Lesbian Netflix – The Best Lesbian Shows & Movies on Netflix

Lesbian Netflix

Ever find yourself trawling through the LGBT+ section of Netflix, wondering what the best lesbian movies or TV shows are? Yes, we’ve been there! It’s not always easy to identify the films or TV shows with lesbian characters. And even when it is, it’s tough to know if 1) they’re actually any good, and 2) just how much lesbian action are we going to get.   

Now before you get your knickers in a twist, by lesbian action, I do not necessarily mean how many lesbian sex scenes are we going to see. While that is always an added bonus, of course, I’m referring more along the lines of how much screen time does the queer side of the story receive. For example, is this lesbian TV show like The L Word, or is there just one lesbian character in Episode 6 of Series 7? Do you feel me? Great.

With this in mind, I have broken this article down into categories. We have the best lesbian movies on Netflix, along with the not so great. We also have the best and the worst of lesbian TV shows on Netflix too. I’ve got an additional section featuring TV shows with lesbian characters but not so much lesbian action (see my previous definition above). Oh, and let’s not forget about the best lesbian documentaries on Netflix as well.

So let’s get to it, here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly, of the Lesbian Netflix library!

Lesbian Netflix – The Best Lesbian Shows & Movies on Netflix

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The Best Lesbian Movies on Netflix

OK, so let’s start with the best lesbian movies on Netflix. In all of these movies, the lesbian character or storyline is extremely prominent, whilst actually being very good. So if you haven’t seen these movies, add them to your list immediately.

Blue is the Warmest Colour  

Let’s start with what is probably the most famous and controversial lesbian movie ever made. Many criticised the film and that unforgettable 10-minute sex scene. However, if you remove the straight male director out of the equation, we found the movie incredibly sensual and relatable.

The movie tells the story of a teenager named Adele, who falls for eccentric art student Emma after meeting her at a lesbian bar. The film follows their relationship into early adulthood and is a painful yet beautiful portrayal of first love.  

The lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux are exquisite in the movie, and it’s one of our favourite lesbian films of all time. A must watch!

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Chasing Amy

We are all for a controversial movie, and this 90s movie certainly doesn’t disappoint. The sexual politics of this movie p*ssed off a lot of people, and continues to do so to this day. However, we found it incredibly entertaining, and so long as you keep an open mind, I’m sure you will too. *Stop reading here to avoid any spoilers!*

Chasing Amy is a romantic comedy about a guy who falls in love with his best friend Amy, who is, in fact, a lesbian. While Amy insists nothing will ever happen between them, she does eventually hook up with him. Admittedly, this isn’t ideal, giving the impression to men everywhere that they do have a chance *sigh*. It is also an accurate portrayal of how fluid sexuality can be. 

Funny, lighthearted, and well-casted, I’d say this lesbian movie on Netflix is well worth a watch.

The Half of It

We watched this movie quite recently, and despite a slightly disappointing ending, it’s easily one of the best lesbian movies on Netflix. A 2020 Netflix original, The Half Of It is a charming coming-of-age comedy exploring first love, friendship, and self-discovery.

The story follows Ellie, the high school nerd who does coursework for her peers in exchange for money. It’s this business idea that connects her with Paul; only instead of writing essays, he wants Ellie to write love letters to help him win over the pretty girl in school – Ester.  

You guessed it, Ellie ends up falling for Ester herself. From a small town and born into a traditional Chinese family, this realisation is tough for Ellie. It’s a very well handled storyline and features one of our favourite lesbian movie scenes. Overall it’s a delightful and emotional movie. 

Loving Annabelle

Whilst not the most creative of lesbian movies, Loving Annabelle, is incredibly gripping. Not to mention, relatable to anybody who ever had a crush on their high school teacher.  

Annabelle is a troubled teen who after being kicked out of two high schools, lands up in a catholic boarding school. It’s here that she meets sheltered teacher Simone, and the film charts their relationship as the sexual tension between them builds to its crescendo.

