Hulu may have started out as the redheaded stepchild of the streamers back in Netflix’s heyday, but it has stuck around long enough to have firmly established itself as one of the old standbys. It follows, then, that Hulu would have a veritable fount of LGBTQ content ready to compete with the robust queer catalogues available to subscribers of Netflix, HBO, and other platforms.
A brief perusal of Hulu’s LGBTQ section doesn’t disappoint, but digging in deeper will give you the best chance at a genuinely memorable watch. Right now, the Disney-backed streamer is hosting popular queer television classics, like “The L Word,” “My So-Called Life,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” alongside fresher fare, including “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” and “Killing Eve.” Recent Hulu originals, such as “Love, Victor” and “Shrill,” deserve singling out, if only because you know they’re buzz-worthy and readily available on the service.
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On the film side, old school classics are available, as are newer titles of various genres. “Fire Island” is a 2022 romantic comedy starring screenwriter Joel Kim Booster (sketch comedy fans will recognize him from “Saturday Night Live”) which reimagines “Pride and Prejudice” with hard-partying gay men from New York. Or you could try Paul Verhoeven’s “Benedetta”: a 2021 erotic psychological drama about two nuns in a 17th century Italian convent. (Yes, it’s another entry in the lesbian period romance subgenre; some of us aren’t tired of those yet!)
The best LGBTQ movies and TV on Hulu can be tough a list to curate, largely become of how different so many of these titles are. But whether it’s film or TV — something laugh-out-loud funny or a heartbreaking tearjerker — variety in LGBTQ entertainment is as important as it is impressive. (Hulu has even got “Midnight Kiss”: a sexy gay slasher set on New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs!)
We’ve combed through what Hulu has right now, and think at least 32 of its current titles are worth recommending. Films are listed first, followed by television series. Both categories are sorted alphabetically, and everything is streaming as of October 2023.
With editorial contributions by Steve Greene and Ryan Lattanzio.
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