This article was published on September 20th, 2022
There has been a growing trend towards offering more content on television and streaming services that feature LGBTQ+ characters and themes, giving the community more representation than ever before. In 2022, there are a slew of shows created that are destined to become fan favorites.
The fall season is typically when most new shows debut and returning shows come back with a vengeance. In 2022, there are many television and streaming shows that will feature LGBTQ+ performers, and from Netflix to Hulu, YouTube and beyond, HomoCulture has curated some to watch out for later this year and fall that are likely to become your favorites in the upcoming season.
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Netflix continues to up its LGBTQ+ quotient with new shows and returning favorites, and Heartstopper is a recent entry that follows the romantic entanglement between rugby star Nick and out nerd Charlie. Based on the novels written by Alice Oseman, the show has been picked up for a few more seasons, so fans can sit back and follow the pair as they traverse across friendships and adolescence.
YouTube is another avenue for artists to release their content and 195 Lewis is a web series following a group of queer Black woman living and polyamorously loving in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The drama covers the polyamory from a unique perspective, and features performances that are sure to intrigue and delight simultaneously. So rare is it that a series covers Black queer women in such a manner, and 195 Lewis offers a fresh take on a reality rarely seen in film.
As has been previously announced, Sex Education is returning with quite a few shake-ups to its cast, with Dan Levy joyously entering the fray to add another element to the hit comedy series. Set in the U.K. secondary school, Sex Education centers around Eric, a teenager who runs a sex clinic in his school as he jostles through his own love triangle and the relationships sputtering around him. Season four promises to go where the series has never gone before!
These indigenous teens portrayed in Reservation Dogs are determined to leave the Oklahoma reservation by any means necessary as the allure of California looms in the distance. Produced by Native Americans and featuring a cast of all indigenous actors, the dramedy examines what it means to be queer, a minority, and a member of Gen Z. The series goes even deeper next season, so fans can expect another raucous ride.
The lesbians are finally being recognized in a big way in this series that follows a group of friends living and loving in Florida. This Amazon Prime show gives you all of the sun and fun of Florida, plus the drama and laughs you didn’t see coming!
The L Word: Generation Q
The follow-up to the award-winning first series, Generation Q is a soft reboot of the series and broadens the representation with the addition of more trans people, butch characters (!!) and deeper dives into lesbian and bisexual relationships with Los Angeles as the backdrop.
Investment banking has never looked so sexy, convoluted, and controversial as in Industry, the series that follows a group of graduates all vying for top positions at a London firm. There is mystery at every corner of the office, including a secret interracial gay relationship and #MeToo moments that have caused ripples with fans. As the show dives into the intersectionality of race, power, class, and sexuality, fans of the series will be drawn in by the super writing and slow reveals as the second season raises the stakes.
The mockumentary that keeps on giving, What We Do In The Shadows follows four queer vampires and all the drama and humor that entails. The four misfits are bound by not only by blood, but by lust as well, with two of the four – Guillermo and Nandor – catching feelings as the seasons progress. In season 4, what are they up to? Tune in and find out on FX!
Who ever thought that Chucky would be the show that becomes a breakout for LGBTQ+ representation? Wonders never cease and the horror series is back following the murderous doll and the shenanigans that inevitably ensue. The show follows Jake Wheeler, a 14-year-old navigating not only high school, but his feelings for a classmate. SYFY recently announced the new season debuts on October 5th, so fans can get ready for another round of mayhem, mystery, and a bit of murder!
Heartbreak High is the reboot of the Australian drama television series that initially aired in 1994. The new adaptation is on Netflix and follows Amerie, a high schooler at Hartley High, Darren, queer and South African, Dusty, a bisexual musician, and Sasha, a Chinese-Australian lesbian. With a broad representation of the LGBTQ+ community, fans will love the drama that ensues on this updated release!
Season 3 of the popular show has been a hit with everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community, and in the latest season, expect Frozen to be covered in an engaging way! Fans can catch up with Seb and Carlos, the adorable gay couple at the center of many storylines in the series and see what a healthy loving relationship looks like as they continue their story into the new season.
Get Ready for An Amazing Fall For LGBTQ+ People On Television
The upcoming season offers a slew of returning favorites and new series that are destined to showcase the LGBTQ+ community in a new light. The LGBTQ+ representation on screen today is more impactful and more is on the horizon as the community continues to tell the full spectrum of life under the umbrella to diverse audiences.
Which shows are you looking forward to this fall? Let HomoCulture know in the comment section below!