A relatively well-acted production, a cute storyline, and a notable lesbian sex scene make this movie an essential watch.

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The Feels

Slightly silly, but equally entertaining, The Feels is a romantic comedy worthy of the 90-minutes you’ll spend watching it.

The story is of engaged lesbian couple Andi and Lu. On their joint bachelorette party, Lu makes a drunken confession that she’s never had an orgasm. NEVER. 

With such a catchy storyline, the movie has the potential to be funnier. However, the unravelling of Andi and Lu’s relationship proves to be quite an intriguing watch.

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Yes or No 

Next up, we have a Thai lesbian movie, that stole our hearts with its adorable albeit slightly cheesy storyline. It is an iconic LGBT+ movie, in the sense that it is the first lesbian film from Thailand to feature a Tom (i.e. butch) lead character.

At first, Pie is intimidated by her Tomboy-ish roommate. But before long she finds herself increasingly attracted to her. Attraction and lust draw them together, but will traditional customs keep them apart? You’ll just have to watch to find out! 

Elisa and Marcela

Based on the true story of Spain’s first same-sex marriageElisa and Marcela is one of the more romantic lesbian films on Netflix. It follows the story of Elisa and Marcela (funnily enough) as their relationship develops into a forbidden love that they have to keep secret.

While the acclaimed black and white movie has been ‘femmed’ up, so to speak, it’s still a true story worth hearing. And oh, the sex scenes are pretty great too!

Lovesong

If there’s any film that’s going to have you yelling at the screen ‘just kiss, god damn it!” it’s Lovesong. This beautiful coming-of-age romance explores the intensity and desire between two teenage friends confused about their sexuality. 

We love how well-acted and relatable this movie is, and when circumstances tear the friends apart, our hearts broke harder than I care to admit. Will Sarah be able to save her relationship with Mindy before she marries? The answer is in the movie!

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Chloe

OK, I’ll admit I struggled whether to include this one under the best lesbian movies on Netflix category. But while it isn’t great, it doesn’t belong in the not-so-great category either.

Interestingly, this film has a strong cast, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried. After Catherine hires an escort to test her husbands’ loyalty, she ends up falling for her herself.

The sexy scenes and intense acting that follow are what saved this movie from being a complete disaster.

Someone Great 

If you’re seeking a feel-good lesbian movie, Someone Great should be at the top of your list. This movie centres around Jenny who’s just split up with her long-term boyfriend. After grappling to come to terms with being single, she calls in her good friends to help cheer her up.

One of those friends is Erin, a badass lesbian woman struggling to tie down her fun-loving girlfriend. While the queer storyline takes a back burner in the film, this funny and heartwarming story of friendship is enough to win anybody over.

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The Perfection

If it hadn’t been for the fact that The Perfection is the only lesbian horror movie on Netflix, it likely wouldn’t have made this category. But it is, and so it is.  

Now I should warn you; there are scenes in the film that could turn the strongest of stomachs. And the themes of violence and abuse warrant a trigger warning. But if you like gory thrillers with a lesbian couple at its core, you might just about enjoy this movie.  

Let it Snow 

Having queer representation in a Christmas movie is a revelation. And to be honest with you, the queer characters in Let It Snow are one of the major highlights of the film.

The story follows a group of friends brought together by a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. It’s every bit cliche and predictable as most Christmas rom-com’s. But it’s got all the feel-good factor you would expect as well.  

Not So Great Lesbian Movies on Netflix

OK, we’ve covered all the best lesbian movies on Netflix, so now it’s time to cover the not-so-great. They’re on this list because they are just about worth a watch. However, I do have to say, watch at your own peril! Time is something you can never get back!

A Perfect Ending 

Definitely up there as one of the worst lesbian movies on Netflix, A Perfect Ending is cheesy, sexy, and cringe in equal measure.  

The storyline follows a middle-aged housewife named Barbara who after never having an orgasm, calls in a female escort to do the job. You know, as you do.  

