If you’re looking for your latest TV obsession, Her Story, a web series about two trans women in Los Angeles navigating dating, love, careers, and everyday life, premiered today. The first six-episode season is available to watch for free on YouTube.
Her Story is directed by Sydney Freeland (known for her feature film, Drunktown’s Finest) and is co-written and co-produced by Jen Richards (founder of We Happy Trans who stars as Violet) and Laura Zak (Allie). The show completed a successful Indiegogo campaign in September 2015, and has been eagerly awaited by those craving more media by and for trans women since.
Fortunately, Her Story does not disappoint. With sharp, witty, and honest writing, natural and engaging performances by Jen Richards, Angelica Ross (Paige), and Laura Zak, and cinematography by Bérénice Eveno that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Showtime series, Her Story lacks the rough edges often found in a new web series.
At its core, Her Story is hopeful, but the show doesn’t shy away from the complicated reality of navigating identity and love. Violet and Paige—whether they are dating men, women, or both—often confront ignorance, fear, or good intentions hidden behind clumsy actions. For cisgender lesbian, bi, or queer women, Allie serves as a mirror—we may not always love what we see, but we are pushed to grow with her.
The one flaw of Her Story is the length. With just six episodes between seven and eleven minutes long, it is impossible not to finish the show in a single evening. But maybe this isn’t a flaw after all, since it’s hard to imagine a viewer who is not left wanting more.
Watch the first episode below, then head over to herstoryshow.com to finish the series.