There’s too much damn TV. It’s overwhelming, it’s exhausting, it’s even a little annoying. But whether we like it or not, we’re all better for it. Is it really so bad to have too many good things to watch?
With fall comes a whole new slate of series to binge, to obsess over, to check out once and never acknowledge again. Here are 10 we’re looking forward to, all of which offer dynamic queer representation (or at least a dynamic queer sensibility). So get ready to Netflix (or Hulu or Amazon or HBO or Disney+ or Apple TV+…) and chill.
If True Detective had two female leads it might look like Unbelievable, the new Netflix miniseries based on “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” the Pulitzer Prize–winning article from ProPublica/The Marshall Project written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong. Toni Collette and Merritt Weaver star as two detectives hunting a serial rapist, one of whose victims includes Kaitlyn Dever’s Marie, a teenage girl charged with lying about her assault. Lesbian director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are Alright) is helming the series, which boasts executive producers like Michael Chabon, Katie Couric, and Erin Brokovich screenwriter Susannah Grant. September 13 on Netflix.
BoJack Horseman has consistently been one of the best-written, best-acted, funniest, and saddest shows on television (it also features one of the few asexual regulars—shout-out to Aaron Paul’s Todd!). Now, BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and writer-producer Kate Purdy have headed to Amazon for their ambitious animated series Undone, based on Purdy’s struggles with mental illness. Rosa Salazar stars as Alma, a young woman who is involved in a near-fatal car crash that causes her to develop a strange new relationship to time. The show promises to explore “race, culture, gender, family, and sanity,” but really, it just looks fucking cool. September 13 on Amazon.
The New York Times column gets made into an anthology series because why not? With a cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, and gay actor Andrew “Hot Priest” Scott, Amazon clearly spent a pretty penny on this project. (That formula of high-powered stars and big-budget extravagance didn’t pay off with The Romanoffs, but maybe Modern Love stands a better chance since it’s tackling a more relatable subject than a Russian monarchy.) The eight episodes plan to spotlight relationships in a multitude of forms—sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and the ones we have with ourselves. October 18 on Amazon.
Sid & Judy
Judy Garland is back! The legendary diva is not only getting the biopic treatment, but Showtime is dedicating a documentary to her and her third husband, Sid Luft, who famously mounted one of Garland’s greatest comebacks, A Star Is Born. Narrated by Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh, it uses rare concert footage, never-before-heard voice recordings, and personal photos to chronicle the couple’s life together through “Luft’s observations, only recently made public, and Garland’s own words.” October 18 on Showtime.
Main image: David Corenswet and Ben Platt in The Politician.