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What It Was Like For Lesbians To Watch Television In 2014

So many ladies, so many feelings — so little time in your TV-watching schedule. Some serious spoilers ahead: You've been warned.

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There is still a long way to go when it comes to the representation of gay and bisexual women on television, but 2014 was certainly a wild ride.

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According to the annual GLAAD report, the number of lesbian characters on television has decreased 2% from last year.

I mean, it's not like you just watch television shows for their lesbian content — right?

Riiiight. Buckle up. Let's review the highlights from this year:

1. You did a whiplash-inducing double-take when Gotham came into your life.


2. You had to take a few deep breaths and not trash your television when the one reason you ever watched Chicago Fire...

...was ripped from your life.

3. You had this exact same look on your face when you watched that cringe-worthy scene during the premiere of Girls with Danielle Brooks. Taystee, we forgive you.


4. It was during those hard times you were thankful to have Kate Mckinnon blessing SNL each week.

Don't lie: You hung up a "Dyke and Fats" poster on your wall as soon as physically possible.

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5. You hung onto each and every word exchanged between Holly and Gail on Rookie Blue.

And you also spent a lot of time ogling Charlotte Sullivan's level of hair perfection.


6. Honestly, at first Jane the Virgin wasn't on your radar.

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Luisa changed those circumstances pretty quickly.

7. Even if you didn't watch it, you definitely heard about Susan and Cheryl on Good Luck Charlie — the first gay couple on The Disney Channel.


8. And everyone felt some type of way about The View when Rosie O'Donnell came back.

9. When Gillian Anderson and Archie Panjabi kissed on The Fall? That was pretty much fan fiction coming to life.

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10. Meanwhile, Stef and Lena continued to solidly define your future relationship goals on The Fosters.

Both on and off the set.

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11. Black Sails reminded you how completely badass pirates are. Lady pirates, that is.


12. When THIS happened on Grey's Anatomy, you did your best to pretend it didn't. Frankly, you still aren't quite ready to discuss it openly.

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13. You controlled your euphoria when Melora Hardin (The Office) came back into your life as the smokin' hot Tammy on Transparent.

14. But you could not control your emotions when Carrie Brownstein turned out to portray a queer character as well.

15. You were more than pleasantly surprised to get double the Sarah Paulson fix during American Horror Story:


16. And you watched the feature-length special of Bomb Girls just for all the "Betty McSwagger" action:

But the entire thing left you feeling a bit...disappointed.

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RIP, Bomb Girls.

17. Your head is probably still reeling from this tweet heard 'round the world:

This message is for you, the fans and our #LostGirl family xo Anna. @showcasedotca @lostgirlseries

Anna Silk@Anna_SilkFollow

This message is for you, the fans and our #LostGirl family xo Anna. @showcasedotca @lostgirlseries

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18. Season 2 of Orphan Black left you gasping for air — seriously, you had an entire pillow stuffed in your face the entire time.

To put it simply:

19. Pretty Little Liars' 100th episode made you gasp for all the reasons but in particular, this one:

20. Speaking of 100th episodes, this scene on Glee nearly broke you into 1 million tiny pieces.

21. When you heard about the plot of MTV's Faking It, you prepared yourself for the worst...


...but the show hit so close to home, you were hooked by the second episode.

Team Karmy or Team Reamy? Still to be determined.


22. Perhaps the most anticipated moment of 2014? When finally you could stop holding your breath for Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black came to a close.


Samira Wiley stole the entire show — and your entire heart in the process.

*Sounds of hearts breaking all over the world*

You binge-watched the entire season in record time, barely stopping for restroom breaks.


Sadly the post-binge regret came flooding in right away. WHY DID YOU WATCH THEM ALL SO FAST?

Any so-called "friends" who didn't watch the show were completely left behind for those precious hours.

2015, can you top this?


We hope so.

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