Jun 25, 2020
By Nicole Bitette
“We understand that great TV is not homogenous.”
In 2000, Queer As Folk premiered on SHOWTIME® as the first hour-long drama on American television to portray the lives of gay men and women. Now, more than two decades later, the network continues to lead in its representation of the LGBTQ+ population.
SHOWTIME is the most LGBTQ-inclusive cable network, according to GLAAD’s most recent “Where We Are On TV” report. LGBTQ+ characters appear across the majority of its original scripted series, from The L Word: Generation Q to The Chi, Black Monday, Shameless, and Billions (which featured the first non-binary character on North American television). Its new series Work In Progress, which premiered last December, follows the life of a 45-year-old self-identifying “fat, queer dyke.”
According to Chief Marketing Officer of SHOWTIME Michael Engleman, representing points of view that are underrepresented on television is part of the network’s DNA.
“SHOWTIME has such a history of boundary-pushing storytelling. We understand that great TV is not homogenous and it's inclusive of a lot of perspectives—SHOWTIME has always been on the cutting edge of that,” says Engleman. “SHOWTIME has been foundational to culture-defining storytelling.”