My spoiler-free recommendation list for female couples available (as of March 2nd, 2020) with baseline streaming subscriptions (no add-ons needed).
Couples featured in series which are currently airing or those renewed for another season.
Casey + Izzie
“Cazzie” is a refreshing coming-of-age story about 2 teenage best friends. Casey Gardner (Brigette Lundy-Paine) is a standout high school track star. When she meets Izzie (Fivel Stewart), team captain at Clayton Prep, she begins to question her relationships and her identity.
** Atypical was renewed for Season 4 & is expected to return Fall 2020. **
Kat + Adena
“Kadena” is an enlightening story about honest and simple connection. Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) is the young, ambitious Social Media Director at Scarlet Magazine in NYC. When Muslim lesbian photographer Adena El Amin (Nikohl Boosheri) cancels the publication of a Scarlet article addressing her latest project, Edison is determined to change Amin’s mind. As Kat challenges Adena, Adena also challenges Kat. During the relentless pursuit, Amin challenges Kat’s perspectives about more than just feminist art and religion.
** The first 3 seasons of The Bold Type are available and new episodes for Season 4 are released weekly on Hulu. **
Waverly + Nicole
“Wayhaught” is a wholesomely realistic story within a highly fictional Canadian paranormal drama. Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) is a confident rookie deputy sheriff and Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) is a daring bartender who happens to be the little sister of a demon slayer. Stuck in her sister’s shadow, she is constantly overlooked and incredibly underestimated. Nicole is one of the only people who truly sees her for who she is, more than just the most socially-liked girl in town who every man wants. She was stuck being who everyone wanted her to be…that was until Haught came along. Put simply, the two can’t get enough of each other.
** The first 3 seasons are available on Netflix and Season 4 is expected to return to Syfy (in the US) and Space (in Canada) in summer 2020. **
Completed Series — Feel Goods:
Couples featured in series which are no longer releasing new episodes whose stories don’t end in ultimate tragedy.
Piper + Alex
“Vauseman” is a highly complicated and deeply connected story between 2 inmates at a women’s minimum security prison. Convicted of transporting drug money, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is sentenced to 1.5 years in prison where she is reunited with her drug-running ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). While imprisoned, these two exes constantly challenge each other to get their shit together. Their mutual toxicity transforms into mutual growth making them the perfectly imperfect chaotic pair we can’t help but love.
** All 7 seasons are available with a Netflix subscription. **
Maggie + Sydney
“Lintz” follows 2 doctors who blur the professional and personal lines in a teaching hospital. For intern Maggie Lin (Julia Chan) and Dr. Sydney Katz (Stacey Farber), what starts as a professional mentorship evolves into a personal connection with ease. Packed with effortless back-and-forth dialogue, it is a story of simple and beautiful character exploration of humanistic lessons — regarding faith, compassion, and self-acceptance — within the world of medicine.
** All 5 seasons are available with a Hulu subscription. **
Sara + Olive
As you can probably tell by the Canadian series’ name, their story is rooted in teenage exploration. Sara (Allyson Pratt) and Olive (Dana Jeffrey) are two reckless high schoolers maneuvering adolescence in a small town. In this series centered around the intersecting lives of teenagers, the two repeatedly lose each other to find each other again. It’s an occasionally troubled yet undeniable attraction.
** You can find all Sara + Olive scenes on YouTube. I know it’s bending the rules for this category but just get to digging (: **
Completed Series — Soul Crushers:
Couples featured in series which are no longer releasing new episodes altogether, or are releasing new episodes without 1 or both characters, whose stories end in ultimate tragedy crushing our gay souls.
Emily + Sue
“Emisue” is the poetically soul crushing story of everlasting love constrained by societal forces. Based on the real life story of the late poet Emily Dickinson, Dickinson blends aspects of drama and dark humor to show the complex love between Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) and her best friend Sue Gilbert (Ella Hunt). As the show is based in the 1850s, the 2 are forced to blur the lines of their relationship in secrecy. Their bond and the depth of their forbidden relationship begin to change as Emily’s brother Austin (Adrian Blake Enscoe) continuously intervenes.
