The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 13-19

This week TV gave us the Waverider crew’s return to the wild west, a big milestone for Darryl Whitefeather and White Josh, the first male Chanel, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “The Reunion – Part 2”

In the second part of the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood reunion special there were exactly as much snarky comments and yelling as you would expect.

Best Moment: Rosa Acosta’s entire fight with Safaree Samuels.

9. Rosewood: “Prosopagnosia and Parrot Fish”

This week Beaumont Rosewood worked a case with a witness who has face blindness. Meanwhile, he and Tawnya tried to take it slow but mostly failed.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood worrying about what will happen to Donna Rosewood after Gerald Kelly’s trial.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Monster in the Closet”

Adrian Pimento finally returned this week. Amy Santiago threw together a wedding for him and Rosa Diaz, but through the episode Adrian and Rosa realized that they should spend more time together before they get married.

Best Moment: “Vindication!”

7. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Outlaw Country”

Jonah Hex returned this week and helped the team take on an outlaw cowboy. Meanwhile, Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood became best friends and Mick Rory was just happy to hang.

Best Moment: Sara threatening to kick Jonah’s ass.

6. Scream Queens: “Chanel Pour Homme-icide”

Scream Queens returned this week and added an unreasonable number of new Chanels to the mix.

Best Moment: Chanel #3’s insistence that they not let Tristan die. (Even if it was all for not…)

5. Empire: “Chimes at Midnight” 

This week a big hack at Empire made tensions run high. Cookie Lyon had to end her relationship with Angelo Dubois and Shine got to torture someone.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s call to D-Major.

4. Arrow: “Vigilante”

This week Team Arrow stopped a new vigilante (the hilariously generically named Vigilante) who was too dangerous, while gently ribbing Oliver Queen for being quite dangerous himself. It was a solid episode with a great twist at the end.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt yelling at Vigilante to stop trying to kill them.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Harvest” 

After what felt like a very long hiatus, Steven Universe returned with an episode that felt extremely emotionally resonant and nailed family dynamics, both good and bad.

Best Moment: “We thought we’d all marry each other!”

2. Gotham: “Mad City: The Executioner” 

This episode was a nice reminder that despite its gritty tone, Gotham is a very idealistic show. The hard stance against cops playing by their own rules was refreshing and powerful.

Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s sly “even someone you’ve only known two weeks.”

1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Why is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?”

Everything about this episode was strong. Rebecca Bunch’s scenes with Valencia Parez, Paula Proctor’s chemistry with delightful new cast member Parvesh Cheena, Josh Chan’s song about terrible thoughts, it all worked. The thread about Rebecca and Paula’s relationship was biting and sad in a way that snuck up on you. Of course, what puts it over the edge and makes it the clear best episode of the week was the incredibly sweet plot line for Darryl and White Josh.

Best Moment: Darryl and White Josh saying “I love you” to each other.

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 13-19

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: March 19-March 25

This week TV gave us a major escalation to the fight between Amy Raudenfeld and Karma Ashcroft, a guest appearance by Arin Andrews and Laith Ashley on I Am Cait, Ilana Wexler discovering and then sacrificing a rare Beanie Baby and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Girls: “Queen for Two Days” 

This week Hannah’s mom dragged her to a female empowerment weekend. The experience was a real mess for her. Meanwhile, we saw more of Shoshanna in Japan.

Best Moment: Tad’s panicked call to Hannah for information.

9. Scandal: “Pencil’s Down”

The Republican candidates prepared for a debate this week. Mellie and Susan stole my little heart. The montage of Olivia trying to prepare Mellie for the debate was especially great.

Best Moment: Cyrus’ reaction to having his thunder completely stolen.

8. Broad City: “Philadelphia” 

In this week’s episode, Abbi and Ilana visited Abbi’s dad, played by guest star Tony Danza. It was fun to find out that Abbi used to be kind of a thoughtless irresponsible person. You gotta give her credit for trying to make up for it.

Best Moment: Ilana sacrificing a beloved and valuable rare Beanie Baby to help Abbi. Probably a bad move, but her heart was in the right place.

7. Shameless: “Paradise Lost”

This season has been extremely engaging and they had another incredibly entertaining episode this week. And Debbie had her baby!

