With the date of the Queerties looming ever closer (February 26. Mark your calendar.), we thought it a good opportunity to profile our nominees for Best Web Series. All of the nominees represent unique and rising voices of queer artists that yearn to tell fresh and untold stories. Some channel humor, others drama. Regardless, each deserves an audience for their bold and brave wit.
Two women of color–one queer–follow their dreams in the Windy City. Filmed on location in Chicago, the show scored an Emmy nomination and attracted an intimidate following, including from HBO which is rumored to be picking up the show for a multi-season run. Here’s hoping.
This Margret Cho backed series follows the misadventures of a Chinese-American dominatrix and aims to normalize kinky sex, as well as address issues of sexism when it comes to female sexuality. It also happens to be based on a true story, which makes the whip cracks all the more attention-grabbing.
Room to Grow
A documentary series, Room to Grow chronicles a group of queer adolescents around the United States and examines the challenges they face having come out at a young age. From first dates to hormone blockers, the show presents the hope for a new generation of LGBTQ leaders.
Michael & Michael are Gay
Newlyweds Michael & Michael seemed set to live happily ever after, until they realized: that could be a very long time. Now the pair try to find ways to keep their sex life interesting without driving each other totally nuts.
Ghosts of Fort Greene
Two longtime friends. A murder mystery. A city that never sleeps. As the pair try to survive on the streets of New York, long-kept secrets of sexuality begin to emerge in this crime noir.
Stand-up comic Peter just can’t get a break. With his bank account shrinking he decides to take a job with his high school best friend…as a dominatrix assistant. Can BDSM breed comedy? Sometimes laughs come from the most unlikely of places.
Where the Bears Are
This long-running sitcom tracks a group of randy Los Angeles bears as the try to solve Murder She Wrote-type mysteries even as the cope with all the usual woes of sex and dating. Needless to say, things get hairy (too soon?).
Matt & Dan
Matt & Dan channels old-school sketch comedy like The Carol Burnett Show, though with a distinctly gay twist. Groundlings alums Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh star in this series that plays like an even gayer version of Little Britain.
Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri based this dramedy series about a trans woman and a black man on their own friendship. As their characters Jo and Carter look for love within Chicago’s queer community, they renew their bonds of friendship in a series that explores the realities of modern queer life.