** The 1st and only season is available with an Apple TV+ subscription. **
Alex + Maggie
“Sanvers” is the beautifully soul crushing story of 2 badass alien crime fighting rivals turned colleagues turned best friends. Agent Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) of the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO), who happens to be Supergirl’s big sister, is working a case when she meets National City Science Division Detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima). As Alex grows rapidly fond of Maggie’s company, Maggie helps her discover a different outlook on dating and the world around her. The relationship that forms is one of the healthiest I’ve seen portrayed on TV — gay or straight– as Alex also helps Maggie unravel and heal from the baggage she’s acquired since her childhood. Brace yourself: The healthiness and accuracy in mimicking real life makes me the emotional blow twice as rough.
** The first 4 seasons of Supergirl are available on Netflix and YouTube TV. New episodes of season 5 are airing weekly on the CW. **
Shane + Carmen
The devastatingly soul crushing story of a hot stud and femme couple who hook up and catch unexpected feelings. Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) is the stud player in LA who every girl wants and can never tie down. Things change when Shane hooks up with Carmen de la Pica Morales (Sarah Shahi). They both play hard to get, but can’t stand seeing the other with someone else. This not only leads to pent up feelings of agony and jealousy, but also lust and sexual craving (HOT). However, on a more serious note, Shane has avoided commitment all this time for a reason: she sucks at it. Carmen finds herself trying to change someone who simply won’t change leading to pure devastation. Beware: these two will not just crush your soul, but also chew on it, spit it up, and stomp on it.
** All 6 seasons of The L Word are available on Netflix and Hulu. The spin-off series The L Word: Generation Q’s Season 1 is available on Hulu with a Showtime add-on. **
Alice + Dana
The heart-breaking and soul-crushing off again on again story of 2 best friends. When the heavily closeted pro tennis player Dana Fairbanks (Erin Daniels) begins accepting her sexuality, her confident bisexual best friend Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) helps her through it. Neither of these 2 have much luck in dating and each unsuccessful relationship only seems to bring the two closer together. Despite their obvious connection, Dana can’t seem to let go of her past and Alice can’t seem to let go of Dana — neither of them can accept that they each deserve better. Despite their problems, as their lives and friendship get complicated, they always remain best friends in the end, even when it seems hard to do.
** All 6 seasons of The L word are available on Netflix and Hulu. The spin-off series L Word: Generation Q’s season 1 is available on Hulu with a Showtime add-on. **
Series — Wild Card:
Couples featured in series whose relationships are so complicated I honestly don’t know which category to place them in — and honestly how fittingly lesbian of them.
Callie + Arizona
“Calzona” is the tragic but civil and heartbreaking yet warming story of 2 successful surgeons at a prestigious hospital. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) make up arguably the most important girl on girl relationship (I would say lesbian, but Callie is bisexual) ever televised on TV thus far. They each make some incredibly unhealthy mistakes, but compromise with some relatively healthy solutions. And though those solutions sometimes break our hearts, they are more often than not what is best for the relationship. The ultimate question for Calzona on Grey’s…can time heal all wounds? This is a cliff hanger that is still hanging as both actresses eventually exit the series. But with these 2, I like to think it did.
** All 9 seasons (seasons 5-14) of Grey’s that include the Calzona story are available on Netflix and Hulu. **
Tina + Bette
“Tibette” is an arguably toxic yet undeniably loving, hot and heavy rollercoaster of a relationship filled with ups and downs and twists and turns. For Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) and Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman), when things go bad, things go real bad. Extremely mature problems faced by two stubborn lovers does not make for a great combination. However, the two keep circling back to each other because when things are great, they’re really great. According to their deeply close group of friends, their relationship embodies true love. And they both frequently refer to each other as family. Tibette’s big question…is true love enough to make a relationship and a family work? These two truly keep me guessing.
** All 6 seasons of The L Word are available on Netflix & Hulu. The spin-off series L Word: Generation Q’s Season 1 is available on Hulu. **
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