19 Binge-Worthy Queer Netflix Shows To Get You Through Lockdown (January 2021)

Updated: Jan 12


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



6. SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER (2018 - 2020)

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

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Aimee Carrero, Marcus Scribner, Karen Fukuhara

Creators: Noelle Stevenson

Rating: PG

Episode Length: 30 minutes



7. TALES OF THE CITY (2019)

Adapted from the critically acclaimed Tales of the City novels by Armistead Maupin, this miniseries is a beautiful and charming TV adaptation that will get you wanting to re-read the original books. This 2019 series views San Francisco through rose-tinted glasses, where anything goes, everyone is queer and everyone is welcome.


IMDb Rating: 7.8

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Aimee Carrero, Marcus Scribner, Karen Fukuhara

Creators: Noelle Stevenson

Rating: PG

Episode Length: 30 minutes



8. QUEER EYE (2018 - present)

If you haven't been watching Queer Eye in recent years, where have you been? This re-imagination of Bravo's early 2000s classic Queer Eye For The Straight Guy comprises of an entirely fresh cast ready to makeover the lives of those in need. It's reality TV done right with heart and soul - plus there are multiple spin-off seasons to binge. We laughed, we cried, we learnt about avocados and you should too.


IMDb Rating: 8.5

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness

Rating: 12

Episode Length: 45 minutes



9. POSE (2018 - present)

Set in 1980s New York at the height of the ballroom scene, Pose is a beautiful and heartfelt drama focusing on nightlife, family and ballroom. A breakout series from Ryan Murphy and critically acclaimed for it's accurate and inclusive storytelling, Pose is a love letter to the underground ballroom scene and an homage to the generations that paved the way for so much queer culture we enjoy today.


IMDb Rating: 8.6

Genre: Drama

Starring: Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore

Creators: Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Rating: G

Episode Length: 60 minutes



10. SEX EDUCATION (2019 - present)

A heartwarming and relatable highschool comedy-drama, Sex Education is a fresh and inclusive show following Otis (Asa Butterfield) as he teams with highschool classmates to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school. Great casting, fantastic writing and gripping storylines, this diverse and sex-positive show has something for everyone. You'll laugh, you'll cringe and you may even learn something new along the way.


IMDb Rating: 8.3

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa

Creators: Laurie Nunn

Rating: 18

Episode Length: 45 minutes



11. SCHITT'S CREEK (2015 - 2020)

Schitt's Creek had it's finale last year, so you'll be able to binge it from beginning to end. It's you're classic 'rich-family-loses-everything-and-moves-to-a-small-town' trope, but it's done with heart and love and acceptance. The show focuses on connection, family and loving people unconditionally for who they are and though the character development is at times slow, the pay off is well worth it.


IMDb Rating: 8.5

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy

Creators: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy

Rating: 15

Episode Length: 25 minutes



12. KIPO AND THE AGE OF THE WONDERBEAST (2020)