It sounds like the plot of a lesbian porn film, and that’s basically what it is. In fact, if you treat it as such, you’re likely to enjoy it far more!

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Concussion 

Another trashy movie that revolves around lesbian sex, Concussion is sure to get you a little hot under the collar.  

Abby is at the centre of the storyline. And after experiencing a blow to the head seeks sexual experiences outside of her marriage. She hooks up with a lesbian prostitute and later decides she wants to become one herself.

It’s a weak storyline but has some steamy sex scenes, so I’ll let you decide if it’s worth a watch or not!

Below Her Mouth

If you’re down for more lesbian sex, Below Her Mouth is by far one of the raunchiest lesbian movies on Netflix. I’m talking a LOT of sex that goes on in this movie. And the sex scenes are hot! But it’s just a shame that the storyline and script are not. 

The stereotypical storyline of an emotionally unavailable androgynous character has run it’s course as it is. But in this movie, it manages to make it cringe-worthy as well. Worth it for the sex scenes? Potentially, yes.

Duck Butter

You only have to google the meaning of Duck Butter to get an idea of what you can expect from this movie. And yes, it involves lots of sex.  

Relative to the other movies on this list, Duck Butter isn’t terrible. But the storyline which involves a 24-hour romp between the female leads in the hope that they’ll realise their compatibility is weak and far fetched.

Again don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed! 

Lez Bomb 

Lez Bomb is a lesbian Thanksgiving movie that has the potential to be really good. But unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to its hype.

When Lauren attempts to come out to her parents before her girlfriend Hailey arrives, all kinds of mishaps happen. Think ‘Meet the Parents’ but the queer version, and sadly, the slightly less funny version as well.

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The Best Lesbian Documentaries on Netflix

I say all of the best lesbian documentaries on Netflix when in-fact, this is ALL of the lesbian documentaries on Netflix. But they are all pretty good, and most certainly worth a watch.

A Secret Love 

A Secret Love took Netflix by storm this year. In this moving 2020 documentary, Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel come out to their families after decades of keeping their love a secret.   

Coming out is a pinnacle moment in the lives of so many of the LGBTQ+ community. And Terry and Pat’s story proves that it comes with its complication regardless of your age.

We adored this beautiful love story and have no doubt you will too. Just make sure that the tissues are on hand.

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Tig 

Comedy, emotion, romance, and a lesbian family are just a few of the gems you can expect from this uplifting documentary. Tig chronicles American comedian Tig Notaro following a groundbreaking performance that changed her life forever.

Without giving too much away, the documentary hits home how life can change at any given moment. And how Tig deals with an immensely testing time in her life is an inspiring and positive message to us all.

Ellen DeGeneres Relatable 

If you get and enjoy Ellen DeGeneres’s humour, then you are going to love this 70-minute stand-up special. Personally, her goofy humour grates on me after a while. But each to their own.

What makes this documentary worth watching in my opinion, however, is Ellen’s vulnerability as she shares her experiences coming out and how the people she loved consequently rejected her.  

For that reason, it’s a poignant and relatable watch for all queer people.

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The Best Lesbian Series on Netflix

Now we are going to take a look at what I consider to be the best lesbian series on Netflix. Each of these shows feature either a gripping queer storyline or a powerful queer character. And life will not be complete until you’ve watched each and every one of them. Basically, you need to add each of these lesbian tv shows to your watch list immediately.

Orange Is the New Black 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, I’m sure Orange Is the New Black requires little introduction. This queer Netflix sensation exploded when it hit our screens in 2013, and we like so many others, were so here for it! 

Set in a female prison, you already know there is going to be plenty of queer characters. But not only that, the characters are complex, diverse, and captivating.  

The storyline is pretty epic too. You can expect sex, love, emotion, comedy, violence and more in this one of a kind comedy-drama.

The Haunting of Hill House 

As the name suggests, this 10-part Netflix series is more about a haunting than it is a queer storyline; however, one of the lead characters is a lesbian played by the beautiful Kate Siegel.  

