13 New Queer TV Shows to Binge-Watch This Spring

A lot of things are uncertain right now, but at least we have television. Sweet, sweet television.

Spring is in the air, or maybe that’s just the coronavirus. Either way, the television shows must and will go on. Whether you’re stuck at home in self-quarantine or just don’t feel like going out to deal with people, you’ll find an infinite number of new series this season to keep your mind off the end times and focused on something gay—that’s gay as in “happy” and gay as in “queer.” Here, the 13 we’re most excited for.

  1. Motherland: Fort Salem

    What do you get when you mix Homeland and Charmed? Possibly Motherland, set in a United States where witches have struck a deal with the government after the unpleasantness of the Salem trials. It’s a woman’s world, and men just live in it, as the series follows three young spell casters through basic training and deployment in their war on terrorism. And judging from these HWICs, terrorism doesn’t stand a chance. March 18 on Freeform

  2. Feel Good

    What else do you need to know about Feel Good besides the fact that it has Lisa Kudrow? Okay, fine: Mae Martin stars as Mae, an up-and-coming stand-up comedian who’s battling some serious demons when she meets and falls for heretofore heterosexual George (Charlotte Ritchie). Kudrow plays Mae’s mother, who, fond of a heavy wine pour, can’t seem to understand where her daughter gets her addictive behavior. Will love be enough to conquer all, or is Mae destined for heartbreak? And just how much wine is Kudrow going to drink over this six-episode season? March 19 on Netflix

  3. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

    Octavia Spencer taps into some vintage black girl magic to share the story of Madam C.J. Walker, “America’s first empire-building, barrier-breaking, self-made female millionaire.” The Oscar winner stars as the titular entrepreneur and philanthropist, while national treasure Tiffany Haddish plays her daughter Lelia, who would go on to host many of the queer luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. However, by the looks of the trailer, there might be more to Haddish’s portrayal of Lelia than meets the eye. March 20 on Netflix

  4. Making the Cut

    Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back to make it work, this time without the Project Runway team. But no need to worry your sartorial little heads—they got Amazon money now. That means production values, a million-dollar prize, an exclusive deal with the retail giant, and high-profile high-fashion judges like Naomi Campbell. PR broke ground by bringing queer designers into living rooms across America, and some 15 years later Making the Cut is riding those coattails into a new decade. March 27 on Amazon Prime

  5. Vagrant Queen

    An all-female team of writers and directors fronted by queer showrunner Jem Garrard brought this Vault comic to the small screen. From GLAAD-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, Vagrant Queen centers around an orphan and reluctant royal (Adriyan Rae) who’s unwilling to take the throne and spends her days scavenging the universe, kicking ass, taking names (but not labels), and avoiding assassination attempts. No doubt she’ll have you shouting, “Go head, queen!” (Sorry, it was right there.) March 27 on SyFy

  6. Dragnificent!

    Queer Eye meets Drag Race in this empowering reality series putting the ovah in makeover. In it, Drag Race alums Bebe Zahara Benet, barbecue canceler Jujubee, vivacious violinist Thorgy Thor, and Braxton interrogator Alexis Michelle travel around in full regalia, To Wong Foo–style, giving people the confidence to live their best lives. April 19 on TLC

  7. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    The original Penny Dreadful was awash in queer characters like Oscar Wilde’s infamous Dorian Gray, so this spin-off set in 1938 Los Angeles ought to follow suit. Expect a world “deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension” with a little Nazism and radio evangelism thrown in, making for some very relevant present-day themes (sadly). Daniel Zovatto stars as Detective Tiago Vega, the LAPD’s first Mexican-American detective, along with national treasure Nathan Lane as his grizzled veteran cop partner, Lewis. April 26 on Showtime

  8. Hollywood

    Netflix

    We don’t know much about Ryan Murhpy’s next big Netflix project except that it “follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post–World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown.” The miniseries’ cast includes Darren Criss (last seen snatching all the awards for Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Holland Taylor, Patti LuPone, Dylan McDermott, and Jim Parsons. While most of the characters appear to be unknowns or fictional, Murphy cast lantern-jawed newcomer Jake Picking as legendary closet case Rock Hudson. May 1 on Netflix

  9. Snowpiercer

    While we’ll miss Tilda Swinton’s gender-bending turn as Minister Mason in recent Oscar collector Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film of the same name, this new adaptation has plenty to offer—including a polyamorous relationship “that’s reeling from a personal tragedy.” May 17 on TNT

  10. Genius: Aretha

    Before Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s turn as the Queen of Soul in Respect later this year, double Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo will don the crown in the latest installment of NatGeo’s Genius anthology series, which previously profiled Albert Einstein (played by Geoffrey Rush) and Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas). Both seasons were lauded with Emmy nominations, and with the future EGOT-er hitting the high notes, Season 3 is bound to be royally good. May 25 on National Geographic

  11. Hightown

    In this new Starz series, Jackie Quiñones (Monica Raymund) plays “a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent”—you know how crazy those marine fisheries agents can get, so I don’t need to tell you—who stumbles upon a dead body on the beach. The incident inspires her to sober up—until she becomes convinced that she’s the only one who can solve the murder. Spring on Starz

Main image: Mae Martin (left) and Charlotte Ritchie in Feel Good.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat