Watch Screenings from the LGBTQ+ Collection in the Paley Archive

Saturdays & Sundays, June 2019, in New York & Los Angeles
Screenings begin at 12:15 pm

Once a forbidden subject that was suggested only in the most coded of terms, homosexuality has become not only an allowable topic on television—as so neatly summed up in the classic line from Seinfeld, “not that there’s anything wrong with that”—but a ubiquitous part of it. This screening series, paying tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that changed history for the LGBTQ+ community, presents a comprehensive look at how gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people have made the journey from invisibility to mainstream prominence over the past fifty-plus years.

PLUS: Paley Pride Event with Andy Cohen
June 20 in New York

Screenings in New York & Los Angeles

Screenings are FREE and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance ticketing.

The Paley Center for Media in New York
25 West 52 Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
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Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9
12:15 pm
Unlocking the Closet: Groundbreaking LGBTQ+ Themed Dramas
A package of pioneering LGBTQ+-themed dramatic programs from the 1960s and '70s.

Espionage: “A Tiny Drop of Poison” (1964)
A diplomat (William Smithers) is investigated because someone implies that he’s gay, in prime-time television’s first known story line to involve male homosexuality. (60 min.)     
N.Y.P.D.: “Shakedown” (1967)
The first self-identified gay character (John Harkins) on a weekly series episode is featured in this story line about a blackmail ring. (25 min.)         

Medical Center: “Undercurrent” (1970)
This episode features dramatic television’s first plotline about discrimination against gays. (55 min.)                 

Police Woman: “Flowers of Evil” (1974)
Protests broke out over this episode in which Pepper (Angie Dickinson) goes undercover to catch killers who turn out to be lesbians. (45 min.)     

Family: “We Love You, Miss Jessup” (1977)
The PTA tries to fire a teacher (Blair Brown) when they find out she is a lesbian. (50 min.)

Lou Grant: “Cop” (1979)
A closeted cop (Joe Penny) risks exposure while helping to solve the murder of a gay man. (50 min.)



Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16
12:15 pm
Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That… Sitcoms look at the LGBTQ+ Community
A weekend of comedies including pioneering episodes that centered around LGBTQ+ characters.

Sirota’s Court: “Court Fear” (1976)
This short-lived comedy has the distinction of featuring television’s first same-sex wedding. (segments only; 6 min.)         

All in the Family: “Judging Books by Covers” (1971)
Archie (Carroll O’Connor) finds his stereotypes turned upside down when his macho friend (Philip Carey) is revealed to be gay. (25 min.)

Maude: “The Gay Bar” (1977)
Maude (Beatrice Arthur) challenges Arthur (Conrad Bain) when he objects to the opening of a gay bar in the neighborhood. (25 min.)        

The Corner Bar: “Harry and the Hoods” (1972)
The cast of this sitcom includes Vincent Schiavelli as prime time’s very first gay series regular. (segments only; 3 min.)
Soap (1977)
Billy Crystal portrays the first gay main character to be successfully incorporated into a weekly series. (segments; 25 min.)     

Hot L Baltimore: “Gordon and George” (1975)
This controversial show featured the small screen’s first cast to include a gay couple (Lee Bergere and Henry Calvert). (30 min.)

Snip: “Out of the Closet” (1976)
This episode of this unaired series features Michael Wonderman as the shop’s homosexual hairdresser. (30 min.)

The Simpsons: “Homer’s Phobia” (1997)
Homer must confront his homophobic attitudes after he befriends an antiques dealer (voiced by John Waters), who turns out to be gay. (25 min.) 

The Golden Girls: “Isn’t It Romantic?” (1986)
A friend (Lois Nettleton) of Dorothy’s falls in love with Rose (Betty White). (25 min.)

Seinfeld: “The Outing” (1993)
Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) are “outed” by a reporter. (25 min.)             

Ellen: “The Puppy Episode” (1997)
Ellen DeGeneres becomes prime time’s first gay leading character in this milestone episode. (45 min.)            

Will & Grace: Pilot (1998)
The pilot of this groundbreaking show contains two male principals (Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes) who just happen to be gay. (25 min.)    



Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23
12:15 pm
Young and Restless: LGBTQ+ Teens
Notable series to feature LGBTQ+ teens.

One Life to Live (1992)
Ryan Phillippe portrays the first gay youth to appear on an afternoon serial. (segments; 45 min.)        

My So-Called Life: “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” (1995)
Wilson Cruz becomes primetime’s first gay teen series regular on this acclaimed series. (50 min.)         

Dawson’s Creek: “Promicide” (2001)
Series regular Kerr Smith gets a kiss from his same-sex prom date. (45 min.)    

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Once More, with Feeling” (2001)
The supernatural series’s famous musical episode includes a plotline involving the romance between Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson). (50 min.)     

Once and Again: “The Gay-Straight Alliance” (2002)
A love letter from her best friend forces Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood) to question her own sexuality. (45 min.)

United States of Tara: “Wheels” (2011)
Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) has a chance to do some sexual experimenting with his gay friends. (30 min.)

The Real O’Neals: “The Real Thang” (2016)
To celebrate National Coming Out Day, Kenny (Noah Galvin) decides to start an LGBT Club at school. (20 min.) 



Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30
12:15 pm
The New Millennium: LGBTQ+ Goes Mainstream
A wide range of episodes from the new millennium, showing the great strides made in portraying LGBTQ+ characters of television.

Queer as Folk: Premiere (2000)
This U.S. adaptation of the groundbreaking British series presented a cast of predominately LGBTQ+ principals. This premiere episode introduces them. (75 min.)

Orange Is the New Black: “Lesbian Request Denied" (2013)        
Laverne Cox became the medium’s most prominent transgender performer with her star-making role in this drama-comedy. This episode focuses on her character of Sophia Burset. (60 min.)  

Modern Family: “A Stereotypical Day” (2016)
Gay couple Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) wonder if they are being judgmental in regards to their daughter’s new transgender friend, Tom. (30 min.)

Black Lightning: “Black Jesus” (2018)
Lesbian superhero Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) investigates a new drug gang in town. (45 min.) 
Pose: “Love Is the Message” (2018)
Pray Tell organizes a cabaret for the AIDS ward at a local hospital. (55 min.)


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