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.

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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

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.

 

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 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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 18-June 25

This week TV gave us a beautiful ending for Sameen Shaw, more rage and angst for Deran Cody, D. Smith dealing with even more “just my opinion” bullshit, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. The Last Ship: “Rising Sun” 

This episode had Tom Chandler trying to return to his old crew. It was full of the tension and action people looking for in this type of show.

Best Moment: Alisha silently welcoming Chandler back with a salute.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Mystery Solved”

This show continues to be everything I want from reality TV. Mimi and Stevie J tracked down the woman who alleged to be the mother of Stevie J’s child. She insisted the daughter was home and that they could do a drug test until suddenly admitting she never had a baby and made the entire thing up.

Best Moment: The cut from Scrappy saying “I appreciate you respecting my opinion” to D. Smith saying “I really don’t respect his opinion.”

8. Pretty Little Liars: “Tick-Tock, Bitches”

Pretty Little Liars is back for a seventh season and seems more committed than ever to just being a sexy Scooby-Doo. I mean, they thought Hanna was dead until it turned out to just be a mask on a doll? What a silly show.

Best Moment: Emily flashing back on her relationship with Alison as she looked through her room.

7. UnREAL: “Guerilla” 

In this episode, Quinn decided to get more hands-on. This let us see even more of her cold, manipulative side and created even more tension between her and Rachel.

Best Moment: Jay telling Ruby to use the fact that she’s the smartest woman in the competition.

6. Animal Kingdom: “Stay Close, Stick Together”

This family sure does have trouble getting along. There were a lot of tense scenes in this episode and plenty of sad backstory from J.

Best Moment: The underwater fight.

5. Containment: “A Kingdom Divided Against Itself” 

This episode had a truly tragic cliffhanger for Katie and also revealed a lot more about Sabine, who might be the best character on this show.

Best Moment: Sam already being exhausted by the drama between Suzy and Dennis.

4. Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”

Obviously, the huge battle sequence is what makes this episode stand out. But, personally, my favorite thing about it was all of the dialogue between Sansa and Jon. And, of course, Sansa coming face-to-face with Ramsay again was powerful.

Best Moment: Yara flirting with Daenerys.

3. Penny Dreadful: “The Blessed Dark”

This was the series finale, which means many characters were trying to bring about the end of days. Fortunately, it seems like Ethan stopped it with a quick prayer/murder combo.

Best Moment: Dorian’s speech leading up to “it’s worth it for all this perfection.”

2. The Fosters: “Potential Energy” 

This episode did a much better job with tone than any guns in schools TV episode I’ve seen. Of course there was tension and fear throughout, but they also captured the monotony of being in lockdown and the way people don’t put their personal dramas aside. The cliffhanger set things up for an even more tense episode next week.

Best Moment: Stef leading Mariana to safety and Lena running to hug her.

1. Person of Interest: “return 0”

In Person of Interest‘s final episode, they decided to let Shaw be the hero and the survivor. I couldn’t be happier with this decision.

Best Moment: Shaw’s beautiful, understated reaction to the computer telling her that Root understood what makes her special.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 18-June 25