Heeey. Sorry if I disturb you by something or anything but could you maybe list some good shows? (It's not a must that LGBT couples are included) thanks a lot ❤️❤️💫
You’re not disturbing!
So I’m the type of person that watches a pretty random variety of shows so I’m not sure what your taste leans toward exactly.
If you have any suggestions, make a comment or drop me a message with the show and why you like it! And if you want, make a suggestion on how to make this list better!
** Is for shows other people suggest to me. I’ll comment if I’ve heard of it or seen any of it.
*I’ll try to put if it’s LGBT friendly. And also I want to put down if it’s diverse or not and a note if you suggest a show is diverse…I’m looking for either the main character that is a POC or more than 1-2 minor characters that show up often enough to make a difference to the plot. Don’t tell me a show is diverse if it’s 3 black characters are just window-dressing…👀
Let me see what I can remember and rec those and what I tried and didn’t like.
-Shadowhunters: I love this trash show. It’s actually not all that great but it’s got some absolute gems of characters you end up watching it for anyway. I def recommend but S1 was watched with a ton of skip Clary/Jace scenes for me. This is LGBT friendly and diverse.
-Riverdale: I tried man, I used to read Archie comics when I was younger but um, this show…I think it’s supposed to be ironically pretentious? It just falls flat for me tbh. It’s popular though so you can check a couple of episodes out to see if it’s your thing. There’s an openly gay character in this that should get more story than he does. Also, kind of LGBT baits too at times so not sure if I trust them completely.
-The Expanse: My sci-fi pick. I love this show. It’s gorgeous, diverse, rich story, funny without trying too hard. I just get sucked into every character. It had one older married gay couple that was really minor characters but I don’t recall any current mains that are. But It’s an inclusive show so I don’t think it’s particularly averse to the idea. Based on books I haven’t read yet!
-Veep: This is like a completely meant-to-be-offensive comedy show with the amazing Julia Louis-Dreyfus. While I wasn’t in love with the last 2 seasons, the first 4 are amazing. No clear cut character you root for in particular but it’s so close to politics you can’t help but laugh/cry. Watch it for the absolutely unapologetic legendary burns. Also, has a lesbian couple in it although it’s offensive comedy so prepare for that.
-Archer: Also another meant-to-be-offensive show that’s hilarious but so terrible and inappropriate. I don’t usually like that kind of comedy but I binge watched this when I was sick and got hooked.
-Vikings: I love this show. If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll like this one only it’s got less nudity and more idgaf fight scenes. It’s got brilliant characters, beautiful battle scenes, really interesting storylines, and just good snarky humor. Watch it! Also, they’re not shy about same-sex couples even if they don’t explicitly say it.
-Mr. Robot: Really good show, very different and…I actually don’t know how to describe it? The main has mental health issues. It’s a sociopolitical commentary type show. It’s about hacking and network security and corporation conglomerates in control of our everything and the fight against it. Also from @cherryrebel : mr robot has a shit ton of diversity in both race and lgbt, the lead is mixed race but the actor is egyptian, tyrell is bisexual, gideon is gay, angela, elliot and darlene are implied being lgbt+, i think i’m forgetting about someone but watch that show, it’s the shit
-Legion: A superhero show that’s so incredibly NOT like the other superhero shows. You'll find yourself in a serious mind trip thinking you’re the one that’s crazy. But it’s really really good. Go watch.
-Mozart in the Jungle: About a bunch of musicians and a crazy conductor you absolutely love. It’s really good. LGBT friendly! And diverse-ish.
-Luther: One of the best crime shows in my opinion. Idris Elba just does things and you will want to watch him do it. Anything he does is beautiful and brilliant. But the show actually IS brilliant and amazing and go watch!!
-This is Us: one of those, where-the-hell-did-you-come-from?? shows. Really heartfelt stories that make you laugh, cry, and go aww a million times.
-Killjoys: Another sci-fi show I love. It’s got diversity and great characters and great action and story.
-True Detective: Crime detective show. It’s great, very gritty and serious but good stories and character-driven.
