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.

 

 

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 23-29

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: October 2-7

This week TV gave us an extra emotional episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, the big finale of Fear the Walking Dead season 2, the exciting conclusion of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Coral Palms trilogy, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Rosewood: “Eddie and the Empire State of Mind”

In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood and Annalise Villa went to New York City to find out exactly how Villa’s husband Eddie died. Between the new location and the personal nature of the mystery, it made for an extra fun and exciting episode.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood telling TMI that she has to let her find her own way back to her.

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Family That Drags Together” 

This episode brought on a family member for each of the queens which created a real sense of intimacy and let us learn more about them.

Best Moment: Alyssa Edwards re-connecting with her sister Tabatha.

8. Empire: “What Remains is Bestial”

This episode offered plenty of drama. The interplay between Lucious Lyon and Anika Calhoun was definitely a stand out plotline. So was the devastating plotline about Andre Lyon’s unfair legal charges.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon’s visit with Freda Gatz.

7. Superstore: “Guns, Pills and Birds”

This episode had everyone at their most frantic. Garrett is terrified of birds. Jonah is terrified of guns. Glenn is terrified of people using the morning after pill. And poor Amy just can’t get a break. All of the emotions running high worked well.

Best Moment: Mateo trying to get some clarification from Dina on how fast to run.

6. Fear the Walking Dead: “North” 

This episode did what a finale should: made me curious about what next year has in store. With Nick Clark headed north and the rest of his family removed from the hotel, everyone’s status quo has been shaken up, so all new challenges are in store next season.

Best Moment: “Are you really going to leave for the man who abandoned you?”

5. Fear the Walking Dead: “Wrath”

The penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season provided a huge turning point by showing how irreparably changed Travis Manawa is by all that’s happened.

Best Moment: Victor Strand’s talk to Madison Clark about how hope keeps people going.

4. Gotham: “Mad City: Look Into My Eyes”

This episode introduced the extremely creepy villain the Mad Hatter. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot announced his mayoral run and a doppelganger schemed to pose as Bruce Wayne.

Best Moment: Barbara Kean’s creepy amount of interest in whether the Mad Hatter can make people do anything he wants.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Coral Palms, Pt. 3”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Jimmy Figgis plotline ended in a big way, with dramatic turns that a season ago, I wouldn’t have imagined Brooklyn Nine-Nine ever trying to pull off. For the most part it worked and they still packed in a lot of comedy.

Best Moment: “Boost my bottom”

2. Arrow: “Legacy”

It feels so good to have Arrow back. Oliver Queen is killing people again while also being in deep denial about how much has changed. It’s only at the end of the episode that he started to accept that he needs to move on and create a new team.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt asking to join the vigilante team.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “You Are Not Safe” 

This episode packed in so much and it wasn’t even the season finale. This dual-timeline episode was probably the most emotional in a season that has been full of emotional turns.

Best Moment: Gordon Clark’s long series of “you know….” questions to Joe MacMillan.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 2-7

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 11-17

This week TV gave us Nikki Mudarris in the middle of a love triangle, Sonny Kiriakis and Paul Narita making serious heart eyes at each other, a dramatic new installment of Major Crimes, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Days of Our Lives: “#12919”

In this episode, Theresa and Brady’s wedding turned into a hostage situation because why not? Paul bravely protected Eve by telling Orpheus to take him as his hostage instead.

Best Moment: Sonny looking ready to throw himself at Paul during their conversation afterwards. Same, man.

9. Days of Our Lives: “#12918”

This episode had everyone preparing for the wedding, while also dealing with the knowledge that Xander and Clyde Weston escaped from prison.

Best Moment: Paul and Sonny’s conversation outside the wedding.

8. Days of Our Lives: “#12917”

In this episode, Belle and Shawn discussed a job offer for Belle to work in Hong Kong.

Best Moment: The way Paul smiled when asked about Sonny.

7. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Now or Never”

This episode focused on Nikki juggling Safaree Samuels and Rosa Decosta. Nikki was 100% determined to act like lying to two people was an inconvenient hassle and determined to ignore anyone who pointed out that it’s also kind of a dick move.

Best Moment: When Nikki’s friends tried to gently ask if it bothered Rosa that she’s seeing other people and she straightforwardly said, “I did not tell her the truth.”

6. Major Crimes: “White Lies: Part 2” 

This episode continued the intense storyline about Sharon Raydor shooting a murderer. The episode was framed with her going to a confessional and admitting that she feels no guilt.

Best Moment: The medical exam scene.

5. Mary + Jane: “Girl on Gurl”

In this episode, Paige dealt with an old rival while Jordan started to worry that the couple she’s dating wants a more serious relationship.

Best Moment: Paige’s sex dream about Susan B. Anthony.

4. The Last Ship: “Don’t Look Back” 

After a season that did a great job of building intensity, this finale delivered perfect pay offs all around. The group had their final face off with Allison Shaw and personal relationships were reunited.

Best Moment: The intercut sequence of the Nathan James crew waiting for the team on land to save them and secure the White House.

3. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: “Drag Movie Shequels”

In this week’s challenge, the group made parody sequels to RuPaul Charles’ favorite movies. Meanwhile, Phi Phi O’Hara waged a passive-aggressive battle against Alyssa Edwards.

Best Moment: Alaska revealing her Lil Poundcake outfit.

2. Fear the Walking Dead: “Pablo & Jessica” 

In this episode, Nick Clark grew closer to Alejandro, seemingly earning his trust. Meanwhile, Madison Clark, Alicia Clark and Victor Strand tried to clear the hotel of walkers.

Best Moment: Strand getting emotional as he convinced Oscar to let him take out the walker his wife had turned into.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “Yerba Buena”

This stand out episode showed Cameron Howe dealing with things as best she can, taking off and eventually admitting to Donna Clark that she realizes she’s difficult to deal with, while assuring her that she appreciates her. Meanwhile, Joe MacMillan nervously waited for the results of an HIV test.

Best Moment: Joe’s balcony scene.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: September 11-17

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.

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