Are you ready for the 35 best lesbian shows?! Over the last years, a lot more lesbian series have emerged. Of course, there’s the famous L Word and the new show L Word Generation Q (which are the obvious to-watch-shows). But lucky for us, there are many more lesbian shows, and we are going to tell you all about it.
With everything that’s going on in the world, who doesn’t want to be swoon away by some queer hotties and drool over some lesbian scenes? Self-isolation is the perfect excuse to binge-watch lesbian series, lesbian movies, and lesbian short films. ENJOY!
The Best Lesbian Shows
Sexy, exciting, and fun to watch! Killing Eve is about an intelligence investigator, Eve, who’s trying to find and catch the assassin Villanelle. Things go differently when they notice they are a bit more obsessed with each other than they should be. Eve keeps looking for Villanelle, but not only to catch her…
It’s an amazing series to watch, and we should warn you: when you start watching you don’t want to stop. Both actresses, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are fantastic.
Gentleman Jack is a lesbian show that premiered in 2019 but is set in the 1800s. It’s a drama series about Anne Lister and the diaries she wrote about her life (and her lesbian relationships). Being (in) a lesbian (relationship) in the 1800s was dangerous, so she wrote everything down in code. The series is based on a true story and Anne has been called the first modern lesbian in Britain.
It’s amazing to see the most beautiful costumes and sets in Gentleman Jack. The series is full of British humor and a very touching love story.
The L Word
All lesbians should watch The L Word. The L Word is an iconic series, as there weren’t many visibly lesbian characters in other series and movies, let alone lesbian series and lesbian movies. The L Word was much needed and is still the most groundbreaking lesbian TV show. But it also missed the point in a lot of cases (the worst was probably the minimal trans-representation, played by a cis actor).
Watch The L Word
The L Word Generation Q
A decade after the original series finished, The L Word Generation Q premiered at the end of 2019. Original lead characters like Alice, Bette, and Shane returned and new characters joined. The cast is a lot more inclusive (both ethnic and gender diverse) and the series has an overwhelming amount of storylines. We love it!
Netflix has many LGBT series you should watch too, check out LGBT Netflix to not miss any of them.
Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black is among our favorite lesbian shows on Netflix. And we’re not alone: OITNB is the most-watched Netflix original series (at the time of writing in 2019). The show is about Piper, who ends up in prison where she gets reunited with her ex-girlfriend. But the series isn’t just about Piper, it’s about many women in the prison.
Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions, as it’s a funny, dark, sexual but also insightful series (especially the last season). And the show fights many stereotypes as it features queer women with mental illnesses, a transgender woman of color (Laverne Cox), and more!
Watch on Amazon or Netflix
YEAH, a brand new lesbian series on Netflix! On March 19, 2020, the first season of Feel Good was launched on Netflix. The series is about Mae (played by Mae Martin), who is a stand-up comedian, and her girlfriend George. The series is based on Mae’s personal life.
Feel Good is both funny and serious. Mae struggles with her past addictions and with her new relationship with George. It’s the ‘better queer representation’ many queer women hoped for over the past years!
Watch Feel Good on Netflix
Wow, wow, wow, Sense8 is such a phenomenal show. And it’s SUPER queer. The creators, the Wachowskis (two transgender sisters), are famous for writing and directing the Matrix series and writing V for Vendetta.
Sense8 is about 8 different people from all around the world that are born at the same time. They are from Mexico, India, Germany, Iceland, USA, Kenya, South-Korea and are all connected to each other, they are ‘sensates’. Sensates are human beings that are emotionally and mentally linked.
Nomi from San Francisco is a trans ‘hacktivist’ is together with Amanita (played by Freema Agyeman, we love her). Because of the sensate-stuff, all 8 characters kind of end up in orgies (or so it looks), making it a whole new level of queer.
Watch Sense8 on Netflix
For everybody that loves to see the supernatural on screen, go watch Wynonna Earp. This series is not for everyone, but it’s different than the other lesbian series on this list (yay diversity!).
Wynonna Earp is based on the comic book series written by Beau Smith. It’s about Wynonna Earp, who’s a demon killer and kills other creatures. Her sister, Waverly Earp, who’s also one of the lead characters in the show is in a relationship with sheriff Nicole Haught. We love their chemistry and they are shipped ‘WayHaught’. YouTube has many videos about their relationship.
This sci-fi series is insane! Every episode is different but the overall theme of Black Mirror is basically technology manipulating the behavior of humans. The episodes aren’t related to each other, but the overall theme stays the same.
Definitely watch episode four of the third season, as it includes a cute lesbian love story. In all the other episodes of Black Mirror, technology creates a dystopia, yet in this episode, it does the opposite. And like every episode, nothing turns out to be what it seems!
