The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 4-10

This week TV gave us a serious ticking clock on The Last Ship, the series finale of Mistresses, a haunting season finale for Tyrant, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Hollywood Today Live: “Wed, September 6, 2016” 

This episode featured interviews with the handsome and charming Chris Geere and the handsome and charming Lance Bass.

Best Moment: When the hosts brought up their surprise that NSYNC expressed condolences when their crooked manager died and Lance Bass had to explain sympathy to them.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Mama Beef” 

The focus of this episode was the friction between A1 and Lyrica’s moms, which was entertaining, but the truly wonderful storyline was the love triangle between Nicki Minaj’s ex Safaree Samuels, Nikki Mudarris, and Rosa Acosta.

Best Moment: Nikki and Rosa’s snuggle session.

8. @midnight with Chris Hardwick: “Wed, Sep 7, 2016” 

This episode featured Adam Goldberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub and James Davis competing. Their dramatic reading of the Twitter feud between Patton Oswalt and Martin Shkelli was pretty incredible.

Best Moment: Mary Lynn Rajskub’s exit.

7. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “HERstory of the World” 

In this episode, the queens performed a lip sync number inspired by women throughout history.

Best Moment: Detox’s incredible runway outfit.

6. Mistresses: “The Show Must Go On”

This episode packed in a lot of big soap-y reveals, including a bizarre cliffhanger which we’ll all just have to wonder about forever because this ended up being the series finale.

Best Moment: Dante’s speech about finding yourself.

5. Tyrant: “Two Graves”

This powerful finale brought Barry Al-Fayeed’s hypocrisy to the forefront, ending any chance of him being a hero. It wasn’t intended as a series finale, but serves as a strong ending for the show.

Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s anger at the family dinner.

4. The Last Ship: “Resistance”

This season has been doing an incredible job of ramping up the action every episode. This episode solidified the group of vigilantes out to get justice against the corrupt government and presented an impending attack on the Nathan James.

Best Moment: Alisha Granderson leading the group searching for coded messages.

3. Masters of Sex: “Freefall”

This premiere did a great job setting up the season by showing us where William Masters and Virginia Johnson are emotionally and professionally.

Best Moment: The montage of Betty DiMello running the office.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “Rules of Honorable Play”

In this episode, tensions were high between Donna Clark and Cameron Howe as they adjusted to the acquisition. Meanwhile, Gordon Clark was just excited about laser tag. The understated ending was absolutely perfect.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s anger during his meeting with the client.

1. Steven Universe: “Last One Out of Beach City”

Pearl on a quest to prove she’s cool and talk to a pretty girl is a winning episode formula.

Best Moment: Pearl showing Amethyst and Steven that she got the girl’s number.

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 4-10

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: August 13-August 20

This week TV gave us the return of Paige McCullers, the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, a major twist on Dead of Summer, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “California Dreaming”

This show isn’t quite living up to my beloved Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, but it did have some stand out moments in the premiere, like the mess of a brunch.

Best Moment: I’m still reeling from hearing the words “My monkey doesn’t want his banana. It can stay in the bunch.”

9. Mistresses: “The Root of All Evil” 

In this episode, Joss Carver and April Malloy were both on the edge of a break up, while Karen Kim started a brand new relationship.

Best Moment: “Sometimes a three-legged dog just has to spend time with other three-legged dogs to realize it has four legs.”

8. The Fosters: “Girl Code”

It was nice seeing an episode focus on Mariana Adams-Foster, especially one that highlighted just how much she’s developed.

Best Moment: Lena Adams-Foster’s phone call with Stef Adams-Foster, as she worried about Mariana’s mental state.

7. Another Period: “The Duel”

The fact that Celine doesn’t just seduce Dodo Bellacourt’s husband, she challenges her to a duel, is a perfect example of this show being everything that Gossip Girl should have been.

Best Moment: Victor Shmemmerhorn-Fish and Albert Downsy yelling at Blanche about how they want a love child is the exact mix of adorable and evil that I look for in an OTP.

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Exes and OMGs” 

The series finale is approaching, so it’s the appropriate time for this show to bring back the actual fortune teller, right?

Best Moment: Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis’ conversation on the park bench.

5. Dead of Summer: “The Devil Inside” 

This episode gave Jessie Tyler a great backstory through the flashbacks, while in the present timeline the campers realized that Holyoke is actually the camp’s protector.

Best Moment: Drew’s monologue about trust.

4. The Last Ship: “Paradise” 

This was an even more thrilling episode than usual, with Allison Shaw’s jaw-dropping power move.