-Humans: Sci-fi show about android robots that are part of normal life- they look human and are basically live in maids. Only five of these have consciousness. Really good UK show. Diverse AND LGBT friendly!
-Broadchurch: Another good UK crime show. Slow and gripping. @iamacolor mentioned a lesbian character in this one too. LGBT friendly.
-The Americans: Russian sleeper spies in America that lead normal lives, have American children, and are like totally Russians carrying out secret missions.
-The Get Down: Great show that was recently canceled :( has about 1 season out. I’m not sure how to describe it and do proper justice. It’s lovely though with amazing characters. Also, LGBT friendly and clearly diverse!
-Stranger Things: Great show sci-fi mystery thriller type show.
-Dear White People: Black college students from all kinds of backgrounds dropping truth bombs all around and being amazing. Also LGBT friendly. Go watch. It’s a balanced show with amazing characters. So both diverse AND LGBT friendly!
-Brooklyn Nine-Nine: an Amazing funny cop show that manages to be winsome, hilarious, endearing, quirky, diverse, balanced, and just amazing all around. V. LGBT friendly.
-Fresh Off the Boat: Asian family comedy show that’s endearing and hilarious. (Also check out Jane the Virgin for crazy telenovela-esque antics that are hilarious and cute).
-Orphan Black: Sci-fi show about clones. A really amazing show, LGBT friendly. Great story AMAZING characters…most of which is played by one woman. Diverse and LGBT friendly.
-Preacher: Great show based on the graphic novel…uhh not sure how to describe it but it’s good. Reth Negga is in it!!
Also adding Sense8 for its LGBT and diversity. Good show but I’ve heard something about the directors/producers being racist? Not sure so I’m recommending with caution because the show itself esp s2 where the nonwhite characters got a better fleshed out plot is good. But since I don’t know what the producers/directors have done, I’m giving a heads up for someone else to fill me in.
Poldark: I just started this one 2 days ago. 2 episodes in I’m really enjoying it. It’s from PBS’s Masterpiece series. Aiden Turner as a Cornishman is delicious. So far I adore his wife and immensely enjoying yet another period show.
Grantchester: Adding this to the list after I discovered it on my prime account. I’m only one season in and I love Sydney Chambers and his gruff buddy cop Geordie? This isn’t a show that is going to have you sitting on the edge of your seat. It’s totally a procedural type of show. But it’s characters are likeable, it’s story feels comfortable, and honestly, if it’s a shitty day for you and you just want something that’s easy? This is it. @iamacolor :)
*watches Family Guy, South Park and other shows that constantly have a white protagonist make racially stereotypical jokes* "You don't get it, they are just pointing it out, they don't believe in that stuff, it's for laughs. "
*watches Blackish and Fresh Off The Boat where POC characters express their frustrations in a world catered for white people* "Uh white people are portrayed in a very negative light here, I'm so offended. We need more positive white characters."
Vietnamese people form Germany’s largest group of resident foreigners from Asia. Federal Statistical Office figures showed 83,446 Vietnamese nationals residing in Germany in 2005 (not included are individuals of Viet origin or descent who have been naturalized as German citizens - between 1981-2007, 41,500 people renounced Vietnamese citizenship to take up German nationality). A further 40,000 irregular migrants of Vietnamese origin were estimated to live in Germany, largely concentrated in the Eastern states.
The Vietnamese community in Western Germany consists of refugees from the Vietnam War. The first boat people who fled the country after the fall of Saigon, consisting of 208 families (640 individuals), who arrived in Hanover in 1978. None spoke German. They received official aid such as social benefits and job placement assistance, as well as societal support for their successful adaptation to German life. By the eve of German reunification, West Germany had roughly 33,000 Vietnamese people, largely consisting of boat people and their relatives who were admitted under family reunification schemes.[
East Germany began to invite North Vietnamese to attend study and training programs in the 1950s; cooperation expanded in 1973, when they pledged to train a further 10,000 Vietnamese citizens in the following 10 years. In 1980, they signed an agreement with reunified Vietnam to provide training. The East German government viewed industrial trainee programs not just as a means to increase the labor supply to local industry, but also as development aid to the poorer members of the Socialist Bloc. By 1985, Vietnamese, along with Africans from Mozambique, comprised the main groups of foreign laborers in the DDR. From just 2,482 in 1980, the number of Vietnamese residents grew to 59,053 by 1989. Communities were concentrated mainly in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Dresden, East Berlin, Erfurt, and Leipzig. Their contracts were supposed to last for 5 years, after which they would return home.