Watch Black Mirror on Netflix
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You probably never heard about this series, and that isn’t weird (if you aren’t from the Netherlands). We (lesbian) Dutchies are proud of this series. Originally it was a lesbian web series, but season two was screened on Dutch television.
Anne+ is about a lesbian girl named Anne who’s in her twenties and living in Amsterdam. Every episode focuses on different relationships between Anne and her girlfriends. Season 1 is available on YouTube with English subtitles, season 2 is available in the UK. The first season has 6 episodes of 10 minutes.
Gypsy is a psychological thriller about psychotherapist Jean (played by Noami Watts) who obsesses over the people her patients talk about in their sessions. And then she falls for the ex-girlfriend of one of her (male) patients. It’s creepy but it’s also sexy. The lesbian scenes are hot!
Jean actually has a husband and a kid, so everything Jean does is in secret. Her kid turns out to be queer too (maybe the best storyline of this show)!
Sadly the show got canceled after one season, as it seemed to be a popular new lesbian show.
Watch Gypsy on Netflix
The Haunting of Bly Manor
We need more scary shows! The Haunting of Bly Manor is not very scary, the tagline of the show is ‘it’s not a ghost story, it’s a [lesbian] love story’. And we love it! The love story is so adorable, we had no idea. But we won’t spoil too much for you.
To be honest: the show is a little slow, and it’s more of a thriller than a horror. But when I’m watching shows with my girlfriend, they can’t be too scary, or she will keep me awake all night.
Do not get confused with The Haunting of Hill House, while many actors and creators return (plus the name is nearly identical), the stories are not connected. However, the show about Hill House also has a powerful lesbian storyline – so if you’re in the mood, watch both! Hill House is more ‘horror’ than Bly Manor.
Watch The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix
This show is the best! If you start watching you can’t stop. It’s an amazingly written show and the actress Tatiana Maslany is fantastic.
Orphan Black is a science fiction thriller about Sara who discovers that she is a clone. Sara is part of an illegal experiment of cloning, and someone is trying to kill all clones. Tatiana Maslany plays all the clones and she does a great job. One of the clones, Cosima, is a lesbian and she falls in love with Delphine.
Be prepared for a hot lesbian scientist’s romance!
Vis a Vis | Locked Up
Orange Is the New Black but in Spanish. And with less sex and more violence. Some say it’s even better than OITNB, but you should watch them both and decide yourself.
This lesbian show about a women’s prison is full of action, drama, plot twists, amazing actresses, and great storylines.
Macarena, one of the main characters, ends up in prison after she commits frauds for her boss she’s in love with. In prison, she realizes she needs to become a different person to survive her sentence.
In July 2020, a spin-off of the lesbian series was released, called Vis a Vis: El Oasis.
Watch Locked Up on Netflix
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The Foster family is a family with biological, adopted, and foster children, raised by a lesbian couple! Stef and Lena are the moms of this multi-ethnic family.
This lesbian show is funny, special, and very important as it talks about important topics as coming out, same-sex marriages, and issues in the foster system (among many other things). It’s no wonder this series has earned two GLAAD Media Awards (and one Teen Choice Award).
Two trans characters are introduced in the series: this was amongst the first-ever trans representation on TV!
Watch The Fosters (or on Netflix)
The Bold Type
A show that’s fun to watch, with a great queer storyline. It is sexy, progressive, and features three badass women as main characters. This show is one of our absolute favorites of this whole list with lesbian shows!
The Bold Type is about three millennial women who live in New York City. You get to see everything about their lives, including romantic relationships, careers, and friendships.
Kat is one of these three badass women. In the show, she starts exploring her sexuality and falls in love with the queer Muslim photographer Adena.
A black woman and a queer Muslim in a relationship isn’t something you get to see on-screen every day. And Kat’s coming out story isn’t a typical coming out story you get to see in most lesbian shows. Kat’s coming out story is a casual and open one which we love to see.
We love seeing her figuring things out on the way, that’s something we all try to do.
You Me Her
You Me Her stars two female characters that both identify as bisexual. They are in a polyamorous relationship with a man.
It starts like this: a middle-class couple is missing something in their lives – they want a baby but biology isn’t working in their favor. Also, they miss the ‘spark’. Through some funny events, they end up in a throuple with a younger woman.
You might question why You Me Her is on a list with lesbian series when the show is about a polyamorous relationship with a man. The series is about figuring out sexuality and how to deal with an unaccepting society. That’s something many lesbians face too.
The whole series is funny, cute, and not too sexualized. And it’s the first polyamorous romantic comedy on television!
