The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 28-September 2

This week television gave us an All Stars round of Snatch Game, Sammy Al-Fayeed denouncing his father, a heart-to-heart between Victor Strand and Madison Clark, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Mistresses: “Fight or Flight” 

In this episode, Joss Carver found out that an abusive husband was cleared of all charges and she was out for revenge.

Best Moment: Joss disarming the man in the alley.

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

The challenge this week was Snatch Game, which combines impressions with improv comedy. The result was incredibly fun to watch.

Best Moment: Alaska’s Mae West.

8. Fear the Walking Dead: “Los Muertos”

This week, Nick Clark discovered information that could be a huge game-changer. Meanwhile, Victor and Madison were able to have a quiet moment that allowed us to find out more about them.

Best Moment: Victor talking about what could have been if he and Madison had met under different circumstances.

7. Tyrant: “How to Live”

This episode was incredibly strong thematically, as it bought attention to Barry Al-Fayeed’s hypocrisy. It also showed the entire supporting cast at their most active.

Best Moment: Sammy standing up to his father.

6. Ray Donovan: “Lake Hollywood”

This episode was an absolute bloodbath and delivered on the nonstop exciting turns that people want from Ray Donovan.

Best Moment: Ray’s phone call with Lena.

5. Dead of Summer: “She Talks to Angels”

This season finale had a final showdown that made you really root for Jessie Tyler. And Drew and Blair ended up alive and happy!

Best Moment: Drew and Blair’s kiss.

4. Pretty Little Liars: “The DArkest Knight”

This episode packed in a lot of shipper moments and it was nice seeing couples reconnecting. It also had a fun showdown, including the extremely memorable beheading of Noel Kahn.

Best Moment: Alison DiLaurentis and Emily Fields kissing.

3. The Fosters: “Collateral Damage”

Everything came together in this episode; Justina Marks’ proposed legislation, Callie Adams-Foster’s fight to save Kyle, and Nick Stratos’ dangerous obsession with Mariana Adams-Foster all brought Callie to the terrifying cliffhanger.

Best Moment: Stef Foster and Lena Adams’ argument over whether Stef should keep looking into Kyle’s case.

2. The Last Ship: “Legacy” 

This episode had an incredibly exciting confrontation as Kara Foster led a group trying to stop Allison Shaw’s coup.

Best Moment: The crew of the Nathan James preparing for battle.

1. Halt and Catch Fire: “Flipping the Switch”

Every moment of this episode was packed with incredible tension, from the fights between Donna Clark and Gordon Clark to Joe MacMillan’s stand-offs with Ryan Ray.

Best Moment: Ryan’s confrontation with Joe in his office.

 

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The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 28-September 2

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 13-August 20

This week TV gave us the return of Paige McCullers, the premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, a major twist on Dead of Summer, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood: “California Dreaming”

This show isn’t quite living up to my beloved Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, but it did have some stand out moments in the premiere, like the mess of a brunch.

Best Moment: I’m still reeling from hearing the words “My monkey doesn’t want his banana. It can stay in the bunch.”

9. Mistresses: “The Root of All Evil” 

In this episode, Joss Carver and April Malloy were both on the edge of a break up, while Karen Kim started a brand new relationship.

Best Moment: “Sometimes a three-legged dog just has to spend time with other three-legged dogs to realize it has four legs.”

8. The Fosters: “Girl Code”

It was nice seeing an episode focus on Mariana Adams-Foster, especially one that highlighted just how much she’s developed.

Best Moment: Lena Adams-Foster’s phone call with Stef Adams-Foster, as she worried about Mariana’s mental state.

7. Another Period: “The Duel”

The fact that Celine doesn’t just seduce Dodo Bellacourt’s husband, she challenges her to a duel, is a perfect example of this show being everything that Gossip Girl should have been.

Best Moment: Victor Shmemmerhorn-Fish and Albert Downsy yelling at Blanche about how they want a love child is the exact mix of adorable and evil that I look for in an OTP.

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Exes and OMGs” 

The series finale is approaching, so it’s the appropriate time for this show to bring back the actual fortune teller, right?

