Category Archive: television

Come as you are: When sexuality isn’t used to define queer TV characters

An award-winning Australian web series that follows the lives of a young group of lesbians from Sydney’s inner-west has become an international success because audiences identify with its authenticity. Starting From…Now! has amassed over 17 million views throughout its first three seasons with the forthcoming two to be screened by SBS2 in March. Writer/Director ­ Julie …

Queer in children’s television: the way forward

Progress is rarely swift or linear. The status quo isn’t quite as entrenched in the television industry as it is in the film business, but it’s only in the last decade or so – generously speaking – that calls for diversification haven’t fallen on deaf ears. Queer representation has always faced a particularly uphill battle; …

Queer in children’s television: <i>Adventure Time</i>

Hugely popular and critically beloved, Adventure Time is the perfect emblem of the struggle for sexual diversity in children’s television. Known for its ability to distil complex ideas and narratives into sharp fifteen minute episodes, the Cartoon Network series has spent six seasons and nearly two hundred episodes cultivating success and a brand presently unrivalled …

Queer in children’s television: the obstacles

As television and film industries begin to meaningfully diversify (and recognise the resulting commercial potential), allowing queer perspectives in children’s television seems like a logical step. However, the hurdles to this shift are numerous. This is all the more frustrating because most writers want to make their storytelling more inclusive. At least some of the …

Queer in children’s television: where are we now?

Over the next few weeks Laurence Barber will examine the obstacles to depicting sexual, gender and body diversity in children’s television; present a case study of Adventure Time, one of the boldest children’s shows engaging these issues, and examine the ways forward for LGBTI representation in children’s television. The history of queer representation on television …

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