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19 Binge-Worthy Queer Netflix Shows To Get You Through Lockdown

Updated: May 16, 2022

With new lockdown measures coming into place this month, we thought we'd put together a list of our favourite queer and LGBT+ inclusive TV shows on Netflix right now. All of these shows are available in the UK right now and range from chilling lesbian horror to charming British humour, visually stunning cartoons to binge-worthy reality TV.

1. RATCHED (2020 - present)

Ratched is an American psychological thriller developed by Ryan Murphy based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The series follows Nurse Rached (Sarah Paulson) as she seeks employment at a top psychiatric hospital where new and disturbing experiments have begun. An unsettling and often shocking thriller, not for the faint-hearted.

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon

Creators: Ryan Murphy, Evan Romansky

Rating: 18

Episode Length: 60 minutes

2. SENSE8 (2015 - 2018)

Critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Sense8 is the story of 8 strangers from across the world who discover they are emotionally and mentally linked by a greater power. The show explores issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and politics that its creators (The Wachowskis) felt had been rarely addressed on television. It's also super queer.

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Bae Doona, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai

Creators: J. Michael Straczynski, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Rating: 15

Episode Length: 60 minutes

3. SPECIAL (2019 – present)

Special is a charming and humourous series following Ryan, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy as he navigates the world of work, love and relationships in modern-day LA. The series is based on the memoir I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015) by Ryan O'Connel, who also stars, writes, and executive produces the series.

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel

Creators: Ryan O'Connell

Rating: 15

Episode Length: 15 minutes

4. THE POLITICIAN (2019 - present)

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States and he's running for student body president. However popular jock River Barkley (David Corenswet) has the same idea. Get ready for politics, satire and some super super gay vibes.... and also some heavy phycological scenes.

IMDb Rating: 7.5

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton

Creators: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Rating: 15

Episode Length: 45 minutes

5. BIG MOUTH (2017 - present)

Big Mouth released its fourth season last month. The coming-of-age cringeworthy comedy addresses the horrors of puberty. With a diverse cast and musical numbers throughout, Big Mouth is a funny and often dark reflection of what it's like questioning yourself though your early teen years and the troubles that come with puberty.

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance

Starring: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Creators: Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll

Rating: 15

Episode Length: 30 minutes


From Noelle Stevenson comes a modern adaptation of 80s classic She-Ra - a fresh and hyper-queer reconstruction of the source material. The cast is familiar (if a little more diverse) and the colourful, magical backdrop lends itself well to this younger and more energetic take on the original. With five seasons to binge, it's a clever, heartfelt and gripping retelling of the original series with some very gay undertones.

IMDb Rating: 7.8