Rotten Tomatoes releases the Top 10 LGBTQ TV shows for Pride month

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In celebration of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes has released a list with the highest-rated LGBTQ movies and TV shows from the 2010’s. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” determined the top 10 for each category. The list curated showcases the best TV shows and films that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community.

For those unfamiliar, the Tomatometer score is based on “the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. For each movie or show individually, a minimum of five reviews need to be done before an official Tomatometer score can be determined. A rating can be considered “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh.” “Fresh” means that at least 60 percent of reviews are positive, and “Certified Fresh” means the movie or TV show needs a steady score of at least 75 percent. However, to be “Certified Fresh” a film with wide release needs a minimum of 80 reviews, films with limited release need a minimum of 40 reviews and individual seasons of a TV show need to have a minimum of 20 reviews.

Simple right? Based on those metrics we present the top ten LGBTQ shows, in descending order, of the 2010’s based on Tomatometer:

10. “Sense8,” 2015-2018 – Fresh at 86 percent

Created by Lana Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly Wachowski

Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications.

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9. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” 2018 – Certified Fresh at 86 percent

Created by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski

The Assassination of Versace” starts with a bang and unfurls slowly, moving backward through an intricate (and occasionally convoluted) murder mystery anchored by a career-defining performance from Darren Criss.

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8. “Will & Grace,” 2017-TBD – Certified Fresh at 86 percent

Created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick

Snappy hit about a straight woman and a gay man who are best friends. She’s a decorator with a snippy, self-absorbed assistant; he’s a lawyer with a flamboyant buddy who has trouble holding a job. The scripts are laced with pop-culture references and in-jokes, but what’s best about this sitcom is the cast chemistry. What doesn’t always work so well is the too-frequent big-name guests, who have included Michael Douglas, Cher, Madonna and Matt Damon.

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7. “Looking,” 2014-2015 – Fresh at 90 percent

Created by Michael Lannan

A dramedy following the personal and professional lives of a trio of gay men in San Francisco.

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6. “Cucumber,” 2015 – Fresh at 91 percent

Created by Jenji Kohan

A drama about a middle-aged gay man in Manchester, England.

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5. “Orange is the New Black,” 2013-TBD – Fresh at 91 percent

Created by Jenji Kohan

A New York woman struggles to adjust to life in a federal prison.

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4. “Pose,” 2018-TBD – Certified Fresh at 96 percent

Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals

Set in the 1980s, Pose explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene. Evan Peters and Kate Mara play New Jersey couple Stan and Patty, who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. James Van Der Beek plays Peters’ financial kingpin boss Matt.

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3. “Queer Eye,” 2018-TBD – Certified Fresh at 96 percent

Created by David Collins

It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” revolutionized reality television. The series returns to Netflix and is going global, introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspective and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine),Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

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2. “The Fosters,” 2013-2018 – Fresh at 97 percent

Created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige

A lesbian couple head up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted kids.

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1. “Banana,” 2015 – Fresh at 100 perecent

Created by Russel T. Davies

Season 1 of “Banana” follows 8 different couple as they embark on different journeys of love, heartbreak and drama.

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