The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 20-26

This week TV gave us a husband and child for Michel Gerard, two major reveals on Scream Queens, Barbara Kean making an important discovery about Oswald Cobblepot, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Summer” 

In this episode, Rory Gilmore saved the Stars Hollow Gazette by becoming editor-in-chief, while Lorelai Gilmore worked on a Stars Hollow musical. These were probably the most Gilmore Girls-y plotlines in the revival.

Best Moment: Michel’s resignation scene.

9. The Last Man on Earth: “Mama’s Hideaway”

This episode did what The Last Man on Earth does best: it took a very silly premise (Carol Pilbasian trying to get a family photo with Gail Klosterman in matching outfits) and pushed it into the darkest, most melancholy place. Once again, the formula was very effective.

Best Moment: Lewis’ first ride in the flight simulator.

8. Gotham: “Mad City: Time Bomb” 

Finally– finally– a TV show is giving me the battle between gay villains that I deserve. I can’t wait to see exactly what Barbara has in store for Oswald.

Best Moment: Barbara’s conversation with Olga.

7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Mr. Santiago”

In this episode, Jake Peralta tried to win over Amy Santiago’s father Victor Santiago. Meanwhile, Victor insisted that he’d looked into Jake and he’d never approve of him. It took Amy standing up to remind them that who she dates is entirely her decision.

Best Moment: Ray Holt emphatically reminding Adrian Pimento that all show dogs are majestic.

6. Scream Queens: “Blood Drive”

This episode revealed one of the killers and, in classic Scream Queens fashion, also revealed someone who isn’t one of the killers, but does want to kill the Chanels. It also had the season’s first truly scary moment with Chanel #9’s gruesome death.

Best Moment: Chanel #3 explaining that she’s been recycling blood.

5. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Spring” 

This episode showed Lorelai’s therapy sessions with Emily Gilmore, which made for some great drama and comedy.

Best Moment: Michel’s rant about why A-listers will never stay at the Dragonfly.

4. Ash vs Evil Dead: “Ashy Slashy” 

This episode had a fantastic set piece in the form of Kelly Maxwell battling it out with a hand puppet. There were also great character moments sprinkled throughout that all led up to the tragic ending.

Best Moment: Ruby Knowby’s pep talk in which she was supportive of Pablo Bolivar’s food truck.

3. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Fall” 

The Gilmore Girls revival ended with bringing everyone together for Lorelai’s wedding to Luke Danes.

Best Moment: Michel’s speech to Sookie St. James.

2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “Winter” 

The first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival had the most hard-hitting emotional sequence with the story of Richard Gilmore’s wake. It was a raw look at what has always been the most interesting relationship on this show: Lorelai’s relationship with Emily.

Best Moment: Michel’s rant about children.

1. Shameless: “You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?” 

This episode relied on the elements that have always been Shameless‘ strength: Fiona Gallagher’s tenacity and the relationship between Lip Gallagher and Ian Gallagher. The scene in which everyone came to the laundromat to help out offered the sort of catharsis in the middle of dire circumstances that Shameless is so good at.

Best Moment: Ian’s testimony on behalf of Lip.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 20-26

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: 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: 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: 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