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.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Rosewood: “Secrets and Silent Killers”

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

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

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

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

Best Moment: Honestly, Tatianna’s runway walk.

7. Empire: “Sin That Amends”

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

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

6. Scream Queens: “Warts and All”

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

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

5. Quantico: “Kudove”

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

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

4. Gotham: “Mad City: Burn the Witch”

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

Best Moment: Barbara’s chat with Jim.

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

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

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

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

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

Best Moment: That kiss.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “The Threshold”

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

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

 

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

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