Watch You Me Her on Netflix
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Easy is a series that features a different (love) story in every episode. In S1E2, S2E7, and S3E3, we see the girls Jo (YES, played by Jacqueline Toboni from the L Word Generation Q) and Chase develop a relationship and dealing with their struggles.
Something we love about these episodes is that it isn’t about coming out. Instead, it’s about daily things and how to keep a healthy relationship.
We didn’t like watching every episode of Easy, but we loved watching the three with Jo and Chase in it!
Watch Easy on Netflix
Glee was groundbreaking and of great importance for LGBT representation on TV. Especially for young people. It’s a show about a high school show choir and a show of outsiders all figuring life out (through a lot of songs).
The show features, among other LGBT characters, a lesbian couple. Santana and Brittany are together and you get to see them making out, dance, sing and walk around in their cheerleading outfits.
It’s not every day you find a Netflix TV show where no one dies, no one has superpowers and has a lesbian lead, played by a queer female actress, yet it’s not about her coming out story. I mean, I think it’s the only one there is!
So Elodie (played by Brianna Hildebrand) is gay and a kleptomaniac. She’s struggling as the new girl at school but makes two new best friends at the Shoplifters Anonymous meetings she has to attend.
Their friendship is adorable, and this whole coming-of-age story is very sweet. It’s mellow, it’s relatable, it’s dorky, and it’s queer!
Watch Trinkets on Netflix
You gotta love women, and lesbians, in a prison! Besides Orange Is the New Black and Vis a Vis, Wentworth is another lesbian series about a women’s prison. OITNB is American, Vis a Vis is Spanish and Wentworth is Australian (and actually came first!). Don’t let the Australian accent scare you away, as this series is great to watch.
Wentworth feels more real, like how life in prison could be, while OITNB makes life in prison looks more exciting. There’s less lesbian hotness going on in Wentworth, but the writing of the storylines is great.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat in every episode.
Euphoria is a really intense, dark show and is definitely not for everybody. Addict Rue falls for transgender girl Jules (played by real-life transgender woman Hunter Schafer), but the queerness is only a small part of the story.
It’s freeing to see a show that is sexually so fluid and open while being raw and real. This show does get a lot right about Gen Z’s queerness. There is so much to unpack in this series, it is so complex. And we’re here for it.
TW: substance abuse and sexual abuse – graphic content
Tales of the City (2019)
Not just a lesbian show, but a very queer one with lesbian characters in it. And it’s written by queer writers.
Tales of the City is about a group of people living as a family in the same apartment building, 28 Barbary Lane. The story is told by Mary Anne Singleton, who returns to 28 Barbary Lane after 23 years.
We aren’t in love with Tales of the City, but it’s definitely entertaining. And as it’s mainly about the LGBT community with relevant topics, we do recommend watching it.
Plus Ellen Page stars in it, who doesn’t want to see her on-screen?! This miniseries on Netflix is based on the novels of Armistead Maupin and has prequels too.
The Real L Word
The L Word but the reality version! This lesbian show is created by the same producer as The L Word. The difference between the two is that in The Real L Word you don’t follow actors but you get to follow lesbians that really live in Los Angels and live their daily life. The Real L Word is the reality spinoff of the L Word.
The show is definitely not great, but it’s real and features queer friendships, drama, and sex (you gotta love it!). It’s a unique lesbian show!
Women with superpowers, we love it! We know, every woman is a superwoman, but this supergirl has some special ones.
Supergirl is superman’s cousin and is a badass. Her adoptive sister, Alex, comes out as a lesbian and falls in love. Alex is one of the main characters of the show.
Supergirl was nominated for the best drama TV show, thanks to its great storyline. And the series also features a transgender superhero, how amazing! If superheroes are your thing, definitely watch Supergirl.
She’s Gotta Have It
She’s Gotta Have It is an important series as you don’t often see black lesbian sex on screen. The whole series is about Nola, a sex-positive polyamorous pansexual, who isn’t interested in a monogamous relationship.
Especially in season one, it’s about Nola and her relationship with three different men. But in season 2 it’s all about her relationship with a woman called Opal.
Within the first ten minutes of the first episode of season 2, there’s a hot and steamy sex scene between the queer black women. And it’s almost 3 minutes long!
The series might not be the best series ever, but it’s super important as the queer women of color community need to be a lot more visible (on-screen).
She’s Gotta Have It is based on the film with the same name, created by Spike Lee.
Watch She’s Gotta Have It on Netflix
In the United States, they had The L Word, in the UK they had Lip Service. Lip Service aired on television a lot later (2010). Both the original The L Word and Lip Service aren’t perfect, but very important.
Nowadays, there is more queer presentation in series and movies than ever, but back in the day that was very different. Shows like Lip Service were very important for the ‘older’ generation lesbians.
