Top 15 LGBT Television Series That Were Popular Hits

Movies and television series depict how people live and interact in the society. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community also have stories that are expressed through movies and television shows just as straight people do. Television series themed around LGBT community members also depict them as villains, victims, heroes, and outcasts, just as in other shows, with interesting plots that captivate their audience. Interesting LGBT TV series and movies are popular among not only the LGBT community but rather viewers who are part of the straight world. Here is a list of top 15 LGBT movies that were popular hits among queer and straight audience.

 

1. QUEER EYE (2003–2007; 2018-) 60 min | Comedy, Reality-TV


This is a Netflix hit. The plot is about five gay men trying to improve the lives and confidence of straight men by giving them makeovers and advice. The final episode aired on October 30, 2007. During September 2008, the Fine Living Network briefly aired Queer Eye in syndication. Netflix announced in January 2017 that it was reviving the series with a new Fab Five in a season of eight episodes. All eight episodes of the first series were released on Netflix on February 7, 2018. Netflix reboot Queer Eye, formerly Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,has had fans in a permanent state of gush since it launched on the streaming platform back in February.  The movie remains a big hit with huge audience base

2. THE LAIR (2007– ) 30 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery


The Lair is an American gay-themed vampire series. It is about a private gay club run by vampires, who use the club as a source for attractive young men to feed from. The hit movie features Thom, a local journalist in a small island town who started digging into the anonymous bodies turning up drained of blood, putting his boyfriend in danger and coming to the attention of the head vampire, Damian, who sees Thom as the reincarnation of his own dead lover. The Lair is an original series, from US specialty channel Here Tv, with a first season of six 27-minute episodes. The movie currently airs only on Gay.com.

3. GIMME GIMME GIMME (1999–2001)


This is a BBC television sitcom by Tiger Aspect Productions. Its plot centers on two dreamy London roommates: gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell, whose career is going nowhere; and Linda La Hughes, who is about as attractive as a centenary nun, yet has delusions of romantic love. It was first aired in three series from 1999 to 2001.

4. VENICE THE SERIES (2009– )


Venice the Series is another big hit. It focuses on the life of Gina Brogno – a single, gay, self-made interior designer – living and working in Venice Beach, California. The plot is woven around Gina’s human experience in connection with her various love interests, brother Owen, father – the Colonel, and a myriad of other characters that make up Gina’s network of relationships. The storyline exudes creativity in ideas and script writing, with the best of traditional soap romance, love stories, tragic happenings, and hairpin turns; done in a new, savvy, edgy format with unique character development, diversity of character, and tantalizing plot portrayal. Venice was is Co-Created by Crystal Chappell and Kim Turrisi.

5. WILL & GRACE (1998– ) TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance series


This movie centre’s on Will and Grace, two friends who live together in an apartment in New York City. Will is a gay lawyer, Grace is a straight interior designer. Their best friends are Jack, a gleeful but proud gay man, and Karen, a charismatic, filthy rich, amoral socialite. Will & Grace began as an eighth-seasonTV series which premiered to a live episode on September 29, 2005 and concluded on May 18, 2006, consisting of 24 episodes.  In January 2017, NBC announced that the series wouldreturn for a 12-episode season during the 2017–18 season. During its original run Will & Grace was one of the most successful television series with gay principal characters.

6. RICK & STEVE THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN ALL THE WORLD (2007–2009)
This half-hour comedy debuted on the LGBT themed cable network, LOGO in July 2007. The TV series center’s on the life of Rick and Steve in the gayest of gay ghettos, West Lahunga Beach, where the two friends make their fabulously decorated double-income-no-kids home. The interesting twist in the story came when Rick’s lifelong lesbian friend Kirsten asks him to be the father of her child. But Kirsten’s wife Dana and Rick’s husband Steve are mortal enemies, making the story more intriguing, captivating, and suspense-filled. The insults fly, nothing goes unspoken, and the ugly, bitter truth about domestic bliss never looked so cute. This show was described as “The best queer show you never saw” by Medium.

7. BROTHERS (1984–1989) 22 min Comedy series

Brothers is about Two conservative men and how they supported their younger brother when he tells them he is gay, and helped him navigate being openly homosexual in 1980s Philadelphia.

