We’ve all been there. It’s a Saturday night, we have nothing to do (either plans were cancelled or we avoided them altogether). It’s natural to grab the remote and flip on the TV. We start to browse the LGBTQ section of our favorite apps, trying to find something new or something not too cheesy. And we come up short. That’s because there really isn’t a ton of great LGBTQ content out there! Well, actually, there is great content out there, you just won’t find it on Netflix. Luckily, HereTV has the shows and movies LGBTQ audiences are looking for. It’s the largest queer-themed library of high-quality films and shows available — trust us, we’ve seen most of them!
So, with such a robust library of content, where should you start? We’ve got you covered. Here’s your guide to 15 films and series not to miss on Here.TV:
1. Now What?! — Now in its third season (premiering this March), Now What?! has managed to capture the sexy, quirky and sometimes downright awkward moments that take place right after sex. From tickling fetishes to broken condoms, these post-coital moments will make you smile, wince and bite your lip.
2. Blackville — This new series hits HereTV in March, and you won’t want to miss it. The show is co-produced by HereTV and Bawn Entertainment, one of the largest LGBTQ, black-owned video streaming networks online. All six episodes follow the son of a preacher who must choose between religion or the freedom of self-expression in a small Southern town.
3. Work in Progress — Tay Barrett made a splash on HereTV as a co-creator of Tiny Nuts, a nine-episode web series about navigating adult life (and a four-pound chihuahua named Walnut). Barrett’s new series, Work in Progress, is a HereTV original, written and directed by Barrett. The six-episode series will premiere this April.
4. Shelter — One of the most popular gay movies in recent decades, Shelter combines a compelling script, nuanced performances and a killer soundtrack into a gay film that seems to transcend the label “gay film.” With its sleepy beach landscapes and sexy surfer cast, there’s nothing not to love about Shelter.
5. Hidden Kisses — Gay foreign films are always a treat, and the French film, Hidden Kisses, is no exception. The story touches on coming out and falling in love, common themes in gay movies, but features the all-too real impact that gossip and social media have on young LGBTQ youth. Don’t miss the premiere this March.
6. All Male, All Nude — Sure, the title is titillating, but don’t be fooled — in addition to some of the more popular male organs, this documentary also has heart. Get an inside look at the male strippers of the only all nude gay strip club in the Bible Belt, premiering this April.
7. Falling for Angels — Southern California is a diverse place, and season one of Falling for Angels shows us just how unique we are. Each of the six episodes takes viewers to a new neighborhood, from Malibu to Boyle Heights, telling stories that promote sexual health and a sex-positive approach to the 21st century.
8. Tomcat — We don’t want to spoil too much, but this Austrian film certainly deserved the 2016 Teddy Award for Best Film. HereTV is currently the only place you can watch the riveting drama of Andreas, Stefan and their tomcat Moses (and the violence that ensues), so there’s no excuse not to check it out.
9. Free Fall — This German film tells the story of a police officer in training who falls for a fellow officer. While it may sound like your run-of-the-mill gay plot, the spellbinding performances and deft directing weave a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss.
10. Boys — If you’re in the mood for a feel-good movie that will make you smile, definitely watch this Dutch classic. It’s a universally relatable story about sexual awakenings, young love and all the complications that go with it.
11. Private Romeo — Any fans of the bard? If Shakespeare doesn’t immediately scare you away, Private Romeo is worth the watch. Faithfully adhering to the original Shakespearean script for Romeo and Juliet, Private Romeo transforms the familiar (and straight) star-crossed lovers from fair Verona into gay cadets finding love at an all-male military academy.
12. Summer Storm — Falling in love with your best friend — it’s the plot of many movies, but Summer Storm is a charming addition to this tried-and-true movie trope. In the same vein as Boys, Summer Storm captures the angst of adolescence without being childish or dismissive. A must watch.
13. Broke Straight Boys — You’ve probably seen some of their videos, but if you haven’t watched this behind-the-scenes reality show, you haven’t seen anything yet. Are they broke? Are they straight? You’ll have to watch to find out.
14. Danny the Manny — Juggling life, dating, an aspiring career in Hollywood … and babysitting. Danny the Manny (“man nanny,” if you didn’t catch that) sparkles with memorable performances and a touching reminder that we all could use a manny to look out for us once in a while.
15. Getting Go — We’ve all tried getting a guy’s number, or flirting with someone on Facebook — but making a documentary about a New York go-go boy as pretext to get closer to them? That’s what one college student attempts in Getting Go. The results? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see ….
There, now you have 15 new films and series to add to your HereTV queue — so what are you waiting for? Click play!