Queer TV and film became all the more important in a year when pretty much everything else was canceled. What we streamed soothed us through missed holidays and helped us feel a little less disconnected from other people. To celebrate one of the only bright spots in a grim year, we’re rounding up our favorite essays of the year. Today we’re talking all things TV.
Queer TV shows were a life-saver in 2020. From Vida to I May Destroy You, queer TV brought exceptional drama and laughter to the small screen. And with over 100 queer shows currently streaming, most of us have found something new to love or something familiar to watch all over again. In 2020, the following were some of Bella Media Channel’s favorite essays about the TV we loved.
Xena: Warrior Princess turned 25 this year. The iconic series influenced so many shows that now carry the legacy of bisexual+ characters in science fiction and fantasy. Gabrielle’s story on Xena is also not to be underestimated: Her journey away from her heterocentric hometown and her relationship with Xena tell the story of one queer person’s search for self.
Little Fires Everywhere brought to TV Celeste Ng’s novel of the same title about two families brought together by their children. The queer romance between two Black women represents an ideal representation of what Audre Lorde calls “the erotic.”
The queer TV adaptation of High Fidelity arrived this year on Hulu. Following a Black, bisexual woman’s search for love in New York City, the series embraces the power of platonic queer relationships.
One Day at a Time returned to life, briefly, on Pop TV this year. The similarities and differences between Elena’s sexuality journey on One Day at a Time and Ellen’s on her eponymous show demonstrate how much coming out has changed on queer TV.
The Legend of Korra tells the story of a bisexual woman as the Avatar. Through high and lows, the four-season series never rises to the queer representation of its peers, but it does offer an additional queer narrative.
The Umbrella Academy returned with Season 2, which is filled with family drama between time-traveling superheroes. What was Vanya’s queer coding becomes queer joy in this season as she meets a woman she falls for in the 1960s.
Bisexual representation on TV has made leaps and bounds, but it’s still rare to hear the word “bisexual” said on TV. However, when it is used and characters claim their bisexuality proudly, it means the world to bisexual viewers.
The Haunting of Bly Manor arrived at Netflix this year, bringing the queer TV horror representation we crave. Though Dani’s story has its twists and turns, it is her journey to love and accept her queerness that rings most true.
Beacon Hill the Series returned for Season 2 in 2020 and it was one wild ride of a season. Luckily, we had our own Dana Piccoli back writing recaps so we could all keep up with the intrigue, from the first episode to the action-packed season finale. Make sure to check out this queer TV series on ReelWomensNetwork.com.
Thanks for joining us for the 2020 TV recap! We appreciate you all and hope you have a great end of the year!