Siegel plays a hot lesbian named Theo. The storyline follows Theo and her siblings into adulthood after being brought up in one of the most haunted houses in the country.  

Not only does the show pack a punch when it comes to the scare factor. But Theo shares a few steamy romps throughout the season as well. By far, one of my favourites lesbian tv shows on Netflix!

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The spooky follow up to The Haunting of Hill House features the lesbian love story occupying every queer girl’s mind at present.  

Different story, same cast, and while it’s not as scary as its predecessor, the blossoming relationship between Jamie and Dani is captivating.

I still have a few episodes left to watch, but from what I’ve seen, I am loving every minute.

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Sense 8

You’ll probably hear me say this a lot throughout this list, but we absolutely loved this show. It’s got a bit of everything we love – travel, sci-fi, sex, action, and of course some queer action.  

Sense 8 is about eight strangers from around the globe who one day wake up to find themselves connected. It seems they can connect with one another’s thoughts, actions, and even feelings.

It’s a fast-paced show that will keep you on the edge of your seat. And with scenes shot in cities all over the world, it’s a virtual travel experience at the same time.

Ratched

Starring the lavish queen herself, Sarah Paulson, this most recent Ryan Murphy creation is as twisted and eccentric as one might expect. 

Ratched tells the origin story of Mildred Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest‘ before she became the ruthless Nurse the movie portrays.

While the show received mixed reviews, we absolutely adored the gore, the twists, and the campness of it all. And the beautiful romance between Sarah Paulson and Cynthia Nixon is as compelling as it sounds.

Sex Education

Prepare to laugh, cry and cringe with this hilarious teen comedy series, which follows Otis as he reluctantly becomes a sex therapist amidst his high-school peers.

Gillian Anderson plays Otis’s Mum, and I challenge you not to fall in love with her a little bit. But while she’s unfortunately not a lesbian, there’s a cute lesbian relationship that develops in series 2.  

Not to mention the fabulously queer Eric, who is one of our favourite characters in the show.

A-Typical 

Atypical is a charming and heartwarming comedy centred around an autistic teenage boy named Sam. The story follows Sam and his family as Sam decides he’s ready to start dating. 

The storyline is handled brilliantly. And other than a hard to stomach Mother, each of the characters is truly fantastic. One of which is Sam’s younger sister, Casey, who in season two, lands in a lesbian relationship with her best friend.

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Dead to Me

Prepare to go through the emotions while watching this dark comedy series, that follows the friendship of two women after meeting in a support group.  

Don’t worry; it’s not as cliche as it sounds. Jen & Judy do not fall in love. But they do embark on a weird roller-coaster relationship that’s like a car crash you can’t turn away from.  

The lesbian relationship doesn’t happen until series 2, when Judy falls for a beautiful chef played by bisexual actress Natalie Morales. They are downright adorable, and we loved it!

You 

In this creepy psychological thriller, handsomely charming Joe, can’t help but develop unhealthy obsessions with attractive women. Only he’s not the only one, and in season one, sexy Shay Mitchell’s character is stalking the same girl that Joe is.  

The storyline takes on a dangerous game of cat and mouse, coming to a head in an explosive finale! There are also some lesbian characters in season two, although they are far less prominent. Either way, both seasons are incredibly addictive.

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Feel Good 

Feel Good is a warm and lighthearted lesbian series on Netflix, following recovering cocaine addict and stand-up comedian Mae. After falling for a straight girl at one of her shows, the storyline homes in on her struggles overcoming the addictive behaviours that destruct her life. The humour is excellent, and the love story is cute as hell. Definitely, one to watch!

American Horror Story 

The American Horror anthology of stories are shocking, horrifying, and at times, damn right grotesque. But what else can you expect from Ryan Murphy? Everything is far fetched and entirely over the top. However, the show managed to pull it off. Well, for the first few seasons at least.

