Netflix has a hefty selection of LGBT+ content, ranging from gripping dramas to amazing documentaries. Let’s dive into Netflix to find the nine best-hidden gems for you to enjoy.
Kicking things off, we have a look at some of the best TV shows on offer. Netflix produced shows like Grace and Frankie tell fascinating LGBT+ stories, yet there is a variety of other choices to get your binge on.
1. London Spy
For our fans of the spy and crime-drama genre, London Spy is a great choice. The answer to what happens when you mix Gone Girl with James Bond and a sprinkle of gayness. Created by New York’s best-selling author Tom Rob, the show features the everyday man Danny who starts falling for M16 code genius Alex but things are cut tragically short when the spy is murdered. The drama is intense and will grip you to the very end.
2. The Assassination of Gianni Versace American Crime Story
Continuing the appreciation for a good murder mystery series, Ryan Murphy beautifully captures the world of Gianni Versace in the show The Assassination of Gianni Versace American Crime Story. The show follows the life of Andrew Cunanan from childhood up to the 1997 murder spree of five people, including fashion icon Gianni Versace. A visually stunning show that tells a story which still captures us to this day.
Taking a look abroad, the Spanish series Elite is dripping with mystery and drama. As three disadvantaged students enter an exclusive private school, the social rules are quickly thrown out the window. The show depicts one of the most interesting portrayals of a polyamorous relationship, taking all the homoerotic subtext of a love triangle and making it text. This is a show for those who love to scream ‘Escandalo!!!’. With season 2 arriving September, this is the perfect time to catch up.
4. You, Me, Her
The charming You, Me, Her is billed as televisions first “polyamorous romantic comedy”. The show follows the lives of Emma and her husband Jack as they invite Izzy into their suburban lifestyle. Filled with great humour, this show takes the cookie-cutter suburban lifestyle and spins it on its head. Four seasons are up on Netflix so get ready for a roller coaster ride.
Moving on over to the film side of things, these are some of the best Netflix hidden gems we found.
Anyone who enjoys a good period drama will fall head over heels for Carol. Against a 1950’s backdrop, a wealthy woman begins a forbidden affair with a female department store clerk. The love between the two characters is heart wrenching and true. An added bonus is the fashion on display, which is truly eye-catching.
6. Beach Rats
Beach Rats depicts the struggles of coming to terms with your sexuality and the feeling of entrapment. Harris Dickinson’s portrayal of Frankie, a 19 year old, is a real stand out and earned him the nomination for ‘Independent Spirit Award’ for Best Male Lead. The film is unique in its aesthetic and perspective, a truly unmissable experience.
7. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is an amazing movie about the life of one of the greatest LGBT+ activists and icons in history. Fans of documentaries are in for a great watch as Victoria Cruz, an American LGBT+ rights activist and retired domestic violence counsellor investigates the death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
8. Head On
Netflix describes Head On as 19 year-old Ari, a gay Greek-Australian man, embarking on a “wild 24-hour odyssey”. That just scratches the surface of what this movie is about. The film probes the various embodiments of love, from self-love to loving other people. It is a fascinating yet at times brutal portrayal of the turmoil involved in figuring out where you place yourself in terms of ethnicity and sexual identity.
Screen International defined LOEV as “quietly revolutionary” and it is a perfect description of what the movie is about. A hiking trip between a Wall Street hotshot and an old friend creates a ripple effect throughout their lives. This 2015 Indian romantic drama is a must-watch.
That is our top nine picks for must-watch LGBT+ hidden gems on Netflix. Treat yourself to a night in and a great movie or TV show because there is something for everyone.
If we missed any of your favourite LGBT+ hidden gems on Netflix, let us know down in the comments.
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