It’s a good time for LGBTQ representation on TV. If you’re looking for something with queer characters, you’ve got a wealth of options. Almost every series has at least one gay character — and sometimes they’re even in the lead roles! But if you’re looking for a new gay-themed show, may we recommend Sense8 on Netflix?
Sense8 is an American science fiction drama series created by trans women Lana and Lily Wachowski (creators of The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon 5). The series is about eight strangers from different parts of the world who suddenly become “sensates,” the show’s term for people who are mentally and emotionally linked.
Each of the eight sensates have their own drama going on. There’s a Korean girl who went to prison to protect her unfeeling brother. A gay actor from Mexico who is afraid to come out in case it ruins his career. An African boy trying to buy expensive medicine to save his mother’s life. And five more stories you’ll just have to watch to find out.
Sense8 isn’t just about these stories — the show also raises a lot of questions about politics, identity and religion. But the main goal of the show is breaking through stereotypes; to show that we don’t have to love somebody for their body or gender. Sense8‘s thesis is that we have to love a person’s soul and it doesn’t matter if they’re a he, she or other.
LGBTQ organizations have noticed, too. Sense8 has won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
Sense8 is not just a banal drama. It will thrill you, make you laugh — and we promise — make you cry. At least, this writer was crying like a high school girl who wasn’t invited to prom.
Sense8 is a show every person should watch — and that goes double if you’re LGBTQ. If you haven’t seen it yet, drop whatever you’re doing and start watching. Once you do, you won’t be able to stop until the last episode.
While Sense8 has sadly been cancelled, there is a two-hour finale coming next year — and we can’t wait.