From The Umbrella Academy and The L Word to Yellow Jackets, we’ve certainly got a lot to look forward to

BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY SHOWTIME NETWORKS INC

We’ve been non-stop gushing about all how blessed we are this month with shows like Gentleman Jack, Doctor Who and Heartstopper returning to/premiering on our screens. But what do we have to look forward to in the coming months and rest of the year? 

Warning: Spoilers

The Sex Lives Of College Girls

For any UK viewers who haven’t had the joy of falling in love with these girls, you’re in for a right treat. The show follows four roommates navigating their new found freedom on the prestigious campus of Essex College. It’s super funny, sexy and queer. And the good news is it’s premiering on ITV2 and ITV Hub later this month.

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The Wilds: Season 2

This Lord Of The Flies-esque show follows a group of girls who get stranded on an island and have to survive. The twist is, they didn’t end up on the island by accident. There’s a mysterious organisation surveillancing the girls, and in the season finale we found out there’s also a group of teen boys in a seemingly similar situation. LGBTQI viewers are eager to find out some answers in this coming season and, of course, get reunited with Toni and Shelby. 

Available to stream 6 May on Amazon Prime Video

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Stranger Things: Season 4

This chapter of the show is guaranteed to be epic. Afterall, it is so mighty, it’s being split into two volumes with the second instalment premiering on 1 July. In the third season, the show introduced us to Robin Buckley, whose coming out scene was one of Netflix’s best. First look images show that Robin is going to continue to get screen time this time around. 

Available to stream 27 May on Netflix

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The Umbrella Academy: Season 3

We left these characters amidst quite the cliffhanger, and we’re both excited and nervous for this next season which will introduce a wide range of new cast members. Whilst the show has already explored LGBTQI relationships, Elliot Page recently added to the anticipation by introducing us to the show’s first trans character, Viktor Hargreeves. With so many new faces joining the cast, there’s also potential for more queer rep. 

Available to stream 22 June on Netflix

Thor: Love And Thunder 

The Marvelverse is slowly becoming more queer with its historic first same-sex kiss which featured in last year’s Eternals. Fans have longed for Tessa Thompson’s character Valkyrie to have a queer arc due to the character being canonically with both men and women in the comics. But it looks like we’ll get to see Valkyrie’s sexuality explored in this instalment.

In cinemas from 8 July

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TÁR

I can still remember people tweeting about how Cate Blanchett is playing a lesbian again at the start of this year. The film in question is TÁR where she will play alongside Noémie Merlant (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire). Not much is known about what to expect yet. But of course, once we know, we’ll be sharing more details. 
In cinemas from 7 October  

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Dates TBC

The L Word: Generation Q: Season 3
When we last saw our favourite Californian queers, a lot was going down. Need a refresh? We’ve got you covered! There’s so much we want to see more of in this coming season, and Gigi is high at the top of my list. Whilst there’s no confirmed release date yet, it’s expected to air later this year.

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My Policeman 

This queer romance is adapted by the book of the same name by Bethan Roberts. Harry Styles is cast to play alongside Emma Corrin (The Crown). The two will portray the story of a young couple who get wrapped up in a love triangle with an older man. Whilst there’s no release date, yet, it’s set to come out this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 5

Expected to release between summer and autumn, we’re on the edge of our seats. Samira Wiley has teased that the show will kick off right where we left off, and as per, June is in trouble. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been before and I’m nervous to see what fate awaits these characters.

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The Morning Show: Season 3

In January, Apple TV+ announced the renewal of this show. The second season broke the internet when it explored Bradley’s sexuality, but so many other things also went down! There were multiple cliffhangers from dealing with grief and the pandemic to Cory confessing his feelings. What will Bradley and the rest of the cast do next?

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Yellow Jackets: Season 2  

Similarly to The Wilds, this thrilling show explores the lives of girls who were stranded on an island after a plane crash. In Yellow Jackets we flash forward to the present as their older selves deal with the psychological impact of the trauma. It was jam-packed full of twists and turns and the last scene had us reeling for more. We’ve still got a way to go yet though. But if everything goes to plan, we should see the next instalment by December.

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