Best Moment: There were so many to choose from, but I’ll go with Ian opening up to his new boyfriend about his past.

6. Faking It: “Let’s Hear It for the Oy”

Amy and Karma clearly wanted to make up with each other this week, but thanks to their stubborness and extremely poor timing on Zita’s part, that’s not happening and their fight is about to get dirty.

Best Moment: Amy’s excitement at hearing her and Karma’s song was very sweet.

5. The Fosters: “The Show”

I genuinely don’t understand what the purpose of Jack’s death was, but other than that this was an interesting episode that did a good job with the experimental format. Cierra Ramirez’s performance was fantastic.

Best Moment: Jude talking about moving on from Connor.

4. Shadowhunters: “Blood Calls to Blood”

This week Alec recruited Magnus to defend Isabelle. That’s a formula for a successful episode.

Best Moment: Magnus telling Alec to hang onto his arrows for him.

3. Bates Motel: “Til Death Do You Part” 

Norma and Alex’s first days of marriage was fantastically written. Meanwhile, the plot about Norman in the psychiatric hospital was gripping and led to a very exciting episode ending.

Best Moment: All of Norman’s sessions with Dr. Edwards were great, but the best was definitely him opening up about his suspicious about Norma and Dr. Edwards reminding him of the seriousness of these allegations.

2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!” 

This look at Rebecca’s life and all of the forms of love in her life was very sweet and uplifting. She’s so lucky to have Darryl and Paula in her life. This episode had even quirkier humor than the show usually has: The ending where Rebecca and her dream ghost travel to another planet to watch a play was wonderfully weird and hilarious and little touches like the panel the dream ghost uses to select painful childhood memories were great.

Best Moment: Darryl confirming that Gregg is super-hot.

1. I Am Cait: “Partner Up” 

This was another great episode full of interesting conversations. This one got into dating and relationships.

Best Moment: A group of trans women giggling and talking about how hot two trans men are is not something I ever thought I’d get to see on TV.

 

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: March 19-March 25

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

This week in TV gave us Emily Fields sleuthing, Lena Adams dealing with a very delicate situation at her school, Elijah Krantz helping Hannah out with a nude photoshoot and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Did You Miss Me?” 

With only one week until the finale, Pretty Little Liars hasn’t given us many answers but they have given us a ridiculous plan: Hanna is going to confess to Charlotte’s murder. Alright, I guess I’m interested to see how that will play out.

Best Moment: Emily’s scene with Mona

9. The 100: “Terms and Conditions”

This episode didn’t have any Clarke Griffin. Doing an episode without their protagonist was an interesting move, presumably the thinking was that they wanted to give people some time to feel their feelings before returning to Clarke’s storyline. I’m not sure how I feel about that decision, but in the meantime we got an interesting episode about the politics of Arkadia.

Best Moment: Obviously, I’m going to say Nathan having a scene with Bryan in their room and kissing him. (By the way, if you want to see some truly quality gay Jarod Joseph, watch The L.A. Complex. It’s all on Netflix).

8. New Girl: “Goosebumps Walkaway”

This episode was a pleasant surprise in that they didn’t have Jess feeling jealous or competitive with Reagan, in fact she really encouraged Reagan to be honest with Nick about her feelings. It was refreshing and played to the strength of this show, which is its friendships. The plotline about Schmidt learning to dance was very sweet and allowed for some great physical comedy from Max Greenfield.

Best Moment: Reagan calling Nick up and simply saying “Sayonara Sammy” was absolutely adorable.

7. Legends of Tomorrow: “Night of the Hawk”

This continues to be the funnest show on TV. They’re following up their time pirates episode with an episode where everyone is undercover in the 1950s and also there are zombie hawkpeople. I am so on board with all of this.

Best Moment: Sara’s intimate scene with Lindsay where they talk about sexuality.

6. The Fosters: “Sixteen”

I love the episodes where we actually see The Fosters as a family unit and the siblings and parents are all interacting with each other. The plot with Sally is interesting and I hope they handle it well.

Best Moment: Lena encouraging Sally to be true to herself regardless of what her parents think.

5. Girls: “Japan”

You’ll never hear me complain about a Shoshanna-heavy episode. She is the best. You really feel for her in this episode.

Best Moment: Elijah’s delivery of “you’re hot…to Fran” was efficiently brutal.

