It’s Pride Month this month, with celebrations taking place across June to advocate the dignity, equality and visibility of the LGBTQ community. It’s become more and more popular in the last decade, with parades and marches becoming hugely popular in cities around the world, and to celebrate we’ve made a list of some of the best shows to watch for Pride Month. Some of these are brand new releases this year, while others are shows from years past that have become classics.
Debuting earlier this year on Netflix, British series Heartstopper quickly became a breakout success. The coming of age romantic comedy drew acclaim for its warmth and humour, as well its representation of the LGBT community. British school boy Charlie Spring finds himself falling in love with his classmate Nick Mason, and the pair must navigate the trials and tribulations of their school, teenage years and their identity and orientation. It also tells the story of Tao, Tara, Darcy and transgender student Elle.
Queer As Folk
Queer As Folk, originally a British series that began in 1999, is getting an American remake this year. Episode 1 of the the new show has already released in the US on streaming platform Peacock, with the UK set to get it on 1st July through Starzplay (available on Amazon Prime.) The American version serves as a “reimagining” of Russell T Davies’ original, and follows the lives of a diverse group of friends in New Orleans after a tragic shooting rocks the LGTBQ community. This is in fact the second US version of the UK show, with the first one being set in Pennsylvania. The groundbreaking and acclaimed UK original meanwhile is available to stream through All 4.
AVAILABLE ON: STARZPLAY FROM 1ST JULY
It’s A Sin
The second Russell T Davies series on this list, It’s A Sin debuted in January of 2021, and remained as one of the best TV shows of that year. Set across 10 years from 1981 to 1991, the series focuses on a group of gay men who lived their lives during the AIDs crisis of the 1980s. The show was widely acclaimed for its devastating depiction of AIDs and emotional scenes, and it’s young cast, particularly Ollie Alexander, were catapulted to fame. Other actors who appeared include Keeley Hawes, Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry. The show had a big impact on launch, including an upsurge on HIV testing.
AVALIABLE ON: ALL 4
Orange Is The New Black
An early hit Netflix original, OITNB started nearly a decade ago in 2013, and quickly became one of the most popular shows on television. Set in a New York minimum security prison, and focuses on bisexual inmate Piper Chapman (Taylor Schlling)’s experiences there as she tries to wrestle with prison life. The show soon became popular for its diverse and loveable cast of characters, with Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Uzo Abuda, Danielle Brooks and Natasha Lyonne all receiving praise. The show also raised issues like trans rights, immigration and Black Lives Matter, and was nominated 12 times for an Emmy Award, winning 3. All seven seasons remain as one of the best shows to binge through on Netflix.
Controversial yet hugely popular, Euphoria is one of the most discussed TV shows launched in recent years, with two seasons under its belt so far. The HBO show’s reputation in many ways precedes it: if you’ve heard anything about it, it’s the graphic depiction of drugs and sexual content in a teenage world. However, the show also has several LGBTQ plot lines, exploring sexual identity and self discovery. Main character Rue (Zendaya) enters a relationship with transgender girl Jules Vaughn, and both have to navigate their turbulent relationship while dealing with a multitude of other pressures that the younger generation faces. The series helped further propel Zendaya to stardom, and also stars Sydney Sweeney, Maude Apatow and Hunter Schafer in acclaimed roles.
AVAILABLE ON: NOW
Grace and Frankie
Heartwarming Grace and Frankie is another Netflix hit, recently coming to an end with its seventh season earlier this year. The show stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace Hanson and Frankie Bernstein, two women who become friends following their husbands announcing that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. The two women, who didn’t really get on with each other briefly, end up living in the same house together, slowly becoming friends. The show also features Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as closeted couple Robert and Sol, and while the first season had a mixed response from critics, the subsequent 6 seasons have all received praise.
Reality series Queer Eye debuted back in 2o18 on Netflix, and fast became hugely popular with a sizeable impact on pop culture. The show is a reboot of a series from 2003, and stars food and wine expert Antoni Porowksi, fashionista Tan France, design expert Bobby Berk, culture expert Karamo Brown and grooming expert Johnathan Van Ness as the Fab Five, a team that applies their knowledge and skills to a different participant every episode to help improve their life. There’s a lot of LGBTQ representation, and is a lot of fun. There’s already 58 episodes to binge, including specials, so give a go the next chance you get.
Rupaul’s Drag Race
Another show that’s had a big impact on American and British pop culture, RuPaul’s Drag Race has grown from just a reality show into a phenomenon in its 13 years on TV. RuPaul and the show are credited with helping to bring drag into the mainstream and into a new era, with each series seeing contestants competing against each other in various drag themed challenges to be crowned winner of the season. Not only is there close to 200 episodes in the US version, there’s also RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which has also become hugely popular over here. It’s a show that has increased the visibility of LGBTQ issues, and is not one to be missed.