After Reunification, the government sought to reduce populations of former guest workers in the east by offering each DM 3,000 to return home. Tens of thousands took the offer, but they were soon replaced by a further influx of Viet asylum-seekers who had been contract workers in other Eastern European nations. Throughout the 1990s, German attempts to repatriate the new immigrants back to their country were not very successful, due to both Berlin’s reluctance to forcibly deport, and Hanoi’s refusal to re-admit; however, nearly 4/10 were barred from permanent residency.
Today, about 10,000 Vietnamese people live in Berlin, of whom roughly 25% consist of Hoa (descendants of Chinese immigrants to Vietnam). Vietnamese, along with Koreans, form one of the only Asian groups in which men and women migrated to Germany in roughly equal numbers, at least among legal residents - in contrast, there are far more Thai and Filipino women than men in Germany, while the reverse holds true for Chinese and Indians.
Studies by German education experts show that Vietnamese children are among the highest performing pupils in Germany (50% gaining entry into Gymnasiums). Vietnamese students in Eastern Germany who grow up in poverty typically outperform their peers, such as Turks and Italians. Notable people from the Viet community include Philipp Rösler (Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister of Economics & Tech & chairman of the FDP), Dang Ngoc Long (composer), Marcel Nguyen (Olympic gymnast & silver medalist), Minh-Khai Phan-Thi (actress & former presenter for German music channel “VIVA”), and Phạm Nguyễn Lan Phiên (piano prodigy, youngest piano student accepted at the Frankfurt College of Music).
So. Clearly for Grounders, having your hair done is a part of being an adult in the community. Clarke’s hair gets real elaborate when she’s running with Lexa. JR had Lexa’s hair covered when she was playing at being a meek serving girl because it would give away her station. Even Grounders with short hair have hair they need help with, Lincoln’s gonna have a hard time maintaining his own Mohawk and Indra has many skills but a flawlessly crisp line on the back of her own head probably isn’t one of them. Taking a braid from the hair of a fallen warrior is part of remembering them as we saw with Tris and Anya.
Octavia is obviously the best example of this. Pilot Octavia has her hair down and as she becomes more a more a part of Lincoln’s people her hair becomes increasingly “done”. After Lincoln dies, her hair goes back down for a while until she reconfirms her place in that community through her relationship with Indra. From there her hair gets increasingly complicated until she is the new quasi-Commander.
I have so much more I could say about Octavia’s hair and how she positions herself but like, this is already so long.
And, like, it makes sense for that to be the case. Who doesn’t like having their hair brushed? Who doesn’t enjoy the scalp massage during a haircut? Playing with someone’s hair is a pretty common sign of affection. And many of the hairstyles, especially of people with positions of more power are such that you would really struggle to do them alone. So you end up with this incredibly martial, violent society which eschews softness and vulnerability but one of their symbols of belonging community is fuckin’ playing with each other’s hair. (I have a lot of sappy feelings about that.)
The Grounders we see with their hair down and unstyled are imprisoned (Anya and Echo in the Mountain) or exiled (Emori and Roan when he’s looking for Clarke)*. Except Luna, who never has her hair done. You think Adria wouldn’t have braided her hair for her? Fuck nah.
