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Reader's Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Television Series

By /bent | /Bent June 15, 2014 at 2:56PM

In the first of 10 lists announcing the results of our first annual Reader's Poll, we count down the 25 most important LGBT television series since Stonewall, according to you.
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June is Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots and asking all of us to remember how we got where we are today. So we thought it might be fun to start up an annual Pride Month poll here at /bent, asking our readers to tell us the films, television shows, songs and people (both fictional and real) that have been important to them in the past 45 years. 

Check out all the results for every poll here.

Seventy-two people responded, and we'll be sharing the results over the next few weeks, with the third up today: The most important LGBT television series of the last 45 years. Now, before we get to the results: We do realize doing this kind of thing is highly subjective, which is why we're going with "most important" and not "best." We hoped that what resulted was eclectic mix of TV series that have helped shape the queer cultural landscape. And we think it really is. But here are some interesting things to note before you go through the list: 

  • The "points" listed next to each film refers to the way we tabulated things. People voted in top 10 lists, so if the film was #1, it got 10 points, #2 got 9 points, etc. 
  • Newer shows likely fresher in people's minds placed higher than you might expect but overall, it was across the board. Most shows on the list started their runs in the 2000s (11), followed by the 1990s (8) and then the 2010s (4)
  • ABC and HBO tied with the most shows on the list, with 6 each. Showtime was next with 4. CBS was the only of the big 4 networks to not have a show on the list.
  • And in case you're curious, the 10 runner-ups, in order of votes, were: The Wire, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, As The World Turns, Orphan Black, Family, The Normal Heart, Little Britain, Sex and the City and The Outs 

So without further adieu, we present the 25 most important LGBT TV series, according to you. Definitely use the comments section to discuss your thoughts and/or your own choices, but remember - these were your picks - do don't blame us if your offended about their quality or lack of diversity through the LGBT spectrum.


25. Pretty Little Liars - 37
Network: ABC Family
On Air: 2010-present

Note: Read this essay for more on the queer content of "Pretty Little Liars."


24. Noah's Arc - 38
Network: Logo
On Air: 2005-2006
Note: One of the few (the only?) shows to ever feature a primary cast entirely made up of African-American or Latino LGBT people. It also spun off a movie, "Noah's Arc: Jumping The Broom"


23. An Early Frost - 40
Network: NBC
On Air: 1985

Note: This TV movie was the first -- made for television or otherwise -- to deal with AIDS. It had massive ratings (34 million people), and was nominated for 14 Emmys, winning 3. Really it should be higher on this list in our opinion, but the fact that it's 30 years old probably hurt it. 


22. Oz - 46

Network: HBO
On Air: 1998-2003

Note: The first one hour dramatic series to be produced by HBO (and one of many on this list), the prison-set "Oz" featured multiple gay characters and was absolutely a pioneering series with regard to its explicitly sexual content.


Check out all the results for every poll here.