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: November 6-12

This week TV gave us Team Arrow 2.0 learning more about the Green Arrow’s past, a double dose of Superstore, a gay Justice Society of America member, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Quantico: “Aquiline” 

This week the recruits argued over whether or not to order a drone strike. That was super weird, but there were a few nice character moments in between all that.

Best Moment: Harry Doyle immediately seeing through Ryan Booth’s plan to get his trust.

9. Rosewood: “Lidocaine and Long-Term Lust”

This episode showed us more of the relationship between Beaumont Rosewood and Tanya, which is going very well.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and TMI joining Annalise Villa and Daisie Villa for a girls’ night out.

8. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Reunion – Part 1”

The cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood season 3 got together to talk about highlights from the past season and do so, so much yelling at each other.

Best Moment: When Nina Parker started to ask Rosa Acosta if she ever would’ve considered having a threesome with Safaree Samuels and she cut her off to say no.

7. Empire: “One Before Another” 

This week Lucious Lyon orchestrated a fight between all of his sons because Lucious is just the worst.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon challenging why Hakeem Lyon took the fight to such a sensitive place.

6. Shameless: “The Defenestration of Frank”

In this episode, Fiona Gallagher continued her quest to make something of herself, this time by buying a laundry mat. The scene where Fiona, Ian and Lip all talked and basked in her new air condition was a reminder that this show works best when it brings things back to the family dynamic.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s make out followed by laughing at the realization that they’re both tops.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: Blood Rush” 

I can’t believe Gotham gave Nathaniel Barnes an A-plot and, even more, I can’t believe I enjoyed it. That’s how strong the writing of Gotham has been this season.

Best Moment: Edward Nygma asking Oswald Cobblepot to dump Isabella for him.

4. Arrow: “So It Begins” 

This week Team Arrow 2.0 found out that Oliver Queen is kind of sort of a serial killer. I understand this being a divisive opinion, but this kind of thing is legitimately what I love about Arrow. This episode also showed more of Evelyn Sharp’s character, which was great.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt making sure Evelyn doesn’t have alcohol. (You let her be a vigilante, dude).

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Compromised”

This has everything that makes Legends of Tomorrow great. The gang accidentally attacks the white house, Mick Rory can’t deal with feelings and eats a donut off the ground, everyone is in great outfits.

Best Moment:Todd Rice’s advice to Amaya Jiwe about acting on her feelings.

2. Superstore: “Black Friday”

This episode had some stand out character work. Amy’s call to her husband in which she accidentally said “I’m not happy” was a true gut punch of a moment. The stand out scene had Jonah and Amy finding themselves talking things out while next to each other in the bathroom.

Best Moment: Mateo being kind of proud of Cheyenne for learning about war profiteering.

1. Superstore: “Seasonal Help”

In this episode, Jonah led the other employees in a challenge to see who could drive the new tempts to quit. In the end, he feels terrible and gives one of the tempts the $200 he won from the betting pool. The whole storyline nicely showed off Superstore‘s ability to balance going for the throat with having in a heart in a way that sitcoms often aspire to but rarely achieve.

Best Moment: Mateo’s “are you done?” line.

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

This week TV gave us a roast of Annalise Keating, Oswald Cobblepot scheming, sexytimes for Will Olsen and Harry Doyle, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Matrimony” 

In the season finale of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Ray J and Princess Love got married. Despite all the drama, their wedding was sweet.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris’ talk with Teairra Mari.

9. Rosewood: “Tree Toxins and Three Stories”

In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood recruited a team of students to help him look at Gerald Kelly’s case. He ended up finally coming around and agreeing with Donna Rosewood and Pippy Rosewood that Gerald is innocent.

Best Moment: Pippy realizing her date had previously gone on a date with TMI.

8. The Flash: “Monster”

This episode had a simple main plot, but fantastic side plots. Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow made this one of the strongest episodes of the season.

Best Moment: Julian Albert tattling to David Singh.

7. Shameless: “Own Your Shit”

Fiona Gallagher is still on a mission to get ahead in life. In this episode, she realized that means actually owning something and started looking into owning a laundry mat.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s kiss at the party.

6. Quantico: “KMFORGET”

This episode revealed that Will Olsen has been seeing Harry Doyle for a while. Something shady is definitely going on because Harry was using a fake name with him.

