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Gentleman Jack, Fosse/Verdon & The Handmaid's Tale : 26 Must-See TV Shows for LGBTQ Viewers

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Gentleman Jack

In 2010, queer women went wild for the British TV movie The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, about a wealthy 18th-century British landowner who’s been dubbed the “first modern lesbian.” Now, Anne Lister’s story is getting the prestige TV treatment with an eight-episode series created and directed by Happy Valley’s Sally Wainwright and commissioned by BBC One and HBO. The series stars Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones as Anne and Sophie Rundle as the object of her affection Ann Walker. Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Jodhi May (Sister My Sister, Tipping the Velvet) costar.


Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell headline Fosse/Verdon, a limited FX series that portrays the decades-long romance and creative collaboration between famed choreographer Bob Fosse and actress/dancer Gwen Verdon. Based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson, the biographical show also stars Margaret Qualley as Ann Reinking and Norbert Leo Butz as Paddy Chayefsky.

The Handmaid's Tale

The critically-acclaimed Hulu series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale managed to amp up the terror in its second season. And it was already as scary as hell in terms of how close to reality it truly is. The show that stars Elisabeth Moss as June, a woman trying to survive a near-future in which women are valued merely for the viability of their reproductive organs, told poignant stories about queer women in its freshmen season, introducing Samira Wiley’s Moira and Alexis Bledel’s Emily. But an episode in The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season that flashed back to the lead-up to the conservative uprising that led to the women's imprisonment telegraphed how easily hard-won rights could be snatched away under an authoritarian government.

The season ended with Emily on the run and likely headed toward the resistance while June stayed behind in Gilead, presumably because she refused to leave her daughter from the time before behind.


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