The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15

This week TV gave us the season finale of Halt and Catch Fire, Chanel #3 getting closer to her new love interest, an old-fashioned crossover between Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. New Girl: “Homecoming”

Cece Parekh standing up for her husband Schmidt by threatening to beat up his former high school classmates was a sweet ending and this episode had a lot of nice details, like Schmidt wallowing by listening to “Dookie” on cassette. But, the highlight of this episode was definitely the appearance of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members.

Best Moment: “Everything happens for a reason and that reason is random chance.”

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “All Stars Supergroup”

In the Drag Race finale, the crown went to my personal favorite person in the universe, Alaska. Before the big decision we got to see a great performance with excellent choreography and original rap verses and one last runway show.

Best Moment: Katya’s answer for why she deserves to win was amazing.

8. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “The Night Shift” 

After the three-part special with Jake Peralta in witness protection, this show finally got back to basics with an episode Jake’s friendship with Charles Boyle. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad struggled with the stresses of working the night shift.

Best Moment: “John Phillips Sousa, the Skrillex of his day.”

7. Empire: “Cupid Kills”

In this episode, Cookie Lyon had a date with Angelo Dubois. I am extremely pro anything that gets any woman away from Lucious Lyon.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s conversation with Freda Gatz in prison.

6. Scream Queens: “Handidates” 

In this episode, Chad Radwell accused Brock Holt of being the killer, then died with very suspicious timing. Meanwhile, Hester Ulrich’s demands to be moved to Dean Munsch’s hospital were met.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 and Cassidy Cascade’s yoga scene.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: New Day Rising” 

This week on Gotham, the Mad Hatter managed to get even creepier. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot became Mayor, but not before Edward Nygma taught him a lesson about love.

Best Moment: Jim Gordon’s visit to Barbara Kean.

4. Arrow: “The Recruits”

Arrow was in its element this week, with a winning formula based around Oliver Queen being closed off and distant before learning something about being a leader.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt’s excellent callout of Oliver’s behavior.

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Out of Time”

Sara Lance had sex with the Queen of France, Ray Palmer fought a dinosaur, Martin Stein kidnapped Albert Einstein and this is just the first episode of the season. I’m so glad the most fun show on television is back.

Best Moment: Sara still being cocky and winking when she was about to go on trial for being a witch.

2. Halt and Catch Fire: “NIM”

In part one of the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the show did a time jump to 1990. This turned out to be extremely effective. Every choice about the characters’ new status quo was a good one.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan and Cameron Howe playing with convention swag while catching up.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “NeXT”

In the Halt and Catch Fire season finale, the team came back together thanks to Donna Emerson’s excitement about the World Wide Web. This episode beautifully explored tensions that eventually led to Donna leaving the group. This was not only an incredibly well-written piece of television in and of itself, but also did a stunning job of building excitement for next season. The ending with Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe ready to test out the new program was about as good as season finale endings get.

Best Moment: Joe MacMillan’s “don’t you ever say his name again.”

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 9-15

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: 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