So Luna who kills her brother and flees her Conclave rejects this one trapping of her people which is a soft, intimate representation of community relationships. She says that she’s casting aside the violence and bloodthirsty tradition of her people but she doesn’t really. She still has armed guards, and has no problem violating the bodily autonomy of people she doesn’t yet trust. Remember, when she has Seal Team Cockblock drug Adventure Squad they haven’t done anything to fuck with her yet. The only part of her society that she actually turns her back on aside from the Flame and the Heda, is this one thing representational of belonging and community. And even when we’re talking about the Flame and the authority of the Heda it’s a rejection that is mostly for show. Floukru are still one of the original 12 clans in the Coalition so she still engages with and at least nominally plays by the rules of that system - which of course they do, they must rely quite heavily on trade to supplement their food needs.
Unlike other Grounders who have actually decided to reject the needless violence of their society Luna lacks the courage of her convictions. Niylah, Lincoln, and Ilian are all peace loving hippies who want something more for themselves than fighting and bloodshed. And they have all removed themselves from their society in much more concrete terms than Luna has. Niylah lives alone at her trading post, certainly she interacts with her people but she is among them not of them. Ilian lived with his family at their farm and after their deaths he returns there (remember he is going back with or without Octavia) to plant a garden. Lincoln lives in a swanky bachelor cave and draws pretty girls.**
These three all continue to engage with their people, continue to care about the continuity of their communities, and they all still maintain the symbol of their emotional ties to that community with sweet hair-dos. They aren’t declarative or performative about their crystal munching Birkenstock ways; They believe what they believe and they live their truth. Additionally they put aside their own distaste for violence and bloodshed in defense of their people because their peace loving ways are the natural extension of their respect for humanity not a distancing from it.
But with Luna it’s all performance and manifesto. She denounces the authority of the Heda and yet stays in the Coalition. She wants nothing to do with society but she becomes a clan leader. She rejects violence at any cost but has an armed guard on her rig and will kill in defense of her own life. The only part of her alleged rejection of Grounder society which isn’t in name only, is that she doesn’t have her hair done. She wears it totally down always. I’d love to have seen her Conclave, see how she wore her hair before killing her brother. Because, let’s be real, she wears her hair down to punish herself for it. It is her self inflicted exile and punishment. She doesn’t hate Grounder society she hates herself.
Her “rejection” of Grounder society isn’t a true expression of some longing for peace and respect for human life, it’s a self imposed punishment for the death of her brother. She believes herself the rightful Heda, she says as much to Clarke; By stepping away from the power structure even nominally she’s engaging in a masochistic act of self denial. That’s why she doesn’t have the courage of her convictions and that’s why at the end of all things she’s a massive shitting fuckknuckle. Her “face”-heel turn never surprised me because she was never sincere in her rejection of violence or the traditions of the society she supposedly loathed. It is her own capacity to take lives that she hates and through that, herself.
TL;DR Luna wears her hair down because she hates herself and she is rejecting the only part of Grounder society that is a preformative representation of community bonds and belonging, symbolically exiling and punishing herself.
* I know Lexa has her hair down a couple times, I know. Bedtime doesn’t count, alright? Sleeping on braids that complicated would hurt your scalp. And anyway, while none of the scenes we get of Lexa with her hair unbound have her imprisoned or in exile, they are definitely of her being out of sync with her people and fracturing her bond to them. They are all scenes in which she is operating outside the Grounder community. She is notably alone with Clarke, who is obviously not a Grounder. In these scenes she questions or reexamines her traditions while nurturing this bond with a non-Grounder that has her closest advisors questioning her dedication to her people. So no, she’s not imprisoned or exiled, but there is a weakening of her community bond to the Grounders. Consider that she dies with her hair unbound at the hand of the man who represents her ceremonial position as the leader of her people.
** I also have just so many thoughts about how these three Grounders who maintain a healthy respect for human life and try to live in a new, peaceful way have meaningful relationships with Octavia. Sorry, that’s a lie. I have so many feelings about it and how it plays into her positioning as the one person who is really qualified to redefine what society looks like for the people in the Bunker. But this is already unacceptably long and @metastation already said a bunch of great stuff about Octavia’s unique position in their finale episodes.
PS. I know that the costume and makeup people probably didn’t think this hard about it. I have dishes to do and I am procrastinating.