20 LGBTQ+ TV Shows That Are Ending (or Got Cancelled) in 2020
So many queer, fan-fave shows are ending (or got canned) this year!
2020 has been a very, very, VERY rough year. While we always try to look on the bright side of things, sometimes we can't help thinking about all the things that we're probably going to have to say goodbye to soon, and unfortunately, that includes some of our fave queer TV shows.
While many left a lasting impact on many fans all over the world, nothing lasts forever! In no particular order, here are some shows that are taking a bow (or got the boot) in 2020.
The fan-favorite series, which started back in 2013 as the brainchild of animator, director, and writer Rebecca Sugar, is notable for being one of the most LGBTQ-diverse kids shows ever, and made history with the first same-sex wedding to ever be featured in children's programming. Steven Universe was also a pioneer in animated nonbinary and female representation and garnered a huge, diverse fanbase of young viewers with its themes of empowerment and inclusivity.
"It has been such an incredible journey so far just getting to share these seasons that are already out and seeing the reactions," Stevenson told EW. "I do feel very lucky because we knew from the very beginning what our episode order was, so we got to tailor the story very specifically to how long the show was gonna be. It was tailored to be 52 episodes, the length that it is, and that’s a real blessing for a storyteller because it means everything happens when it’s meant to happen."
How to Get Away with Murder
Peter Nowalk and Shonda Rhimes' hit ABC drama, which stars Oscar winner Viola Davis and helped introduce the world to one of our fave gay ships Connor and Oliver (played by heartthrobs Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamora respectively), is ending in its sixth and final season, with the finale scheduled for May 2020.
Starz's critically-acclaimed familial drama series will air its third and final season in April. The series has taken on issues affecting Latinx culture, LGBTQ+ identity, and gentrification as sisters Lyn (In the Heights' Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Riverdale's Mishel Prada) have navigated the intersections of their lives in the wake of their mother's death.
AJ & the Queen
RuPaul's Netflix series AJ & the Queen, which premiered earlier this year and followed the story of drag queen Ruby Red (RuPaul) who travels across the country with a ten-year-old orphan named AJ (Izzy G), didn't get picked up for a second season.
The gender-flipping, queer AF romantic comedy series got axed by Hulu after only one season! (A total crime!) Starring Big Little Lies star Zoë Kravitz (whose mom, Lisa Bonet, starred in the original 2000 movie the series is based on), the show followed the misadventures of a record shop owner named Rob who is down on her luck when it comes to her love life. Rob's relationships with men and women were prominently featured in the series, and one of the show's supporting characters named Simon (played David H. Holmes) was also openly gay. One whole episode was even dedicated to his rollercoaster love story with his boyfriend.
Considering the queer rep we got with the show, the cancelation of High Fidelity was a big loss in 2020, and fans weren't happy!
"COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus. COVID also apparently took down our show," GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch told Deadline. "Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone. There’s a lot of sh*tty things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now. But it still sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 women in a frame together again."
"The talented creative team, led by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, have delivered exceptional storytelling with uniquely reimagined characters for three seasons of 75 episodes and more than 15 shorts," a Disney XD spokesperson said in a statement. "While physical production is wrapping, DuckTales continues to be available daily on Disney Channels and Disney+ around the world and fans will get an epic season finale in 2021."
One Day at a Time
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