With the days getting shorter and the weather getting chillier, now is the perfect time to snuggle up on the sofa and reconnect with your beloved Netflix account. Not sure what to watch? We’ve got a few favourites up our sleeves which we highly recommend you check out. Here are our top six lesbian films and TV shows currently available on Netflix in the UK.
Lesbian TV Shows on Netflix
1. Orange is the New Black
This Netflix original series follows the ups and downs of Piper Chapman as she attempts to get through a 15-month prison sentence for smuggling drug money, a crime she committed over ten years ago for her drug-dealing ex-girlfriend. This hit series is replete with drama, violence, love, passion and some truly comedic moments, all of which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
With three seasons to catch up on and a fourth in the pipeline, Orange is the New Black is the show that everyone is talking about right now.
2. The L Word
Starring Jennifer Beals and Laurel Holloman as long-term couple Bette and Tina, The L Word follows the lives and relationships of a close-knit group of lesbian friends in Los Angeles. The TV show ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2009 and is now known as an international classic, partly since it was the first TV show to clearly portray lesbian characters rather than simply hinting towards homosexuality as so many other shows had done in the past.
The L Word is an essential staple when it comes to lesbian TV, so if you haven’t indulged in it before, get ready to become hooked.
3. Pretty Little Liars
Since its première in 2010, Pretty Little Liars has gained traction and become one of the most popular American television shows of the decade. The plot revolves around four friends who drift apart after the mysterious disappearance of their clique’s leader, Alison, until they begin to receive unusual messages threatening to share their darkest secrets with the world.
One of the lead characters, Emily, played by Shay Mitchell, is a closet lesbian who gradually finds the courage to come out to her parents. Although the show first opened to a mixed critical reception, impressions of it have since improved and it has received a host of awards over the years.
Lesbian Films on Netflix
1. Blue is the Warmest Colour
French film Blue is the Warmest Colour (also known as The Life of Adele, or La Vie d’Adèle) is a coming-of-age drama which follows the story of a teenager who learns about herself and her sexual identity when a girl with blue hair becomes a part of her life. The passionate relationship between Adèle and Emma is one many of us can relate to; it’s intense, complex and impulsive, but over the subsequent years it becomes harder to maintain as the two women begin to wonder whether they’re really right for each other.
With an impressive 95 awards and 75 nominations under its belt, this movie was well received upon its release in 2013 and is a must-watch classic.
2. My Summer of Love
British film My Summer of Love, which was first released in 2004, is based on a novel of the same name written by Helen Cross. The story, which is set in West Yorkshire, follows the relationship of two young women from very different social backgrounds who fall in love and explore their sexuality over the course of one summer.
Starring Natalie Press and Emily Blunt, the film has met with incredible acclaim and a host of nominations and awards.
3. The Kids are Alright
This critically acclaimed movie follows the story of a lesbian couple who each give birth to a child using the same sperm donor. When the children become curious about the identity of their father, they begin the search for him and encourage their mothers to make him a part of their lives, which causes great tension amongst the family.
This feel-good film stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo and has received many accolades and awards.
Do you have any other favourite films or TV shows that you think should be on our list? Or how about a few must-see music videos or books you enjoy? We’re interested in just about anything, so get in touch and we may be able to include your favourites or even write a blog post about them in the future.