Being quarantined indoors has been a roller coaster for all of us. Whether you’re quarantined with an unsupportive family, rockin’ it solo, or just bored out of your mind, these five tv shows all feature trans characters and can help you pass the time. Not only that, seeing a show with an accurate representation of your community can feel like a lifeline in this time of isolation. So without further ado, here are a couple of trans-related TV shows worth checking out.
1. Feel Good (Netflix)
This show follows the semi-autobiographical story of non-binary comedian Mae Martin. Mae is a Canadian living in the UK, navigating her complex relationship with gender and sexuality all the while trying to get her comedy career off the ground. She's also struggling to manage a history of cocaine addiction. This show gets even more complicated when Mae finds herself in a new relationship with a girl named George. Keep in mind this show includes portrayals of addiction and recovery so if that’s a trigger for you, proceed with caution.
Incredible piece of comic writing by @maemartin on @NetflixIndia - this show is a gem. Subtle and simple british canadian humour piece . So good. And also the lady writes and creates the show and her acting . #maemartin pic.twitter.com/D8Nm75oXBv— Chandan Roy Sanyal (@IamRoySanyal) May 13, 2020
2. Pose (Netflix)
If you can dig a good musical, this show is for you! This show has heart for days and features several trans characters played by actual trans folks. (A novel idea, we know.) Set in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Pose tells the story of Blanca, a transwoman who creates a ‘house’ of self-selected family members to support LGBTQ youth that have been rejected by their biological families. Through the NYC ballroom scene, they compete, celebrate, fight oppression, build community, and express their authentic selves.
3. Work In Progress (HBO)
Featuring up-and-coming trans actor, Theo Germaine, Work in Progress follows the relationship between self-proclaimed "fat, queer dyke" and a young transman named Chris (Germaine). The show's main protagonist, Abby (played by comedian Abby McEnany) hits an all-time low when her therapist dies during one of their sessions and Abby resolves to end her own life if things don't improve within 6 months. Enter Chris. Season 1 tells the unfolding of their relationship, which is challenged by big age and cultural differences between the lovers. Lots of beautiful queer, trans and non-binary folks are featured on this show, so this is a great one for folks missing their LGBTQ+ fam.
4. The FostersThe Fosters is an American family drama that follows the lives of an interracial lesbian couple and their five children - four of whom are foster children. Trans actor, Elliot Fletcher plays the recurring character, Aaron Baker, a law student who helps Callie Foster exonerate her younger ex-foster brother. Baker eventually becomes Callie's love interest, and the pair date throughout season five. This show tackles hard topics such as political injustice, sexism, racism, and foster care cruelty head-on, and handles them skillfully.
The Fosters’ Elliot Fletcher on Aaron’s Emotional Episode https://t.co/708BQUJLM3— Sarah Greenfield (@sarahgreenfld) February 7, 2018
5. Euphoria (HBO)
Drugs, addiction, self-harm, mental health, sexual identities, sex work, gender - this show is both raw and inclusive. Folks who are triggered by any of the above will likely want to stay away, however, we had to include this show on our list. Euphoria tells the story of Rue, a young addict in recovery, and her newfound friendship with Jules, a trans teenager who shares much in common with the troubled Rue. The portrayal of Jules by trans model Hunter Schafer is a fantastic piece of acting. Plus we appreciate how Jules' trans-status is acknowledged - and at times even announced - but in a way that clearly lets the viewer know this is only one part of Jules' identity. The result is that Jules is a much more developed character whose life is clearly informed by her trans-experience, but without the portrayal feeling one-note or tokenizing.
There are numerous other shows that feature transgender characters that are definitely worth a watch. We also like Sense8, Good Girls, and Faking It. We hope you can find solace in these transgender TV shows while in this quarantine.
Remember: You are not alone. You are loved. You are valid.