Best Moment: Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis’ conversation on the park bench.

5. Dead of Summer: “The Devil Inside” 

This episode gave Jessie Tyler a great backstory through the flashbacks, while in the present timeline the campers realized that Holyoke is actually the camp’s protector.

Best Moment: Drew’s monologue about trust.

4. The Last Ship: “Paradise” 

This was an even more thrilling episode than usual, with Allison Shaw’s jaw-dropping power move.

Best Moment: The missile battle at sea.

3. Casual: “40”

This episode featured Alex Cole planning a terrible surprise party for Valerie Meyers, but the plotline that stood out was Valerie spending time with her ex-husband until his feelings became too serious.

Best Moment: Laura Meyers’ wisely advising Alex to just apologize instead of throwing a party.

2. Tyrant: “Bedfellows” 

This episode had a major reveal with Barry Al-Fayeed finding out he had a son he didn’t know about. Their conversation about it was fantastic.

Best Moment: Sammy Al-Fayeed’s half-turn looking back at Dr. El-Amin after meeting his wife.

1. Scream: “When a Stranger Calls”

This was a strong finale to a great season. Along with a satisfying reveal of the killer, the emphasis on the friendship between Emma Duval and Audrey Jensen’s friendship made this episode, and the entire season, unique and emotionally gripping. There were also stand out scenes from the other characters. Noah Foster and Brooke Maddox’s debate over whether to let Stavo Acosta inside was a great example of how perfectly this show handles tone.

Best Moment: Emma and Audrey both bravely trying to save each other in the final show down.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: August 13-August 20

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

This week TV gave us Jude Adams-Foster’s attempts to play it cool while trying to buy pot, the season finale of Animal Kingdom, Jay getting his vicarious fairy tale romance on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Original G’A’ngsters”

This episode saw the return of Jason DiLaurentis, who I hope will steal Aria Montgomery away from Ezra Fitz.

Best Moment: Emily Fields celebrating Pam Fields’ birthday with her. It was so refreshing seeing her happy.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Exposed and Unfiltered: Part 2”

The final installment of this year’s reunion show was a reminder that I will miss this show so much while it’s gone.

Best Moment: Chris Gould’s perfectly articulated explanation of why you shouldn’t misgender someone regardless of their appearance, immediately followed by Ariane Davis saying, “I really do just have a vendetta against you personally.”

8. The Fosters: “Highs & Lows”

Things seem to just get worse and worse for The Adams-Fosters and this week, right afterr Stef Adams-Foster and Lena Adams-Foster told the kids they’d have to sell the house, the family found out that Jesus Adams-Foster had shot himself with a dang nail gun.

Best Moment: Stef and Lena’s conversation about their finances. What a bummer.

7. UnREAL: “Friendly Fire”

Things actually worked out for Darius Beck in the UnREAL season 2 finale, thanks to Rachel Goldberg and Jay pulling together to give him a happy ending. Meanwhile, Rachel’s problems were solved with straight up double homicide.

Best Moment: Jay tearing up as he watched Darius and Ruby Carter and realized he’d actually done something good for someone.

6. Roadies: “Carpet Season”

In this episode, Bill tried to figure out how to handle his relationship with Shelli. Turns out, women like it when you talk to them.

Best Moment: Halsey’s performance of “Ghost.”

5. Tyrant: “Truth and Dignity”

This episode had some very nice character-driven moments. Sammy Al-Fayeed really shined in this one.

Best Moment: Sammy’s conversation with his dad.

4. Animal Kingdom: “What Have You Done?”

In this season finale, everyone was yelling at everyone and Smurf really had to Smurf it up.

Best Moment: Deran Cody’s hatred of loud music.

3. Steven Universe: “Know Your Fusion”

In this episode, Sardonyx questions Smoky Quartz about their powers. Smoky is pretty upfront about the fact that their power is a yo-yo, but for some reason it really takes Sardonyx a while to get it.

Best Moment: Garnet getting so excited she picks Pearl up.

2. Mr. Robot: “m4ster_s1ave.aes”

I love a good gimmick and this episode had fun with its ’90s sitcom thing.

