Streaming Queer: March 2024

Andrea Marks Joseph READ TIME: 15 MIN.

"Grey's Anatomy" Season 20

We're back at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital, where medical magic is made and doctors fall in and out of love between rounds –and we're picking up right where we left off. Season 19 was deeply gay, from the sapphic romance blooming between bartender Taryn Helm (Jaicy Elliot) and new resident Yasuda ("The Sex Lives of College Girls" love interest Midori Francis), to the long-distance relationship between Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and nonbinary partner Kai (nonbinary actor E.R. Fightmaster) ending. Bisexual actor Adelaide Kane joined the main cast as a resident, and the adorable Dr. Schmitt (out actor Jake Borelli) needed time off from work to date more charming men. Season 20 is getting even more gay, with the following exciting guest stars: queer actor Natalie Morales ("The Morning Show), Alex Landi (Dr Nico Kim, who was the first openly gay male surgeon on "Greys"), and Freddy Miyares (José in "The L Word: Generation Q"), and Jessica Capshaw returns in her role that will forever be monumental in TV history, as lesbian doctor Arizona Robbins.

"Grey's Anatomy" Season 20 premieres March 15 on Hulu.

"The Girls on the Bus" Season 1

"The state of American politics is the state of our own lives." This nostalgic, empowering series is a love letter to workplace friendship, life on the road, and a slightly rosy outlook on the reporting of days gone by. "The Girls on the Bus" invites us to join four journalists who are very different in personality and reporting style. Melissa Benoist plays Sadie, who "scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record." The other journalists – played by Carla Gugino, Natasha Behnam (who uses she/they pronouns), and Christina Elmore – should be Sadie's competitors, but they bond over a greater connection. "Despite their differences," says the logline, "the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town – the battle for the White House." Behnam's character is seen enjoying a queer kiss in the trailer, so we're hopeful for a queer love story, if not an exploration of this character's queerness.

"The Girls on the Bus" Season 1 premieres March 14 on Max.

"Girls5eva" Season 3

The members of the late '90s girl-group Girls5eva are back – again! Now saved from their cancellation on Peacock, Girls5eva can get back to being adventurous, ambitious women taking over the music industry on Netflix. The comedy series follows four women (Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry) as they reunite to try and revive their group from one-hit-wonder faded-into-obscurity status and work towards being relevant again and shining together as artists. We're most looking forward to reuniting with out comedian Paula Pell's endearing divorced lesbian character, Gloria.

"Girls5eva" Seasons 1, 2, and the all-new Season 3 premieres March 14 on Netflix.

"Palm Royale" Season 1

"I am never in over my head; It would be disrespectful to my hairdresser." The cast of this wild, stylish comedy set in 1969 is everything: Kristen Wiig leads as Maxine, a woman trying to break into Palm Beach's high society; Ricky Martin is Robert, a club waiter that can't be trusted; Then we've got Laura Dern, Carol Burnett, Josh Lucas, Leslie Bibb, Kaia Gerber, and Allison Janney! "Palm Royale" follows Maxine as she does everything she can (including robbing an old woman of her haute couture) to cross over into the "haves" of the exclusive club where she so desperately wants to belong. How much of herself is she willing to sacrifice to get what others have? And how badly can things really go wrong? Disastrously, it seems! But everyone looks so gorgeous while it falls apart.

"Palm Royale" premieres March 20 on AppleTV+.

"Top Chef" Season 21

Season 21 of this longrunning, beloved competition takes place in Wisconsin. Season 10 winner and out chef Kristen Kish is hosting for the first time this year, since Padma Lakshmi announced her departure from the series. Look out for new rules, fresh twists, challenges full of dairy (including one at a cheese festival), and 75-minute long episodes this season. A new digital aftershow, titled "The Dish with Kish," will debut alongside returning web series "Last Chance Kitchen."

"Top Chef" Season 21 premieres March 21 on Peacock.

"Road House"

In this "adrenaline-fueled reimagining" of the 1989 film that starred Patrick Swayze, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Dalton, an ex-UFC fighter trying to escape his dark past. He is hired as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse (alongside Billy, a fan of his UFC career, played by Lukas Gage) where the owner hopes he'll help stop a gang ("Broad City" gay bestie Arturo Castro plays the gang's comedic relief among the violence) from destroying her bar and prevent the land from being sold off for a new resort. The trailer's got an overall fun, entertaining vibe, though stakes get higher when ruthless gun-for-hire, Knox (Conor McGregor) arrives, and the punches are joined by explosions.

"Road House" premieres March 21 on Prime Video.

"Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show" Season 1
Jerrod Carmichael, winner of the Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special award for "Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel," poses in the press room during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Source: Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

"Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show" Season 1

Premiering at SXSW earlier in March, this HBO Original comedy docuseries is the first new comedy project from Carmichael since he came out as gay in his Emmy-winning special "Rothaniel." We don't know much about the show, but we'll certainly be tuning in. The logline from HBO/Max reads: "'Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show' is a darkly funny documentary series that centers on Carmichael's personal life, following him through encounters with friends, family, and strangers, all in his tumultuous quest for love, sex, truth, and connection."

"Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show" Season 1 premieres March 29 on Max.

by Andrea Marks Joseph

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