The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 6-12

This week TV gave us Team Arrow 2.0 learning more about the Green Arrow’s past, a double dose of Superstore, a gay Justice Society of America member, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Quantico: “Aquiline” 

This week the recruits argued over whether or not to order a drone strike. That was super weird, but there were a few nice character moments in between all that.

Best Moment: Harry Doyle immediately seeing through Ryan Booth’s plan to get his trust.

9. Rosewood: “Lidocaine and Long-Term Lust”

This episode showed us more of the relationship between Beaumont Rosewood and Tanya, which is going very well.

Best Moment: Pippy Rosewood and TMI joining Annalise Villa and Daisie Villa for a girls’ night out.

8. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Reunion – Part 1”

The cast of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood season 3 got together to talk about highlights from the past season and do so, so much yelling at each other.

Best Moment: When Nina Parker started to ask Rosa Acosta if she ever would’ve considered having a threesome with Safaree Samuels and she cut her off to say no.

7. Empire: “One Before Another” 

This week Lucious Lyon orchestrated a fight between all of his sons because Lucious is just the worst.

Best Moment: Jamal Lyon challenging why Hakeem Lyon took the fight to such a sensitive place.

6. Shameless: “The Defenestration of Frank”

In this episode, Fiona Gallagher continued her quest to make something of herself, this time by buying a laundry mat. The scene where Fiona, Ian and Lip all talked and basked in her new air condition was a reminder that this show works best when it brings things back to the family dynamic.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s make out followed by laughing at the realization that they’re both tops.

5. Gotham: “Mad City: Blood Rush” 

I can’t believe Gotham gave Nathaniel Barnes an A-plot and, even more, I can’t believe I enjoyed it. That’s how strong the writing of Gotham has been this season.

Best Moment: Edward Nygma asking Oswald Cobblepot to dump Isabella for him.

4. Arrow: “So It Begins” 

This week Team Arrow 2.0 found out that Oliver Queen is kind of sort of a serial killer. I understand this being a divisive opinion, but this kind of thing is legitimately what I love about Arrow. This episode also showed more of Evelyn Sharp’s character, which was great.

Best Moment: Curtis Holt making sure Evelyn doesn’t have alcohol. (You let her be a vigilante, dude).

3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Compromised”

This has everything that makes Legends of Tomorrow great. The gang accidentally attacks the white house, Mick Rory can’t deal with feelings and eats a donut off the ground, everyone is in great outfits.

Best Moment:Todd Rice’s advice to Amaya Jiwe about acting on her feelings.

2. Superstore: “Black Friday”

This episode had some stand out character work. Amy’s call to her husband in which she accidentally said “I’m not happy” was a true gut punch of a moment. The stand out scene had Jonah and Amy finding themselves talking things out while next to each other in the bathroom.

Best Moment: Mateo being kind of proud of Cheyenne for learning about war profiteering.

1. Superstore: “Seasonal Help”

In this episode, Jonah led the other employees in a challenge to see who could drive the new tempts to quit. In the end, he feels terrible and gives one of the tempts the $200 he won from the betting pool. The whole storyline nicely showed off Superstore‘s ability to balance going for the throat with having in a heart in a way that sitcoms often aspire to but rarely achieve.

Best Moment: Mateo’s “are you done?” line.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: November 6-12

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

This week TV gave us a roast of Annalise Keating, Oswald Cobblepot scheming, sexytimes for Will Olsen and Harry Doyle, and more. Here are my picks for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “Matrimony” 

In the season finale of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Ray J and Princess Love got married. Despite all the drama, their wedding was sweet.

Best Moment: Nikki Mudarris’ talk with Teairra Mari.

9. Rosewood: “Tree Toxins and Three Stories”

In this episode, Beaumont Rosewood recruited a team of students to help him look at Gerald Kelly’s case. He ended up finally coming around and agreeing with Donna Rosewood and Pippy Rosewood that Gerald is innocent.

Best Moment: Pippy realizing her date had previously gone on a date with TMI.

8. The Flash: “Monster”

This episode had a simple main plot, but fantastic side plots. Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow made this one of the strongest episodes of the season.

Best Moment: Julian Albert tattling to David Singh.

7. Shameless: “Own Your Shit”

Fiona Gallagher is still on a mission to get ahead in life. In this episode, she realized that means actually owning something and started looking into owning a laundry mat.

Best Moment: Ian and Trevor’s kiss at the party.

6. Quantico: “KMFORGET”

This episode revealed that Will Olsen has been seeing Harry Doyle for a while. Something shady is definitely going on because Harry was using a fake name with him.

Best Moment: Will and Harry’s bedroom scene.

5. Superstore: “Election Day”

In this episode, Dina and Glenn committed an eentsy bit of voter fraud, while Jonah and Amy encouraged employees to vote for a pro-labor candidate.

Best Moment: Mateo’s shy and giggly response to Cheyenne asking if he loves Jeff.

4. Arrow: “Human Target”

Oliver Queen realized that Tobias Church wouldn’t make a move unless he thought Oliver was dead. This led to Oliver recruiting the titular superhero with an extremely silly but fun power.

Best Moment: “More like the Backstreet Boys.”

3. Gotham: “Mad City: Red Queen”

In this episode, Mad Hatter drugged Jim Gordon and sent him on a psychedelic elevator ride through his memories.

Best Moment: Oswald Cobblepot’s talk with Isabella.

2. How to Get Away with Murder: “Call It Mother’s Intuition”

This episode had a solid case-of-the-week and some great scenes for Laurel Castillo. Plus, everyone describing to Annalise Keating in detail how she ruined their lives.

Best Moment: Annalise’s conversation with Soraya Hargrove at the meeting.

1. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Abominations”

This was a stand out episode for Jefferson Jackson. The emotions that came up when he visited the Civil War and the emotional bonding he did with Amaya Jiwe during the mission were fantastic.

Best Moment: Sara Lance’s conversation with Jax when he insisted on carrying out the mission.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: October 30-November 5

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.

 

 

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

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: 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