Six of the most watchable Queer TV shows of 2021

Queer TV Shows of 2021

Much like 2020, this year saw us all watching a lot of TV and this year has delivered plenty of queer TV to fill that time.

So before we close the door on 2021 let’s take a look back at some of the most watchable Queer TV of 2021.

Here’s six of our favourite picks and where to watch them if you missed out.

It’s a Sin – Stan

This five-part series from Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies is alternately joyous and heartbreaking.

Spanning a decade across the 80’s and 90’s the queer tv show tracks the life of a group of gay men during the Aids crisis.

The stellar cast make this program with real, gritty and moving performances that will keep you captivated.

Supporting appearances by Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry help lift the show with outstanding delivery.

Each episode unpacks the different lives and journeys of the characters as they navigate their sexuality amongst a changing and terrifying time.

It’s a Sin is essential viewing, not to be missed.

Watch the trailer for queer TV show It’s a Sin below.

Love, Victor: Season Two – Disney+

Love Victor is the television spin off of the hit film Love, Simon.

Set after Simon’s graduation but at the same school, Love, Victor explores our new protagonists journey to find himself.

Season one hit the mark with love, humour and heartbreak, leaving us hanging for a second season.

The second season delivered in equal measures.

After coming out in season one Victor must now navigate his mothers acceptance of his sexuality.

As he pursues his relationship with Benji publicly, Victor explores issues around sex, sexuality and identity that many queer people face.

Season two is equally real, uplifting and heartbreaking as we expected.

After the cliff hanger ending of season two, we’re excited season three has been confirmed.

Catch the trailer below.

Special, Final Season – Netflix

The first season of Special was a queer TV breakaway hit for Netflix.

Written by and starring Ryan O’Connell Special explores the life of a gay man living with cerebral palsy.

This honest and touching portrayal of his life won hearts worldwide.

The announcement of a second and final season was equally exciting and saddening.

Season two kicked off with Ryan further exploring his independence and a growing rift with his mother.

Meanwhile his love life is anything but conventional.

A three-way relationship finds Ryan conflicted as he struggles between the joy of finding love and the pain of a life unattainable. The rollercoaster of his joy and heartbreak will leave you hooked and unable to stop watching.

The only bad thing about season two was that it was the last.

However Ryan will be returning to our screens in the Queer as Folk reboot in 2022.

Watch the trailer for Special Season Two below.

Hacks – Stan

Hacks was the unexpected hit of 2021 and it’s worth every minute of the time you give it.

It was also an unexpectedly queer TV show.

The show follows the life of ageing comedian Deborah Vance.

Faced with the prospective of losing relevance and work Vance is forced to work with screen writer Ava.

Ava, a queer woman, is strapped for work after a recent tweet saw all doors in Hollywood close for her.

Deborah needs a writer and Ava needs work, despite both their protestations they begin a working relationship that is fraught with tension and ultimately comic relief.

Smart’s portrayal of the narcissistic perfectionist that is Deborah Vance is hilariously perfect.

With every condescending sentence, viewers will cringe and laugh as she cuts down those around her with ice-cold wit.

Ava, played by Hannah Einbinder is dry and unyielding in her disdain for her situation and in turn for Deborah Vance.

It’s a perfect pairing that delivers wonderfully in this runaway comedy.

Supported by a strong cast the show is carried effortlessly from episode to episode.

Watch the trailer for Hacks below.

Pose – Binge/Apple TV plus

It’s undeniable that Pose is must watch queer TV.

After a captivating first season the show was renewed for a second and third season quickly.

Set against the African-American and Latino ball culture of New York in the 80’s Pose broke new TV ground.

Featuring an amazing cast of trans actors and people of colour Pose lead the way in redefining representation on television.

Billy Porter made Emmy history in 2021 as did fellow Pose star MJ Rodriguez for their roles in the program.

The announcement that season three would be the last was a devastating blow for fans.

However the season delivered in spades as Porter and his co-stars delivered the performances of their careers.

The trailer for season three below says it all.

Queen Of The Universe – Paramount Plus

The announcement that World of Wonder would be a producing a drag queen singing competition sounded like a Eurovision style dream come true.

Fourteen drag queens from around the world coming together to compete, as singers.

It’s camp, queer TV.

The result was something very different to Drag Race and a welcome change to our screens.

With no mini challenges, work room fights or on screen drama to contend with the queens are able to focus on their ability to walk on stage and sing.

The judging choices of Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, Vanessa Williams and Leona Lewis prove a great balance of humour and critique.

Worldwide talent including queens from China, France and even Australia make for great television.

As 2021 draws to a close the program is fast approaching the grand finale where one queen will be awarded the prize of $250,000.

Watch our interview with Australia’s contestant on Queen of the Universe Gingzilla below.

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