When you think of your favorite lesbian-centered TV show what comes to mind?
Most would say Showtime’s television series The L-Word. The network shocked and saddened fans in 2009 when it cancelled the series. Lesbians (and those who love them) had to find other ways to get their regular dose of sapphic drama. Ideally, with well-developed characters and a realistic plot.
Unfortunately, Hollywood tends to ignore women-who-love-women on both the small and big screen, unless they’re being used to spice up an otherwise boring story line.
So, what’s a lesbian to do when mainstream media doesn’t accurately represent you? Take it to the interwebs and tell your own story – that’s what! And that’s exactly what the creators of the below webseries have done.
1. Dyke Central
Dyke Central puts the “East Bay” on the map, highlighting the fabulous queer folks who live there, rather than over-priced San Francisco. From the creators: “Dyke Central is a dramedy that centers around 30-something butch roommates Alex and Gin. In the first season we see Alex attempting to sustain her dysfunctional relationship with girlfriend Jackie in the face of new life options and the resurfacing of an old flame. Gin, on the other hand, is a chameleon whose identity changes with every new interest and tends to lose herself in others. Surrounded by a diverse group of friends who guide, challenge and support them, Alex and Gin struggle to adapt to change and create balance in their lives without losing themselves.”
2. The Peculiar Kind
The Peculiar Kind is a web series that explores a wide range of topics and issues through candid interviews and facilitated conversations with young and diverse queer women of color. The producers have a documentary by the same name in the works. TPK is smart, fresh and captivating. You’ll wonder why we don’t see more queer women of color in the media.
3. Easy Abby
Easy Abby focuses on the everyday life of Abby, a busy, 30-something who is a chronic seducer with an anxiety disorder. Through her escapades, we meet the eccentric women she courts while trying to live the single life.
4. The Better Half
The Better Half – Ep 4 “Pure Camp” from TheVerbProject on Vimeo.
For women-who-love-women, The Better Half may have you feeling like your same-sex relationship was made into a script. The series hilariously explored the ups and downs of two women in a long-term, lesbian relationship as well as everyday issues 20 and 30-somethings face.
Lesbros is a smart, quirky comedy about “one straight guy (Luis) and one gay girl (Vickie)” who are bestfriends. The episodes are quick, but pack a comedic punch.
In it’s second season, Between Women explores love and the tests and trials of everyday life and as women-who-love women in the black gay mecca of Atlanta, Georgia. Though less sophisticated in it’s execution, the series gets major points for taking on important, but rarely explored issues like domestic violence between same-sex couples. Through six main characters, all friends (who refer to themselves as the “6-pack”), we take a ride on an emotional roller coaster. Before you know it, you’ll be through both seasons and be left wanting more.