These onscreen moments had us feeling every emotion this year
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY PRIME VIDEO
2022 gave us lots of things, but most importantly it gave us some fantastic queer TV to binge-watch. We’ve seen it all this year – turbulent romances, female friendships, quite a few complicated breakups, and a lot of baseball!
Here’s a look at our favourite shows from this year.
The L Word: Generation Q
It’s back! After great anticipation, season three of The L Word Generation Q was released at the end of this year. Following directly from where season two left off, this season has seen the characters look for healthy love rather than convenience. We’ve loved watching old flames rekindle, new ups and downs in our favourite characters’ lives, and watching them all on their path to true love. This season has seen great displays of friendship, some questionable relationships, and secrets that threaten to tear people apart – what more could you want?
A League Of Their Own
We adored this 2022 reboot of the classic 1992 film A League of Their Own this year. The Amazon Prime release captured the highs and lows of Carson Shaw’s journey to Chicago to try out for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Joyous, nostalgic, and more queer than the original could ever be, this was a home run in our books! A League of Their Own delved unapologetically into queer love while also handling issues such as racism in the 1940s expertly. With talks about there being a second season, we can’t wait to see where this team heads next.
Everyone’s favourite queer historical drama came back this year with a second season. Following the story of Anne Lister, season two depicted her new life with her new wife Ann Walker and the trials that followed them through marriage. An old flame threatens to bring the marriage down, business rivals want to take advantage of Anne’s distress, and even more scandal emerges in this fantastic season. Unfortunately, it was announced this year that there would be no season three, so grab some tissues and enjoy the last we’ll see of this masterpiece.
Netflix gave us the epitome of queer joy this summer with its adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novel Heartstopper. Following the budding romance between Charlie and Nick, Heartstopper gave us all the feels and high school angst that we craved this year. With an incredible cast, the show delved into a number of other issues such as the transphobia Elle received while transitioning at a boy’s school. We also saw our favourite lesbian couple unite with Tara and Darcy, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of the characters in season two.
The Sex Lives of College Girls
Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble’s 2022 release this year gave us a lesbian storyline to sink our teeth into. One of the characters that the season follows is Leighton who is a closeted lesbian trying to navigate her identity at college. Fans loved watching her sexual and romantic exploits throughout the season, and it was refreshing to see a closeted queer woman appear so sexy and confident throughout the show. The second season is coming to the UK soon and a third season has already been confirmed, so we’re excited to see where Mindy Kaling will take Leighton’s storyline.
Everyone’s favourite queer Lord Of The Flies is back! Season two of The Wilds gave us a lot of new drama to get behind. The season shows us everything from joyful love to female friendship to self-growth – all while the girls are still trying to navigate life on the island. In this season we see the strength of female power and resilience, especially when the boy “control group” can’t seem to stay level-headed for one minute. Sadly, we also lost this glorious show to the harmful “Cancel Your Gays” trend.
Dead To Me
Someone get me the tissues. The third season of Dead To Me was a heart-wrenching but also heartwarming finale to the friendship between Jen and Judy. Released on Netflix, the show has seen the pair bury bodies, cover up crimes and build an unlikely friendship. The show has given us some fantastic representation of lesbian women just living their lives, and centers the storyline around the idea of platonic love between friends. Let’s just say that the finale is definitely enough to make anyone cry.
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