Best Moment: Gideon’s newspaper gag in the credits.

1. Scream: “Heavenly Creatures”

This week, Noah Foster mourned for Zoe Vaughn and the police made bad decisions.

Best Moment: Emma Duval telling Audrey Jensen not to turn in evidence that implicates her. I’m so glad they’re already cover up BFFs again.

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

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 30-August 6

This week TV gave us two intimate scenes between Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis, fantastic development in the friendship between Audrey Jensen and Emma Duval, Alisha Granderson giving encouragement to Kara Green, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Pretty Little Liars: “Wanted: Dead or Alive”

This week Hanna Marin continued to struggle with her fear that Elliot Rollins might not really be dead. This fear went so far that she and Spencer Hastings dug up his grave to look at the body.

Best Moment: Tie between Emily’s apology to Alison and Alison’s apology to Emily.

9. UnREAL: “Espionage” 

This episode finally reunited the dream team of Rachel Goldberg and Quinn King, putting them firmly on the same side as they prepare to destroy Coleman Wasserman.

Best Moment: “Calm down, Malcolm X”

8. Steven Universe: “Steven vs. Amethyst” 

This was a heartbreaking exploration of Amethyst’s low self-esteem. She discussed frankly  the cycle of beating herself up for not being good at things and then becoming worse because of her lost confidence.

Best Moment: “You ruined the ruins!”

7. Scream: “The Vanishing” 

If Audrey and Emma’s friendship wasn’t already decidedly one of the best things on TV, this episode definitively earned that. Combine their incredible relationship development with the terrifying scenes of Noah’s near death and you have one of the strongest episodes in what has been a very strong season of this show.

Best Moment: Audrey confessing to Emma that she was so angry at her because she loved her.

6. Animal Kingdom: “Judas Kiss” 

In this episode, the boys pulled off the big heist at the army base, while J started spilling their secrets to a detective.

Best Moment: The boys coming home from the heist and being greeted by fresh-baked apple pie. Aww.

5. The Last Ship: “Sea Change”

Tension was built all around in this episode, between the people aboard the USS Nathan James discovering the pirate’s plan for a genocide and the people back on shore struggling with policy in the wake of the President’s suicide.

Best Moment: Alisha’s pep talk to Kara.

4. The Fosters: “Justify”

This episode really put the focus on Lena Adams-Foster and everything weighing on her. Watching her blow up was at times cathartic and at times scary.

Best Moment: Lena telling Brandon Adams-Foster he’s completely lost his sense of right and wrong. Drag him.

3. Steven Universe: “Gem Hunt” 

This episode brought focus back to Connie Maheswaran. Pearl took her and Steven on a hike to find missing gems.

Best Moment: Pearl and Connie posing for photos.

2. Steven Universe: “Crack the Whip”

In this episode, Steven and Connie were able to fight Jasper as Stevonnie. It was a big moment for them, but one that led to Amethyst feeling insecure.

Best Moment: Pearl’s reaction to Amethyst rubbing it in that she forgot about Connie.

1. Steven Universe: “Bismuth” 

This extra-long episode introduced an incredible new gem named Bismuth, voiced by Uzo Aduba. Her warm reception by the gems was a joy to watch and it was a real bummer when things took a turn.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 30-August 6

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 23-July 30

This week TV gave us Jay making a power play on UnREAL, the series finale of Hell on Wheels, an intense episode of The Last Ship, and more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Tyrant: “Prayers for Our Daughters”

In this episode, Barry and Molly dealt with their grief after Emma’s death. Molly was falling apart, while Barry tried to hold it together.

Best Moment: Sammy apologizing to the maid for his mom’s behavior.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Final Outcome”

The season finale wrapped everything up. Are all the cast members ready to take time to focus on their own lives from here on out? You know it.

Best Moment: D. Smith and Betty Idol getting the hell out of Ariane’s party as soon as Joseline Hernandez arrived.

8. Dead of Summer: “How to Stay Alive in the Woods” 

In this episode, Joel opened up to the other campers about his visions of Tall Man. Most of them believed these are hallucinations, but some seemed open to the idea that it could all be real.

