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23 Underrated TV Shows With LGBTQ Storylines That Are 100% Worth Watching

From Black Sails to Work In Progress and everything in between.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which underrated LGBTQ TV shows they love. Here are some of the best responses:

🚨Some mild spoilers ahead!🚨

1. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power


What it's about: The series follows Adora, who leaves her former life behind with the evil Horde and discovers that she can transform into the warrior princess She-Ra. Soon, Adora finds a new family within the Rebellion and helps unite a group of people to fight against evil.

Why people love it: "Not only does the show have not one, but three LGBTQ couples, but it has characters of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. It is incredibly well-written and beautifully animated, and the representation just melts my heart. In a show designed to be watched by children, as well as adults, this is such a groundbreaking and important step forward." —chicha3maddy

2. Sense8


What it's about: Sense8 follows a group of people from around the world who are suddenly mentally linked and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat.

Why people love it: "It was one of the first shows I watched that not only accurately depicted LGBTQ relationships, but also showed them without it being a huge thing. Other shows often feel the need to have a whole coming out story, or really emphasize the fact that they’re inclusive because they have an LGBTQ character, but this one just displays it as the norm." —shayzh17

3. Steven Universe

Cartoon Network

What it's about: The series follows Steven Universe, who lives with the Crystal Gems, magical aliens named Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. Steven has adventures with his friends and ultimately helps the Gems protect the world.

Why people love it: "It showcases beautiful, non-toxic LGBTQ relationships. The show always emphasizes that love and consent is paramount in a healthy relationship. It includes non-binary/genderqueer characters often. The show is uplifting, heartfelt, and genuine. Basically, there is no end to the good things I can say about Steven Universe." —badwolfkw

4. Gentleman Jack


What it's about: Based on the coded diaries of Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister, a lesbian trailblazer who returns to Halifax, England, in an attempt to maintain her family's home, Shibden Hall.

Why people love it: "Not only was Anne Lister an absolute badass in her time, but Suranne Jones is amazing playing her. Anne is a key part of lesbian history, and her story is so often forgotten." —hanny96

5. Vida


What it's about: The series follows Emma and Lyn, two very different sisters who return to their old neighborhood, where they are forced to deal with the past and some shocking truths about their mother.

Why people love it: "Vida just finished its three-season run and I am so sad. It is such a beautiful show and I can’t think of one other show that has as much Latinx LGBTQ representation. Vida also shows how things like gentrification and colorism affect the Latinx queer community specifically. Honestly, everyone should watch it." —faceghostta

6. Black Sails


What it's about: Set about two decades before the classic novel Treasure Island, the show follows Captain Flint and his pirates as they fight for the survival of New Providence island.

Why people love it: "This show is so incredibly and unfairly underrated. It was one of those rare shows that managed to get better as it went on and had a satisfying conclusion. The romance between Max and Anne Bonny is so beautiful and touching, and despite it being a violent show, it refused to fall victim to the 'bury your gays' stereotype." —drifkgvhd

7. The Dragon Prince


What it's about: Dragon Prince follows two human princes who create a bond with an elfin assassin who was originally sent to kill them. The unlikely trio go on an epic quest to bring peace to some warring kingdoms.

Why people love it: "The representations of all the LGBTQ couples are so beautifully imagined and written. None of the characters are stereotyped and every single couple's existence is just paradise for fans who love to ship!" —delusionalmagpie

8. Killing Eve

BBC America

What it's about: Killing Eve follows Eve Polastri, who is recruited to help chase an international assassin named Villanelle. Soon after meeting, both of them begin to focus less on their respective missions and try to desperately learn more about each other.

Why people love it: "The show explores female relationships in such a deep and human way while the characters learn and develop. Villanelle and Eve have so much chemistry and tension despite spending most of the series apart from each other. They also show that physical touch is not necessarily what the heart truly wants." —districtrue

9. Pose


What it's about: This critically acclaimed series spotlights the icons and house mothers of New York's underground ball culture, a movement that came to prominence during the 1980s.

Why people love it: "Pose was the first show I've seen where I felt represented. The writing and acting are mind-blowing. The real-life stories show the good, the bad, and the ugly in ways that I appreciate." —justchillman

10. Elite

Manuel Fernandez-Valdes / Netflix

What it's about: Elite follows the lives of several students as they attend Las Encinas, an exclusive private school in Spain. Their lives become even more complicated when one of their fellow classmates is murdered.

Why people love it: "Omar and Ander's relationship is so complex and amazing." —wickedchef15

11. Orphan Black

BBC America

What it's about: The series follows Sarah Manning, who soon uncovers a complicated and tangled conspiracy that involves herself and the clones that look exactly like her.

