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From Hairspray To Horror: 17 Shows For LGBTQ Viewers To Obsess Over

by Jase Peeples September 03, 2016


From returning favorites to new groundbreaking series and beyond, the 2016 fall television landscape is jam-packed with must-see TV.

So make sure there’s plenty of space on your DVRs and get ready to Netflix & chill.

Here are 17 shows to obsess over this fall…

American Horror Story, Season 6
Premieres September 14 on FX.

While much of American Horror Story season 6 remains a mystery, there’s no question out producer Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology will have us on the edge of our seats once more when the show returns September 14th. This season will also feature a large number of out LGBT actors among the show’s cast, including Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Matt Bomer, and Denis O’Hare.  Cast favorites Evan Peters and Angela Bassett are also confirmed. This one is going to be a scream.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 2
Premieres August 25 on Logo.

For the second time in Drag Race herstory, fan-favorite finalists from seasons past are returning to duke it out in a battle royal for the ages and claim the ultimate crown. However, don’t expect this to be the same old race. Momma Ru has a few twists in store to keep these queen on their stiletto-clad toes.

Luke Cage
Premieres September 30 on Netflix.

Finally, a superhero of color will headline their own series in the Marvel cinematic universe. After making his delicious debut in last year’s Jessica Jones, Luke Cage will follow the further adventures of Harlem’s hunky hero as he rebuilds his life, fights to make his city a safer space, and looks damn fine the entire time.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Premieres October 20 on Fox.

The thought of this cult classic getting a modern makeover is always risky, but with stars like Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, and Tim Curry as the narrator, let’s not pretend we aren’t shivering with antici – pation. Good, bad, or oh-so-bad-it’s-good, revisiting this monster musical is going to be a fabulously fun time.

The Real O’Neals
Premieres October 20 on ABC.
We were worried  when news began circulating that The Real O’Neals might be cancelled after out star Noah Galvin gave a couple of controversial interviews full of unkind words about other LGBT professionals working in Hollywood. Thank goodness cooler heads have prevailed and the ABC sitcom is returning for a second season. Simply put, there aren’t enough positive prime-time TV shows where gay teens are at the center of the story. This Dan Savage co-production isn’t just hilarious, it’s history-making TV.

Premieres October 20 on Fox.

Hayley Atwell stole our hearts as Marvel’s plucky super-spy for two seasons on Agent Carter, but while that series has come to an end, the actress is getting the chance to shine as a do-gooder diva in a different light. This time, Atwell will flex her star-power as Hayes Morrison, a former First Daughter who is forced to join a legal team working to overturn wrongful convictions after she’s busted for cocaine possession.

Scream Queens, Season 2
Premieres September 20 on Fox.

Get ready sluts, because the Chanels are back and they’ve left the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority in their rearview mirror to rule the halls of their new med school. But with no money and a damaged reputation after their fall from grace in season one will these queens of mean be able to reclaim their crown? Oh, hell yes! The campy horror comedy promises to be bigger, funnier, and hotter thanks to a booster shot of beefcake with John Stamos, Taylor Lautner, and Colton Haynes joining the cast. Rise and shine, ladies. The fun is about to begin… again.

The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
(Yes, every show in the CW’s DC Comics TV universe.)
The Flash premieres October 4
Arrow premieres October 5
Supergirl premieres October 10
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres October 13

Out gay mega-producer Greg Berlanti and his team have slowly been building the shared DC Comics TV universe over the past five years with great success and proved LGBT actors and characters can thrive in mainstream superhero shows. Out actors such as Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber, Andy Mientus, and John Barrowman have all kicked ass in their various heroic/villainous roles, while a number of queer characters (several of which were specifically reimagined as LGBT for these shows) like Mr. Terrific/Curtis Holt, White Canary/Sara Lance, and the upcoming appearance of gay superhero The Ray, are helping make The CW’s DC universe one of the most diverse on TV. Throw in the fact that the creative minds behind these shows are planning an ambitious crossover event between all four series and you’ve got a multiverse of reasons to tune in.

Finding Prince Charming
Premieres September 8 on Logo.

Bye, bye, bye The Bachelor! Former NSYNC member Lance Bass will be hosting Finding Prince Charming – the show Logo claims is the first-ever gay dating show. (That’s OK, we think everyone would like to forget Boy Meets Boy.) The reality series will follow a cast of 13 male suitors competing for the heart of interior designer Robert Sepulveda Jr.

With some scandalous details recently coming to light, including Sepulveda’s past as an escort, the show could be one of the juiciest reality shows to hit fall TV – both on and off the small screen.

Premieres October 9 on HBO.

It’s a Sex and the City meets Catastrophe – and no, we’re not talking about Sex and the City 2. Sara Jessica Parker joins Thomas Haden Church for a new HBO dramedy about the story of a very, very long divorce and what happens when love gets ugly.

The Crown
Premieres November 4 on Netflix.

Just when we thought we’d succumb to Downton Abbey withdrawal, Netflix comes to the rescue with what is reportedly one of the streaming service’s most expensive ($156 Million) and ambitious shows (six planned ten-episode seasons) to date. The Crown will follow the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s rule, the political rivalries and romances of her day, and the events that forged the direction of the latter half of the 20th century. Each season is planned to cover a different decade of the Queen’s reign. So be prepared royally binge for years to come.

Hairspray Live!
Premieres December 7 on NBC

The John Waters classic is the latest to get the NBC live musical treatment and boasts a beyond-fabulous all-star cast including Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad. But the biggest question is which will be more entertaining, the show or the army of viewers live-tweeting the event?

Premieres September 22 on Fox.

This all-new Fox series isn’t just the first of its kind because it features the tale of the first woman to break the gender barrier and play for a Major League Baseball team. It’s also the first to officially team up with MLB to produce the most authentic show possible. (Ex-players, use of stadiums, official uniforms – it’s all here.) The baseball drama stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dan Lauria, and Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, a female pitching prodigy who deals with the added pressure of breaking the glass ceiling in the world of the big four professional sports when she joins the San Diego Padres as the team’s new star player.

Transparent, Season 3
Premieres September 23 on Amazon Prime.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series returns for a third season and continues to move the needle forward for trans visibility on TV. This season, the Pfefferman family faces some of their biggest personal trials yet, just as Maura begins to consider undergoing gender confirmation surgery to become the woman she envisions.

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