LGBTQ TV has existed as a subgenre for decades but in the streaming era, queer stories are being told more frequently and more authentically than ever before — giving viewers plenty to choose from.
So, we have combed through all our favorite queer shows on OTT platforms and bring to you this collection of must watch. You are welcome!
- RuPaul’s Drag Race
A reality competition show determining who will be “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. RuPaul’s Drag Race brought the art form of drag to the mainstream, providing a platform to queer artists all across America and the world. Ever since its beginning, Drag Race has increased the visibility of LGBTQIA+ experiences and issues: Contestants on the show openly share everything- from fighting for marriage equality to being HIV positive.
Being a reality show, drama may occur, however there is a strong sense of support and a vibe of having a chosen family. Plus the sheer talent and versatility of these queens are awe inspiring.
- Queer Eye–
A reality makeover series that changes not only an individuals’ look but also their outlook to life. Since premier, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, and Antoni Porowski have become internationally recognized gurus of lifestyle improvement. The “Fab Five” offers modern viewers both their expertise, in areas ranging from cooking to grooming, and their insight into what sometimes holds us back from living our best lives. Queer Eye has feel-good and positive vibes to it that makes us want to come back to it.
- Schitt’s Creek
It’s a sitcom about a rich family forced to move to a rural town. We are sure you have heard enough people ask you to watch Schitt’s Creek but just watch the damned show, you guys! Not only is this series one of the most all-around delightful viewing experiences in modern memory, but it also offers a moving and nuanced look at LGBTQIA+ love that actually lets a gay couple serve as the main romantic storyline. Dan Levy and Noah Reid will charm you so much and you will enjoy every minute of their characters’ perfect romance.
- Orange is the new black-
This dramedy is about women incarcerated at the fictitious Litchfield Penitentiary. Orange is the New Black did as much for diversity behind the camera as it did for diversity in front of it. This award-winning series, partially based on a memoir of the same name, began as a character study of a privileged bisexual woman serving a short sentence in a minimum-security prison. But the series soon fanned out to include important issues like Black Lives Matter, immigration, trans rights, and more.
- Grace and Frankie
This is an absolutely heartwarming sitcom about the stories of two gay men, their ex-wives, and their children. The world is a better place because of Grace & Frankie, period.
This beloved Netflix sitcom came into our lives in spring 2015, and has provided us with comfort viewing ever since. Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen star as a closeted couple in their ’70s, who after years of hiding decide to come out. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda play the pair’s burned ex-wives, whose journey of self-acceptance and friendship anchors the rest of the series. A series that warms the very cockles of our hearts, Grace & Frankie has spurred important conversation across generations, with genuine love and honesty.