Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race has fluttered away like one of Asia O’Hara’s butterflies, so we’re here to keep that gay spirit alive and get you watching some of the best queer shows that Netflix has to offer (especially since all past-seasons before season 8 of Drag Race have sashayed away). So come on squirrel friends, get watching!
If you haven’t already heard of Queer Eye then you’re in for a treat. Imagine the most fabulous gay man you’ve ever met, then multiply him by five. The aptly named Fab Five consists of experts in everything from food and fashion to culture and home decor. They travel across America performing life-changing makeovers on firefighters, Trump supporters, homophobic churchgoers and every kind of person in between.
As far as queer shows go, this is as good as it gets! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably want to be best friends with the Fab Five by the end of your 2 season binge. If that doesn’t convince you, they’ve just been nominated for 4 Emmys!
Check out the trailer below:
Watch Queer Eye here.
It’s called fashion, look it up!
That’s right, Project Runway is the perfect show to tick all your design challenge boxes. Every episode sees a host of designers create stunning look after look for challenges set by the show’s judges. Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are the show’s RuPaul and Michelle Visage, bringing you well-dressed realness you never knew you needed.
Although, it’s nearly worth watching for Tim Gunn alone…
Watch Project Runway here.
Technically this isn’t a TV show, but we couldn’t go without mentioning Hannah Gadsby’s queer stand-up special Nanette. In this hour-long special, the Australian comedian shares her stories of gender and sexuality in front of a packed out crowd in the Sydney opera house. We’re so here for this Great Gadsby.
Watch Nanette here.
While you’re waiting for season 11 to grace your screen, why not fall in love with Steven Universe? The show follows Steven and the Crystal Gems, a team of guardians who fight to protect the universe. It’s all kinds of quirky and lovable.
The animated show has made ground-breaking moves towards queer inclusivity in cartoons, and even just last week aired the first ever mainstream cartoon lesbian proposal. It’s got buckets of heart, plus Steven Universe would make a GREAT name for a drag queen.
Watch Steven Universe here.
Skin Wars: Fresh Paint
If you can’t bear the thought of watching anything without RuPaul in it, fear not! Skin Wars: Fresh Paint is hosted by hers truly. Fresh Paint is sa pin-off of Skin Wars that sees highly accomplished artists try their hand at body-painting for the first time. Every week contestants serve body art looks that will blow your mind, and they’ve even had a special drag queen episode featuring some of our favourite queens!
Watch Skin Wars: Fresh Paint here.
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
This hip-hop queen’s new reality series follows her life as a performer in the underground New Orleans rap scene as she tries to introduce “bounce” into the mainstream. You’ll come out of this 2 series binge(fingers crossed that Netflix will add the rest of the series ASAP) with a new-found love for all things bouncing Big Freedia.
Watch Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce here.
This dark comedy tells the story of Thom, a gay man who finds out that his boyfriend of 4 years Cal has been cheating on him. Over the course of the 3 series, it explores Thom and Cal’s ever-changing relationship and all the road bumps along the way. The web series turned Netflix find is a whole lot of queer fun.
Watch Eastsiders here.
London Spy can’t help but feel like a gay love story disguised as a conspiracy thriller. It tells the story of Danny (played by the always lovely Ben Wishaw), a young gay man who falls for the secretive Alex. Things get dark pretty fast, and Danny spends the series trying to uncover the plot-twist ridden truth behind his lover’s secret life. Strap yourself in for this rollercoaster of a show.
Watch London Spy here.
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black has been topping our queer TV lists for years. One of the most successful queer shows in the mainstream is heading into its fifth season later this month, so you’ve got some time to catch up!
The show follows Piper Chapman, an upper-class, soap-making blonde as she turns herself in for drug smuggling. She ends up in Litchfield Penitentiary, an all-female prison full of unforgettable characters. It’s got tons of queer characters (most of them played by actual queer actors), including cult-queer favourite Natasha Lyonne. It’s the kind of show and that will have you in stitches one minute and leave you heartbroken the next.
Watch Orange is the New Black here.
Sense8 is a mind-boggling sci-fi drama that’s been the talk of the queer community for a while now! The show follows 8 sensates, people from all over the world who share a telepathic connection. The show is so beloved by the fans that it was even resurrected for a series finale after being cancelled by Netflix. With queer characters, you can’t help but root for (we’re looking at you Nomi and Amanita), it’s a helluva watch!
Watch Sense8 here.
Paris Is Burning
Last, but by no means least, we have the legendary Paris Is Burning. Yes, we know that this also isn’t one of Netflix’s queer shows BUT we couldn’t make a list of queer watches and not include the ultimate representation of drag culture that we all know and love.
The famous documentary tells the story of drag queens living in New York in the 1980s, and their flamboyant community that’s built on the concept of “houses”- drag families. If you’ve watched enough drag race you’ll pick up on all the drag slang used by these queens (where do you think it came from in the first place hunty?). This is the ultimate dragumentary.
Watch Paris is Burning here.
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