WATCH LIST: Going Gaga for “A Star Is Born” and New Seasons of “Black Lightning,” “Riverdale,” and “Versailles”

Plus new TV series “All-American” from Greg Berlanti and hubby Robbie Rogers.

In Theaters

Studio 54

The pansexual, decadent 1970s NYC nightclub whose legend continues to blaze brightly, Studio 54 is the subject of this comprehensive, entertaining documentary that sheds much light on late gay co-owner Steve Rubell. Triple feature it with the director’s cut of Mark Christopher’s 54 and Whit Stillman’s Studio 54-inspired The Last Days of Disco starring Chloe Sevigny. (October 5, Zeitgeist)

A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper directs what’s already being lauded as a serious Academy Award contender about Jackson Maine (Cooper), an alcoholic country star who discovers singer Ally (Lady Gaga) at a drag bar (where else?) and helps launch her to stardom while his own career begins to crash. (October 5, Warner Bros)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

The Poet and the Boy

Sullen South Korean poet Hyon (Yang Ik-June) is having trouble getting his baby-starved wife pregnant due to a dismally low sperm count, but he finds distraction and a muse in the form of a handsome donut shop employee (Jung Ga-ram). (DVD, Altered Innocence)

Testosterone: Volume 1

This quartet of international gay male short films includes the tale of a camping trip turned deadly (Killer Friends) and an ex-lover gone missing (The End Of My World). (DVD, Dekkoo)

Killing Eve

In this subversive take on spy thrillers, Sandra Oh stars as Eve Polastri, an M16 agent pitted against the psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). Over the eight-episode miniseries, the two engage in a game of cat and mouse with plenty of dark comedy. Expect a second season in 2019. (DVD, BBC America)


Dancing Queen

Alyssa Edwards, aka Justin Johnson, takes off her drag and gets real in this Netflix reality series that deals with Johnson’s everyday life in Texas and his fierce competitive dance studio for kids, Beyond Belief. Yes, you’ll get your quota of tongue pops, too! (October 5, Netflix)

Black Lightning

Season 2 of this DC Comics series promises a potentially more powerful villain in Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and superhero action from Black Lightning’s (Cress Williams) bulletproof lesbian daughter, Anissa Pierce aka Thunder (Nafessa Williams). (October 9, The CW)

Room to Grow

Brave and outgoing LGBTQ teenagers and their families are profiled in this inspiring and moving six-episode weekly series, which kicks off on National Coming Out Day. (October 11, Revry)


The era of petulant French ruler King Louis XIV and his creation of the grand Versailles palace comes to life in this lavish costume drama series. Its final season should see more delicious quibbling between lovers Chevalier de Lorraine (Evan Williams) and Louis’ younger brother, Monsieur Philippe d’Orleans (Merlin’s Alexander Vlahos), who is working through PTSD after a spell at war, plus the arrival of a mystery man in an iron mask. Not caught up yet? Binge Versailles’ first two seasons on Netflix. (October 6, Ovation)

Madam Secretary

Season 5 sees Tea Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord ponder a run for president, while openly queer actress and activist Sara Ramirez is back as bisexual political strategist Kat Sandoval. Bonus: appearances by real-life former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Colin Powell. (October 7, CBS)


You can always count on LGBTQ inclusion when producer Greg Berlanti has his name on a show, including this sports drama developed/produced by his husband Robbie Rogers about young NFL recruit, Spencer (Daniel Ezra), whose lesbian friend “Coop” (Bre-Z) negotiates a homophobic family and girl crushes. (October 10, The CW)

Fresh Off the Boat

Eddie’s (Hudson Yang) longtime crush Nicole (Luna Blaise) came out as lesbian last year, so could she be in for a little girl-girl romance on season 5? Since the show has several gay writers on staff, we may even see more LGBTQ representation. Bonus: Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu is back as Jessica, the Huang family matriarch! (October 5, ABC)

Doctor Who

The iconic U.K. sci-fi series about a regenerating time and space traveler marks a new chapter in its history by not only bringing us the first female Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) but, according to hints from at least one supporting cast member, a bisexual iteration to boot! (October 7, BBC America)


Kevin Keller (Casey Kott) and Moose (Cody Kearsley), whose girlfriend Midge died in season 2, are officially dating in season 3 of the Archie Comics-inspired series, but will the latter officially come out? A family-related revelation may also be in store for lesbian character Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), whose relationship with girlfriend Toni (Vanessa Morgan) could go next level. (October 10, The CW)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.