Lip Service is about a group of lesbians that live in Glasgow in Scotland. There’s a lot of sex and cheating involved, a lot more sex than in The L Word!
As mentioned before, the series isn’t perfect, therefore the series was received with mixed feelings by the LGBT community.
Watch Lip Service on Netflix
Lesbian Shows with Lesbian Characters
Visibility is so important, also in shows that aren’t mainly about lesbian characters but also when they feature lesbian side characters. Below we will tell you a few amazing shows to watch that feature lesbian characters.
One Day at a Time
One Day at a Time is about the daily life of a Cuban-American family. We started watching One Day at a Time and couldn’t stop. The series is very funny, relatable, has amazing actors, and also talks about modern topics like LGBTQ issues. One Day at a Time is a remake of the classic Norman Lear sitcom.
Daughter Elena comes out as a lesbian in the first season and gets a non-binary love interest in the second season. She’s also an activist.
Watch One Day at a Time on Netflix
This Netflix original series is super inclusive and very fluid. And it’s not only very fun to watch, but it’s also very educational and important.
You don’t often see a series that include topics as self-appreciation, respect, body-shaming, sexual assault, abortion, and sexual health. These topics can be heavy, but they are approached in a more light and funny way. Plus the series is super inclusive!
Otis is the lead character of the show. His mom is a sex-therapist, yet Otis is very weird about sex. But because his mum is an expert, Otis sets up his own sex therapy practice for his classmates.
Otis has a best friend, Eric, who’s gay. But he’s so much more than a sassy black gay side character. His character gets developed, and when he dresses in drag? OMG, there are no words. And you will also see some lesbian couples, even more in the second season!
Sex Education is very relatable for teenagers, but also important to watch when you’re older.
Watch Sex Education on Netflix
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A groundbreaking series with a black lesbian superhero, Anissa, as one of the main characters. Black Lightning is based on the DC Comics and is about Black Lightning who is retired but returns as a superhero.
What we love about Anissa is that she’s already a lesbian when you get to see her in the series. Series often are about coming out stories, but Anissa is a proud lesbian from the start!
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin is about Jane Villanueva who’s a virgin and accidentally gets inseminated. Imagine being pregnant when you never had sex before?! Things get even more confusing when she finds out the donor is her boss, whom she had a crush on. Jane then gets confused, love triangles happen, there are evil twins, deaths, and much more.
The show is a telenovela on meta-level (as it’s also about the Villanueva’s obsession with telenovelas). It’s fun to watch and will often surprise you with a twist and cliffhanger. The show has multiple lesbian characters, and the best lesbian romance comes in season four!
Pretty Little Liars
Teens, friendships, love, drama, and mystery, you can see it all in Pretty Little Liars. A group of five high school friends falls apart when one of them, Alison, goes missing. The remaining four girls get back together after they are threatened by someone named ‘A’. Of course, they need to find out who ‘A’ is, and what happened to their friend Alison. Or is ‘A’ Alison?
One of the girls, Emily (played by the amazing Shay Mitchell), is a lesbian. Or perhaps bisexual, as she also has a boyfriend in the beginning. But already in the second episode, she shares a kiss with a girl named Maya, and later on, she gets a relationship with Paige.
Atypical isn’t the first show that comes to mind when talking about lesbian series. Only later in this series, one of the characters comes out as a lesbian. But her storyline is such an important one for many of us. Her struggles of figuring out her sexuality, coming out, and ending her relationship with a boy, is relatable. She needs to rediscover herself when she falls in love with a girl.
The storyline isn’t what the whole series is about, but we absolutely LOVE it. This show is really adorable and also different in another way: the lead character, Sam, is on the spectrum.
Don’t watch this show only for this queer girl (because you need to wait a long time before she comes out). It’s one of our favorite series on Netflix!
A post-apocalyptic series! Life on earth is wiped out, but after living in a space station for a long time 100 detainees are sent back to earth. Follow them to see if they survive… And can they re-populate the planet again?!
Yay for strong female main characters and yay for queer visibility! The 100 introduces its first lesbian character, Lexa, in its second season. And the lead female character Clarke turns out to be bisexual! A little warning: some queers die.
Many people LOVE the 100, but we are a little less big fans. Also in the queer (female) community, people love it.
More superheroes! Jessica Jones is a badass woman who’s incredibly strong. After an incident, she decided to stop being a superhero and become a private investigator. The series is based on the comics of Marvel and is a Netflix original series.
Her lawyer, Jeri Hogarth, is a lesbian but the show gets queerer later on. The queer narratives are small, yet important. The ‘queerness’ doesn’t define the characters.
The show also includes Marvel’s very first trans character.
Watch Jessica Jones on Netflix
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