In an age with so many streaming services to choose from, never has the phrase “there’s literally nothing to watch” been used so frequently. Well, if you are struggling to find something to watch from the millions of shows available at your finger tips, let Capers Magazine help you – here is our list of top LGBTQ+ series to watch this Pride season….
Queer As Folk
When anyone mentions LGBTQ+ TV and film in the UK this is one of the first things I think of.
The 1999 comedy-drama chronicles a group of gay men and their lives in Manchester’s gay village.
Despite a mixed reception at the time of it’s release – with the Daily Mail calling for its more explicit scenes to be censored, and members of the LGBTQ+ community condemning it for not addressing the ongoing AIDs crisis – Queer As Folk received numerous award nominations, including a Royal Television Society Awards for Best Drama Serial.
Based on the memoirs of Barneys creative director Simon Doonan, Beautiful People is a unique blend of camp and working-class comedy that makes it truly stand out from its contemporaries.
Across two series the show follows Doonan, played expertly by Luke Ward-Wilkinson, whose dreams far exceed his small hometown and see the 14-year-old move into the creative world of fashion.
The first episode received a whopping 1.5 million viewers overnight when it was released in 2008, and the show received a GLAAD Award nomination for outstanding comedy series in 2010.
Created by Julain Clary and Paul Merton, Sticky Moments was a brilliant piece of satirical comedy that often falls under the radar.
Accompanied by his ‘steadfastly heterosexual’ pianist Russell Churney and the outrageously flamboyant Hugh Jelly, Sticky Moments saw the glamorous Clary select a random array of contestants each week for strange and unusual prizes.
Packed full of gay innuendo and ridiculous challenges, Sticky Moments was a barrel of laughs from start to finish and ran for two series from 1989 to 1990.
Based on the Julie Burchill novel of the same name, Sugar Rush was a wildly popular comedy drama centring on the life of 15-year-old lesbian Kim Daniels.
The show followed Kim as she moved from Brighton to London and struggled to deal with her feelings towards her heterosexual friend Sugar.
This influential programme – that ran across three series – was awarded the 34th International Emmy Award and nominated for a BAFTA in 2007.
Gimme Gimme Gimme
Outrageously camp and utterly iconic – Gimme Gimme Gimme focuses on loud mouth Linda and her gay flatmate Tom on their quest to find men. What’s not to love?!
The show follows the classic odd couple comedy trope and turns it on its head with a series of ludicrous subplots and a plethora of smutty jokes that create a laugh a minute.
Kathy Burke received two BAFTA nominations for Best Comedy Performance for playing the lead character, Linda La Hughes, and the show received a nomination in the Best Scripted Comedy category for its third series.
2001 comedy drama Metrosexuality is groundbreaking for a number of reasons.
The show, which follows the lives of a diverse group of men over two weekends in Spring, was hailed for presenting a diverse selection of characters in an environment relatively free from homophobia and racism.
It was praised for its inclusion of ‘Fraser’, a thalidomide survivor with phocomelic arms, in a role where his disability was simply part of the show’s fabric opposed to a defining aspect of the character.
Despite its unique characters and plot points, this British show only ran for one series.
Banana and Cucumber
Banana and Cucumber were part of a TV event created by Russel T Davies. Alongside the documentary Tofu, the series’ both focused on the lives of people under the LGBTQ+ umbrella in Manchester with intertwining plot points and characters.
Both series’ are a celebratory look at 21st century life as an LGBTQ+ person. Banana focuses on the lives of young people within the city, while Cucumber follows two gay men who embark on new paths following a break-up.
Though funny, both series’ are speckled with poignant moments covering everything from death, heartbreak, and rejection.
The trilogy of shows were widely praised for their unapologetic and triumphant look at the LGBTQ+ community and the issues many continue to face to this day.