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.

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 29-June 4

This week TV gave us a look at Angela Montenegro’s hopes and dreams, Roger Smith in a schoolgirl uniform, some truly emotional scenes between Root Groves and Sameen Shaw, and more! Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Bones: “The Movie in the Making” 

This episode didn’t do much with the documentary format, but since this is season 11, it was nice seeing an episode that was a little different. There were some nice moments in the episode, especially with the romance between Vaziri and Saroyan.

Best Moment: Angela talking about how she thought she’d be an artist in Paris some day but ended up in the lab struck a really nice tone.

9. Penny Dreadful: “This World is Our Hell”

As the title implies, this episode was rough. Stuff is just not going Ethan’s way at all.

Best Moment: Ethan sharing his story with Hecate.

8. American Dad!: “Mine Struggle”

This was a nice feel-good episode that did some fun things with the premise of “the family finds some salt in their backyard.” There were a couple nice twists and the mention of The Cleveland Show made me happy.

Best Moment: I’m a simple man with simple needs and I loved “I’m also the downstairs toilet.”

7. Containment: “Inferno”

This show started off a bit slow for my taste– the stakes were high and yet I didn’t feel personally invested. However, now that most of the major characters are in a central location, it’s really working dramatically.

Best Moment: The tense elevator scene was extremely well-done.

6. Scream: “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

I missed this show so much and the premiere completely reminded me why. It captures the feeling of being young so well. While most teen drama characters wear their hearts on their sleeves, these kids are numb and jaded but hide a storm of emotions underneath. Things  like a very earnest delivery of “I’ve never listened to your podcast” or a text from the killer that says “I know what you did last summer… get it?” are just silly enough without undercutting the reality of the situation and the characters.

Best Moment: Audrey panicking as she sees all those letters.

5. Veep: “C**tgate”

On a lesser sitcom, the twist that almost every staffer called Selina the c-word would be overplayed as a huge set piece, but this episode works because it’s so underplayed, right down to the anti-climactic ending of Selina simply asking Amy, “It was everyone, wasn’t it?” The b-plot with Jonah was fantastic, from him storming out and asking a focus group how they don’t understand double-sided mirrors to him assuring Dan that the glasses he gave him are “dope.”

Best Moment: Catherine and Marjorie telling each other how happy they are in a monotone immediately sold me on that couple.

4. Orphan Black: “The Redesign of Natural Objects”

This episode had all the tension you expect from an episode of Orphan Black, plus a Jesus Christ Superstar number.

Best Moment: Felix getting annoyed at the micro-managing of his spy outfit.

3. Steven Universe: “Hit the Diamond”

The actual plot of this episode is that Ruby and Sapphire can’t even get through a game of baseball without getting distracted flirting with each other. We’re really in the golden age of television.

Best Moment: There were so many, but I’ll go with Garnet’s innocent “whoops” after Ruby and Sapphire can’t help but fuse.

2. Person of Interest: “The Day The World Went Away”

Obviously, I’m very upset about one big event in this episode, but it’s made all the more frustrating by the fact that aside from that one thing, this was a great episode with some fantastic scenes of Root and Shaw.

Best Moment: Root and Shaw’s mid-shootout heart-to-heart showed off everything I love about that couple.

1. Archer: “Deadly Velvet, Part 2”

Part two of this murder mystery managed to be surprising and interesting, while also playing with the fact that Veronica Dean was very very obviously the killer. There were some truly stand out moments from Lana and, of course, that ending.

Best Moment: Pam thinking that the first rule of robotics is that killing a robot doesn’t count as murder.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: May 29-June 4

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