Best Moment: The missile battle at sea.

3. Casual: “40”

This episode featured Alex Cole planning a terrible surprise party for Valerie Meyers, but the plotline that stood out was Valerie spending time with her ex-husband until his feelings became too serious.

Best Moment: Laura Meyers’ wisely advising Alex to just apologize instead of throwing a party.

2. Tyrant: “Bedfellows” 

This episode had a major reveal with Barry Al-Fayeed finding out he had a son he didn’t know about. Their conversation about it was fantastic.

Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s half-turn looking back at Dr. El-Amin after meeting his wife.

1. Scream: “When a Stranger Calls”

This was a strong finale to a great season. Along with a satisfying reveal of the killer, the emphasis on the friendship between Emma Duval and Audrey Jensen’s friendship made this episode, and the entire season, unique and emotionally gripping. There were also stand out scenes from the other characters. Noah Foster and Brooke Maddox’s debate over whether to let Stavo Acosta inside was a great example of how perfectly this show handles tone.

Best Moment: Emma and Audrey both bravely trying to save each other in the final show down.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 13-August 20

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 5-June 11

This week TV gave us Felix Dawkins scrambling to explain previously unmentioned identical triplets from different countries, Game of Thrones‘ first lesbian character, the return of UnREAL, and more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Mistresses: “Mistaken Identity” 

This week Joss received a visit from Harry’s sister Kate. She was put in an awkward position when she found out that Kate wanted her help to have a one night stand before her wedding and this led to her fighting out that everyone thinks her engagement to Harry is weird.

Best Moment: Joss reminding everyone that not judging anyone is her whole thing.

9. Game of Thrones: “The Broken Man” 

This episode had some nice stuff from the Sansa and Jon storyline, which has definitely been the most interesting part of this season. There was also a good scene between Margaery and Olenna.

Best Moment: When Yara took a couple seconds to quit being a horn dog and concentrate on caring about her brother, there was a nice earnest quality to the relationship.

8. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Final Goodbye” 

This was another slightly more somber episode, with Scrapp saying goodbye to his family before serving his prison sentence. But, as a subplot, we got D. Smith and Tammy Rivera using an anti-bullying panel to deal with their personal grievances and this was both horrifying and one of the most fun things I’ve seen in a while.

Best Moment: D. Smith standing up for herself after Tammy tried to say that she’s fine with trans people, she just doesn’t want to explain it to her kids.

7. Scream: “Psycho” 

This show continues to just be the best at balancing emotional resonance and ironic detachment in a way that makes it look easy.

Best Moment: Audrey threatening the hotel manager. Damn.

6. Penny Dreadful: “No Beast So Fierce” 

I’m always down for a good version of Dracula and Renfield. And whatever’s happening between Lily and Dorian sure is something.

Best Moment: The whole Lily almost slitting Dorian’s throat thing.

5. Veep: “Congressional Ball” 

Despite a sloppy and confusing plot for Jonah (that was slightly redeemed by Richard’s cheerful incompetence), this was a mostly solid episode with some good moments from Selina, Mike and Gary.

Best Moment: Selina ditching an LGBT-advocate with Catherine and Marjorie (who looked amazing dressed up for the ball).

4. Young & Hungry: “Young & Hurricane”

This episode acknowledged that Gabi and Josh really haven’t had fun together since they first met, they’ve mostly just been fighting and breaking each other’s hearts for the past two years. This was pretty bold on the show’s part and they followed through and didn’t take it all back with a make up scene.

Best Moment: Elliot getting mad at Alan specifically because now he has to be nice to Yolanda.

3. UnREAL: “War”

I’m just so glad this show is back and I can once again watch Rachel and Quinn have weird, dark, hilarious conversations every week. Rachel screaming “I’m changing the world” while Romeo does her from behind is everything I want from television.

Best Moment: “Like, without question, he tans his balls.”

2. Person of Interest: “Synecdoche”

After the heartbreak of last week’s episode, this week gave us a very angry Shaw. I think it’s safe to say we’re all right there with her.

Best Moment: Shaw screaming, “This simulation sucks.”

1. Orphan Black: “The Mitigation of Competition” 

This episode was intense and showed what a formidable villain Evie is. But, it also found room for lots of character-driven scenes even as the large-scale sci-fi plot intensified.

Best Moment: Felix trying and failing to explain everything to Adele was a well-crafted scene and an example of this show handling tone perfectly. They get genuine laughs from the almost farcical nature of it all, but then seamlessly move into dealing with the emotional reality.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 5-June 11