When Star Trek first appeared on screen in 1966, it set the model for all sorts of shows to follow—including the theme of unrequited homoerotic relationships. The devotion of Kirk and Spock, full of longing glances and a sexless intimacy, sparked a whole new genre of queer fanfiction and, to this day, keeps fans rabid for every small moment between the two.
These days, TV is full of couples like Kirk and Spock. While these close same-sex relationships can be sweet portraits of loving friendships, they can also cross a line to be queerbating—shows create queer subtext but yank it away before getting to actual feelings, actions, or any clear understanding of the relationship.
At the American Horror Story panel that was part of August's Television Critics' Association press tour, the show's executive producer talked of a "feminist theme" pervading the third season of the show. After a first season in which women were terrorized, murdered, stalked, raped, impregnated with devil babies, tortured by a killer abortionist, and imprisoned for life in a haunted mansion; and a second in which they dealt with most of that plus nuns and aliens, yeah, sure, bring on the feminism.
I wanted so badly for Legend of Korra to be good. The animated Nickelodeon series follows the adventures of Korra, a magical “Avatar” who has the power to manipulate all elements—earth, water, air, and fire—as well as connect to the spirit world.
Amy Rubin is the creator of the hit web series Little Horribles. The series has been called "The lesbian alternative to Girls," which I suppose is an adequate comparison, although what really fascinates me about Rubin's work is her grassroots approach. She achieves high production value, quality dialogue, and great acting without the backing of a network like HBO or a producer like Judd Apatow.
While new Showtime series Masters of Sex is refreshing because it's part of a new crop of prestige cable dramas that focus on tough, intriguing young women, including The Americans' Soviet spy Elizabeth Jennings, Homeland's Carrie Mathison, and The Bridge's Sonya Cross instead of middle-aged men with criminal careers, its specific setting and subject—sex research—make it something particularly special.
Breaking Bad: Does anything bad happen after this part?
I'm just not going to make it past episode three of Breaking Bad. You can't talk me into it, because even though it's the most-discussed TV show in America right now, I don't want to watch it. I'm a proud member of the Breaking Bad dropout club and I'm staying that way.
Modern Dads is a new reality television show on A&E that follows the lives of four stay-at-home fathers in Austin, Texas. There have only been three episodes so far, but it probably won't last long because—spoiler alert—it's very boring.