We loved how every season took on a fresh new story, and the first 4 or 5 seasons were perfect. The show introduced us to the fabulous Sarah Paulson. And in series two they gave us what we’d been waiting for. Asylum sees Paulson play a complex lesbian character institutionalised for her sexual orientation.

Pretty Little Liars 

My guilty pleasure.  Sorry-not sorry.  Pretty Little Liars follows the lives of four teenage girls, who following the disappearance of their best friend, receive disturbing letters from a stalker. “A” threatens to reveal their deepest darkest secrets, so the group make it their mission to find out who ‘A’ is.  

While the whole thing feels notably camp, there is one queer character played by the gorgeous Shay Mitchell. A subplot follows her resonating journey coming to terms with her sexuality, and she winds up in some adorable relationships.

Oh, and I’ve still not finished the show. So I’m yet to find out who ‘A’ is!

How To Get Away With Murder 

If you want a gripping crime drama that delivers the goods on a queerness level, this is the show for you.  How To Get Away With Murder tells the story of a group of ambitious law students who become involved in a twisted murder plot alongside their criminal defence professor. The professor is a bisexual Black woman played by Viola Davis, and her protagonist role is pivotal to queer TV history.

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Skins

Skins is somewhat of a cult classic from my teenage years. But it’s still very much relevant and entertaining to this day. The show follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, England. And amongst them, they develop a wealth of issues that are prevalent amongst youths.  

Some of the topics that span from substance abuse and eating disorders, to teenage pregnancy and mental illness are deep and should be distressing. Yet Skins manages to approach them in a sensitive yet lighthearted way. The first two seasons are the best, but the queer storylines occur later on.

Everything Sucks

There’s not a lot not to love about this lesbian tv show on Netflix. Other than the fact they axed it after one series for reasons I will never quite understand. 

Having grown up as a 90s kid, I loved the shows retro vibe. And its various references from that era left me feeling incredibly nostalgic. 

I think every girl who grew up questioning their sexuality will resonate with the lead character Kate, who’s world flips upside down after she sees two girls kissing at a concert. 

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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

In this groundbreaking story, Octavia Spencer plays Madam C.J. Walker – the first African American self-made millionaire. Her daughter, A’Lelia, was bisexual, and this mini-series allows us glimpses of A’Lelia’s life. The highlights being that she falls for a woman and throws lavish parties attended by queer women from all over the world.

Shameless 

While Shameless isn’t an explicitly lesbian show, we meet numerous lesbian characters throughout each season.  

The American remake of the British Classic is also hilarious, with countless quirky characters and gripping storylines.

Both the American and British versions of Shameless are well worth a watch!

Mindhunter 

The psychological crime thriller Mindhunter provides a fascinating portrayal of FBI agents. And we get a small glimpse at what exactly it takes to get inside a serial killers mind.

Not only is the show gripping and binge-worthy. But series 2 has an exciting queer storyline involving an agent and her hot girlfriend!

Lesbian TV Shows on Netflix We Haven’t Seen

Naturally, we haven’t been able to get through every single one of the lesbian tv shows on Netflix. On the one hand, it’s a good thing. It suggests that we are getting a fair amount of lesbian action on our screens. On the other, it’s not so good, as I feel like we are missing out. Here’s a list of the lesbian series on Netflix currently on our watchlist.

All American 

We are yet to watch All American, but it’s definitely on our never-ending list. The show’s protagonist is Spencer James – an aspiring football player who transfers to a new school to fulfil his potential. As the story unfolds, there are clashes and rivalries with local gangs. And Spencer becomes best friend with Coop – A Black butch lesbian.

Wentworth 

Again, we haven’t seen it. But I’ve heard fantastic things about this Australian crime drama. Set in a women’s prison, it sounds like it’s Australia’s answer to Orange Is the New Black. And we can’t wait to revel in its queer characters and storylines.

One Day at a Time 

A classic 1970s American sitcom reboot takes on a slightly modern approach in One Day at a Time. The series follows the life of Penelope and her Cuban-American family as they navigate through life. One of whom includes a daughter, who comes out as a lesbian in season one.