4. Bates Motel: “A Danger to Himself and Others”

I’m so happy to have this show and Norma Bates back in my life. She continues to be the most tragically sympathetic protagonist on television. Her following up a marriage proposal by telling Alex he’s not doing anything else was truly great entertainment.

Best Moment: Norma instinctively trying to use her sexuality to get Dr. Edwards to help her.

3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh is Going to Hawaii!”

This might be the best episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to date because of the honest way it looked at Rebecca’s choices. Her number about realizing she’s the villain of the story was brilliant.

Best Moment: Of course I’m picking Darryl’s musical number about bisexuality.

2. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Goes to Hell: Part Two” 

My poor baby Mac sunk back into the closet in this excellent season finale. This episode was full of amazing dark comedy, like Mac telling Dennis, “Do the voice again, but this time say ‘I love you, son.'” There was also great surprising sequences mixed in like the long stretch of complete silence followed by a Stomp number.

Best Moment: Mac taking the time to clarify that in life he’s going to be a top and Dennis frustratedly telling him, “Fine, when you have gay sex you can be on top!”

1. I Am Cait: “Politically Incorrect”

I am so thankful to whoever made the decision to cast a large group of trans women on this show instead of just focusing on Caitlyn and her family. Women like Jenny Boylan, Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore and others absolutely make this show. The scene where Caitlyn explains her conservative views as the other women try their best to explain how they’re harmful was jaw-dropping.

Best Moment: Everyone had incredible reactions to Caitlyn saying things like “every conservative guy out there cares about everyone’s rights,” but perhaps my single favorite was when Caitlyn claimed that a politician who ran attack ads against trans women “just happened to be” Republican and that if he was a Democrat it would make her argument a lot easier, and Chandi dryly replied, “It would make your argument a lot easier.” I’m hoping Chandi will get her own show soon.

 

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: February 28-March 5

This week television gave us Ray Holt snuggling an adorable corgi, Stef Foster learning about emotional intelligence, more of the relationship between Annalise Keating and Eve Rothlow and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Burn This”

The mysteries and twists continued on this week’s episode. There were also some great genuinely emotional scenes in Spencer’s plotline.

Best Moment: Not sure what Emily’s up to, but her getting aggressive with Mona was pretty exciting.

9. The Fosters: “EQ”

Stef’s plotline this week was truly moving and satisfying. It was the kind of character-driven story that this show doesn’t do enough, but it’s always great when they do. It was also nice seeing Callie reconcile with Rita.

Best Moment: Stef admitting that she’s been handling things poorly lately to her class was a great moment for her character.

8. Girls: “Good Man” 

This was an interesting episode that developed Hannah’s relationship with her father in a really interesting way and also gave us the gem of her mentioning that the major question of Goodbye Columbus is whether she would hook up with Philip Roth.

Best Moment: The sheer awkwardness of Hannah trying to get her dad’s wallet back from his one night-stand was pretty amazing.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Cheddar”

Aside from all the cute corgi shots, this episode also gave us the bizarre romance between Rosa and Adrian and a very nice scene between Jake and Ray.

Best Moment: Ray telling Cheddar that he’s not the only one who misses Kevin was just so sweet.

6. Legends of Tomorrow: “Marooned”

First off, goddamn do I love Mick Rory. Second, this was an exciting episode that fully embraced what a silly sci-fi show this is. The word “time pirates” was not only used, but used as a dramatic act out. You do you, Legends of Tomorrow.

Best Moment: Sara and Snart just hanging out playing cards was great and I wish we got more moments of downtime on this show.

5. The 100: “Thirteen”

Obviously, I’m very upset about one major event in this episode, but what makes that event extra frustrating is that everything leading up to it is great. This actually is a very strong episode despite the major plot point that was just a bad, bad idea.

Best Moment: Clarke and Lexa happy in bed together in the morning was just about perfect.

4. How to Get Away with Murder: “Something Bad Happened”

This episode delivered on everything I watch this show for: shocking reveals and Asher being adorable.

Best Moment: Eve putting aside her complex feelings towards Annalise to assure her that she’ll be a good mom was great.

3. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: “The Gang Goes to Hell”

This episode had Mac finally– finally– actually declare that he’s gay and the execution was perfect. Rather than focus on that, the episode itself was high-concept and full of surreal moments that gave everyone in the gang their time to shine. It was definitely a stand out from what has been an overall very exciting season.

Best Moment: After all this time, the “5 Minutes Later” gag was just perfect in its simplicity.

2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!”

Despite the fact that this episode committed the horrible sin of forcing me to watch musical theater people rap, there’s enough great stuff here that I’m willing to forgive it. Trent was surprising and fantastic and of course Darryl/White Josh continues to be my everything.

Best Moment: “Shut up, he looks like Tom Selleck.”

1. Broad City: “Game Over”

This fantastic episode showed Ilana and Abbi at their worst (and funniest) before they realized the important lesson that they should just ignore all their flaws. The surprise musical number and Whoopi Goldberg cameo leap out, but they’re just icing on the cake of a great episode.

Best Moment: Ilana realizing she’s wearing a hoodie meant for a dog.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: February 28-March 5

THE 10 BEST LGBT-INCLUSIVE TV EPISODES OF THE WEEK: Feb. 21-27

This week gave us Reagan giving Nick and Winston an enticing offer, an amazing ending to Superstore‘s first season and Felicity literally walking out on Oliver thanks to Curtis Holt. Here are my choices for the 10 Best LBGT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week.

10. New Girl: “Decision”

The whole concept of this episode, with Reagan offering to have sex with either Nick or Winston if they can decide which, was a little odd. But, it still had some good moments, especially Winston realizing how much he likes Aly.

Best Moment: Reagan’s big pajamas.

9. Pretty Little Liars: “We’ve All Got Baggage”

Pretty Little Liars gave us more deceit and confusion this week. At least Emily got her money and is going to school. Yay!

Best Moment: Emily bonding with someone over how expensive college is was a nice throwback to when this show used to weave in realistic problems.

8. The Fosters: “Minor Offenses”

This week had some good moments, including Callie’s reconciliation with AJ and Mariana and Lexi walking away from Nick and Jesus.

Best Moment: Stef’s speech at Ty’s trial was fantastic. It couldn’t have been easy for her and was a huge step in her character development.

7. Girls: “Wedding Day”

The season premiere of Girls wasn’t one of the funnier episodes, but it was a good introduction to where the characters are at emotionally this season.

Best Moment: Elijah walking aorund in his underwear, let’s be real.

6. The 100: “Bitter Harvest”

This was a great episode that brought Clarke and Lexa’s relationship to a place I never thought they’d get to this quickly when the season premiered.

Best Moment: Clarke announce that “blood does not need blood” at Emerson’s sentencing.

5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Adrian Pimento”

How do you make anything better? Add Jason Mantzoukas! This hilarious episode gave us Jake learning to be more understanding and Rosa sighing over her love of dirt bags.

Best Moment: When Holt says that if he could, he would ask the sky to stop being blue and start being tan.

4. Arrow: “Taken”

In addition to a great action plot that highlighted Vixen as a spin-off-worthy character, this episode has some really nice one-on-one emotional scenes. In particular, Laurel talking to her father and Oliver’s scene with Diggle.

Best Moment: Felicity’s continued insistence that Curtis’ husband is extremely handsome. He’s no Echo Kellum, but okay.

3. Superstore: “Labor”

This incredible season finale made me very happy that the show has already been renewed for a second season. The walk-out was extremely touching and Dina’s announcement was simultaneously a devastating blow and a great pay-off for Dina herself.

Best Moment: Mateo carefully picking out the best towel while Cheyenne is in labor.

2. Legends of Tomorrow: “Star City 2046”

This show just keeps getting better and better. I’m very interested in all of the characters, especially Leonard and Mick. I need to know everything about them.

Best Moment: Sara risking ending up in a crime-ridden dystopia in order to save her city.

1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Josh and I Work on a Case!”

Holy crap. It’s rare that shows truly amaze me, but Darryl’s realizations about himself in this episode were absolutely perfect. And how amazing is it that White Josh is down to clown?

Best Moment: It’s so hard to choose, but I have to go with the moment when Darryl’s realization really hits him as everyone in his class leaves and starts saying “bye” over and over.

 

 

 

THE 10 BEST LGBT-INCLUSIVE TV EPISODES OF THE WEEK: Feb. 21-27