Netflix dropped their new gay love story Heartstopper this week and the whole world is falling in love with Charlie, Nick, Elle and co.
The show is the latest in an ever evolving list of mainstream queer TV and viewers are loving it.
Fans are praising the show for its heartwarming and uplifting stories.
Heartstopper is a must watch
Heartstopper has debuted in a world where queer characters can now lead a program.
We’re no longer just the funny best friend or the butt of the joke.
In fact these days we’re almost spoilt for choice when it comes to queer television.
Now this latest offering from Netflix hits all the right notes and is must watch TV.
The show is trending at the top of Twitter and receiving rave reviews worldwide.
Charlie and Nick
Perhaps it’s the nostalgic aesthetic or the simplicity of their love story but everything about Heartstopper is loveable.
Charlie (Joe Locke) is the only out boy at his all boys school.
Nick (Kit Connor) is his new best friend and the two are hit it off quickly.
After recently dumping his closeted boyfriend, Charlie is looking for love.
What he finds with Nick is beautiful, simple and unexpected.
Heartstopper followers their unfolding love story as they begin to explore and understand themselves.
Everything about this show is lovable, there’s an energy and a nervous joy that reaches out and pulls the viewer in.
While other teen dramas are all about sex, drugs and pushing boundaries, Heartstopper is about focusing on relationships, love and life.
Their stories and that of their friends are the perfect depiction of modern queer love.
This is the show that so many of us needed growing up and it warms our hearts to watch it now.
Redefining teens trans representation
Joining Charlie and Nick in this cute queer love story is a cast of equally queer and loveable friends.
While the main love story unfolds so too does that of queer characters Tara & Darcy and unexpected couple Elle and Tao (William Gao).
Tara (Corinna Broen) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell) attend the local all girls school, which Elle (Yasmin Finney) has recently found herself transferred too.
Elle, having previously been a student at the all boys school is now finding herself in her new life.
As a trans character Elle and her story are woven beautifully into the narrative.
It was important for the character of Elle to be played by a transwoman said the shows writer Alice Oseman.
The character is a beauitful depiction of the joy instead of the trauma of being trans.
‘Her journey is about finding friendships and fitting into a new school and developing feelings for one of her best friends, and those are just normal teenage things,’ she said.
Transgender actress Yasmin Finney who plays Elle spoke of her joy at bringing positive trans representation to the screen.
“It really, really, really is such a rare story that we get a trans character that doesn’t delve into gender dysphoria, or depression, or bullying. But just the positive – the friendship, the chosen family, the moving from an all boys’ school to an all girls’ school.
“Just everything that is natural about being trans is highlighted. I’m just so happy to be that positive representation that we’ve needed for so many years.”
This heartwarming, uplifting and memorable lovestory is not to be missed.
Watch the trailer here.
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