Since we’re all inside and could use a mental break from the chaos, we’ve launched Queer Stream, a series of short essays highlighting great queer TV and film you can stream right now. Today we’re talking about the new series Stumptown, based on the comic book series of the same name.
Stumptown follows Dex Parios, a 100% bisexual disaster. Dex is a veteran with PTSD, a bisexual woman with a drinking problem, and one hell of a private eye. The first season, which was released in 2019-2020, focuses on how Dex becomes a private eye and uses her killer interrogation and fighting skills to bring bad people to justice. And, since she’s not a cop, all the shenanigans are pretty guilt-free.
We get to see Dex in relationships with men and women on the series—and we don’t have to wait long for that to happen. Also, when Dex corrects a new friend’s assumptions about her ex being a man, he takes it in stride. So far, queerphobia seems to have no place in this world—and it’s a real relief as a viewer.
What’s great about this series is that it allows Dex to be messy, to make mistakes, and to still be a good person who always makes the right decision when it really matters. She also just so happens to be a brawler and fights people twice her size, taking punches and getting up time and again. While Dex is definitely the main attraction, the whole cast of this series is *chef’s kiss.* If you like your stories filled with dynamic, diverse, strong characters, then Stumptown is not to be missed.
Queer stream Stumptown at: Hulu, ABC, and on video on demand
Queer characters: Dex and a whole lotta other folks who come and go
Queerest episode: “Dex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll” (Season 1, Episode 6) – a sexy musician needs protection from Dex, but that’s not all they get up to