G.L.O.W. 

Although this is another lesbian show on Netflix we are yet to watch, we’ve heard incredible things about G.L.O.W and its fictionalisation of the 1980s’ sexy women of wrestling’. I’ve got to admit, anything to do with sexy women wrestling is going to be a winner in my books. But, the queerness doesn’t make a solid appearance until season 2 when a relationship between two women of colour blossoms. 

Teenage Bounty Hunters

This fun and lighthearted teen-comedy follow twin sisters Blair and Sterling as they struggle to balance their school work with a new career as bounty hunters. Spoiler alert: There’s a cute bisexual storyline.

The Shannara Chronicles

Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones in this American fantasy drama. Based on best-selling novels and set in New Zealand, the story follows an elven princess, a human, and a half-elf as they embark on a magical adventure. The human character, Eretria, is a bisexual and has a very pretty girlfriend named Lyria.

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Jessica Jones 

In this Netflix original, we learn more about the life of Marvel’s mysterious superhero Jessica Jones. It also sees us introduced to Marvel’s first-ever lesbian character – lawyer and powerhouse Jeri Hogarth.  

I Am Not OK With This 

We are keen to watch this lesbian TV show on Netflix, which follows Sydney as she comes to terms with her sexuality, her fathers’ suicide, and her newly discovered superpowers. The show got the chop after only one season, but I’ve heard good things nonetheless.

Wynonna Earp 

The primary storyline of this horror/supernatural/western series follows Wynonna as she returns to her hometown. Her mission: To rid the world of the demonic revenants her Grandfather once killed.  

The sub-plot; however, involves Wynonna’s sister. And you guessed it; she’s a lesbian. I can’t speak from experience, but there has been a lot of hype over this on-screen queer relationship, so it has to be worth a watch.  

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Person of Interest 

Despite rave reviews, I’ve never quite fancied Person of Interest. The show centres around an ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer, who predict crimes before they happen using AI technology. One of the lead computer hackers is a lesbian named Root, who eventually lands in a steamy relationship.

Anne With an “E”

Why we haven’t seen this show already, I do not know. It’s got fabulous reviews and is hugely gay; however, we just haven’t got around to it.

Anne With an “E” is a remake of the classic novel Anne of Green Gables. It is a beautiful coming-of-age story regarding a young orphan who after an abusive childhood is on a journey of self-discovery.

The Politician

As with anything created by Ryan Murphy, you can fully expect a multitude of queerness in The Politician. The storyline focuses on Payton Hobart, who decides at the age of 7 she wants to become President of the United States.

In the first series, Payton’s Mum played by Gwyneth Paltrow embarks on a lesbian affair. There’s also another lesbian character played by queer black actress Rahne Jones. And Trans actor Theo Jermaine plays one of Payton’s political advisors.

Boca a Boca/The Kissing Game 

After a drug-fuelled rave in a Brazilian ranch town, one of the teens involved wakes up with more than just a hangover. What follows next is the unravelling of a queer and incredibly contagious zombie TV show.  Pun intended.

*After you’ve read this article, why not check out our list of the hottest lesbian movie scenes of all time.

Mediocre Lesbian TV Shows on Netflix

Now, while there are some excellent lesbian series and tv shows on Netflix, there are, of course, some not so great as well. But my opinion is just that, my own. So you might only find that you love some of these shows. It’s worth giving the storylines a read nonetheless.

The Sinner 

I’m struggling to decide whether The Sinner is actually good. Or if it’s more like a car crash, you can’t turn away from. The first series is especially disturbing, and while it features no queer characters there was that awkward scene between two sisters. In season two, however, we are introduced to a Black lesbian cop named Heather, who finds herself in a messed up relationship with a lead figure in the case.

Gypsy 

Come for the lesbian sex scenes. Stay for the lesbian sex scenes. But don’t expect too much else from this psychological thriller involving a bi-sexual therapist in New York. 

