2022 was a painful year for sapphic television, with the loss of fan favorites like Batwoman, The Wilds, First Kill, Killing Eve, and Gentleman Jack. But in 2023, many shows with women loving women (WLW) will be returning to our screens. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
On January 5, season two of the soapy dramedy Ginny and Georgia returns to Netflix, and I personally cannot wait to see what this modern-day Gilmore Girls has in store for this season. Though neither Georgia nor her daughter Ginny are queer, one of Ginny’s best friends Max is an out lesbian, and last season Ginny hooked up with Max’s twin brother.
Last year, we were stoked for this How I Met Your Mother spin-off, and this year we’re excited for its January 24 season two premiere on Hulu. Gay comedian Tien Tran stole our hearts as Ellen, a woman who moved to New York from a farming town after separating from her wife. I’m super excited to see the gay shenanigans she gets herself into this season.
Dubbed by some as the Black version of Sex and the City, Harlem comes back for its second season this February on Amazon Prime. The first season introduced us to a black masculine lesbian named Tye, and as the first season progresses one of the other characters unexpected comes out as bisexual, which had me shocked in the best possible way.
Brace yourself for this spring because on March 26 Yellowjackets returns for its second season on Showtime. This thriller drama series is not for the faint of heart – it centers around a group of high school soccer players whose plane crashes in the wilderness, leaving some of them to resort to cannibalism. But if you can get past watching that, you will be rewarded with some extremely gay storylines.
I did not know I needed an intergenerational comedy about two female comedians until I started watching Hacks. Jean Smart is incredibly funny as comedian Deborah Vance, and Hannah Einbinder is stellar in her role as Ava, a bisexual woman who is hired to help Vance with her jokes. Season three of Hacks is expected to drop on HBO Max in May 2023.
According to a recent video from the cast, season two of Heartstopper is coming sometime in 2023. Based on a graphic novel of the same name, this British coming-of-age dramedy is an adorable look at two young boys falling for each other. The show also includes many other queer characters, including a lesbian couple and a transgender girl.
While no specific premiere date has been set for season two of And Just Like That, one can expect this Sex and the City spin-off to return in 2023 since it was recently featured in the 2023 HBO Max teaser video. Many articles have been written about how much the fans dislike Che Diaz, the queer nonbinary podcaster and comedian played by Sara Ramirez, and the showrunner has promised to dig deeper into this character during season two.
Sometime this year, Netflix will air the fourth and final season of Mindy Kaling’s dramedy, Never Have I Ever. The show revolves around the love of life of Indian high school student Devi Vishwakumar, whose dad recently passed away. One of her best friends, Fabiola, is a lesbian, and another friend in her circle dates people of multiple genders over the course of the show.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for these WLW in 2023!