Best Moment: Blair’s line about how “if he just wanted to get into your pants, would he have asked me what your favorite song is?” pretty much nailed being a silly teenager.

7. UnREAL: “Fugitive” 

In a disturbing turn, Coleman took advantage of Rachel’s medicated and traumatized state to learn her secrets. Meanwhile, Jay saved Everlasting by getting Darius back.

Best Moment: Jay’s immediate “of course I am” when Darius said that he was a part of the machine.

6. Animal Kingdom: “Man In” 

In this episode, J confronted Baz about whether he’s his dad. Turned out the answer is “uh, you better hope not.”

Best Moment: Deran being offended that his tidbit about monkeys wasn’t more well-received.

5. The Fosters: “Forty”

This week Stef threw Lena a ’70s themed birthday party, so we got to see all the characters in embarrassing outfits.

Best Moment: Stef immediately taking the opportunity to trash talk Cortney and Brandon’s relationship to Dana.

4. Hell on Wheels: “Done”

This series finale had a good last hurrah in the form of Thomas Durant’s speech about how the railroad couldn’t have been built without men like him.

Best Moment: Louise’s heart-to-heart with Eva.

3. Scream: “The Orphanage” 

Haley Meyers’ horrifying death and the creepy masked party that led up to it were a great set piece for this episode. It also had some great character-driven moments, including Emma and Audrey’s fight and of course Noah losing his virginity.

Best Moment: Audrey trying to make Noah see that Zoe is clearly the one sneaking around and stealing his files.

2. The Last Ship: “In the Dark”

This episode stood out because of the many scenes that were set in complete darkness due to the ship trying to stay hidden. It also had a very nice arc with Chandler and Slattery coming to trust Takehaya.

Best Moment: The crew’s reactions as Takehaya took the helm.

1. Steven Universe: “Monster Reunion” 

In this episode, Steven used his healing powers to help Centipeetle. Centipeetle was reunited with her loved ones, but Steven still felt like he needed to make amends and he asked the gems to teach him how to write “I’m sorry” in gem language.

Best Moment: Pearl’s frantic concern that Amethyst was making fun of Centipeetle.

 

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 23-July 30

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 10-July 16

This week TV gave us more of Deran Cody’s relentless insecurity, the women on Pretty Little Liars burying a body, Jay producing his own segment on UnREAL, and much more. Here are my choices for the 10 best LBGT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Confessions” 

In this episode, Ariane Davis tried to pursue a music career, to the skepticism of pretty much everyone.

Best Moment: Mimi Faust revealing that she has a new girlfriend.

9. The Fosters: “Trust”

This episode dealt with Callie Adams-Fosters’ ongoing fear of abandonment. She was acting out because of the crushing fear that Lena Adams and Stef Foster would reverse her adoption, which they had no idea she thought was a possibility. Episodes that dig into Callie’s psychology are always appreciated.

Best Moment: Stef and Lena’s pure disbelief when they found out that Callie thought they’d ever reverse her adoption.

8. Containment: “Yes is the Only Living Thing” 

Next week is Containment‘s finale and this episode propelled things towards a conclusion, with all the major characters in the cordon finding a way to get out.

Best Moment: I appreciated Sam asserting that he’d be one of the people to get out… too bad he just had to be self-sacrificing in the end.

7. UnREAL: “Casualty” 

Rachel Goldberg and Coleman Wasserman traveled to Beth Ann’s hometown, where Rachel was acting very enthusiastic about possibly ruining Beth Ann’s life. Meanwhile, Quinn King tried to intervene and get Rachel to actually deal with her trauma.

Best Moment: Jay and Madison teaming up is the cutest.

6. Pretty Little Liars: “Hit and Run, Run, Run” 

The Liars working together to cover up a murder is pretty much what we’ve been promised from the beginning and it’s weird that it’s only finally happening in season 7.

Best Moment: Alison forcing herself to go back into the hospital as part of the cover up.

