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Netflix Loves LGBT Audiences: Why ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Sense8’ Only Scratch the Surface

Netflix Loves LGBT Audiences: Why 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Sense8' Only Scratch the Surface

When “Orange is the New Black” Season 3 debuted this weekend, it marked the second Netflix premiere in as many weeks to feature a predominant LGBT story. And in addition to “Sense8,” Netflix premiered another gay-friendly series when “Grace and Frankie” rolled out in early May. Combine these shows with the likes of “House of Cards” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and suddenly half of Netflix’s original series feature gay characters in major roles. 

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Of course, Netflix isn’t alone in its increased representation and inclusion. Amazon, too, is helping to destroy preconceived bias about who can or can’t carry TV shows with “Transparent,” a Golden Globe winner and early Emmys favorite. What’s the cause for this promising and progressive trend? Indiewire’s TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers try to figure it out on this week’s Very Good TV Podcast.

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– Read Liz’s review of “Orange is the New Black” Season 3, in which she says a lot of good things about the show.

– Read Liz’s review of “Sense8,” in which she says some bad things about the show, but can’t resist its winning spirit.

– Ben bemoans last year’s “Modern Family” Emmys win last year by writing about why “OITNB” deserved to win.

– Ben’s “True Detective” Sesaon 2 review is in!

– Also, let’s not forget about our dearest “Veep,” which came to a rollicking conclusion last night.

– Everyone wants “You’re the Worst” to get some Emmys love. Here’s Ben’s interview with the creator on Season 2.

– Get to know “Silicon Valley” a little better with this Season 2 analysis.

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