On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, wow, A League of Their Own was gayer than I anticipated! Here are my thoughts after binging it last weekend.
- A League of Their Own – Season 1 [Streaming]
Like almost everyone else in the wlw TV fandom world, I was super excited for A League of Their Own the series. I tried not to read too much about it ahead of time because I prefer going into a series unspoiled. I knew it was going to have queer characters, but WOW A League of Their Own is gayer than I ever expected!
Confession time: I think I watched some of the original movie, but I don’t 100% remember, so I didn’t have an emotional or nostalgic tie to the show. However, I know what it’s like to try to find queerness in movie or show where there is no explicit queer rep (see Some Kind of Wonderful or The Facts of Life). I also daydream of re-doing shows that should have been gay and making them gay. This was exactly that. A queer do-over dream come true!
Abbi Jacobson and crew did a lot of research, including interviews with players who are still alive, and discovered — SURPRISE — there were a lot of queer women in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. There was also segregation in full effect and black women could not join the AAGPBL. The show explored these truths and put them at the center of the story with the two main characters, Carson (Abbi Jacobson) and Max (Chanté Adams). The two of them are the link between their parallel stories.
My wife and I were immediately invested and delightfully surprised by there being no predominant straight stories. All of the major stories involved queerness which is something we rarely get to enjoy even though queer people have been around since the dawn of time. And in a sport that had many queer participants, it’s a story we deserve.
Also, required companion reading is Carmen Phillips’ episode by episode guide to all references to the original movie.
If you need any more compelling evidence you should watch it, read this review by B. Cook.
Is there such a thing as too much gay? I don’t think so.
This week: We were in the middle of binging Paper Girls when A League of Their Own came along. I will finish it and report back next week.