ll help him.

6. Scream Queens: “Warts and All”

This episode featured a semi-sweet romance between poor Chanel #5 and a tragic guest character played by Colton Haynes.

Best Moment: Chanel Oberlin and Chanel #3 telling Tyler he passed their test.

5. Quantico: “Kudove”

Quantico is back and exactly the same to a weird extent. Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth are training with the CIA now and it turns out that the CIA also approaches training by making their trainees gossip about each other.

Best Moment: “He’ll be right behind me” which is absolutely the new “I’m a fan of back doors.”

4. Gotham: “Mad City: Burn the Witch”

Oswald Cobblepot led an old school mob to go after Fish Mooney, meanwhile Ivy Pepper didn’t die but instead turned into an adult woman.

Best Moment: Barbara’s chat with Jim.

3. How to Get Away with Murder: “There Are Worse Things Than Murder”

In the second episode, this season continued its strong start with fascinating relationship scenes, interesting twists and a solid case of the week.

Best Moment: Annalise Keating’s “who says it was a man” line to Nate Lahey.

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms Pt. 2”

Jake Peralta and Ray Holt’s plan to take down Figgis kept hitting snags and they were finally forced to call for back up from the Nine-Nine, who had their own problems as they dealt with their extremely chill but not so competent new captain.

Best Moment: That kiss.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “The Threshold”

This was an excellent episode even by the standards of this amazing season. Cameron Howe’s exit from Mutiny and the tense meeting that led up to it are just about as good as TV gets.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan finding out that Ryan Ray released all of MacMillan Security’s code.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 25-October 1