13 Reasons Why 

I watched a few episodes of 13 Reasons Why, and all I can say is, those are three hours of my life I will never get back. Perhaps it’s my love for Pretty Little Liars that wouldn’t allow me another guilty teen-series pleasure. But if you have the patience, there are a number of queer characters in the show.

Supergirl

The show has received mixed reviews; however, one thing is constant. Supergirls’ lesbian sister is HOT, and so are her various love interests throughout this not-so-great lesbian Netflix series.

Black Lightning 

On paper, there is a lot to love about Black Lightning. Not only does the superhero series feature some juicy lesbian sex scenes. But it also highlights TV’s first Black lesbian superhero, while celebrating Black culture in general. Honestly, I haven’t seen it yet. But it’s made this category purely based on the reviews that I’ve heard.

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Legends of Tomorrow 

In this American superhero television series, a time traveller and his recruited team attempt to save the world from its demise. One of whom is Sarah Lance, a badass bisexual, with the ability to fly through space and time. She gets herself a girlfriend, and they are as cute as hell.

Riverdale

I loved the idea of this show. But unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. Despite the vampires, the spooky goings-on, and the lesbian characters, which is naturally, everything I look for in a series, it just didn’t do it for me.  

Charmed 

There’s rumoured to be some queer action right from the get-go in the remake of this cult classic. Mel Vera, one of the shows lead characters, is involved in a series of girl on girl romances. And the series has also been praised for being “fun and likeable”. But I didn’t like the original so have no interest in the reboot.

She’s Gotta Have It

Based on the 80’s film of the same name, She’s Gotta Have It follows pansexual Nola Darling on her journey of self-discovery. Naturally, this involves a lesbian relationship. And while the series has received some praise, its messy politics has been criticised at the same time.

Glee 

Everybody fell in love with Glee. Everybody except me that is. While many religiously tuned in for the all-singing all-dancing cheese-fest, I can’t understand what the fuss is all about. In series two, one of the lead-characters comes out as a lesbian and ends up in a relationship with her best friend.

The 100 

In this science-fiction drama, 100 lone survivors return to Earth following a nuclear war that wiped out civilisation. Hold out for season two when you’ll be blessed with not one, but two queer female leads.

The Order 

After vowing to avenge his mothers’ death, Jack finds himself in a war between werewolves and entities of dark magic. One of the lead characters, Lilith, is out as bisexual and is at the centre of a few queer storylines.

The Good Place 

Again, this show comes with rave reviews, but personally, I couldn’t get into it. The storyline centres around Eleanor, a recently deceased housewive who finds herself in heaven despite living a sinful life. Played by Kristen Bell, the bisexual character is determined to change her ways in order to stay in ‘the good place’.

Other Netflix TV Shows with Lesbian Characters

OK, finally we are going to take a glimpse at the Netflix TV shows that feature lesbian characters. You won’t necessarily find the queer characters at the centre of any major storylines. But they do make each of the shows all the more fabulous just by being there. I’ll also let you know when in the show you can expect the lesbian characters to make an appearance.

Tales of the City 

Tales of the City focuses on middle-aged Mary Ann, who returns to San Francisco to reunite with lost friends. The friends who live at 28 Barbary Lane, are an eccentric mix of queer and quirky characters.

Imposters 

Imposters is a dark comedy that focuses on a female con artist who marries two guys and girl before disappearing with all their money.

Stranger Things 

Easily one of the best Netflix series ever released, Stranger Things sees a small, unassuming town transform into a supernatural realm of strange goings-on. The characters are fantastic, and the 80s setting provides such a retro vibe. Stay tuned for season 3 when we get our first lesbian character.

Greys Anatomy

I know many people who love the show. Personally, I’ve never watched it or been interested in it. But I hear by season four there is finally a bisexual character who falls for a lesbian surgeon. 

The End of the F*cking World 

In this hilarious dark British comedy, James is convinced he is a psychopath and needs to kill. He embarks on a road trip with Alyssa and plans to kill her; however, the story takes a different turn. The detectives looking for James and Alyssa are two lesbians who once had a thing, and now it’s hilariously awkward. 

