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Culture Club: The Best and Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ TV Shows of 2021

Some highlights of the best LGBTQ+ TV Shows this year.

In this edition of our Culture Club series, we highlight some of the best LGBTQ+ TV Shows this year. While you can tune in to some of these shows now, many folks are anticipating the return of some of their favorites. 

LGBTQ+ TV Shows Available Now

It’s a Sin – Miniseries

 

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A post shared by Russell T Davies (@russelltdavies63)Queer as Folk (UK) visionary Russell T Davies created this five-part miniseries. It takes place in 1980’s London and follows a group of friends growing up in the wake of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

Years & Years frontman Olly stars as 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer, who leaves his hometown on the Isle of Wight and moves the Big Smoke to find fame and success. The show also stars Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis, and David Carlyle. Other cast members include Other actors cast were Keeley Hawes, Shaun Dooley, Tracy Ann Oberman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Stephen Fry.  

The show was critically acclaimed for its poignant scenes, its depiction of AIDS, and riveting cast performances. 

It’s a Sin is available for streaming now on Amazon Prime. 

Love, Victor – Season 1

 

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Love, Victor is an American teen drama. It is set in the same world as the film Love, Simon. The show stars Victor (Michael Cimono), a teenager from a half Puerto Rican, half Colombian-American family. Victor and his family move to Shady Creek from Texas. There, he becomes a new student at Creekwood High School. During season 1, he navigates through a journey of self-discovery regarding his sexual orientation. He also deals with challenges with family and other relationships. 

Other roles in the series are played by George Sear, Rachel Hilson, Bebe Wood, Anthony Turpel, Isabella Ferreira, Ana OrtizJames MartinezMason Gooding, and Mateo Fernandez. The actor who played Simon, Nick Robinson, narrates the series and appears in an episode.

The series, created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, has already been renewed for a second season. It is slated to premiere on June 11, 2021.

Season 1 of Love, Victor is now available for streaming on Hulu and Disney+. 

 

LGBTQ+ TV Shows Coming Out in May 

Pose – The Final Season

 

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For the final season of Pose premiering on May 2, the show (created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals) will take place in 1994 with just seven episodes. The show has become a sensation and captivated its viewers for over two seasons. Starring a talented cast of transgender people of color, Pose — with seasons taking place in the late 1980s and early 1990s — focuses on themes like HIV/AIDS, sex work, ballroom culture, discrimination, fashion, and so much more. 

The trailer for the final season hints that the show will continue to follow the challenges of Blanca’s (MJ Rodriguez) and Pray Tell (Billy Porter). Activism is anticipated to be a central theme in this upcoming season. 

Pose will be available for streaming via the FX app.

Special – Season 2

 

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Season 1 of Special was a smash hit. Created by writer, producer, and star Ryan O’Connell, the show is a mix of hilarious, sexy, and touching. Based on O’Connell’s book, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves,” the series returns to Netflix on May 20 for its second season. The series, which debuted in 2019, broke ground due to its honest portrayal of a gay man with cerebral palsy living his life according to his terms. 

As shown in the trailer, the premise for season 2 follows Ryan, who has not spoken to his mother, Karen (Jessica Hecht), for two months. The show also stars Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, and Augustus Prew. 

The second season looks like it also touches upon themes of writer’s block, queer love, belonging, ableism, and more.

Special will be available for streaming on Netflix. 

 

 

Anticipated Releases

Euphoria – Season 2

 

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Like many other shows, the pandemic has stalled production in anticipated releases. The same is true for Euphoria – whose production came to a stop last year. However, to keep the anticipation going for season 2, creator Sam Levinson shot two Euphoria episodes as specials (both are available for streaming on HBO and Crave). The show follows Rue (Zendaya) and deals with themes like addiction, abuse, LGBTQ+, death, sex, and more. 

The show also stars Hunter Schafer, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric DaneAlexa DemieJacob ElordiBarbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Austin Abrams, Algee SmithSydney Sweeney, and Colman Domingo. There is still no date for when season two will be released. Fans hope it will return towards the end of 2021.

The second season of Euphoria will be available for streaming on HBO and Crave. 

Feel Good – Season 2

 

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The critically acclaimed show Feel Good, created by and starring Mae Martin, is a semi-autobiographical portrayal of a character in recovery from addiction. The series is a deeply personal and moving story. It grapples with the pressures of dealing with gender and sexuality. 

The series starred Lisa Kudrow, Charlotte Ritchie, Sophie, and Sophie Thompson.

The drama will return for its second and final season on Netflix with brand new cast members like Eve, Anthony Head, Marisha Wallace, Eleanor Matsuura, and Jordan Stephens. 

Season 2 of Feel Good will be available for streaming on Netflix. 

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