1. The Alienist
A serial killer is disemboweling rent boys in 19th Century in New York and a crack team of detectives, led by criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreisler, forms to decipher the clues and stop the killing spree. Based on Caleb Carr’s 500-page novel, this sometimes campy, sometimes chilling Netflix Original binge-watch explores homophobia, sexual and gender fluidity, and feminism. We’re loving the underlying queerness of Kreisler’s side-kick, John Moore (Luke Evans – pictured above), not to mention his suits!
2. Queer Eye
What’s not to love about the Netflix reboot Queer Eye For The Straight Guy? You might just shed a tear or two as Southern cops, firefighters, Trump supporters, and extremely religious dudes become friends with the totes out ‘n’ proud brand new Fab Five. Fun, uplifting and moving, it’s all about the inclusion, folks. Take that, Trump’s America!
3. London Spy
This five-episode mini-series is an utterly addictive mix of a beautiful gay love story and a loopy conspiracy thriller. Ben Wishaw plays Danny, a young London bloke who falls for Alex, a secretive hunk who’s a genius at numbers. Something bad happens to Alex, which spurs Danny to seek the truth, which, in turn, spurs the plot to spiral out into dark turns, plot twists, and general nastiness. Once you pop, you just won’t stop.
This web series turned Netflix Original is about a gay couple as they deal with the revelation that one of them has been cheating and how it changes their lives. Across two seasons, which were a few years apart in production, EastSiders explores Cal and Thom’s changing relationship, including open relationships, heavy drinking, their closest friends and living in LA. Retaining its original DIY feel, it’s a slow-burner that sucks you in.
5. Grace and Frankie
If you haven’t watched this Netflix Original yet, get on it! If you’ve watched it already, start all over again. Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston to play two couples whose world is shaken up when the men decide, after 40 years, they’re leaving their wives – for each other. Uptight Fonda and kooky Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) end up living together, making them a millennial Odd Couple; their ex-husbands begin to negotiate the world from the perspective of newly out gay men, and their children try to get their heads around a very modern family situation. Four seasons in, G&F just gets better and better.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tina Fey’s follow-up to 30 Rock for Netflix features one of the greatest queer TV characters of all time, the inimitable, inspirational, egotistical, fantastical Titus Adromedon (aka Ronald Effin Wilkerson), wannabe Broadway star who will do anything to fulfill his dreams. His take on Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ in the current series is a thing of comedy genius, and his first-season single, ‘Peeno Noir’ is the soundtrack to our lives.
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