The Fall 

In this British psychological thriller, Gillian Anderson plays a sexually fluid detective, on the hunt for a twisted serial killer. ‘Sexy’ Stellar as we have come to nickname her, works alongside a lesbian detective as well as a cute sexually-confused doctor. But which one do you think she makes out with?

Jane the Virgin 

When a young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated, things take a shocking and funny turn of events. Expect lesbian action throughout, but the best of it comes in season four.

Russian Doll

This one-of-a-kind show follows Nadia, a young woman who finds herself stuck in some kind of groundhog day. Only this continuous loop sees Nadia repeatedly die at a party, only for her to wake up fine on what appears to be the next day. It sounds far-fetched, but it’s actually very funny. And of course, there are some minor lesbian characters.

Pose 

Pose tells a dazzling account of 1980s ‘ball culture’ and charts the fabulous trans women of colour who discovered it.  

Master of None

Master of None follows Dev, a 30-year-old actor, living in New York City. The adventurous comedy won two Emmys for Outstanding Writing. One of which went to famous lesbian actress Lena Waithe, making history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy in Comedic Writing.

The Originals 

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries, The Originals follows three siblings as they return to their old stomping ground in hope to rule the city once again. In season two we are introduced to a bisexual witch, who later gets a girlfriend in season 4.

The Umbrella Academy 

In this American superhero series, we meet an estranged family of child superheroes, who must reunite to save the world. The beloved series stars Ellen Page, who comes out as a lesbian in series two.  

Lesbian shows on Netflix

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend centres on Rebecca Bunch, a successful young woman from NYC suffering from anxiety and depression. In an attempt to find happiness and win back her ex-boyfriend, she makes a move to a small town in California. We meet our first bi-sexual character in season one – Rebecca’s exes ex, Valencia Perez.

Lucifer 

After deciding he’s spent enough time in hell, demon Lucifer Morningstar returns to Earth and takes over a club in LA. In possession of experience and telepathic abilities, he goes on to help humanity with their woes. Lucifer’s best demon friend Maze, is openly bisexual throughout the show.

Trinkets 

After meeting at a Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, an unlikely friendship forms between three teenage girls. One of the girls is openly queer, and another is non-binary; however, there is very little in terms of queer storylines.

Dear White People 

In this series based on the film of the same name, the story follows a group of Black students navigating various forms of Racism and other types of discrimination. There are different queer female characters throughout the shows several seasons.

Last Tango in Halifax 

In this British comedy-drama, two former sweethearts reunite after 60 years apart. After their Grandchildren make them a profile, the old flames meet again on social media and rekindle their love. Both now have children, and one of the daughters is coming to terms with the fact that she might be a lesbian. 

Cable Girls

Set in the 1920s, Cable Girls follows the story of four women from different backgrounds who share various passions. One of which is the desire to work, which in those days was unusual. So after starting work at a cable company, they become close friends. One of the cable girls turns out to be a bisexual who ends up falling for another cable girl.

Never Have I Ever 

In this American coming-of-age comedy, we follow the complicated life of an Indian-American teenage girl. Devi Vishwakumar recently lost her Father and has a tough time fitting in at school. But she does have two best friends, one of whom is a lesbian babe!

Workin’ Moms 

Centred around the lives of 4 very-different working mothers and friends, Workin’ Moms follows their day to day lives as they attempt to balance jobs, family life and love life. One of the Moms is a lesbian named Frankie.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

If you ever watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch when you were younger, yeh, this is nothing like that. It’s a much darker and twisted version, and while there aren’t many queer storylines, there are a few queer characters.

Santa Clarita Diet 

In this dark American comedy, Drew Barrymore is a housewive turn zombie. And while it’s incredibly weird, it’s also kind of awesome. In season two, Sheila’s (Barrymore) neighbour comes out as a lesbian.

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