8. THE 1ST SHOP OF COFFEE PRINCE (2007– ) Comedy, Drama, Romance.


This is about a tomboy who was mistaken for a lad but maintains the deception for the sake of employment. The situation becomes complicated when her male boss begins to develop feelings for this “boy.” The TV show is one of the big hits with lesbian themes.

9. OH, GROW UP (1999– )

OhGrow Up is an American situation comedy (sitcom) that aired on ABC from September 22 to December 28, 1999. This series centers on three guys who were friends in college and are still close to this day and are living together. Hunter, a construction worker and womanizer who discovers that he has a teenage daughter, Chloe, who is going to school in the city that he lives in; Norris, a struggling artist; and Ford, a lawyer whose revelation of being gay ended his marriage to Suzanne, who has trouble accepting that Ford is gay, and how she could have been married to him.

10. BUMP! (2004–2013)


Bump! Came with a unique approach to gay-themed TV shows. It is the world’s first gay and lesbian travel and lifestyle television series with unique and international scope. Each episode presents a new gay-friendly destination in a stylish and upbeat format. Bump! travels the globe in search of fascinating gay human-interest stories. Bump! adopts a documentary approach to an extent in focusing its lens on gay and lesbian communities around the globe. It takes viewers from gay tourism hot spots like Miami and London, to urban centers such as Montreal and Los Angeles. It was one of the most followed gay-themed TV shows.

11. ALL STARS: DE SERIE (1999–2001)


This show centered on North Holland amateur soccer team which consists of boys who since childhood enjoy the game itself, except, except gay captain Bram, a lawyer, who takes the trouble to spend time on official club business. The series takes viewers through activities of the team members having fun on the field, in the locker-room, and in the canteen. It is full of intrigues involving happenings in private life of members, including their some players’ female partners, but male bonding seems only to stimulate their flirtatious lust. The series was a big hit when it was originally aired.

12. FRIENDS AND BENEFITS (2011)
Friends and Benefits (FAB), is a queer online web series. The plot revolves around the life of Ben Fitzgerald, 21, gay university student who was recently dumped by his boyfriend. Ben turns to online dating and comes in contact with new guys. He explores the gay culture in Melbourne but begins to find it all quite daunting. Luckily the naive Ben has his three best friends, Calvin, Max and Sophie to help through his adventure. The show has an amazing audience base because of the popularity information sourcing online.

13. OI APARADEKTOI (1991–1993)


OI APARADEKTOI is a comedy TV series aired on Mega Channel from September 1991 to January 1993. Its plot centered on the adventures of four people who live next to each other somewhere in Athens. They are Spyros and his wife Dimitra on one apartment, and Vlassis with his gay friend Yannis on the other. The suspense seen throughout the series was premised on these best friends who couldn’t stay out of trouble despite their average-life nature. The fun is that these friends get themselves in humorous situations all the time. The series is considered one of the most successful on Greek television, representative of the daily life of Athenians in the early 1990s. It’s a show followed till the last episode ends.

14. The L Word (2004-2009)

This was premium cable network influential 2004 drama series The L Word, which revolved around a group of lesbians in West Hollywood and their friends, family and lovers. The L Word was hailed as the first drama series to focus on lesbian characters who are complex and open about their sexuality. Show Time has since announced that The L Word will officially be returning to television. It is one TV series that expressed nuanced, entertaining, and beautiful stories of a largely underrepresented community. Fans are eagerly awaiting its return.

 

15. UNDER THE PINK CARPET (2000– )

This is a Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender-themed entertainment news magazine series. Under the Pink Carpet features celebrity interviews and backstage coverage at concerts, film/theater premieres, nightclubs, book signings, performances, plays, parties, and more. Under the Pink Carpet is popularity among “straight” audiences as well as LGBT people due to its fun, comical style presentation approach. But Under the Pink Carpet is more than just entertainment news. The show realistically and sometimes critically examines many aspects of the Gay subculture, providing a no holds barred glimpse behind the facade of a “fabulous” lifestyle. The show is produced and directed by Tony Sawicki, who also serves as the primary correspondent.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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