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.

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

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!”

 

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: 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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 22-May 28

This week TV gave us Sameen Shaw’s attempt to escape from a terrifying prison, a dramatic phone call for Cosima Niehaus, Victor Strand grieving a terrible loss, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Bones: “The Secret in the Service” 

This week Fisher, played by my beloved Joel David Moore, returned so we could see more of the Fisher/Hodgins/Montenegro friendship. That should be the show.

Best Moment: Angela figuring out exactly what Fisher’s new job is.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Common Ground”

This week was heavier than most, since Scrapp DeLeon received a five-year prison sentence and his family had to deal with it. But, the still worked in plenty of the usual levity and pettiness that makes this show so fun.

Best Moment: The scene with Rasheeda, Ariane and D. Smith hanging out at Pressed was a nice, refreshingly drama-free moment of friendship.

8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Shiva”

After we got to see some beautiful intimate scenes between Victor and Tom last week, this week was nothing but heartbreak as we watched Victor grieve.

Best Moment: Victor having to deal with Tom’s mom. Yeesh.

7. Arrow: “Schism”

This final was a lot, with the team working to stop a nuclear apocalypse and Oliver putting his new magical powers to the test.

Best Moment: Curtis and Felicity stopping a nuclear attack on Star City.

6. Containment: “He Stilled the Rising Tumult”

This week we really saw Lex finally go into full rebellious mode. It was great seeing him decide to join up with Leo to find the truth.

Best Moment: Sam and Jana’s tense expedition.

5. Gotham: “Transference”

From the ridiculous copycat Jim Gordon to Nygma’s elaborate series of riddles for Bruce and Lucius, this silly, fun episode was everything I want from Gotham.

Best Moment: Barbara realizing that the copycat was definitely not Jim because he wasn’t mad at her.

4. Bob’s Burgers: “Glued, Where’s My Bob?”

This episode was not only the season finale, but also the 100th episode of Bob’s Burgers. This meant getting sentimental, but they managed to strike an absolutely perfect tone that was earnest and not saccharine. Bob’s song with Louise was so sweet and put the incredible relationship the show has crafted between those two characters on full display. Everyone changing “toilet Bob!” to Bob’s chagrin was the kind of perfectly weird and funny thing that would happen to him while also serving as a sincere love letter to this incredible character.

Best Moment: “Hi, Marshmallow.”

3. Orphan Black: “The Antisocialism of Sex”

This was an exciting, intriguing episode that mixed sci-fi and character drama well. From Sarah Manning at the club to Rachel Duncan being told that a clone could never fill a serious role, this episode was full of moments that perfectly hit their mark.

Best Moment: Felix’s phone call to Cosima. Holy shit.

2. Person of Interest: “Reassortment” 

In this episode, the team uncovered a plot to start a supervirus with the endgame of proving humans are unreliable to give more power to an AI. It was a satisfying story with a couple difference nice turns. But, the best part was absolutely Shaw’s plotline as she fought her way out of prison. She was clearly exhausted physically and emotionally, but kept fighting and it was very exciting to watch.

Best Moment: Shaw shooting a guy and stealing his car keys was so satisfying.

1. Archer: “Deadly Velvet: Part 1”

This season has been absolutely killing it with episodes based on old tropes. In this one, the team visits a movie set that everyone claims is cursed. In typical Archer fashion, they get a lot of clever laughs in from the cliche premise.

Best Moment: Pam’s post-road head giddiness made me so happy.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 22-May 28

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 15-May 21

This week TV gave us the series final of Faking It, a heartbreaking plotline for Victor Strand, a close call for Captain David Singh, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Playing with Fire”

This episode was packed with quality reality TV moments like Joseline needing to go through a scavenger hunt for some reason and whatever the hell was happening between Scrapp and Karlie.

Best Moment: I’ll say Chris’ break up with Mimi for the actual emotional maturity, but Joseline asking K. Michelle, “Are you ready to have sex on that couch over there?” was also incredible television. Please enjoy this picture of K. Michelle’s reaction:

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9. Fear the Walking Dead: “Sicut Cervus”

This episode did a great job of including emotional character-driven moments amid all the zombie action. All of Victor’s scenes with Tom were beautifully intimate. And thank God that Victor isn’t dead.

Best Moment: Victor and Tom’s initial tearful reunion.

8. The 100: “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two”

In this exciting finale, Clarke defeated Alie but not before finding out that her fight to save the Earth is really just beginning. She’s gonna have a real heck of a time getting out of this one, huh?

Best Moment: Clarke’s reunion with Lexa.

7. Arrow: “Lost in the Flood”

This episode gave us an action-packed plot with Oliver, Diggle and Thea fighting their way out of the arc, while Felicity had a more emotionally driven plotline with her parents.

Best Moment: Curtis saying that Felicity finally makes sense now that he knows she’s Noah and Donna’s child.

6. Faking It: “Up in Flames”

This was a letdown of a series finale for multiple reasons, including the fact that Amy ended up with someone who lied about having a boyfriend for their entire relationship. But, there were good things like the scenes between Lauren and Liam, the relationship between Noah and Shane, and the relatable scenes of Amy’s righteous anger and sadness before the narrative got oddly forgiving.

Best Moment: Post-breakup Amy thinking it was too much to think she’d ever be happy in a relationship was a perfect example of why teen dramas are so powerful. These are the kinds of things you really feel when you’re sixteen and it would’ve been great to watch Amy grow into someone who doesn’t let one thoughtless person’s actions bring her down like this.

5. Modern Family: “Double Click”

This episode had some really solid laughs, especially Jay’s struggle with technology (“How have you remained alive?”). Andy and Haley’s goodbye at the airport was played incredibly well. The emotional ending with the Dunphys having dinner together is as close as this show will ever get to a subtle understated scene. It really worked.

Best Moment: “It’s exactly what it sounds like.”

4. The Flash: “Invincible” 

The Flash managed to pull off one of its best episodes in a long time this week. The high stakes were balanced out nicely with fun touches like the appearance of Black Siren and Cisco and Caitlin’s undercover mission. My one big complaint was that Hartley was mentioned but not scene. Give me those Hartley/Cisco scenes.

Best Moment: Singh’s scene with Joe and Barry at the end. But, hey, my guy, maybe you should be asking about that illegal prison.

3. Empire: “Past is Prologue”

Jamal isn’t dead, which is great. Also great? Just about everything else in this episode. They pulled no punches with the drama and stuff like all the fights between Rhonda and Anika just popped and made an incredibly exciting finale.

Best Moment: Jamal telling the family their cycle of violence needs to stop.

2. Archer: “Liquid Lunch”

This was a great Krieger episode that asked the question, what’s worse: having super-realistic android versions of all your coworkers for unclear purposes or making people go to your one-man show?

Best Moment: Pam falling for an obvious trap because she doesn’t want to regret missing out on blintzes.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Legendary”

I loved everything about this finale. The team coming together with a convoluted plan! Sara being read to kill Rip in a heartbeat! Patrick J. Adams! Rip almost flying into the sun and then realizing that flying into the sun isn’t the best way to solve all your problems! I can’t wait for season 2.

Best Moment: “You should be afraid.”

 

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 15-May 21