Why people love it: "It explores the ideas of sexuality, gender, and identity through clones. Tatiana Maslany is just everything." —callump46f2a3334

12. Wynonna Earp


What it's about: Based on the comic books of the same name, Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp's great-great-granddaughter as she is forced to rid her hometown of revenants, the resurrected souls of the criminals Wyatt killed years ago.

Why people love it: "The show is amazing and portrays Waverly and Nicole's relationship with such honesty. It is the most realistic LGBTQ relationship I have seen on TV. Not to mention, the actors who play Waverly and Nicole are part of the LGBTQ community too." —fallon7

13. Schitt's Creek

Pop / CBC

What it's about: The series follows the Rose family who suddenly find themselves broke and having to move to the tiny town of Schitt's Creek.

Why people love it: "Not only did Dan Levy create the show, but David being pansexual is amazing. Also, David and Patrick's love story is so accurate it hurts. 10/10 would recommend this show." —sghaiyt

14. Carmilla

KindaTV / YouTube

What it's about: The series follows Laura, a freshman at Silas University who decides to document her college experience. When her roommate goes missing, she suddenly gets a new one who is a vampire.

Why people love it: "It's a web series based on a vampire novella that came out in the 1800s with an awesome modern twist. The show also includes one of the first non-binary characters on a series." —katiev42503191e

15. What We Do in the Shadows


What it's about: What We Do in the Shadows follows the daily lives of three vampires who have lived together for more than 100 years. The series focuses on them trying to adapt to modern life on Staten Island.

Why people love it: "It's so refreshing that they’ll just talk about sexuality in the sense that it’s not a big deal. There’s no tearful coming out, no giant hug circles, just pure, vampire fun." —rodya

16. Legends of Tomorrow

Dean Buscher / The CW

What it's about: Legends of Tomorrow follows a group of unlikely heroes as they travel through time aboard the Wave Rider, battling villains and trying to maintain the timeline.

Why people love it: "It's one of the most interesting and entertaining DC TV shows, and the lead character, Sara Lance, is a badass bisexual woman. The show and its actors do a lot to support the community and to uplift women. We stan ladies who love and support ladies." —k47f255e17

17. Work in Progress


What it's about: The series follows Abby, whose misfortune and despair ultimately and unexpectedly lead her into a transformative relationship.

Why people love it: "Hands down the best show I watched last year. Written and starring a queer woman among a cast of many LGBTQ actors. It deals with mental health in such a relatable way. I’ll never stop recommending it to friends." —thesoftgay

18. The Bisexual


What it's about: The Bisexual follows Leila, who decides to take a break from her long relationship with her girlfriend and explore her bisexuality.

Why people love it: "The show is Desiree Akhavan's way of exploring her own aversion to identifying as bisexual and what makes it so difficult to exist with that identity. It's funny and heart-wrenching. I really hope there will be a second season." —nonexistant_knight

19. Everything's Gonna Be Okay


What it's about: Following his father's untimely death, Nicholas and his two half-sisters, Matilda and Genevieve, are left to deal with the devastating loss and the fact that Nicholas now has to help take care of his family.

Why people love it: "The show tackles disability and sexuality, which you don't see at all on TV. It's so game-changing. As an autistic woman, this show means everything to me." —Sydney Brown, Facebook

20. Motherland: Fort Salem

David Bukach / Freeform

What it's about: The series follows Raelle, Abigail, and Tally, three powerful witches who enlist in the US army and train in combat magic in order to take down the Spree. The show takes place in a women-dominated world where the US ended the persecution of witches during the Salem Witch Trials.

Why people love it: "It's just an extremely amazing women-led series that not only showcases an LGBTQ storyline, but the importance of female friendships." —Laura Carrillo, Facebook

21. Dare Me


What it's about: Based on the book of the same name, Dare Me follows the competitive world of high school cheerleading. After a shocking death, relationships between the cheerleaders and their coach are put to the test.

Why people love it: "Seriously, everyone needs to watch this show. It's as if Euphoria and Friday Night Lights had a baby. It sounds like it wouldn't work, but it does! Beth and Addy's relationship is complicated, but beautiful. Overall, Beth is one of the best characters on TV." —maddieg4703ca369

22. Lost Girl


What it's about: Lost Girl follows Bo, a succubus who learns to control her supernatural abilities in order to help those in need and to discover the truth about herself.

Why people love it: "The best part is that the queerness isn't a storyline. It’s a completely accepted and normal thing on the show." —katiev42503191e

23. And finally, Everything Sucks!

Scott Patrick Green / Netflix

What it's about: Set in 1996, the series follows a group of high school students in the AV club who end up clashing with the drama kids. Eventually, the two misfit groups come together and share their passion and talents.

Why people love it: "This show usually gets left in the shadows due to its short run, but it was great. Please go watch it, it was so amazing!" —sghaiyt

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