5. Animal Kingdom: “Child Care” 

As usual, this episode was about Smurf manipulating pretty much everyone else’s relationships.

Best Moment: Deran’s “I’m not a bitch” moment.

4. The Last Ship: “Minefield”

Along with the usual tension of everything going on in the show, this episode also had a big dramatic sequence as the crew scrambled to figure out how to deal with a torpedo.

Best Moment: The entire torpedo sequence.

3. Scream: “Let the Right One In”

This was a great episode that led to an absolutely terrifying ending. It also showed off Scream‘s ability to have genuine relationship and friendships develop in between the great horror set pieces.

Best Moment: Audrey and Noah’s post-sleepover scene.

2. Mr. Robot: “unm4sk-pt2.tc”

Craig Robinson was a great addition to this show and all of the scenes at the basketball court in this episode really stand out.

Best Moment: Gideon at the bar was great until it was not.

 

  1. Mr. Robot: “unm4sk-pt1.tc”

    This show brings mental illness to life with a visceral accuracy that is difficult to achieve. It also has great details, like the mini-monologue about how weird Seinfeld is.

    Best Moment: The scene with Gideon.

The 10 Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: July 10-July 16

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 26-July 2

This week TV gave us Joseline Hernandez beautifully making lemonade out of the lemons of someone admitting to try to have sex with her husband(?), Deran Cody getting iced out by his mom, Audrey Jensen frantically jumping to conclusion, and more. Here are my choices for the best LGBT-inclusive TV episodes of the week.

10. Ray Donovan: “Girl with Guitar” 

Ray Donovan premiered this week. Did Ray get sucked back into the world of being a fixer? You bet he did.

Best Moment: Lena knowing something was off when Ray asked how she’s feeling about he break up.

9. Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta: “Episode 12” 

This show is the gift that keeps on giving. The “Stevie J in no way had an unclaimed child” episode was followed up this week with “Stevie J isn’t even married to Joseline.” I hope the next reveal is that Stevie J never existed.

Best Moment: Joseline and Tommie’s argument over who would go down on who was incredible and I’ll never stop thinking about it.

8. The Fosters: “Safe” 

This tense follow up to last week’s guns in schools episode once again managed to balance the scary situation everyone is in with each character’s personal issues.

Best Moment: Stef telling Brandon that being with Callie was wrong, that Callie was vulnerable and that he should’ve known that.

7. UnREAL: “Treason” 

This show is pulling apart Rachel and Quinn’s beautiful friendship. In this one, Quinn tells Rachel how betrayed she feels by Rachel going to the president of the network.

Best Moment: The reveal of Jay filming Ruby and Darius.

6. The Last Ship: “Shanzhai” 

The tension and stakes on this show increased even more this week when Mike Slattery was kidnapped by pirates.

Best Moment: Alisha finding out that Allison is on her side.

5. Containment: “A Time to be Born” 

Things are really getting exciting on this show. This week Teresa gave birth while Lex started to put together evidence that Sabine orchestrated the outbreak.

Best Moment: Sam making a heart monitor out of a cup and a balloon.

4. Game of Thrones: “The Winds of Winter” 

This sure was a non-payoff to Loras’ storyline, huh? That aside, this episode did have some good stuff, like Tyrion’s pep talk to Daenerys and of course Cersei taking the throne.

Best Moment: Yara and an army and dragons coming atcha.

3. Veep: “Inauguration”

This episode was a crushing defeat for Selina Meyer, who found herself saying, “I hate this country.”

Best Moment: Catherine telling Selina to do something with her hair.

2. Animal Kingdom: “Dead to Me”

This episode was all about Smurf’s distrust of her kids. She even told them they had to sleep in their own apartments instead of staying at her house, which was an effective punishment because I do not understand her sons at all.

Best Moment: The paintball game.

1. Scream: “Dawn of the Dead” 

There was a lockdown at the school this week to create this extra tense episode. Brooke and Emma are falling apart and I have so many feelings about these poor kids.

Best Moment: Audrey’s instant regret at exposing Stavo

 

The Best LGBT-Inclusive TV Episodes of the Week: June 26-July 2