Best Moment: Will and Harry’s bedroom scene.

5. Superstore: “Election Day”

In this episode, Dina and Glenn committed an eentsy bit of voter fraud, while Jonah and Amy encouraged employees to vote for a pro-labor candidate.

Best Moment: Mateo’s shy and giggly response to Cheyenne asking if he loves Jeff.

4. Arrow: “Human Target”

Oliver Queen realized that Tobias Church wouldn’t make a move unless he thought Oliver was dead. This led to Oliver recruiting the titular superhero with an extremely silly but fun power.

Best Moment: “More like the Backstreet Boys.”

3. Gotham: “Mad City: Red Queen”

In this episode, Mad Hatter drugged Jim Gordon and sent him on a psychedelic elevator ride through his memories.

Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s talk with Isabella.

2. How to Get Away with Murder: “Call It Mother’s Intuition”

This episode had a solid case-of-the-week and some great scenes for Laurel Castillo. Plus, everyone describing to Annalise Keating in detail how she ruined their lives.

Best Moment: Annalise’s conversation with Soraya Hargrove at the meeting.

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

This was a stand out episode for Jefferson Jackson. The emotions that came up when he visited the Civil War and the emotional bonding he did with Amaya Jiwe during the mission were fantastic.

Best Moment: Sara Lance’s conversation with Jax when he insisted on carrying out the mission.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

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 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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 7-May 14

This week TV gave us the return of Steven Universe, things getting somehow even worse for Clarke Griffin, the exposure of a major betrayal on Faking It, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Faking It: “Exposed”

Karma was determined to prove to Amy that Sabrina was lying to her. Conveniently, the boyfriend that Sabrina claimed was fake actually showed up so proving that Sabrina was lying turned out to be pretty easy.

Best Moment: Noah dumping Shane’s ass.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Mother Of All Problems”

In this mother’s day episode, Rasheeda tried to get Shirleen and Momma Dee to get along. It was just as amazing as you’d expect from a feud that started with someone building a nest in the middle of a store to prove some sort of point.

Best Moment: Chris shooting down Stevie J’s disgusting comments by telling him point blank, “You are scaring me.”

8. Awkward: “Living in Sin”

This week Jenna moved in with Luke, Lissa sorta discovered feminism and Tamara found out that it turns out you actually have to pay credit card bills.

Best Moment: Ethan’s reference to Miley Cyrus’ “You Can’t Be Tamed” surprised and delighted me.

7. The 100: “Perverse Instantiation: Part One”

Things are getting very excited on The 100 as Alie gets more seemingly unstoppable. This week Clarke and crew had a real heck of a time after walking into a trap.

Best Moment: Clarke refusing to give up the activation code even when Abigail’s life was threatened.

6. Steven Universe: “Super Watermelon Island”

This video game-inspired episode was absolutely adorable and fun. It started the new season off on a surreal, almost Adventure Time-like note.

Best Moment: The gems saying goodbye to Steven.

5. Archer: “Double Indecency”

This was a great plot even by Archer‘s high standards. The guys and gals ended up in parallel plots in which they were betting to see who among them had the best seductive skills. The awesome set up paid with plenty of laughs.

Best Moment: Ray saying “you better apologize, bitch” after someone made Pam cry.

4. Empire: “Rise by Sin”

This was a tense episode that effectively kept ramping up the drama until the edge-of-your-seat last few minutes.

Best Moment: Jamal staying unflappable as Lucious laid down a real classic terrible Lucious rant.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Drill”

This sweet episode showed what a great hero Steven is and how far along Peridot has come. Steven saying “I love you” to Peridot was one of the sweetest things to happen on this show yet.

Best Moment: The gems returning to find out how much Steven had accomplished.

2. Bates Motel: “Forever”

This was a devastating episode, not just for the huge ending, but for the subtler dramatic moments before. Norma’s relationships with both Alex and Dylan had managed to become incredibly sweet and positive over the seasons and this episode ripped that away.

Best Moment: Norman’s session with Dr. Edwards.

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

Rip Hunter truly cannot catch a break. This episode he found out that every single thing he’s done has actually been to help Vandal Savage. This is brutal and, at this point, felt like something that of course would happen to Rip and this team. This fun, silly show really snuck up on me with just how tragic and emotional it can get.

Best Moment: Sara talking to Leonard about the ring he always wears.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 7-May 14